Book Reviews, Middle Grade Book Reviews

Gargantis (Malamander #2) by Thomas Taylor – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Four Stars

RELEASE DATE:  12 May 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Walker Books




There’s a storm brewing over Eerie-on-Sea, and the fisherfolk say a monster is the cause. Someone has woken the ancient Gargantis, who sleeps in the watery caves beneath this spooky seaside town where legends have a habit of coming to life. It seems the Gargantis is looking for something: a treasure stolen from her underwater lair. And it just might be in the Lost-and-Foundery at the Grand Nautilus Hotel, in the care of one Herbert Lemon, Lost-and-Founder. With the help of the daring Violet Parma, ever-reliable Herbie will do his best to figure out what the Gargantis wants and who stole her treasure in the first place. In a town full of suspicious, secretive characters, it could be anyone!




Thank you so much to Walker Books for providing me with a copy of Gargantis in exchange for an honest review!


***This review is for book 2 in the series, so my review may contain spoilers for book 1, Malamander***


Malamander was SUCH a fun book, so I was so excited to receive a copy of Gargantis and had to read it ASAP!  The story once again follows Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder extraordinare, and his friend Violet.  When a strange and eerie character drops something off at the Lost and Found department, Herbie is kicking himself he didn’t get more information, because he has no idea where to start finding the object’s owner. Before he can worry about it too much though, ANOTHER item comes through the door – this one even stranger than the last.  Herbie and Violet will need to brave the ever increasing wild storm forming over Eerie-on-Sea, to find out who the lost items belong to, and whether there’s any truth to the old stories the local sailors tell. With a bunch of angry people sure the item should be signed over to them, the pair need to move fast to unravel the mystery.

Gargantis was just as atmospheric and brilliant as Malamander. These books are so perfect for that age between middle grade and young adult.  Fantastic mystery, whimsical writing style and surprisingly in depth characters.  I especially love the world building the author has created.  I swear I can see the town of Eerie-on-Sea and smell the ocean from here.

If you haven’t picked up this series yet, I’d highly recommend giving it a try!




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