Books of beginning series – brilliant for fantasy fans!


The Emerald atlas (2011)

The Fire chronicle (2012)

Book 3 (as yet un-named…) (2014) I can’t wait to read the conclusion!

All written by John Stephens and Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers.

The Emerald Atlas was described by the publisher as Narnia meets Philip Pullman’s His dark materials trilogy…this sets the bar very high for readers, however it did not disappoint and I have enthusiastically been recommending these books to my year 5 and 6 readers who enjoyed Harry Potter, the Narnia Chronicles and Percy Jackson.


The Emerald Atlas brims with humor and action as it charts Kate, Michael, and Emma’s extraordinary adventures through an unforgettable, enchanted world. These three siblings have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage. Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now. ..Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey through time to dangerous and secret corners of the world…a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem.  And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

Book trailer:


“Kids ready to delve into time-travelling fantasy will love this fun, fast-paced book. Intriguing and suspenseful, the story is packed with strong characters, sophisticated language, and adventures that force the heroes to grapple with questions of loyalty, honesty, hard choices and, of course, good and evil.  Here, author John Stephens uses some familiar fantasy elements — innocent orphans, an evil witch, a struggle over three valuable books of wisdom — to pull together a creative story that will have kids breathlessly waiting for the next installment.  Younger readers may be confused by the time-travelling sequences, and the violence may be a little too much for them, but for kids who are mature enough, this is a thrilling ride.”

The official website is here and it’s a great place to explore more about the book and read the first chapter.

4 thoughts on “Books of beginning series – brilliant for fantasy fans!”

  1. I love this series! I’m in the middle of The Fire Chronicle it’s awesome my favorite person in this series is definitely Kate. 🙂 I would recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and fantasy.

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