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Guardians of Magic

Written by Chris Riddell

Illustrated by Chris Riddell

Part of the The Cloud Horse Chronicles Series

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Star Books

LoveReading View on Guardians of Magic

A soaring tale of enchantment and adventure with truly magical illustrations

October 2019 Book of the Month

A new book by Chris Riddell is something to celebrate, especially one that gives his unique imagination free rein, as this does.  There’s all sorts of trouble in the Kingdom of Thrynne: in the town of Troutwine, King Rat and his followers use threats of violence to extort money from its citizens; in the city of Nightingale, the Clockmaker’s sinister army of tin men enforces his tyrannical rule; and even in the village of Bream, deep in the Great Wood, the magical trees and the giants they shelter are in danger. In the very best tradition of fantasy adventures, three children and three bespoke enchanted objects are all that stand between magic and its destruction.  The story positively crackles with invention and each chapter seems to introduce a wonderful new character before the storylines converge for a thrilling climax (fortunately one that leaves the door open for sequels).  Fairytale adventure has never seemed so polished or ingenious.

Young readers are spoiled for choice now when it comes to magical adventure, and readers of Guardians of Magic must also look out for Cressida Cowell’s Wizards of Once series.

Andrea Reece

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Guardians of Magic Synopsis

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?

Guardians of Magic Press Reviews

Praise for the Goth Girl series:

“Pun-lovers will relish Chris Riddell’s beautifully drawn spoof of classic novels” Sunday Times

“Riddell packs so much into these stunningly illustrated books that they can be read time and again”  Daily Mail

‘Quirky, clever and (as ever) marvellously detailed to the eye, Goth Girl is a beautiful object, and full of good jokes – a combination that’s hard to beat’  Independent on Sunday

‘A rollicking read and beautifully illustrated’  Evening Standard

Praise for  the Ottoline series;

“Delightfully elegant, packed with quirky detail, clever pictorial surprises and visual jokes”   Daily Mail

“Possibly the most instantly covetable book ever published!”
Sunday Telegraph

Praise for Once Upon A Wild Wood;

“Riddell's drawings lend old-fashioned enchantment to this thoroughly modern tale.”  Telegraph

“Chris Riddell’s Once Upon a Wild Wood is an elegant subversion of the fairytale canon. Riddell’s layered landscapes, full of sly detail, invite exploration.”   Guardian

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ISBN: 9781447277972
Publication date: 19/09/2019
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781447277972
Publication date: 19th September 2019
Author: Chris Riddell
Illustrator: Chris Riddell
Publisher: Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Star Books

About Chris Riddell

Children's Laureate 2015-2017 One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors  Chris Riddell was our Author and Illustrator of the Month in December 2010. Click here to find out more. Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001 and 2004 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan includes the bestselling Goth Girl books, the Ottoline series,&...

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