The Crackledawn Dragon – Abi Elphinstone

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is the finale of the Unmapped Chronicle series, which I have waited SO long for. After the adventures in Rumblestar and Jungledrop where the Unmapped worlds are saved from the evil clutches of Morg, it is Zebedee Bolt’s turn to enter the worlds and rescue the magical lands from the persistent harpy.

He is hauled into Crackledawn by Morg where he sees a world on the brink of ruin and has to decide which side to fight for. Can a boy who has felt abandoned his whole life finally put trust into someone else? Zebedee will go on a journey not only across distant lands, but also one of discovery within himself.

My favourite part of this, and the other books in the series, has been the incredible settings that are described so brilliantly by Elphinstone. The imagery of the lands is magical and makes you feel as though you are right there with the characters, travelling through the sea and sky. Crackledawn is an amazing world full of excitement, adventure and fantastic creatures.

Zebedee is a really interesting character. He has been fostered and struggles to trust people after feeling as though he’s been disappointed and let down. What I loved about him is that he still finds the space to hope, which allows him to develop friendships with Oonie and her talking chameleon sidekick! Oonie is also a wonderful character who displays diversity which is so needed in classrooms. She is a fantastic example of how any young person shouldn’t be held back and given the chance to be independent and reach for their dreams.

Sometimes, the ending of a series can feel as though it’s rushed or leave threads hanging. However, I was thrilled with the final adventure of the story which still had bundles of action, drama and excitement! I’m so glad to have the final instalment for my classroom shelves 🐉.

If you like the sound of this book, buy it here.

Emily x

📚 Book gifted by publisher

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