The author and illustrator is Adam Blade. The main character is Tom, a heroic boy from Avantia. He went on many quests given by Auduro. Along the way, he met Elenna who was a good archer. They were accompanied by Storm, Tom’s horse, and Silver, Elenna’s pet wolf.
This story is about Tom, Elenna, Silver, Storm, and a sorcerer Marc who was trained by the good wizard, Auduro. In the story, they travelled from Avantia to Kayonia. They were in search of six different beasts, each with an ingredient created by the evil wizard, Velmal. Those six ingredients were needed to cure Tom’s mother, Freya, from the poison that Velma gave her.
There were six places where the beasts hid. First was the Icy Desert where Komodo – the lizard king, hid. Next was The Kayonian Plains where Muro – the rat monster, hid. After that, was the golden Valley where Fang – the bat fiend, lived. Followed by The Kayonian Marshlands where Murk – the swamp man, lived. Next was The Kayonian Forest where Terra – curse if the forest, lived. Last but not least, Meaton, the castle of Kayonian, where Vespick – the wasp queen, lived.
Tom is my favourite character. He is courageous, daring and smart. He uses magical items that he collects from beasts. For example, the green gem that can mend broken bones. This gem is guarded by Skor – the winged stallion. Another one is the magic compass, which tells him to go towards the direction of destiny or danger. It is given by his father, Taladon. My least favourite character is Velmal. He is cold-blooded, evil and mischievous. His weapon is a metal stuff. He casts his magic on beasts to control them and they guard the ingredients needed to cure Freya. I especially do not like him as he escapes everytime and he never plays fair.
I liked the ending as in the end, Velmal finally died. Freya used Tom’s sword and broke his staff. After that, she slashed Velmal’s body at the waist, cutting him in half. Then a shriek of pain tore from the wizard’s throat and a heart beat later he exploded in an explosion or purple sparks. After that, they returned to Avantia with great news. On their way back, they saw a black flag at the top of the castle and they all wondered what had happened after tom left. You will have to read the next book to find out about the black flag.
My favourite part of the story is when the burly man with an eye patch almost used a whip to hit Tom. Just as he was about to hit him, it turned into a snake. Everyone ran away as they thought that Tom was a wizard and they were afraid of him. I dislike the part where the wasp took over the whole town.
I hate the wasp as they remind me of bees and on a trip to Taman Negara, I was stung by one. However in the story, marc created a bubble around Romaine, the queen of Kayonia, so that she would not be stung by the wasp.
Overall, I feel that the book, Beast Quest series, is an exciting adventure book. I would recommend this book to boys aged 7 to 13 who are keen for adventures in a fantasy world.Gathering Books Quill Junior Contributor Trevor Lim Zhee Howe Edgefield Primary School, Age 11