ACHUKA Book of the Day 5 Oct 2021
“Kieran Larwood is a genuinely wonderful storyteller.” Just Imagine
The best children’s fantasy series of recent times has undoubtedly been The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. A worthy successor, with a rapidly growing number of avid admirers (although it deserves to be even more widely known), is The Five Realms series by Kieran Larwood and illustrated by David Wyatt. If I were a book collector I would want all of the titles—this is the sixth—in their first-edition hardback formats. The series is published by Faber and printed in England. Wyatt’s double-spread illustrations are densely detailed and darkly atmospheric. The coloured cover illustration is by Fernando Lopez Juarez, an art supervisor at a Spanish animation company. The frontispiece maps in all the books are drawn by the author himself.
This is the sixth adventure set in the world of Podkin One-Ear. After capturing Charice, there is only one spirit left for Uki to find: Mortix, the most dangerous of all. With his friends Jori, Cole and Kree, Uki heads to Eisenfell – the greatest city in Hulstland – only to find that Mortix has taken control of Emperor Ash and is plotting to conquer the whole Five Realms with her terrifying army. Uki must dodge the Endwatch, the Shrikes, Clan Septys and the guards and find a way to complete his quest before all is lost.
“Uki is an unusual rabbit. A chimera. A double-soul. Two halves born as one: white fur on one side, black on the other.”
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