Legend of Lost Causes Series Tour by Brad McEllend and Louis Sylvester

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book:  Legends of the Lost Causes

 

Author: Brad McLelland & Louis Slyvester

 

Book Series: Legends of the Lost Causes Book 1

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: February 20, 2018

 

Genre: MG Fantasy/Western

 

Recommended Age: 12+ (fire, some death, some scary moments)

 

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

 

Pages: 336

 

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Synopsis: The first book in a new middle-grade fantasy action-adventure series set in the Old West.

A band of orphan avengers. A cursed stone. A horde of zombie outlaws. This is Keech Blackwood’s new life after Bad Whiskey Nelson descends upon the Home for Lost Causes and burns it to the ground.

With his home destroyed and his family lost, Keech will have to use the lessons he learned from Pa Abner to hunt down the powerful Char Stone. Luckily, he has the help of a ragtag team of orphans. Together, they’ll travel through treacherous forests, fight off the risen dead, and discover that they share mysterious bonds as they try to track down the legendary stone. Now, it’s a race against the clock, because if Bad Whiskey finds the stone first. . . . all is lost.

 

Review: OMG! OMG! Where was this book when I was younger?! I loved this little zombie book so so much! I love the equal parts zombie and equal parts western book and I thought it was a genuinely fun and enjoyable book. The book is creepy, but not too creepy for younger readers and the world building was done amazingly well.

 

My only issue is that I wish that the characters had been a bit more developed, but they were ok for a middle grade read.

 

Verdict: Definitely a book series to read!

 

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book:  The fang of Bonfire Crossing

 

Author: Brad McLelland & Louis Slyvester

 

Book Series: Legends of the Lost Causes Book 2

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: February 19, 2019

 

Genre: MG Fantasy/Western

 

Recommended Age: 12+ (some death, some scary moments and monsters)

 

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

 

Pages: 304

 

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Synopsis: Dark magic meets the Old West in this middle-grade adventure series.

Keech Blackwood and his band of fellow orphans demand justice for their fallen families. But the road to retribution is a long and hard-fought journey.

After defeating Bad Whiskey Nelson, the man who burned Keech’s home to the ground, the Lost Causes have a new mission: find Bonfire Crossing, the mysterious land that holds clues to the whereabouts of the all-powerful Char Stone. Along the way they’ll have to fend off a shapeshifting beast, a swarm of river monsters, and a fearsome desperado named Big Ben Loving who conjures tornadoes out of thin air. It’s an epic standoff between the Lost Causes and the outlaw Reverend Rose, a powerful sorcerer who would be unstoppable with the Stone in his possession.

With the world—and vengeance—hanging in the balance, the Lost Causes are ready for battle.

 

Review: The series continues and it does well! The writing continues to be amazing, the characters are much more well developed, and the world building continues to be amazing. There was also cultural sensitivity regarding Native Americans and slavery, which I appreciated. They felt like actual characters and not objects like how some books regard them.

 

My only issue is that sometimes the pacing would slow down, but the authors did great to keep me entertained and I’m sure a child won’t have a problem with this series.

 

Verdict: Definitely a book series to read!

 

 

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book:  The Key of Skeleton Peak

 

Author: Brad McLelland & Louis Slyvester

 

Book Series: Legends of the Lost Causes Book 3

 

Rating: 5/5

 

Publication Date: March 17, 2020

 

Genre: MG Fantasy/Western

 

Recommended Age: 12+ (some death, some scary moments and monsters)

 

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

 

Pages: 464

 

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Synopsis: Dark magic meets the Old West in this third installment of the Legends of the Lost Causes, as a group of vigilante orphans go head-to-head against an outlaw sorcerer in pursuit of an ancient and powerful magical artifact!

Keech Blackwood and his fellow Lost Causes have won their share of battles, but the war against the ruthless sorcerer Reverend Rose still rages on.

This time, the Lost Causes face their most perilous trial yet: stopping Rose and his henchmen from retrieving an ancient, powerful object that would help return him to his full, frightening strength. As the vigilante orphans race to the dangerous depths of Skeleton Peak, the sight of the magical object, they’ll have to outmaneuver Rose’s most faithful—and menacing—ally: an inhuman creature spawned by darkness and shadow. But ever in pursuit of justice and vengeance for their fallen families, the Lost Causes won’t give up without a fight.

Review: I’m so sad this series is over. The book didn’t disappoint me in any way though. The book is written well and can be understood and used by children and adults alike. The characters were still developed well and the world building continued to be amazing.

 

My only issue is that sometimes the pacing would slow down still, but the plot never failed to keep me intrigued.

 

Verdict: Definitely a book series to read!