Welcome to the first day of the Zimmah Chronicles Tour, hosted by CBB Book Promotions and starring author Scott King. There are three books in this Middle Grade fantasy series featured in the tour, so I recommend you go looking for other posts to get news of the others, because I’m just reviewing the first book:
Zimmah the djinn isn’t evil. He simply thinks the world would be more fun if everything was made of desserts. So when ten-year-old Karim Jacobs makes a wish to fix his parent’s marriage it’s not Zimmah’s fault that he twists the wish. He couldn’t help himself. Candypunk airships and cupcake castles are cool!
Of course Karim isn’t happy about his wish going astray, specially when running into fantastical creatures like gummy-grizzly-bears and rock candy beasts; and although he desperately wants to go home, he finds himself in the middle of a war between the Cupcake Kingdom and Brownie Kingdom. With his parents lives in danger, it’s up to him to stop Zimmah and restore the world to normal.
This is an action-packed roller-coaster which will keep less than enthusiastic readers going for hours! Enthusiastic readers will gobble it up, which may have them feeling sick and craving a nice drink of plain water, since the sugar-rush in this confectionary encrusted world is sickly sweet. Ten-year-old Karim soon realises that all that sugar is not good for you. In fact, he longs for his imperfect life back, but the genie (sorry, djinn) is out of the bottle and he is unstopperable.
Wishing for a perfect world to replace the miserable one where his parents are heading for a divorce and he is caught in the middle seems harmless enough. But our warped djinn thinks a perfect world can leave his parents warring over cupcakes and brownies, just as they have argued in real life. No, this IS real life, the genie has turned it into a nightmare, but there’s no way back unless Karim can get the djinn under control. Easier said than done.
It’s really well written, the story setting is astoundingly original, and any passing resemblance to Aladdin soon passes. The cloying sickness of the sweets doesn’t, and it’s a bit rich for adult tastes. I’m sure the kids will love it.
Watch out for the further books in the series Mermaids vs Unicorns and Genie vs Djinn