Cover and interior design by Helen Crawford-White
Alex loves magic – its glamour, tricks and illusions.
He’s good at it, too: he’s reached the semi-finals of a prestigious competition for young magicians. But when he stumbles into eccentric Mr Olmos’s back garden while running from his former best friend, Alex sees something he can’t explain: three tiny flames floating in the air. Fire magic. Real magic. Soon, Alex and Mr Olmos are swept up in a great adventure of secrets, genies and an ancient, bitter rivalry …
Alex has fallen out with his best friend and his father is never around anymore. With only his magic for company, he is determined to be the best Young Magician. A last minute escape finds him in a back garden where even seeing isn’t quite believing, and only when he is told the truth by Mr Olmos does he realise what he’s stumbled upon – real magic that must be protected at all costs…
The Fire Maker continues Guy’s form at combining real-life drama and magical realism into a shorter read with ease. Friendship, fall-outs and fire spirits are at the heart of this gripping adventure brimming with magic and menace.
I loved watching the relationship grow between Alex and Mr Olmos, reminding me very much of childhood relationships with adults where I grew up, the only difference being, my parents knew about it!
The real magic for me though was when Alex reminisced about times playing in The Wick with Freddie – the longing for simple friendships before fall-outs and the wild and whimsical imaginative play that came with it.
Great for fans of Snowglobe by Amy Wilson, The Girl Who Thought Her Mother Was A Mermaid by Tania Unsworth and The Black Dragon (The Mysterium 1) by Julian Sedgwick
About The Author…
Guy was born in Botswana, grew up in Bedfordshire and now lives in St Albans with his wife and step-daughter.
He spent a decade writing for the theatre, including the West End musical Never Forget, before finally knuckling down to write a book.
THE FIRE MAKER by Guy Jones is out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House)
Follow Guy on Twitter @guyjones80
Huge thanks to Chicken House for sending me a copy of The Fire Maker for review and inviting me to take part in the blog tour. Do make sure you check out Guy’s Guest Post, The Golden Age Of Magic, as well as all of the other stops on the tour.
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