The Iron Claw: The Warlock’s Child by Paul Collins and Sean McMullen
Published by Ford Street Publishing
Book three in the Warlock’s Child has all you could wish for in a fantasy adventure - dragons, magic, imaginary kingdoms, evil plots, talking animals, danger, friendship, and strong male and female characters. The map in the front details the kingdoms of this fantasy world and the action follows a double stranded narrative revolving around the evil warlock Calbaras who is dabbling in forbidden dragon magic: His son, Dantar, is escaping from him, and his daughter, Velza, is searching for him, both in an effort to stop his evil plan. Occasional short chapters of dragon conversation intersperse the story, providing a ‘dragon’s eye view’ of the kingdoms and their happenings.
What I found delightfully unexpected in this story was the humour in the writing. It had me laughing at the first paragraph: “In the entire world there are few things that strike fear into the heart of a king. The sight of his army retreating would be high on the list, and the royal taster clutching his stomach and collapsing would be even higher. At the very top, however...”
This series would be best to read in order, so the reader understands the characters and their place in the story. Having said that, this was the first book in the series I read, and I was still able to piece things together enough to find it enjoyable. The ending, however, is not the resolution of the story, so it is imperative to read the next book in the series if you want to find out what happens. It would appeal to boys and girls around mid-primary who enjoy being immersed in imaginary worlds.
This fantasy adventure series has a perfect blend of action, intrigue and humour.
CKT Book Reviewer
Authors: Paul Collins and Sean McMullen
Title: The Iron Claw: The Warlock’s Child
Publisher: Ford Street Publishing
Published: June 2015