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The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

Written by Kieran Larwood

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical

LoveReading View on The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear

In a nutshell: rabbit heroes | rabbit villains | magic and heroism |

Winner of the Best Story Blue Peter Book Award 2017.

'Stories aren’t all about fighting and revenge. You have to have a bit of character development.  Some suspense, some atmosphere’. So says the bard telling the story of rabbit hero Podkin One-Ear, and his tale certainly has all those things.  Podkin is son of the chieftain of the Munbury warren but forced to flee with his baby brother and capable big sister Paz when their home is invaded by the terrifiying Gorm, iron-clad monster rabbits turned evil by greed and enchantment. The story of how their little band grows to start the fight back against the Gorm is full of magic, narrow escapes and heroic deeds.  Written in a very engaging style, regular breaks when the bard discusses the story with his audience both building and easing tension, this is a great bit of storytelling. Readers will hope for more adventures for Podkin and Paz.

For more stories of animals fighting evil see Brian Jacques's Redwall series or Robin Jarvis’s equally thrilling Deptford Mice books.  

Andrea Reece

The Five Realms: The Legend of Podkin One-Ear Synopsis

A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills known as the Razorback Downs...Podkin is the son of a warrior chieftain. He knows that one day it will be up to him to lead his warren and guard it in times of danger. But for now, he's quite happy to laze around annoying his older sister Paz, and playing with his baby brother Pook. Then Podkin's home is brutally attacked, and the young rabbits are forced to flee. The terrifying Gorm are on the rampage, and no one and nowhere is safe. With danger all around them, Podkin must protect his family, uncover his destiny, and attempt to defeat the most horrifying enemy rabbitkind has ever known.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571340200
Publication date: 8th March 2017
Author: Kieran Larwood
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical

About Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood is the author of Freaks and was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.  Kieran is one of only two male Reception class teachers on the Isle of Wight.  His days mainly consist of singing nursery rhymes, tying shoelaces, trying to locate who has had an ‘accident’ by sense of smell alone, and vast, endless mountains of paperwork.  Kieran graduated from Southampton University with a degree in English and also did a foundation year at Falmouth College of Art. Ever since he first read The Hobbit at ...

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