My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The Landland Chronicles: The Greying is book one in this fantasy series written for children aged 10-13 years. I shall begin with my last thoughts as the book ended; as a child, who wouldn’t love to be written into a delightful book? Meah finds herself alone, her mother has died and her father is missing, she’s left with Aunt Beryl a cold women she hardly knows. Together they are in a boat emptying her mother’s ashes into the sea when Meah falls overboard.
Lost and alone she is washed up on a distant shore where everything has lost its colour. She meets Mermie and Dalff who have been waiting for her arrival to help them find the lost colours. They insist she is called Teah the thinking girl. I really enjoyed the mix of myth, legend, and history to create this magical place. I wanted to taste hot-sap tea and meet a Pitterpatterdell. Some of the names made me smile, their simplicity was refreshing in fantasy Josh O’Tosh, Bill MacIll, Ani Stout and Danar Long.
Teah must go and find a sage called The Biggo who seems to know just where she is and what she might need, he sends Spike with messages of encouragement in her quest to retrieve the Black thing and the Book of Colours. Her path is troubled by many adventures, but slowly with help she finds herself and her lost parts and with friends and brave Pictish warriors she discovers just what or who is causing the sinister tap, tap tapping and together with the Biggo they set off on more adventures in Landland.
I think this is a good fantasy world and the mix of adventure and myth worked well. I have my own historical interest in the ogam language and was thrilled to see it included in this tale.
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