Thomas is a real bookworm, and he’s always looking for new books to get his teeth into. I’ve always said he’s like that bit in Short Circuit where Johnny 5 reads all the books and screams “More Input, Stephanie!”
Anyway I digress. Being into his books he was really pleased to receive a new book to review last week from Harper Collins.
It was The second book in the Dartmouth Series, Dartmouth – Worlds Explode by Shane Hegarty.
He hadn’t read the first book, but theres a short round up of what’s happened so far at the start of the book, so we knew what was going on.
It’s all about a twelve year old boy called Finn, who’s a trainee Legend Hunter.
Legends are dark mysterious monsters who live in The Infested Side. In the last book Finn’s dad who is the only proper Legend Hunter left in Dartmouth got trapped in The Infested Side, and Worlds Explode sees Finn trying to get him back.
Thomas very much liked the character of Finn. It’s one that most pre-teens can identify with I think (minus the monster hunting of course) Finn’s a bit awkward, often messing things up, everyone thinks he’s not really up to the job as he’s not old enough yet and doesn’t have the experience. He doesn’t even really want to be special and hunt monsters, he’s just following his dad into it.
However he goes off on an adventure and works hard to put things right by getting his dad back, and shows everyone he’s a worthy legend-hunter.
The book is full of wonderful illustrations, maps of the worlds, pictures of the legends. We particularly love one picture which shows the scale of what Finn is up against whilst fighting in a massive battle between the half-hunters and the Legends. It really gives you an insight into the story, and helps put you smack bang in Finn’s place.
Thomas is also a big fan of the Percy Jackson series, and he says that he can see Dartmouth becoming another one of those great series of books.
The ending definitely leaves you wanting more, and is incredibly creepy. Not scary, but creepy when you think about what happens. It’s very visual, and Thomas came down straight after finishing and told me to read the last pages as it was so good.
Thomas really enjoyed reading Dartmouth – Worlds Explode and would recommend it if you like fantasy and adventure. You can pick it up at all the usual places or heres the Amazon link