Children's fiction: Guardian of the Underworld

by Rachel Tetley
(Devon, England)

Calling all Narnia/ Spiderwick and Harry Potter fans.

CS Lewis meets Neil Gaiman in this action-packed magical adventure.

Guardian of the Underworld- Free for 5 days from 26th October.

Two worlds

Neither can exist without the other

And one guardian to ensure their survival

But a family with a score to settle

Forces one boy, into a dangerous adventure

Jake Summers is an ordinary boy with an ordinary family- so he thinks. He has just spent another summer holidays building dens in the woods with his best friend Paul. But when someone special unexpectedly dies, Jake is determined to find out the truth, unaware that it will change his life forever.

He discovers a key to Grandpa’s forbidden room, and is plunged into a long-forgotten magical world, together with class mate Arianna Brown and a strange creature called Noggin. Stormy seas, underground carts pulled by Golden Eagles and a dragon all stand in his way. He must race against time to fulfil an ancient magical prophecy and save the world.
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Oct 24, 2014
An engaging magical adventure
by: Jim Goforth

The massive success of series such as the Harry Potter books among others really busted things wide open for the young adult fantasy genre, and ever since then the market has been flooded with a deluge of tales of fantasy and high adventure, revolving around all sorts of worlds, universes and phantasmagorical realms.

Some have been exemplary, some have been good and then again, some were probably better off remaining as a thought never translated to the written word.

Rachel Tetley's `Guardian of the Underworld (Underworld Chronicles #1) is definitely one of the former, a book which can be considered an outstanding achievement, particularly for a debut novel.

An engaging and thoroughly enthralling tale, this is the story of young Jake Summers, who believes he is merely an `ordinary boy with an ordinary family', keen to hang around and play in the woods with his friends, but events soon occur which spiral him into a bizarre world far removed from classrooms and playgrounds and swapping tales about what his classmates did on their school holidays.

After a gripping prologue sets the scene, laying out a rather ominous tone right from the word go, Guardian launches into eleven year old Jake returning to school in his village of Millstream, on the first day back from the holidays and soon enough he discovers he and schoolmate Arianna, whom he has something of a crush on, share some unusual experiences centred around the woods.

From that point on, the story takes off, pitching both of the children into the Underworld, where challenges must be undertaken, creatures both friend and foe lurk, and all manner of unusual phenomena exists.

The writing style is smooth, crisp and easy flowing, and Tetley has a fine eye for detail and beguiling descriptions, keeping the pacing of the story rolling along.

The principal characters are well developed and interesting, and as this is the start of what promises to be a wonderful series, are given ample opportunity to present what they can achieve, as well as leaving hints of further things to be explored as the adventures continue.

I'll admit fantasy is not exactly my cup of tea, but this is a magical read with the ability to win most people over, and while it might be targeted for an audience around ten years old and up, that isn't to say adults won't derive much pleasure from reading it for they certainly will.
Guardian of the Underworld is well worth looking into for those of most ages who love fantasy worlds and it does a great job of whetting the appetite for the continuation of the series. I look forward to book two.

Oct 24, 2014
Wonders Grabs You on First Page and Doesn't Let Go
by: Future Boy

I really enjoyed this book, which reminded me a little of The Spiderwick Chronicles. The eleven-year-old boy, the main character, must find out a deep secret within his family and then undergo a series of tests before finding what he was predestined to discover as the heir to the title of Guardian of the Underworld.

The wonder is infectious. There is a real sense of awe as Jake explores this strange world around him and forms a friendship with another eleven-year-old girl. Humorously, the little sister calls Jake a "boyfriend" although there is no romance in the book.

I really enjoyed the elements of fantasy everywhere. Any fantasy lover, especially those age 8 to 14, would love this book. Adults who love fantasy and have read Harry Potter, confess to your guilty pleasures! You'll love this book, as it's written at a level that adults can enjoy, too!

I think what makes this book stand out is that the author has succeeded in having us, as readers, truly experience the sights, the feelings, as if we're

Oct 24, 2014
by: Psymon H

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