The Chime Seekers

By Ross Montgomery

From the Costa-shortlisted and critically acclaimed author of the bestselling The Midnight Guardians comes a middle-grade fantasy adventure about siblings, courage and the magic that hides in the cracks.

Step into a world of faerie tricks and hidden danger... When an evil faerie steals Yanni’s baby sister and swaps her for a Changeling, Yanni is swept into a dangerous race against time to get her back. For faeries delight in tricks and rescuing her won’t be easy. With the help of his cousin, Amy, and the reluctant Changeling, Yanni must travel to goblin palaces and battle-swept oceans, discovering ancient treasures and secrets along the way. Yanni will need every drop of courage and even a few tricks of his own, if he’s to outwit the faerie and save his sister…

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406391190
  • Published: 04 Nov 2021
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 384

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Customer reviews


'Cracking adventure from the wildly imaginative Montgomery.' The Daily Mail

' Funny, terrifying, full of folkloric strangeness hiding in everyday corners, this sparkling homage to David Bowie’s Labyrinth is just as satisfying as last year’s The Midnight Guardians.' The Guardian

' Lovers of fantasy will find a skillful mix of tradition and invention in The Chime Seekers, the latest whirlwind adventure by Ross Montgomery.' The Daily Telegraph

'I’ve long been a fan of Ross Montgomery but, along with The Midnight Guardians, The Chime Seekers is story-telling in a different league […] a concept perfectly poised to capture children’s imaginations and take them on this most fabulous journey into the magical world of British folklore.' The Bookseller

'This richly imaginative tale shows faeries at their darkest and most sinister, but there are plenty of funny moments along the way.' The Week Junior

'A quest like no other: Ross Montgomery is on spectacular form in this brilliant, edge-of-your seat story about magic, unlikely alliances and talking signposts.' Emma Carroll

'A deliciously creepy, wonderfully imaginative, folklore-filled tale from a hugely talented and accomplished storyteller.' Sophie Anderson

'The very best of children's fantasy.' Piers Torday

'The Chime Seekers is another enchanting masterpiece from Ross Montgomery. Charming, hilarious and brimming with magic, it swept me up from the first page and brought me on a whirlwind adventure, through a land rich with ancient folklore, tricksy bargains and sneaky faeries. In fact, this tale has been told with such wizardry, I'm beginning to wonder if Ross might be a faerie, too.' Catherine Doyle

'I really enjoyed this. Very page-turny, with enough funny bits to stop it being too scary.' Philip Reeve

'All the hallmarks of an instant classic. Prepare to be completely swept away. You’ll want to read it more than once. Gosh. It’s just so stinking good.' Carlie Sorosiak

'A fantastic adventure with shades of Jan Mark, Susanna Clarke and Neil Gaiman, but always, unmistakably, Ross Montgomery. A brilliant example of the best children's fiction. Loved it.' Christopher Edge

'Gripping, funny, unexpected and often really rather scary, The Chime Seekers has it all. Ross’s passion for the genre shines through on every page, and it will undoubtedly enchant any person (of any age) lucky enough to pick it up ... a modern classic.' Phil Earle

'A tricksy, whirlwind of an adventure from start to finish with twists and turns I didn’t expect! I loved it.' Aisha Bushby

'FLAWLESS. Witty, emotional, beautifully written, pacey, punchy, and a story that just keeps delivering, page after page. It's one of my reads of the year.' Nicola Skinner

'This book is so rich in detail, humour and feeling. Ross Montgomery is a singular talent in writing brave and magical adventures. I loved it!' Katya Balen

'Fantastic! A brilliant cast of characters (including a fabulously grumpy frog), a whirlwind adventure and a fae world brimming with darkness, wonder and faerie tricks.' Aisling Fowler

'This book. It’s folklore magic and faerie rules and love and Yanni is such a wonderful character.' L.D. Lapinski

'The magical world of British folklore comes to life in this contemporary fantasy novel, bursting with Ross’s trademark charm, humour and warmth, and with a sibling and family relationship at its heart.' The Book Muse

' Montgomery’s prose is well paced and lively. Dialogue, just enough description to inspire the imagination and a varied vocabulary make this a pleasure to read ensuring the plot moves swiftly and consistently. An extremely satisfying addition to any shelf and one to recommend.' Books for Keeps

'Cracking adventure from the wildly imaginative Montgomery.' The Daily Mail

' Montgomery is an assured, deft writer, using the architecture of the legend to create something both thrilling and funny, whilst also paying homage to role-playing games. The Chime Seekers will be a treat for reading by the fire.' Literary Review

' With a genuinely magical feel, emotional intelligence and a propulsive plot, this reworks folklore with all the brio of Emma Carroll and Neil Gaiman.' New Statesman

'Readers of all ages will adore this book. […] a delight of pure escapism. All together this is a brilliant autumn read.' Read for Good

'The Chime Seekers is a wonderfully dark and exciting read, full of magic and humour, with some unforgettable characters and a fabulous villain in the shape of Lorde Renwin. […] I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it highly as a class reader or for a school library for upper KS2. The author’s skills in controlling various plots and creating the two worlds of reality and fantasy which echo each other like distorted reflections in a cracked mirror, are deeply impressive and should appeal to a variety of readers.' Just Imagine

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