By: Aleesah Darlison
Published by: Walker Books
Published: February 2014
ISBN: 9781922179029


Can Ash and his friends rescue the village and break the evil wizard's spell in time?

Ash Rover wants to do something important with his life. When he discovers a phoenix egg, he gets his wish. But the magical bird brings trouble to Ash's village. Soon Ash is not only the unlikely Keeper of the Phoenix, he is also on a desperate quest to save his family and friends.


Phoenix, unicorns, trolls, griffins and gargoyles, all wrapped up in an action adventure.

Our hero, Ash Rover, must face many challenges to defeat Wizard Zadoc and free his beloved homeland Icamore from the dreaded freezing curse placed upon it.

Ash is a young cowherd with no particular talents, who stumbles across a strange rock. He then discovers this is a phoenix egg. Soon Gwaam, the phoenix, hatches and claims Ash as being a boy of good heart, worthy of being his keeper.

But being a phoenix keeper provides Ash and his two friends, Taine and Rhyll, with a week of strange occurrences and tough challenges. Their goal is not only to survive, but to see Gwaam grow to maturity (which will only take a week) so that he can have the strength to defeat the evil wizard who is out to destroy them all.

An exciting novel for young fantasy lovers, probably best for ages 9 and up.

This book was included in our February 2014 Primary Fiction Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob.