Sunday 13 June 2021

Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian (Book One)

Lightfall: The Girl and the Galdurian (Book One) by Tim Probert (HarperCollins) PB RRP $19.99 ISBN 9780062990464

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

In the mythical land of Irpa, various ancient tales exist about how the sun disappeared, and hazy details surround the origins of the makeshift light sources that illuminate the days. Beatrice (Bea), the Pig Wizard’s adoptive granddaughter, is naturally curious. 

One morning, Bea falls from a tree while marvelling at one of the lights. Fortunately, she is caught by Cadwallader (Cad), a friendly Galdurian, a species thought to have died out hundreds of years ago. Cad is on his way to see the wise and respected Pig Wizard to seek help to decipher some ancient scrolls that may help him find some relatives. When the pair arrive at the house, Gramps is not home but has left a note for Bea. The message causes her immediate worry, not because the message warned her twice to keep her ‘jar of endless light’ safe, but because she is concerned about his fading memory and fears that it’s too dangerous for Gramps to be out alone.

Anxious Bea and the ever-optimistic Cad set off to find him. Together they brave a long journey over mountains and across valleys, fend off a range of strange and threatening creatures and make decisions about who they can trust along the way. To add to their challenges, they learn that Bea’s jar holds the ‘last light of the sun’ and villains are trying to get hold of it.

Lightfall is a humorous graphic novel highly recommended for readers aged 8 years and older who enjoy mythical tales of adventure. Full colour digital cartoon illustrations depict a myriad of interesting creatures, bountiful action, onomatopoeia and speech bubbles. This book is the first in an upcoming series, and the cliff-hanger ending will ensure young readers are looking forward to the release of book two.

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