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Book Review – James Clyde and The Tomb of Salvation by Colm McElwain

James Clyde and The Tomb of Salvation continues the adventure of James Clyde and his friends in world known as Orchestra wherein they struggle to stop the evil queen to attain immortality in order to save his people. If you haven’t read the first installment, then I recommend you read it soon as this sequel is even better!

James Clyde and The Tomb of Salvation by Colm McElwain

James Clyde and The Tomb of Salvation by Colm McElwain
James Clyde, #2
November 1st 2018 by Colm McElwain
Genre: Children’s, AdventureFantasy
352 pages
Format: Paperback
Source: Book Review Request
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Buy: Amazon
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Picking up shortly after the events of the first adventure, James Clyde returns with his best friends Ben and Mary Forester to his grandfather’s house in search of a map that will lead them to the Tomb of Salvation – an ancient shrine, where the three diamonds of Orchestra must be returned with the promise of immortality.

James and his company of adventurers journey through treacherous lands fraught with danger and meet many obstacles along the way – dangerous assassins on board a train, the dastardly Gilbert, also known as the ‘man in black’, and even an unlikely encounter with a fabled lake monster.

If they reach the Tomb of Salvation, James knows they will then face their greatest threat, for the tomb is said to be home to a terrifying demon – an entity that has shown no mercy to anyone who has ever entered its lair.


So just last year, I first read the adventure of James Clyde together with his friends in a world known as Orchestra. It was definitely one of the best books I’ve read last year, and yasss! Just before this year ends, we finally got to read the conclusion of James Clyde and his friends adventure and just like the first book, it was full of mystery, suspense, danger, hope, and as for this time, salvation.

But first of, let’s talk about this book’s cover, shall we? Ofcourse the book cover of the first installment looks great but this one looks incredibly gorgeous. I am loving the fairytale vibe and it’s definitely giving me a good feeling about the ending. And my, it sure didn’t disappoint at all.

During the first part of this book, we’ve got to really get to know the antagonist Queen Abigail and see things from her perspective. I really love the character development of James Clyde as well as his friends. I also love that their adventure gets more exciting and ofcourse dangerous than the first book. There’s also some new sets of characters, and to tell you honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of them. It’s mostly because I hate betrayal. But I guess in the end they were still able to redeem themselves.  And oh boy, I really enjoyed the added hint of romance between Queen Belle and Kila. I just think it was cute.

Eventhough I adore the happy ending, I still think that the ending was a bit too easy or was it a bit sudden? Ofcourse it was thrilling but the sudden change of heart of the antagonist as well as her croonies were kind of…a let down? It will ofcourse happen eventually, but I’m expecting that it will take more convincing or more bloodshed but then I remember it’s a children’s book. So as much as possible, less violence please! Haha, but seriously, even if that was the case, I really did enjoy and love the part wherein the hatred finally dissipated and the two opposing sides finally worked together.

Despite of that issue, I still think that this book,  James Clyde and The Tomb of Salvation is even better than the first book. If you love adventure, you should start reading this series and discover the great world of Orchestra.


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