Tomorrow’s Guardian by Richard Denning

Title: Tomorrow’s Guardian
Author: Richard Denning
Published: 1 January 2011
Format: Finished Paperback
Pages: 368
RRP: £9.99
Rating: 10/11+

When schoolboy Tom Oakley discovers he can transport himself through time, he draws the attention of evil men who seek to bend history to their will. Tom’s family are obliterated and he soon faces an impossible choice: To save the world he must sacrifice his family.

Dennings’ writing quality was very good, and made the entertainment value of the book a whole lot better. As the publicity involved with the book is saying, it isn’t just young boys who love this book, so do adults (and maybe now (nearly) 16 year old girls)!

I thought the character development was a good level, I could relate to Tom and felt compassionate towards him, even though sometimes I felt he said some things that I didn’t believe a 12 year old would say.

I did like how at the beginning of the book time went quickly, and only slowed when an interesting event happened, and then his life returned to normal, and suddenly his life got upturned and then the real action begins. I thought it was quite a good way to keep readers reading, by keeping the action seldom at the beginning, creating a few cliffhangers which made you keep on reading.

So, all these weird things happen to Tom at the beginning, and like anyone would assume, he thinks he has gone mad. However, his questions are…. mainly answered when he finds out he is a Walker. At first I thought it meant a short bread, or a family name, or a packet of crisps, but then I got it, as it meant he ‘Walked’ through time. It took me a while to get used to that term,  but not long!! I really liked the way time travel is described. There is a Flow of Time, in which he visualises a clock, and then depending where he wants to go, he moves the hands on the clock backwards or forwards. And he can also travel to a different position in space, as well as travelling in time. He then imagines a map, and can travel backwards or forwards in time, whilst moving to a specific place as well!

Sounds a bit unrealistic? Well, yes. It was unrealistic. But that is what these kind of adventure books for boys need to be, otherwise they are not deemed as interesting. It was good how there was realistic life intertwined, like Tom being bullied, for example.

One of the most important and good things about this book was how well described everything was. Like in fantasies, it is crucial you describe the world well. This book had many, and it really helped my enjoyment of the book, I could really imagine what places they arrived at, and it made it really fun to read!

Overall, I would recommend this book to any person above 10 years, as it is enjoyable for all ages 🙂

Plot: 9/10
Lots of action and mystery
Writing Quality: 8/10
It was very good, made it really enjoyable
Originality: 6/10
Not very original with time travel at all, but I thought the other areas of the book kept the quality high
Characters: 8/10
Strong characters whom you hated, loved, or weren’t sure about until the last minute. Nail biting stuff!
Descriptions: 9/10
The best thing for me! Lots of good  descriptions 🙂

40/50 = 80%


Thank you to the author, Richard Denning, for providing me with this review copy!

Read my interview with Richard Denning about the book, here!


2 responses to “Tomorrow’s Guardian by Richard Denning

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