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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

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For as long as anyone can remember, children have looked up at billowing clouds in the sky and made a wish on a cloud horse. But no one has seen one. Until now.

September 2019 Book of the Month

The Cloud Horse Chronicles is the new fantasy by the Costa award-winning and Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. The first book in the series, Guardians of Magic follows the adventures of three ordinary children who have extraordinary gifts, and come together to defeat the enemies who threaten to use the power from the Forever Tree for their own dark magical agendas. Highly illustrated throughout in Chris’s unique style, you will feel like you can step into the world he’s imaginatively built with his page.


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

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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