Little Book,  Middle grade

The 13th Horseman

Barry Hutchison
Drake Finn has just met the Horsemen of the Apocalypse but is that really the end of the world? Pratchett meets Python in this dark comic fantasy with plenty of action, perfect for 11+ boys Drake is surprised to find three horsemen of the apocalypse playing snakes and ladders in his garden shed. He’s even more surprised when they insist that he is one of them. They’re missing a Horseman, having gone through several Deaths and they think that Drake is the boy for the job. At first he’s reluctant to usher in Armageddon but does being in charge of Armageddon have to spell the end of the world? An apocalyptic blend of riotous comedy, heart-stopping action and a richly imagined fantasy adventure.
I now have a new favourite book and I shall be telling all my friends about it! The 13th Horseman is full of humour, action and suspense. This book is about Drake, a very normal school kid. Unfortunately, he gets expelled from school for the very silly reason that he blew up two toads, along with the top two floors of the school as well! It was all just an accident of course, but it means he had to move house in order to start a new school. He then discovers a shed in the garden – that bizarrely only he can see. Drake finds three of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse inside the shed playing snakes and ladders and to his surprise they decide that as they are short of a Horseman, and he was able to find them, Drake must be one of them too. He then finds himself becoming the 13th Horseman – the new ‘Death’!
Battling against the former ‘Death’, who is trying to end the world early, he finds his best friend Mel’s life is at stake… along with the world! One of the funniest parts for me was when yet another ‘Death’ has been travelling across the galaxies to find the garden shed – the meeting place of the Horsemen. He keeps cropping up during the book on his quest and when he finally gets there…well you will have to read it to see, but it really made me laugh out loud. I have enjoyed this book incredibly and would recommend it to anyone who loves a humorous adventure story. I now really REALLY hope there will be another book by Barry Hutchinson. This is the sort of book that would make a really good movie!
Verdict: A brilliant book, really good fun and very humorous.
Reviewed by Jack (11)

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Publication Date: March 2012
Format: ARC
Pages: 368
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Jack (11)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: British Book


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