Title: Guardians of Magic (The Cloud Horse Chronicles #1)
Author: Chris Riddell
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: November 5, 2019
In Guardians of Magic the award-winning, 2015-2017 UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a stunningly illustrated magical quest in which three ordinary children, with extraordinary gifts, come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses. This is the first title in The Cloud Horse Chronicles series.
The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don’t behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. But magic brings danger to Zam, Phoebe and Bathsheba, because it is forbidden.
Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends.
What can three ordinary children do to protect it?
This story follows three different narratives. Zam is a baker who discovers a magical spoon. Phoebe is a musician with a talking cello. Bathsheba is the daughter of a giant-slayer, who thinks giants shouldn’t be killed. They all come up against enemies who want to steal their magical items.
There were many common elements of fairytales that I liked in the story. Zam baked gingerbread people and Phoebe is a musician in a cat orchestra. There were also evil princesses, which defied the usual princess narrative.
I loved the illustrations that went along with the story. They were detailed and showed everything that was happening in the story. It also gave visual representation to some unusual creatures, such as the goat people and the giants.
This is a great story!
Thank you Pan Macmillan for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
What to read next:
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Goth Girl #1) by Chris Riddell
Have you read Guardians of Magic? What did you think of it?