This inventive young adult fantasy adventure is second in a
series called The Underworld Chronicles. This refers to
the world of fantasy whose entrance is guarded by young
Jake's family, which he discovers after the death of his
grandfather. Jake is the new Guardian, and it all goes
downhill from there. The BOOK OF LIGHT is the object of a
quest Jake must undertake if he is to push back evil
forces. Just as well he's allowed to bring two friends.
The first part of the story has a light atmosphere as Jake,
Arianna, and Will wander in the Underworld, getting assigned
a guard called Ferdinand who is surly and not the
handsomest, but seems to know how to fight off goblins.
Even bigger menaces are at loose, right up to dragons. But
Jake gets separated from the others and the mood abruptly
changes to dark as he has to survive monsters, arena fights
and hunters. He doesn't know if he'll see his friends
again much less find the Book.
I like the way that now and again there is a short recap as
Jake thinks about his situation, just right if you are
putting the book down and coming back to it the next day. I
really enjoyed how Jake has to practise survival skills
from building and lighting fires, to making a raft and
preparing food. And as I'm a horse lover the speaking,
smart horses are a brilliant feature of the story, enough
to make me want to visit the Underworld again. With vivid
descriptions including plants, scents, and changeable
streams, the fast-paced adventure is just right for anyone
from nine to mid-teens. But be aware some scenes get
Rachel Tetley is planning the next
instalment in the series. BOOK OF LIGHT is the first part
I've read and I think it would help to read the earlier
book called GUARDIAN OF THE UNDERWORLD. But brave young
adults could jump right in and enjoy the thrill ride.
Jake Summers has had a year to get used to the fact that he is
the Guardian of the Underworld. But there have been some strange
things happening recently. Tsunamis, earthquakes and flash
floods and someone or something seems to be watching him. Is it
a coincidence, or is a dark force at work? And could the book of
light be the only hope to stop it? Join Jake and his friends on
a perilous journey through the Underworld, to find the book
which has been lost for hundreds of years.
Can he find it? And can it save them before it's too late? One
thing is for certain, an ancient evil will stop at nothing to
get there first.