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Gloriously funny tale in which dwarf and human boy save humanity
January 2019 Debut of the Month
OK, here’s the plot of this hugely entertaining and very funny book: ogres that sleep under Britain’s standing stones have been awakened by a malignant gnome called Leatherhead Barnstorm. He has the Doomstone Sword and therefore control of all the dwarves and is marching on Perth. Out to stop him are our heroes dwarf Mossbelly MacFearsome and the eleven-year-old he’s appointed as the Destroyer, Roger Paxton. The stage is set for a thoroughly rambunctious fantasy adventure, packed with wonderful characters, unexpected moments, a bevy of fabulous fights and some very nasty little monsters. An ogre-sized helping of fun and adventure, this is one to push into the hands of fans of Danny Wallace, Shane Hegarty and Will Mabbitt.
Roger is just an ordinary boy, in an ordinary world - or so he thinks, until a grumpy dwarf warrior, Mossbelly MacFearsome, appears out of thin air and saves him from the school bully. If that isn't incredible enough, now Moss has decided that Roger is the perfect human companion for his daring quest to defeat the dwarves' arch-enemy Leatherhead Barnstorm and his horrifying horde of monstrous (but very polite) gorefiends.
If Roger doesn't help Moss, the world as we know it will be destroyed by ogres and dragons and the race of humans will be annihilated. If he does help, he will be late for his tea and his mum will be going mad with worry.
A Highland castle, a trainee witch who knows karate, and an ancient spell to be broken - by King Golmar's braces, just what has Roger got himself into?
Closing date: 07/10/2019
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
An action-packed quest. The perfect set up for a new series! Full review
This is an exciting fantasy adventure about a dwarf who comes to Earth to save the humans from a wicked fate. Will they stop the enemy from using the shadow sword? Even if they do there may be a worse fate lurking ahead... Full review
Very entertaining. I think young children will love this book, and the dwarves, the chaos and everything in the book... and really make them happy. Full review
This book is great because it has lots of interesting twists and turns all the way through the story. Mossbelly is funny even though he doesn't mean to be, Roger turns out to be an unexpected hero and I really liked Maddie because she's brave and daring and wants to get stuck into fighting for good even though she's only in training. This book is perfect for people who like funny fantasy books. It's silly and exciting at the same time! Full review
More fun than a dwarven frog-spitting contest! Fast-paced, smart, and very, very amusing. Alex Gardiner mixes myth with modernity and makes a unique world. By the power of the Doomstone Sword, I command you read it! -- Sam Gayton
Fast-paced action, zany characters, oodles of humour and a touch of Discworld in an energetic fantasy debut. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller
... Mossbelly MacFearsome and the Dwarves of Doom stands out in its originality. Featuring memorable characters, a fast-paced storyline and witty narrative, this book is hard to put down. -- NYALitFest Newsletter
Fast paced, brimming with action, a must read! -- Armadillo Magazine
|Publication date:||3rd January 2019|
|Publisher:||Andersen Press Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Fantasy / Magical, Humorous|
|Recommendations:||Debuts of the Month|
Alex Gardiner spent several years in the Merchant Navy before embarking on a sales and marketing career in the UK motor industry - with 20 years as regional manager for Jaguar Cars. Now retired, he lives in East Dunbartonshire with his wife. He reads a lot, writes fantasy for children - and plays very bad golf.More About Alex Gardiner