cover image Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

Tim Probert. HarperAlley, $22.99 (256p) ISBN 978-0-0629-9046-4

When Beatrice sets out to collect elixir ingredients for her grandfather, Alfirid the Pig Wizard, she crosses paths with good-natured Cadwallader, the last of the presumed-extinct Galdurians. Over 500 years ago, the Galdurians suspended large lanterns in the sky to light Irpa following the sun’s disappearance, allegedly at the claws of the Bird and feathered Tikarri, who ravaged the world before they, too, disappeared. Cad believes that Bea’s grandfather can help find the Galdurians, but when they return to Bea’s home, Alfirid has left to perform a neglected duty. A wondrous quest to find him follows, anchored in friendship: Bea protects the mythical and sought-after Endless Flame, and Cad encourages Bea to overcome her anxiety, which manifests visually around her in dark swirls (“It’s okay if you’re scared,” Cad says). Probert’s debut combines engaging fantasy elements: mysterious enemies, fateful responsibility, and death-defying action against a variety of foes. Detailed, jewel-colored art illuminates Irpa’s radiance as Bea’s journey unveils sweeping landscapes, Ghibli-esque character design, and luminous architecture. Worried Bea and enthusiastic Cad quickly become a team that readers can root for, and compelling unsolved mysteries demand a follow-up. Ages 8–12. [em](Sept.) [/em]