Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Ratastrophe Catastrophe by David Lee Stone

Rats.  Nobody likes rats.  Especially not when they are large and eating everyone out of house and home.  They need to stop it, but how?

Open Road Media and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.  This is written for middle grades.

This story starts out a bit slow, but it is soon rocketing across the pages while you read about the rat eviction and the circumstances that ensue.  There's a lot of action, you're not sure all of the party trying the save the day will return in one piece, and there are a few sad parts, too.

When lightening strikes a young man who plays a flute, he suddenly is taken over by a magical being.  He soon find that his life is not his own anymore.  He also finds that the tunes he plays makes things follow him, animal and human both.  When the local kingdom hires him to get rid of the rats, it's no problem.  When it's time to pay him, there is a problem.  It seems all the kingdom has left in the treasury is coal.  Diek gets angry and the magical being takes over.  Soon Diek is leading all the children out of the kingdom to a place he's never been before.

My favorite part of the story is the rescue team.  There's the previous Mayor who is a drunk now but used to be a magician, his grandson who is a thief, Gordo the Dwarf and Groan the Barbarian, as well as unfortunate miner.  All these odds and ends join together and search for the children.  Following footprints is great but there are traps all along the way.

The ending is exciting and has lots of action.  I found it to be a good read.  I'm also interested in seeing what the next Illmore Chronicles book will be about.  An exciting shorter read is always fun.

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