Adventures are unpredictable and often terribly badly behaved – a bit like pickled onions if you’ve ever tried to fork one on a plate – but they have a way of unlocking people and turning them upside down so that all the astonishing things fizzing around inside them start to tumble out…’
Eleven-year-old Casper Tock hates risks, is allergic to adventures and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events. So, it comes as a nasty shock to him when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts.
All Casper wants is to find a way home, but Rumblestar is in trouble. An evil harpy called Morg is sending her followers, the Midnights, into the kingdom to wreak havoc and pave the way for her to steal the Unmapped magic for herself. But Casper cannot turn a blind eye because the future of his own world, he discovers, is bound up with that of the Unmapped Kingdoms.
And so, together with Utterly Thankless, a girl who hates rules and is allergic to behaving, and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper embarks upon an adventure full of cloud giants, storm ogres and drizzle hags. Can he, Utterly and Arlo, the unlikeliest of heroes, save the Unmapped Kingdoms and our world from the clutches of Morg and her Midnights?
Live a life filled with adventure with Abi Elphinstone in this brand NEW series where a whole new world is waiting to be discovered…
How did I get the book? Audiobook from Netgalley, bought my own copy of book
Genre: Adventure / Fantasy
Previously Reviewed: The Dreamsnatcher
Review: This was exactly what I needed. If Rumblestar had been my first ever audiobook experience, then I would have already loved them from the start.
Rumblestar was perfect, the story by Abi Elphinstone and Nicky Diss’s narration was everything. It was adventure, it was thrilling, it was magic. It was an escape. One that I highly recommend. Especially right now.
If choose to read this book I am sure you will love it just as much because Abi Elphinstone is just that wonderful. The world building is grand, the characters are excellent but ohhh the writing. I loved the descriptions of people, places and emotions. Descripting Utterly as the girl who’s swallowed a storm to explain her turmoil. It’s so straightforward but instant. The names of places (and characters, I mean Utterly Thankless is a brilliant name if ever there was one!), the world Utterly and Casper adventure through.
If you choose the audiobook, you have all of this and Nicky Diss’s narration and I can only praise this. I have a real rollercoaster relationship with audiobooks and this is the first one where I really loved it. It is how I would want a story told. (Yes I still have a copy of the book but super glad I got to experience the audio version.)
Review By: Luna