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Published by: Little Tiger, 5th Jan 2023
Mort the Meek is back again as he sets off on a third quest into unexplored waters. Brilliantly brutal and totally bonkers, this hilarious series is perfect for brightening a dull January.
When the Queen's new soup sayer warns of a new enemy - the inhabitants of an island called Bonrock - Brutalia's best battlers prepare for a bust-up. But pacifist Mort believes this could be a chance to make new friends.
Volunteering to investigate with his best friend Weed, Mort sets out to visit the tropical island. But when he discovers that this perfect paradise is hiding something terrifying, it seems the soup sayer was right all along. Is there any way he can prevent a war?
Full of puns, punches and problems, this is possibly my favourite of the three stories. Brutalia remains a ghastly, grim and grotty place to live but Mort is as determined as ever to promote peace and harmony over fury and fighting. Rachel Delahaye's plot is canny and clever and the writing is as deliciously funny as the soup.
The island of Bonrock, with girls Genia and Vita, is a fabulous contrast to Brutalia and introduces readers to the wider world around the island. Meanwhile, the Queen remains as brutal and unpredictable as ever, reminding me very much of The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland. With the important message of friendship over fighting, this is young fiction at its best - full of quips, quirks, hapless heroes, monsters, bulging biceps and...er...tomatoes. Or are they hearts? You'll have to read it to find out.
A huge thanks to NetGalley and Little Tiger for allowing me a review copy. Mort the Meek and the Perilous Prophecy is released in the UK on January 5th 2023.