Author(s): Chris Riddell
The first book in The Cloud Horse Chronicles, an exciting and fantastical new middle grade series from bestselling author-illustrator Chris Riddell.
In Guardians of Magic, 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate Chris Riddell weaves together a stunningly illustrated magical quest in which three ordinary children with extraordinary gifts come together to defeat the enemies who threaten the mysterious cloud horses.
The Kingdom of Thrynne is a place where fairy tales don't behave, and magic can be found in unexpected places. But magic brings danger to Zam (apprentice baker), Phoebe (tree talker & musician), and Bathsheba (the giant-slayer's daughter and a very good listener) because it is forbidden. Now, the future of magic itself is under threat from powerful enemies: those who fear it and, worse, those who want to use it for their own ends. But what can three ordinary children do to protect it?
PUBLICATION OCTOBER 2019
The future of magic is in danger in the kingdom of Thrynne from King Rat, the Clockmaker and the Professional Princess, who are trying to destroy its source, the amazing Forever Tree, and the mysterious Cloud Horses that live in its branches.
But magical gifts have been crafted from its wood for three ordinary children in the hope that these chosen Guardians of Magic will be able to use their new extraordinary powers to defeat the tree's enemies. Apprentice baker Zam, tree talker and musician Phoebe and giant-slayer's daughter Bathsheba embark on a quest that pits them against ruthless adversaries intent on furthering their own selfish and evil schemes.
Guardians of Magic is the first book in an absolutely enchanting new series. It's a beautifully produced hardback gift edition featuring Riddell's stunning illustrations and a delightful mash-up of fairytale characters, such as the Pied Piper and the Tin Man, woven into the story. The villains are gloriously villainous and our three heroes are resourceful, kind and brave.
Chris Riddell is a literary treasure and his award-winning books - the Ottoline and Goth Girl series - are keepsakes to treasure and read again and again. But I think his imaginative and humorous new tale of friendship and protecting our natural environment is his best yet. The perfect Christmas gift for ages 8 to 12 years.
Chris Riddell, the 2015-2017 UK Children's Laureate, is an accomplished artist and the political cartoonist for the Observer. He has enjoyed great acclaim for his books for children. His books have won a number of major prizes, including the 2001, 2004 and 2016 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medals. Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse won the Costa Children's Book Award 2013. His work for Macmillan also includes the bestselling Ottoline books, The Emperor of Absurdia, and, with Paul Stewart, the Muddle Earth books,theScavengerseriesand the Blobheads series. Chris has been honoured with an OBE in recognition of his illustration and charity work. He lives in Brighton with his family.