Thirteen-year-old Montgomery does not believe in magic. But then, he’d have said people don’t live hundreds of metres below London, yet here they are! And in the Underworld city of Lundarien they have eight kinds of magic – the ‘Magic Circles’.
Here Montgomery meets Jarfin and others, who show him around the vast city caverns and even take him hunting in the Hanging Forest, and he soon feels more at home in the Underworld than back in his apartment on the Surface.
But all is not well in Lundarien, what with the kidnappings, the stampeding monsters and the dark forces lurking in the Labyrinth, and Montgomery finds himself drawn into defending the city and his new friends against an evil tyrant, while unearthing his own magical heritage.
A very gripping read.
Highly recommended for those that enjoy a book to take them away from everyday life into a world of magic and adventure. You’ll be begging for the next installment by the end…
great story!!!!! –
Fantastic book! As a dislexic i need a story to really capture me or i get bored and stop reading but this book had me from page one and i didnt want to put it down! really hope theres a sequal.
Magical, Quirky and Origina! –
I didnt know what to expect in this book and was pleasantly surprised. It is very well written and I couldnt put it down. The adventures with Montgomery are intriguing and the magic and queer animals very interesting. I loved the names of the characters and how the plot gently unfolds. I really look forward to the next book in the Omnifex Chronicles!
Thoroughly enjoyable –
I’m always a bit wary when I find self-published ebooks on Amazon. Let’s be honest, there is an awful lot of bad writing that has made its way into the marketplace. Happily, this isn’t the case here. The book is well written and is a really enjoyable read. If you liked the power of five series by Anthony Horowitz, or the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, then you’ll love this.
Amazing New World –
I really enjoyed exploring and discovering the oddities of the Underworld with Montgomery. The world is magical and bizarre and yet still filled with believable detail – except for the upside-down carrots.
The story romps along and I particularly enjoyed the banter between the Montgomery and his new friends, and the humour with which the tale is narrated. There is plenty of intrigue as you try and piece together the clues along with Montgomery – the strange behaviour of his mother and the vivid dreams he has.
I want to spend more time with Montgomery and his friends in the Underworld and can’t wait for the next installments.
Magical 🙂 –
I enjoyed reading this book, I liked the characters with their somewhat unusual names and the wonderfully inventive different kinds of magic, I liked the mystery surrounding Montgomery and the adventures he goes on, all held together with humour and the feelings that most young people would feel when plunged into moving house away from friends and all that is familiar. A very good read for those who enjoy magical adventure.
A great read that will make you smile –
A brilliant book to lose yourself in. I’m a bit older than the target audience, but couldn’t stop turning the pages, eager to see where the next chapter took Montgomery. I loved the contrast between Montgomery’s unimaginative dad, with his ‘dad’ jokes, and the exciting adventures of the underworld. Throughout the book there was a lure of prediction, making me eager to read about what I thought would happen, only to find an exciting twist. The book is filled with imaginative names and plots, quirky characters and funny anecdotes and I often found a big smile on my face whilst reading this. I agree with previous reviews, it’s a well written book, making it fun to read for anyone of any age. I’m looking forward to the next instalment…..
An easily read tale. –
Montgomery’s Trouble in the Underworld is a very readable story and Montgomery is a very likeable character. The story starts off with his family of Mum and Dad and sister moving from the country to London. Montgomery’s adventures start from there. As someone who is in to family history it was good to see Montgomery learning about his in this book. I gather that this is the first in a series of stories about Montgomery’s adventures. I hope we learn more about his family – mothers and fathers side – in future books. I will also look forward to seeing how Montgomery’s new friends and discoveries affects him as he starts at his new school in London.
Really good read! –
Proofreading books, I often come across a lot which are poorly written, with plots that either make no sense or are far too complicated. This was a welcome surprise! Not only are the characters realistic and well-written, but the plot is also engaging and I really got into the book. You’ll quickly be swept along on Montgomery’s adventures!
… first even after the first few pages but I’m glad I continued reading –
When I got this book I was a bit sceptical at first even after the first few pages but I’m glad I continued reading, I absolutely enjoyed it and am now hooked, the title hints that there’s more books to come, can’t wait. Go on, give it a read
Not bad, but could be better. –
My children always complain that child protaganists are either orphans or have an extremely dysfunctional family. Not so Montgomery. His two parents and one sister are boringly normal. And this is probably my biggest complaint about Montgomery’s adventure… it’s not as far from ordinary as I was anticipating. And it’s a little slow to get going. And it’s somewhat predictable.
I am a little older than the target readership for this book, but a good story should have something for a reader of any age. For me, much of this book lacked the spark that kept me turning the pages, although the pace picked up towards the end.
So why 3 stars, not 1 or 2? Because underlying writing style is good and the story is coherent. I only tripped over one proofreading error, which is less than I’ve spotted in ‘professionally published’ works.
I’d love to be able to see this book through the eyes of a contemporary 10 year old, to get their opinion.