Kid’s Book Review: Jayben and the Golden Torch

Kid’s Book Review: Jayben and the Golden Torch

About the Book and Author

Inspired by the author’s experience of a head injury Jayben is an imaginary character who discovers that many moons ago, a giant put a dark spell on the golden torch making the elves forgot everything that had come before. So, now the elves hang their precious memories in jars on trees so they are not forgotten.

In this story an evil villain called Null is burning down the forests, desperate on finding the magical torch so they can become the most powerful being ever to live and plunge the world into darkness

Can Jayben save the world before the lights go out forever by finding find his own magic and ignite the torch with its fierce violet flame and defeat Null?


Jayben and the Golden Torch
Thomas Leeds author

Thomas Leeds writes children’s novels inspired by his extraordinary life with a brain injury and epilepsy. Having lost all his memories in an accident, he re-discovered reading and writing and was inspired to write an adventure story after regaining a childhood memory.

Book Review

I loved this book because it had so much excitement and tension. Reading it took me on a magical journey

Jayben was such an adventure, it was so thrilling to read. There were cliffhangers at the end of each chapter, which made me want to read on.

I would recommend this book for people age nine and up.

The book started quite slowly but after the first few chapters it was easy to get into. The book was set in a mythical elf world full of dangerous creatures. This book has a strong message of friendship to it and the characters have such a lovely relationship with each other.

I loved this book because it had so much excitement and tension. Reading it took me on a magical journey.

I hope anyone else who reads it enjoys it just as much as I did.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Eliana
  • Age: 10 years
  • Likes: my pet gerbils, gymnastics and reading
  • Dislikes: sports and horror movies
  • Favourite Book: Holes by Louis Sacher
  • Favourite Song: Rain on Me by Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga
  • Favourite Film: The Princess Bride