The Midnight Guardians

By Ross Montgomery

A middle-grade fantasy full of myth and legend, set in England’s “darkest hour” during the Blitz in WW2, from a Costa-shortlisted author.

Sometimes at the darkest hour, hope shines the brightest… When Col’s childhood imaginary friends come to life, he discovers a world where myths and legends are real. Accompanied by his guardians – a six-foot tiger, a badger in a waistcoat and a miniature knight – Col must travel to Blitz-bombed-London to save his sister. But there are darker forces at work, even than the Nazi bombings. Soon Col is pursued by the terrifying Midwinter King, who is determined to bring an eternal darkness down over everything.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406391183
  • Published: 05 Nov 2020
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 400

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Customer reviews


'Beautiful... A magical, big-hearted adventure full of wit and warmth. One of the best children's books I've read for ages.' Anna James

'Spectacular... A story of real and rare power - The Midnight Guardians is one of the best books I've read in years.' Kiran Millwood Hargrave

'The Midnight Guardians is timeless story-telling with a magical heart; a tale of enchantment and friendship in the cold of adversity; has all the charm of the The Box of Delights, all the magic and fellowship of The Lord of the Rings, all the warmth of a timeless story, told between friends round a winter fire. It’s also brilliantly inventive — funny where it needs to be, and true in the way all good stories are.' Thomas Taylor

'A real triumph of the imagination, bleeding the appeal of a classic adventure with Montgomery’s heart and humour.' The Bookseller

'Imagine a delicious milkshake made with the blended ingredients of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Lord of the Rings, Five Children on the Western Front, and a special pinch of additional magic. There you have The Midnight Guardians. Drily humorous at times, utterly terrifying at others, this tale will whisk you away to another time that is both instantly recognisable and completely alien. The Midnight Guardians is a classic in the making, and I loved every second of it.' The School Librarian

'In Montgomery's most ambitious book to date, a young boy discovers a world of magic when his imaginary friends come to life, and join him in a race to save his sister from Blitz-bombed London.' Oldie

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