Ben Walsh is a physiotherapist from Leicester.
He enjoys reading most genres, particularly crime thrillers and action packed, fantasy. His debut novel, 'The Adventure of Stan and the Emerald of Foundation' is out now.
Kenny has spent his entire life waiting for something extraordinary to occur, but that just doesn’t happen to bored children from Carlisle. Until, that is, a spaceship crashes into a lonely field near Kenny’s house, drawing Kenny into a fight between alien races to protect the Prince of Lanti and save an entire galaxy.
Stan Pike is an ordinary teenager, who stumbles into an adventure to seek a magical Emerald, which has the power to repair the recent damage to his town, caused by the terrifying dragon, Gordon the Gruesome. He and his best friend, Marvin, must race against the evil wizard Gustavo and his goblin army, in order to save their town.
I enjoyed reading this book, it is clear that Willow Cross has a clear talent for creating a world and inviting the reader to become apart of it. I really enjoy the loving relationship between Damien and Marie, but I did find myself wishing that Marie would stand up for herself a little more, as she seemed to back down to Damien's desires/views any time that they had a disagreement on approach.
Overall though I really enjoyed the fast tempo of the book and will be moving on to read the third instalment!