Kid’s Book Review: Legendarium

Kid’s Book Review: Legendarium

About the Book and Author

Following on from Jennifer Bell’s Wonderscape friends Arthur, Ren and Cecily are now transported to the year 2493, where the secretive villain Deadlock has uncovered powerful time-travelling technology. To stop Deadlock, the friends must enter Legendarium ‘s dangerous Irontide Tournament, where one wrong move could cost not just their lives, but the fate of the entire universe. This thrilling computer game-style thriller is published by Walker Books.


Legendarium cover
Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell worked as a children’s bookseller at a world-famous bookshop before becoming an author. Her debut novel, The Uncommoners: The Crooked Sixpence, was an international bestseller. She is also the author of Agents of the Wild, an adventure series for younger readers, and Wonderscape, which was selected as a Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month and is inspired by some of her favourite heroes from history and her love of gaming. Legendarium celebrates incredible legends from around the world. Find out more about Jennifer at

Book Review

I like the way the story is laid out like an adventure game with levels, puzzles to solve, item shops and rewards for finishing the levels

This book is all about three children called Ren, Arthur and Cecily who are sucked into the future to a place where people must compete in The Irontide tournament, a deadly competition where they must retrieve pieces of the Irontide armour. The story is sort of like a video game, but with a book twist, which I think is quite clever. This book is good for fans of video games and reluctant readers because of the video game style which might entice them into enjoying the books.

My favourite character is Cloud, the robot dog mimic because it can transform into multiple creatures (and I also like dogs!) I like the way the story is laid out like an adventure game with levels, puzzles to solve, item shops and rewards for finishing the levels. In a way it is similar to other books like ‘’Ready Player One’’ but for younger readers. My favourite part is when they go to the Land of the Lost, because the scenario when they get chased by rats is a very good idea for a puzzle.

I think that this book is aimed at ages 10-12 but readers of other ages could enjoy it. I think if I had read the first book I would have understood it more and I am looking forward to reading the first book.

If I could improve on it I would maybe give longer explanations about what has happened before as it is a sequel. I think it would be great if there was a third book.

This book is good for fans of adventure books (and video games).

Overal, I think it is an action packed adventure story and would rate it 8.5/10.

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Ivan
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: origami, pizza and drawing
  • Dislikes: peas and Donald Trump
  • Favourite Book: Gargantis by Thomas Taylor
  • Favourite Song: Space Oddity by David Bowie
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince