Abi Elphinstone is the most exquisite storyteller I have ever come across.
My first introduction to Abi was the wonderfully enchanting Sky Song that I read last year. It was such a glorious adventure that I knew I would need to read everything that Abi went on to write.
When one of my favourite days of the year approached and the World Book Day offerings were announced I was delighted to see Abi and Everdark in there with some other outstanding authors . An introduction to The Unmapped Chronicles, Everdark is a gripping adventure which sets the scene for what is to come.
Rumblestar, therefore, was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and, I have to say, it was even better than I could have possibly hoped for.
Rumblestar is the story of two unlikely heroes – Casper Tock, an eleven year old boy whose life is dictated by bullies and his own need for rules and timetables – and Utterly Thankless, whose defient persona hides a troubled wee girl at heart.
The two embark on the most fantastical adventure through Rumblestar in an effort to defeat the evil harpy, Morg.
Abi Elphinstone has a sensational and awe-inspiring way of telling stories. She has created a world that is believable in its vulnerabilty, honesty and susceptibility to evil and I didn’t want to leave. I was a more than a little gutted when it was over.
At the heart of the story are two slightly awkward and insecure characters (3 if you include Arlo, the tiny smoke breathing dragon).
Watching their characters develop and the friendships grow is really what this story is about. But it is wrapped up in the most amazing magical adventure – a glorious world that you never want to leave.
As a teacher, I can’t help to think about the possibilities for learning and inspiration contained within this book.
Rumblestar is possibly the most magnificent and wonderful story I have ever read. Full of adventure, excitement and all sorts of twists and turns, it is an absolutely breath-taking work of brilliance. Loved it!
Ps. READ EVERDARK FIRST!