Read and Review: Great Fire
About our reviewer...
Hi, my name is Edward Emmerson. I'm 9 years old and really love finding out about the world. I have always been into history and geography and then my mum found out about YAC from an archaeologist she knows. He recommended joining my local YAC so I went to my first session with the Southampton group last year. I absolutely love the sessions as we do lots of different things. Last month we look at poo and what it can tell us about the past! Recently, we went on a proper dig to search for evidence of a Victorian mill on the River Itchen. I found lots of glass, some brick and some pieces of wire.
When I'm not busy doing archaeology, I also like reading and enjoy adventure books.
Edward has read and reviewed Great Fire by Jon Chant. It is published by Mogzilla.
Edward's review: Great Fire
The book is an action-packed adventure about Esteban, a sorcerer who does time magic. It starts at the Monument in London where his best friend Danny has disappeared. Esteban then meets Connie and together they set off to try and find out what has happened to their friend.
They travel back in time to Pudding Lane and the moment the great fire started in 1666, but they encounter the evil one-eyed man who releases a monster called a Portent, a fire-breathing half-man half-goat. He is set on a mission to take over London and Esteban, Danny and Connie need to stop him! They discover that when Christopher Wren and Robert Hook rebuilt the city they created a magical circuit to imprison the monsters and they need to find the plans to reset this enchantment.
I didn’t know much about the Great Fire before reading the book, so I enjoyed learning more about London in 1666 and the rebuilding of the city after the fire. The writing was very descriptive and I liked the idea of London stuck between different periods, ancient and modern at the same time.
I really liked the character of Esteban because he was clever, brave and persevered in fighting the evil spirits with his friends. There were lots of scary bits though with the one-eyed man and the evil spirits which made it hard to read at times. I also found some of the words to do with time magic and sorcery difficult to understand.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in adventure and the history of London. It’s a good fast paced book although the sorcery elements make for a scary read.
Rating: I would give this book 8 out of 10.
Congratulations to Sofia Salih-Gonzalez and Gemma Scott who both won a copy of Great Fire in our competition.