Gerald and the Amulet of Zonrach by Carl Hackman

Gerald and the Amulet of Zonrach

Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Fantasy

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In the realm of Wyverndawn, a wizard’s height is the mark of his power, so shrinking an entire inch is disastrous for Gerald. Looking to gain a few inches, Gerald attempts to create a village landmark using his superior wizarding skills. But the spell he bought — from a guy who knows a guy — is a tad more powerful than he anticipates. The resulting earthquake, hurricane and escape of a very dangerous wizard from prison really weren’t part of the plan. To add insult to injury, a red-faced Gerald finds himself banished from his village along with the one inch demotion; two more and he’ll join his father as a Royal Equine Poop Disposal Coordinator. Gerald’s hopes of returning home hinge on repairing the devastation he caused and thwarting the evil wizard’s plans of grasping Wyverndawn for his own. Failure could mean Gerald’s next spell might well be his last.

*Received as an ARC from the author*

After reading about this book I knew I had to pick it up! It sounded full of adventure and magic and I knew I wouldn’t regret reading it.

In this book we follow Gerald and his companion Colin as they inadvertently have to stop a crisis after Gerald makes a little mistake while using a spell – a mistake that causes part of the country they live in to detach from the mainland and can only be accessed by a portal. This piece of land suddenly becomes very valuable as controlling it would mean great power. Therefore our two characters must go on a dangerous quest to find the portal and shut it down before someone of greater power can take over and use it for their own good.

As soon as I started reading this book I started to get a Hobbit/Stardust theme and this flowed throughout the book. It had similar elements – two small characters going on a dangerous quest, there was magic and changing people into rodents etc. therefore as I loved both of these books I knew this was going to be a good book. The story is full of magic and fantasy elements, however it has it’s own twist on it…the wizard grows with each spell. When the wizard reaches their full height e.g. 6 foot 3 they will be at the height of their power, however if they do something wrong or cannot do a spell properly they lose vital inches that mean they cannot perform spells they once could and become weak. I liked this addition as it is really easy to get used to the typical wizard story, this was a nice little addition that I think really added something extra to the story.

I loved the characters in this book, although our main character wasn’t my biggest fan – he reminded me a lot of Frodo from the Lord Of The Rings trilogy in the fact that he relied a lot on his companion to do most of the lifting and things while believing all the hard work was done by him. The rest of the characters though I absolutely loved! My favourite character has to be the dragon Zach, the bond him and Gerald have is amazing and I liked reading about how they grew together and trusted each other. It was nice to see that the character had to work for this trust as all too frequently in books the character and their animal companion are instantly best friends and trust each other completely, I liked that the characters grew with each other and learned to trust each other.

I do think this book is aimed at younger children however there were some parts in it which I do think adults would enjoy so it is appropriate for all ages and I’m sure people at any age would enjoy reading it. If you’re a fan of the lord of the rings and Stardust then you will definitely enjoy this book. It is a fun adventure story with magical elements involved and I would definitely recommend it!

Rating: 5/5

Summing up: A magical adventure story!

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