A girl named Bea, a Galdurian, a jar of light have left the home and the forest Bea knows so well and have set out to find her Grandfather, a pig wizard. Not kidding here. The forest world where Bea and her grandfather have their home and their store for potions is magnificent. When Bea climbs a tree and looks out over the gorgeous valley filled with the most glorious light, she falls and lucky for her, Cad, a Galdurian in search of his people is walking down just the right forest path and is able to reach out his arms - I think they are arms - and catch her.
Galdurians are a lost race. Cad is looking for them but he agrees to set out with Bea to find her grandfather when they discover a note from him saying he's gone to check the Seal of the Restless Sleeper and urges Bea not to follow him.
Cad has unseen and unknown strength and abilities. Does Bea? Right now she doesn't believe in herself. But this is the kind of adventure that hands you enough challenges to convince you that maybe you are made out of the right stuff.
Where is Grandpa? Will the Rat steal Bea's most valuable possession? Does Cad have enough power to defeat the enemies that are lurking in the darkness and waiting for just the right moment?
256 pages 978-0062990471 Ages 8-12
Keywords: graphic novel, action/adventure, fantasy, grandfather, quest, part of a series, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
New York Times bestselling author Kazu Kibuishi says of Lightfall: “Beautifully drawn. Tim Probert has created a world readers will want to visit.”
For fans of Amulet and middle grade readers who love sweeping worlds like Star Wars, the first book of the Lightfall series introduces Bea and Cad, two unlikely friends who get swept up in an epic quest to save their world from falling into eternal darkness.
Deep in the heart of the planet Irpa stands the Salty Pig’s House of Tonics & Tinctures, home of the wise Pig Wizard and his adopted granddaughter, Bea. As keepers of the Endless Flame, they live a quiet and peaceful life, crafting medicines and potions for the people of their once-prosperous world.
All that changes one day when, while walking through the woods, Bea meets Cad, a member of the Galdurians, an ancient race thought to be long-extinct. Cad believes that if anyone can help him find his missing people, it’s the Pig Wizard.
But when the two arrive home, the Pig Wizard is nowhere to be found—all that’s left is the Jar of Endless Flame and a mysterious note. Fearing for the Pig Wizard’s safety, Bea and Cad set out across Irpa to find him, while danger fights its way out of the shadows and into the light.
Will these two unexpected friends find the beloved Pig Wizard and prevent eternal darkness from blanketing their world? Or has Irpa truly seen its last sunrise?---from the publisher