It seems quite apt that I’m sharing Ross Montgomery’s ‘The Midnight Guardians,’ with you today on the blog. The world can seem a very dark place to children at this moment in time and more now than ever, they need stories to escape to. Stories that offer them hope and stories that bring a sprinkle of magic to their lives. For me this book is the perfect mix of all of these elements and it’s just that thing that children (and adults) need in their lives. Col feels desperately alone, his hopes of being reunited with his sister for Christmas are dashed at the last moment and he feels drawn to the place from his past. But unknowingly strange forces are at work and the voices he hears calling him back are ones that he buried deep inside himself, locked away after a tragic accident. Inside this place he discovers his a strange band of misfits. Pendlebury, a tiger with a penchant for terrible jokes who can change size at will, Mr Noakes, a badger with a fondness for waistcoats with a keen smell and the fearless (despite his tiny stature) The King of Rogues, a knight in shining armour. These are Col’s Guardians – his imaginary friends – and together they must embark on a dangerous and perilous quest to save those they love from a malevolent being who threatens to cloak the world in an endless darkness.
It’s difficult to describe just how much I loved this book. Without doubt it is one of my favourite reads of the year, I was so completely invested all the way through and by the end I felt like I’d experienced every emotion possible. Ross has created the most quirky and wonderful characters in the Guardians who contrasted brilliantly with Col and Ruth who are just ordinary children in the most extraordinary circumstances. As they race across the country the tension becomes almost unbearable as they are beset by the most demanding challenges both physically and emotionally and you desperately hope they can win this race against time. There are some quite dark moments (one in particular that nearly broke me) but Ross carefully balances these so the reader always feels there is a glimmer of hope in the distance. Ultimately this is a tale of friendship, acceptance and having courage in the darkest of times even when hope seem impossible. This is an absolute triumph in storytelling, Ross has created a truly magical and wondrous tale that will captivate and enchant children for a long time to come.
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Thank you to Rebecca and Walker for sending me a gifted copy of this marvellous book. ‘The Midnight Guardians,’ is available to buy online or from any good bookshop. If you can please support your local independent bookshop, many are offering online services at this time and you can find your nearest one here.