Friday, 2 June 2023

Vivi Conway and the Sword of Legend by Lizzie Huxley- Jones

Pages: 320 

Publisher: Knights Of 

Released: 1st of June 2023 

“The problem with growing up listening to bedtime stories about monsters, magic and myth is that you don’t really question it when a lake summons you…”

The lake has been calling to twelve-year-old Vivi Conway. On the day she and her Mams will move from Wales to London, she sneaks out to investigate what is calling her there. Instead of a quiet swim, she finds Excalibur (much smaller than she expected), a ferocious monster (much scarier in real life than in her mythology books), a new friend (which she doesn’t want at all) called Dara and a ghostly dog named Gelert (who can talk).

Gelert insists that Vivi is part of a magical group of children who share the souls of witches from legend and must protect the world from being taken over by the evil King Arawn of the Otherworld. Oh, and now she can magically control water. With a little extra help from spiky Stevie and sweet-hearted Chia, Vivi must come to terms with her magical destiny and be brave enough to embrace true friendship.

The first book in a fantastical series that combines a quest for magic and friendship with Welsh mythology and a pinch of science, all within a contemporary setting.

What I Have to Say 

This book is everything to me. It is an adventure perfect for the little child I was! Vivi is a great heroine and I feel really represented by her, but I also love all the other characters too, I really liked the diversity! Gelert was my favourite though because who doesn't love a grumpy talking ghost dog? 

I was really interested in the Welsh mythology. I love mythology stories and I didn't know much about the legends in this book. Arthur, Excalibur and the lady in the lake are naturally familiar to me, but I don't know a lot of the other characters who are featured. I also didn't know some of the creatures in the book and it was fun to see something new! 

Honestly reading Hux's books are like wrapping up in a warm blanket. They're so cosy and comforting. I'm a really big fan of their writing. I can't wait for the next book in the series. 

My thanks go to Knights Of for providing me with this copy for review. 

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