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Monday 2 October 2023

Review: The Quest for the Galleon of Time

Tobias is eleven years old in 1738, when his father signs him up as cabin boy on a trading galleon, the Merry Maiden. Having no choice, as his wages have already been paid to his father, Tobias accepts his fate.

He learns map reading and navigation while journeying across the Atlantic.

Not far into the journey, the Maiden is attacked by pirates and forced to dock for repairs.

Tobias doesn’t realise that this journey will be a life-changing adventure. 

He proves to be an excellent navigator and while at the helm with his instructor, learns the story of the ghostly galleon, the Majestic Maria, and the family of its captain, Lisbon, who, without Tobias knowing, will play a pivotal role in his future.

Seafaring tales of revenge and questions without answers haunt Tobias, for he is told that his father has kept secret, a decision made for which he must account.

Tobias and best friend Quinn are forced to abandon ship together after a severe storm. Here the story shifts and the setting changes. The characters are placed in life-threatening situations where there are many reveals.

Pirate attacks, the time-travelling ghostly galleon and fantastic, interesting characters, are elements that shine throughout this exciting debut novel. Its vivid descriptions of life on board a galleon, shipwrecks, and other disasters experienced, plus the personal secrets kept by each person, keep the pages turning.

The Quest for the Galleon of Time is a fast-paced read with many riveting sub-stories. I consumed it in one sitting.

This middle grade novel launches a list of forthcoming, stand-alone books by Tanya Hunter.

Title: The Quest for the Galleon of Time
Author: Tanya Hunter 
Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing, $17.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2023
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781922858191
For ages: 10 – 14
Type: Middle Grade Fiction