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The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow

Written by Kieran Larwood

Illustrated by David Wyatt

Part of the The Five Realms Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction

LoveReading View on The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow

Brave rabbits continue their fight against a terrifying enemy

The story of rabbit hero Podkin One-Ear continues in this exciting new adventure. The first book in The Five Realms series won the Blue Peter Book Award and readers will be pleased to hear that the second matches it for excitement, thrills and humour too. Early on in the proceedings, Podkin discovers another lost object, this time the Moonfyre brooch, which brings him extra special abilities.  He’ll need them as he and his comrades battle on against the terrifying army of the Gorm. As told by the Bard (who readers now know to be Podkin’s little brother), the story grips from the first page, filled with action, detail and a good pinch of magic. Epic stuff, and proof that it’s the size of your heart that matters most, not how big you are. Illustrations by David Wyatt add to the excitement. 

Andrea Reece

The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow Synopsis

The bard tiptoes out of his room, the crow-dream still echoing in his head, making him twitch at imaginary creaks of iron wings . . . The bard must leave Thornbury. It is not safe for him to stay. Rue, his new apprentice, travels with him - keen to learn his trade - and hear the next installment in the legend of Podkin One-Ear . . . Podkin and his fellow rabbits have been sheltering in Dark Hollow after their battle with Scramashank. Paz tends to the rabbits with sleeping sickness; Crom meets with the war council . . . Podkin has nothing to do! Frustrated, Podkin goes exploring and discovers an abandoned underground chamber. Armed with the Gift of Dark Hollow, Podkin learns to moonstride, and Paz is rewarded with a magical gift of her own . . .

The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Podkin One-Ear. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Alex, age 10 - 'The descriptions were written so well that I could imagine the characters’ everyday lives - including their worries and hopes! Wow!'
  • Cally Evans, age 10 - 'This is one of the best books I have ever read and, believe me, I have read a lot!'
  • Sam Harper, age 11 - 'Like The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down mixed together, this magical adventure pulled me in from the very first page and I just couldn’t put it down.'
  • Mariyya Khan, age 9 - 'This was probably the best book I have ever read.'
  • Evie, age 11 - 'Rabbits with attitude, an exciting adventure story.'
  • Alex Bateman, age 10 - 'Sublime, Splendid, Superb! It’s an adventure that keeps you wanting to read on and on into the night...a joy to read and absolutely world class.'
  • Bella Perez, age 11 - 'It’s a captivating story...a book that can push your imagination beyond your boundaries.'
  • Tariq Mustfa, age 11 - 'Podkin One-Ear is a fantastic book about a rabbit called Podkin...I would definitely recommend this book.'
  • Isabel, age 9 - 'An unusual adventure story which I loved.'
  • Summer, age 10 - 'my little brother now asks me every night for me to tell him about The Legend of Podkin One-Ear and I think it will be a story that we will both remember when we have grown up.'
  • Hattie Benton, age 11 - 'This is a book worth reading.  It's a mixture of fantasy, bravery and mischievousness and proves that it doesn't matter how big you are!'

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ISBN: 9780571328420
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780571328413
Publication date: 07/09/2017
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571328420
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Kieran Larwood
Illustrator: David Wyatt
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood is the author of Freaks and was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.  Kieran is one of only two male Reception class teachers on the Isle of Wight.  His days mainly consist of singing nursery rhymes, tying shoelaces, trying to locate who has had an ‘accident’ by sense of smell alone, and vast, endless mountains of paperwork.  Kieran graduated from Southampton University with a degree in English and also did a foundation year at Falmouth College of Art. Ever since he first read The Hobbit at ...

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