Tuesday, November 18, 2014

REVIEW: Max Blizzard and the Gem of Camelot

Max Blizzard & the Gem of Camelot
Patrick Hatt

Genre: Fantasy, Arthurian Legends
Publication date: 11.3.2014
Pages: 278

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 11.17.2014

Summary:  Max Blizzard was like any other drone living in Earth's realm until the arrival of his eighth birthday.  On that day his imagination awoke and Max started thinking for himself.  He was an outcast the moment he let people know about his imagination.  That moment also unknowingly set forth a chain of events years in the making.  By having imagination, Max had given Sir Dreadvent exactly what he anted, a way into Camelot's realm.
            Now Max and his friends, Trudesile and Lester, must complete the quest that Max's father, Merlin, set out for him years ago.  They must find the Gem of Camelot to defend the realm from Sir Dreadvent's and his sevesties.  Their perilous journey will take them from the shores of Merlinia and the ship of Davy Jones to the fields of Avalon, in the hope that they can save Camelot, save Earth and save all the lost realms that have been consumed by Sir Dreadvent and his sevesties on their quest to remake the universe.
            A tale about where your imagination can lead if you choose to follow it, with creatures large and small joining Max Blizzard on his journey.  King Arthur, Oberon, Hercules, Apollo and other heroes of imagination believed to be myth will become truth as Max and his friends face the trials ahead.  Let your imagination lead the way to Max Blizzard and The Gem of Camelot.

I found this story very enjoyable.  It would be a great chapter book to read to your children or one for middle school children to read themselves.  It's light reading with a fun adventure, an epic storyline and characters that were a lot of fun to read more about.  I really liked Max and Trudesile - they were the perfect heroes, in my opinion, and grew a lot from the story.  This was a great coming of age story, with lots of twists and turns, and characters from mythology and King Arthur tales that made the book even more fun.

The only issue that I had with this book was the fact that it had a few editing issues, but nothing that takes away the flow of the story.

About the author:
Patrick Hatt can be found in the East Coast of Canada.  He hates writing these things but doesn't mind talking in the third person.  He dabbles in a little of this and a little of that, not afraid to attempt something new.
            He is owned by two cats, one of whom has his own blog, It's Rhyme Time.  Yeah a rhyming cat, who knew?  He would be considered a both person when it comes to cats and dogs.
            He is also quite the movie and TV buff.  As you can probably tell, he does not take himself seriously and has more stuff in his head than is needed.  Thus the novels are just one more form of release.  Thanks for the visit and enjoy!


Pat Hatt said...

Thanks for the great review and for hosting. I know what editing issues you were talking about, they were taken care of after I already sent the review copy lol always something to catch it seems.

Meghan H said...

You're welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

I'm glad you caught them - there were very few.

I actually read this through myself and have read the first chapter to a couple of kids that do story time at my house. They are really excited so far and they were even begging for a second chapter. That says a lot.

I'll probably update my review when I'm done reading it to them. :)

Pat Hatt said...

That is great to hear indeed. If it can keep kids occupied and they want more, surely nice to know. Thanks for telling me.

Meghan H said...

You're welcome.

I enjoy books that are intended for children, middle age and young adults myself, but it's always great to get the kids' point of view on this as well.

Snowcatcher said...

Thank you for an informative and fun review. It will be good to hear how the kids respond when it's done.

Meghan H said...

Thank you. I will definitely update my review when we are done.

Fundy Blue said...

Another great review, Pat!
And thanks for writing it, Meghan!