Reviews & Ramblings

Review & Ramblings: Gargantis by Thomas Taylor

Published by Walker Books 2020

I am so excited to be back at Eerie-on-sea! This follow up title to Malamander draws you in from the first page. We are reminded of Herbert Lemon’s amazing personality. The way he breaks through the page and talks to us directly.

Already the action has started. I do feel for Herbie, he just wants to hide in his cellar with his lost items but having a friend as formidable as Violet Parma means he is always out on an adventure. Wether he likes it or not.

Taylor has a way of writing that captivates you, wraps you up in the world he has created. It really feels as though you are trapped in the storm at Eerie-on-sea, as though you can feel the earth move under your feet.

Obviously Gargantis is aimed towards middle grade readers, but what makes it enjoyable for young adult and adult readers is how aware Herbie is. He makes comments about his situation that makes him reach through the page and seem like he is reading along with you. This awareness makes it so fun to read as an adult reader.

Taylor has written the ultimate follow up adventure. Gargantis is filled to the brim with action, gadgets, mystical creatures and folk lore and it is mesmerizing. This is a book you won’t be able to or want to put down! Written cleverly, it is great for all ages with characters you can’t help but love.

Thank you to Walker Books Australia for sending me a review copy of this amazing read!