Kid’s Book Review: Uki and the Swamp Spirit

Kid’s Book Review: Uki and the Swamp Spirit

About the Book and Author

Uki and the Swamp Spirit is the fifth title set in the world of Podkin One-Ear from bestselling author Kieran Larwood who won the Blue Peter Best Story Book Award. The story is illustrated by David Wyatt and in common with the Five Realms series is published by Faber.

Uki and his friends have two more spirits to find and capture. After defeating Valkus, they make for Charice, who is spreading disease through the swamps. Can Uki and his friends outwit him – all whilst they themselves are being chased by the Endwatch and Jori’s clan of assassins?

This is book number 5 but our young reviewer enjoyed reading it even though he had not read the first five titles in the series.

Ui and the Swamp Spirit Cover
Kieran Larwood

Kieran Larwood has loved fantasy stories since reading The Hobbit. He used to work as a teacher and but he now writes full-time although, if anybody was watching, they might think he just daydreams a lot! You can find out more from his website.

David Wyatt’s first professional work appeared in British comic 2000AD, illustrating a strip for Neil Gaiman. Since then he has focused on Children’s books, working with authors including Philip Pullman, Diana Wynne Jones, Terry Pratchett, Geraldine McCaughrean and Philip Reeve.He lives on Dartmoor where the ancient landscape provides much inspiration for his particular brand of mythic art.


Book Review

If you like fantasy stories about good versus evil with lots of imagination, you will really like this book.

You might not think rabbits are really brave animals but this book will change your mind.

The heroes of this fantasy story are Uki and his friends, Jori and Kree, who are a band of rabbits on a quest to capture Charice, an evil swamp spirit who is poisoning their land.

This is the fifth book in the world of Podkin series. You can read it on its own like I did but you might want to read the others first to find out about all the characters.

The book is very exciting and quite scary in parts when the gang have to face evil forces trying to stop them. My favourite character is Jori because of her exciting origin story. I really like the very detailed illustrations done by David Wyatt that bring the story to life.

If you like fantasy stories about good versus evil with lots of imagination, you will really like this book.

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Reviewer Profile

Young Reviewer Ted
  • Name: Ted
  • Age: 9 years
  • Likes: reading, amphibians and body-boarding
  • Dislikes: peas and going to bed early
  • Favourite Book: Beast Quest by Adam Blade
  • Favourite Film: Venom
  • Favourite Song: Bubbles by Tokyo Machine