I passed him a glass globe from my bag….
“It runs off sarcasm,” I said, handing it to him.
“Great,” he replied, and the globe lit up brightly.
That was on page 32, it went downhill after that.
A quarkbeast is a mythical creature that lives off metal, licking the chrome off bumpers for example. The song is not terribly important to the story, if you hear the quarkbeast song, you will probably not live to tell the tale as they explode to make new quarkbeasts.
The book revolves around the magical agency, Kazam, run by Jennifer Strange, a sixteen year old foundling. Their rivals iMagic and their wizard the Amazing Blix challenge them to a contest to build a bridge. The humour is strained, like it is trying too hard to be funny. It is very much beneath the humour- fantasy combination of Terry Pratchett. The book is set in a sort of parallel Herefordshire, where magic and fantasy co exist with the 21st Century.
The book has too much crackle and not enough fizz.
My rating: 2 out of 5