It is my utter joy to be on the blog tour for Ross Montgomery’s newest middle grade adventure, The Chime Seekers. I have been putting off reviewing this just in time for this blog tour and my word… you guys are in for a total treat!
Step into a world of faerie tricks and hidden danger… When an evil faerie steals Yanni’s baby sister and swaps her for a Changeling, Yanni is swept into a dangerous race against time to get her back. For faeries delight in tricks and rescuing her won’t be easy. With the help of his cousin, Amy, and the reluctant Changeling, Yanni must travel to goblin palaces and battle-swept oceans, discovering ancient treasures and secrets along the way. Yanni will need every drop of courage and even a few tricks of his own, if he’s to outwit the faerie and save his sister…
For anyone who is new around here, I am a massive fan of everything Ross does – from picture books to middle grade adventures… he is a blooming wonder!
When I picked up The Chime Seekers for the first time, I knew I was in for something special. Just look at that cover and tell me you aren’t absolutely intrigued by the world, the magic and the massive tower in the centre. We all love a book with cover appeal, but let me tell you, the inside of this book WAY OUTDOES the outside (although let’s be real, the outside is everything).
This book took me from the get-go. It’s dark; it’s mysterious; it’s kind of a bit sinister. There’s some interesting characters and there’s some I wouldn’t wanna meet in a dark alley!
The Chime Seekers tells the story of Yanni, whose little sister is kidnapped by a fairy, and his adventures into the world of the fae to try to get back his sister before his time is up. I loved the exploration of Yanni being a reluctant big brother and the fact that he makes a fair few mistakes in the story (but that honestly makes him even more likeable). His life was pretty perfect before his little sister came along and he has a little bit of resentment for her – they’ve uprooted their whole lives in preparation for her arrival.
The story continues in that age old ‘Be careful what you wish for’ kind of way and things start to unravel. Undesirable creatures come along, his sister is taken and he is then on a mission to get her back. On his mission though things are not as they seem and there are tricks and ages aplenty.
I honestly loved all of the folklore in this and all of the links to story. I loved the seemingly impossible mission filled with more tricks than you can shake a stick at.
Ross Montgomery has written an absolutely brilliant story here that I think is perfect for that Y6-Y8 gang. It’s dark; it’s a bit sinister and it’s a whole load of fun. I read this in a matter of hours and it’s one of those books I’ll definitely be revisiting – for the characters, the stories and the incredible feeling of this book!
My TL;DR Goodreads review:
Honestly, Ross Montgomery never fails to astound me. The Chime Seekers is full to the brim of magic, mayhem, trickery and facing how you really feel. Yanni is a brilliant, if not slightly flawed, main character who I adored and just wanna give a massive hug to. This is just wonderful. I couldn’t put it down! If you’re after a story with fairies, some wagers, a brave (if not reluctant) big brother and some brilliant team work, you needn’t look any further. I’ve not picked up a book for a while and I gobbled this all up in a matter of hours
A massive thanks to Walker for sending me a proof way way back of this book. I utterly adored it and I have now a finished copy in my class library that one of my girls is utterly devouring!
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