Waiting on Wednesday: Rumblestar

Waiting on Wednesday: Rumblestar



Written by Abi Elphinstone

336 pages

Published by Simon and Schuster UK

Publication date: 30th May 2019

Summary (From publisher’s website/ Goodreads):

‘Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful’ Robin Stevens, author of A Murder Most Unladylike series 
‘The Unmapped Chronicles series is irresistible’ Lauren St John, author of The White Giraffe
‘Abi Elphinstone has created a complete world so believably and effortlessly, I can only marvel’ Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild Trilogy 
‘Brimming with enchantment and adventure’ Catherine Doyle, author of The Storm Keeper’s Island
Abi Elphinstone is proving to be a worthy successor to CS Lewis’ The Times

‘Adventures are unpredictable and often terribly badly behaved – a bit like pickled onions if you’ve ever tried to fork one on a plate – but they have a way of unlocking people and turning them upside down so that all the astonishing things fizzing around inside them start to tumble out…’

Eleven-year-old Casper Tock hates risks, is allergic to adventures and shudders at the thought of unpredictable events. So, it comes as a nasty shock to him when he accidentally stumbles into Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts.

All Casper wants is to find a way home, but Rumblestar is in trouble. An evil harpy called Morg is sending her followers, the Midnights, into the kingdom to wreak havoc and pave the way for her to steal the Unmapped magic for herself. But Casper cannot turn a blind eye because the future of his own world, he discovers, is bound up with that of the Unmapped Kingdoms.

And so, together with Utterly Thankless, a girl who hates rules and is allergic to behaving, and her miniature dragon, Arlo, Casper embarks upon an adventure full of cloud giants, storm ogres and drizzle hags. Can he, Utterly and Arlo, the unlikeliest of heroes, save the Unmapped Kingdoms and our world from the clutches of Morg and her Midnights?

Live a life filled with adventure with Abi Elphinstone in this brand NEW series where a whole new world is waiting to be discovered…

Why I can’t wait to read this:

  • The summary sounds absolutely delectable – magic, monsters and hidden kingdoms! Yes please!
  • There is a miniature dragon. It is proven that books are made better by the presence of dragons, particularly if they’re miniature and called Arlo!
  • Both Caspar and Utterly Thankless sound like fantastic characters – a boy who doesn’t really want an adventure but is pulled into one and a girl who is allergic to rules. There are so many possibilities here!
  • Abi Elphinstone has already proven her ability to build an immersive, convincing world full of magic and I think that she just keeps on getting better – I can’t wait to see what she will imagine for this world!
  • Lots of authors whose books I adore have loved this so it is sure to be brilliant!

What do you think?

Does this sound like the kind of book you would enjoy?

Will you be reading this or do you have any other anticipated releases you would recommend to me?

Let me know in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights pre-publication/upcoming releases that readers cannot wait to get their hands on. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

See some other Waiting on Wednesday posts here:  When the Mountains Roared, The Exact Opposite of Okay, To Kill a Kingdom, StarfishThe Gloaming, The Smoke Thieves, The Way You Make Me Feel, The Queens of Innis Lear, Legendary, Nyxia UnleashedBright Ruin, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, Empress of All Seasons, Tempests and Slaughter, Grim Lovelies, The Glass of Lead and Gold, Storm Witch, The Way Past Winter, The Gilded Wolves, Fierce Fairytales, Descendant of the Crane. Dragon Pearl, Last of Her Name. The Familars. A Pinch of Magic, A Witch Come True, The Winter of the Witch. Once Upon a River, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Shadowscent, Romanov. Echo North, The Wicked King, The Priory of the Orange Tree, Spin the Dawn, Master of Sorrows, Asha and the Spirit Bird, A Treason of Thorns, We Rule The Night, Perfectly Preventable Deaths.

While you’re here, why not check out my reviews of The Hazel Wood, Tangleweed and Brine, Sanctuary, The Pretender or The Gilded King?

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. I’m SO excited for this book! It sounds spectacular and people I know who got proofs loved it! Everdark was fab too, which made me even more excited 😊
    Amy x

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    1. I bought Everdark on World Book day but wasn’t sure if I should read it first or after Rumblestar. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get approved on Netgalley so I can read it soon! Can’t wait to hear what you think too!

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      1. Would definitely recommend reading Everdark beforehandit explains what happens when the harpy the blurb mentions starts trying to take power! It’s absolutely brilliant; I adored Bartholomew

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      2. Okay, I will read Everdark, then Rumblestar as soon as possible!

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  2. Lilyfae says:

    I am so excited for this book too- I have it on preorder- and that’s quite rare for me at the moment so it says a lot!!

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    1. Yes, I’ve started pre-ordering more recently, although it was something I never really did apart from the Harry Potter books! I’m not sure if I will pre-order for this one or not – because I did a pre-order for A Pinch of Magic and my pre-order turned up after the publication date and didn’t have pretty sprayed edges…

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      1. Lilyfae says:

        Yes I’m picky about preordering because of the different editions- very happy to have a Blue edges of A Pinch Of Magic and to hear about the different exclusive edges of the upcoming Starfell too- I’m not preordering until I know who gets what colour!!

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      2. I have books that are falling apart because I’ve read them so often, and others with terrible covers…yet I was disappointed not to get sprayed edges, lol. As much as I know that it’s what’s inside the book that counts, I think us human beings just like pretty things 🙂 Hope you get the colour you want!

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      3. Lilyfae says:

        I think it’s human nature for us to want the specials too, especially if it’s a book we’ve wanted for ages! I hope you get the colour you want too!!

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      4. *fingers crossed*

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  3. This sounds FANTASTIC!! Right up my alley. I love cute, fun adventures… I’ve been getting more into novels that may be for younger people, but they’re so much fun! Like “Wishes and Wellingtons” by Julie Berry, and the Alcatraz books by Brandon Sanderson.


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