I have received a free e-copy of the book Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond by Kathy Cyr for son1 to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.
Here is the book blurb.
It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get a lot better…..until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.
Strange things begin to happen.
When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbour where lawn gnomes come to life and a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.
The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.
He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.
Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.
Here is son1’s video review.
Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond is available on Amazon, currently priced at £6.02 in paperback and is also available in Kindle format. It is the first book in the Max Hamby children’s fantasy series. Son1 gave this book a resounding thumbs up.
I took the opportunity to read this book too. Fantasy is not one of my preferred genres, but I do like to keep abreast of what the boys are reading. There are a lot of characters to meet, some of whom I assume will be developed further in subsequent stories in the series. We have humans, dwarves, gnomes, a friendly troll, pixies to name but a few of the heroes versus a very nasty witch and her entourage. I would say it is aimed at age 9+ as some parts are quite scary. There is lots of magic including seeing Max learn the extent of his magical powers that he was totally unaware of at the start, when he was the victim of the school bullies. It definitely ends leaving you wanting to read book 2 to find out what happens next.
Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.