‘Even Heroes Do Bad Things’
Over the past year in my blogging life, I’ve been in contact with some pretty outstanding people. Writers who are just starting out their journey make up a lot of those people, and Rich Pitman is one of them. Last year, I was given the opportunity to interview him about his children’s adventure debut, Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness, and let me tell you, it made for a fantastic read. This October, the sequel makes an appearance, and if it is anything like the original, then it is going to be huge.
The four Children of Darkness are starting to rot. Their skin is decaying from the use of dark magic and they must find a magical elixir of light to restore their bodies, but they are not the only ones seeking it!
From the People’s Book Prize Finalist, Rich Pitman comes the second book in the Jimmy Threepwood series – Jimmy Threepwood and the Elixir of Light.
To recap on the first book, Jimmy Threepwood is no ordinary boy, in fact he’s no ordinary hero – he’s an anti-hero of sorts.
Imagine this, Jimmy is a ten year old boy who doesn’t have many friends, his parents don’t offer him much love and he never, ever receives a present on his birthday. His eleventh birthday is just around the corner. As that date approaches however, weird events start to occur, he is attacked by crows and wasps. He has an unfortunate accident in the Chemistry lab which leaves an unusual mark on his arm and he manages to scare the school bully so much, that that said bully is now nothing more than a mere shell of an existence. What is happening to Jimmy Threepwood?
As it so happens, the Elders had prophesised many centuries ago that humans will come to destroy the world in which we live. To prevent this from happening, the Elders have set in motion a solution to this problem. Every two millennia, four children who bear the mark of a powerful demon will rise up and learn their true destiny and summon this demon to purge the world of everything living thing so it can be reborn and start anew. Jimmy is one of these children and he soon realises that he has been dealt a fate so cruel by his mother that she bargained her life with his so that she could live on and Jimmy would be taken on his eleventh birthday to learn of his fate.
Life as a chosen one to destroy the world isn’t an easy one. He is betrayed by the other three children he soon calls friends and the journey they must go on to strengthen their powers is a perilous one. One that includes flying unicorns, water spirits and an infamous cave where deathly challenges await them.
What caught me off guard with this story was how original it was for us to read of the anti-hero, but it is done so with such imagination and such fantastic story telling, every boy aged 8 and up who reads this will absolutely fall in love with the magic wielding children who can turn into wild beasts. Jimmy, as it so happens, can turn into a phoenix, whereas one particular child can turn into a dragon. It’s all action packed stuff and I remember as a child loving the more darker stories with magic and necromancy. If only I was 8 again.
What I love about sequels, is how you really enjoy coming back to the characters you became acquainted with before. And with an original concept such as this, why wouldn’t we? Since it’s publication, Rich Pitman became a finalist in ‘People’s Book Prize’, a commendable achievement indeed! If we go back to the sequel’s blurb, we can get a real taste of what is to come. It sounds deliciously dark and sometimes it takes a brave children’s author to stand up and shout “I’m going to be different.”
Jimmy Threepwood and the Elixir of Light is available to preorder now from:
For those of you that haven’t read the first instalment, then what are you waiting for? Jimmy Threepwood and the Veil of Darkness is available in both paperback and eBook and is available from:
About the Author:
Rich is originally from Newport, South Wales. He is the author of the epic children’s fantasy series, Jimmy Threepwood, starting with The Veil of Darkness and to be followed by the second book, The Elixir of Light.
Rich lives with his two Burmese cats and beautiful, yet patient wife. He is a qualified teacher who spends all his time reading and thinking of new stories to write.
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