The Midnight Guardians by Ross Montgomery

Book Review #499

Title: The Midnight Guardians

Author: Ross Montgomery

Publisher: Walker Books

Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy

Format: Paperback

Source: Pansing

Publication Date: September 3, 2020

Pages: 400

When Col’s childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight – Col must race to Blitz-bombed London to save his sister.

But there are darker forces at work, even than the Nazi bombings. Soon Col is pursued by the terrifying Midwinter King, who is determined to bring an eternal darkness down over everything.

The Midnight Guardians is a story that revolves around history and magic coming together. For the main character, Col who was forced to live with his aunt in the countryside soon discovered that the city he lived in is about to be destroyed because of the war but with the help of a few magical friends, they traveled to London to save his loved one. He not only have to fight through time but also an evil villain called the Midwinter King.

The premise is truly interesting and sounds like a good read when I first picked it up but I just couldn’t get into it, no matter how much I tried to make myself like this story. I don’t know if I’m just not in the mood for this kind of book or because of something else but as much as I tried, I just couldn’t make myself enjoy it as much.

The magical creatures kind of reminds me of Toy Story as they suddenly magically come to live and they helped Col help save her sister and the villain. It was a whirlwind journey through so many obstacles but as middle grade books predictably would go, all will turn out well at the end of the story.

Unfortunately, this book is not my cup of tea but there’s quite a number of people who ended up enjoying this book. So I suppose it’s just me and if you find this book the kind of story you would enjoy, pick it up and enjoy the magical adventure.

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