Chasing the Valley

16 ratings 5 stars

Set in a land where magic can be terrifying, Chasing the Valley combines the friendship and camaraderie of Ranger's Apprentice with the hardship and survival of The Hunger Games – with spectacular results.

Book Setting: Taladia
Guidance: Ages 9+
 
Chasing the Valley, Skye Melki-Wegner

Set in a land where magic can be terrifying, Chasing the Valley combines the friendship and camaraderie of Ranger's Apprentice with the hardship and survival of The Hunger Games – with spectacular results.

Danika is used to struggling for survival. But when the tyrannous king launches an attack to punish her city – echoing the alchemy bombs that killed Danika's family – she risks her life in a daring escape over the city's walls.

Danika joins a crew of desperate refugees who seek the Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. But when she accidentally destroys a palace biplane, Danika Glynn becomes the most wanted fugitive in Taladia.

Pursued by the king's vicious hunters and betrayed by false allies, Danika also grapples with her burgeoning magical abilities. And when she meets the mysterious Lukas, she must balance her feelings against her crew's safety.

Chasing the Valley is the first book in an epic trilogy of magic, treachery and survival.

Available Formats

  • Paperback
    $17.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781742759548
    Published: 01/07/2013
    Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
    Extent: 416 pages
  • eBook
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    ISBN: 9781742759555
    Published: 01/07/2013
    Imprint: RHA eBooks Child
    Extent: 416 pages
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"It really puts you into the action . . . This was the best book that I have ever read, when I had finished I wished that the book could have a sequel because it is so entertaining." - Nikolas, age 11, Random House Book Buddies

"A cross between Percy Jackson and The Hunger Games. The characters are top class, the story is incredible. I have read many award-winning books and this takes the cake." - Charlie, age 12, Random House Book Buddies

"I feel like words can’t truly describe my love for this book . . . Chasing the Valley has definitely made it into my top 5 favourite series." - Mea, age 14, Random House Book Buddies

"Brilliant! . . . It has such a gripping storyline and I couldn’t put it down!" - Benjamin, age 11, Random House Book Buddies

"I liked the use of illusions, magical creations such as alchemy bombs and special powers called proclivities in the book . . . A whole new world filled with magic and excitement. It’s a great read!" - Joel, age 12, Random House Book Buddies

"A main thing for me was its smart, strong heroine Danika Glynn. Danika is a girl I can really relate to. She knew what she was doing and made choices that she stuck to . . . Another thing I liked was that the action was consistent throughout the book – there was not a dull moment anywhere between the pages . . . It was well written, and by mixing a sort of magic and a world that the characters had reason to run from, was refreshingly new." - Eleanor, age 14, Random House Book Buddies

"I’d recommend this one to a range of younger readers, from the keen 9-year-olds who love Percy Jackson right up to Hunger Games fans in their early teens . . . Action-packed and entertaining." - Emily Gale, readings.com.au

"Unpredictable and exciting, keeping the reader enchanted and wanting to hear more of this struggle for freedom and justice." - Sarah Filkin, readplus.com.au

"An absorbing page-turner." - Ariel Zeitlin Cooke, Booklist

"‘Chasing the Valley is the young adult fantasy fusion novel of the year. It's an engaging mix of magic within an oppressive dystopian world, and blends so effortlessly together . . . It was so entertaining that I found myself trying to preserve reading Chasing the Valley, but it was too difficult to put down. I absolutely loved it and now eagerly awaiting the second in this epic trilogy." - www.divabooknerd.com

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Skye Melki-Wegner

Skye Melki-Wegner

Skye Melki-Wegner is an Arts/Law graduate from Melbourne. She has worked as a saleswoman, an English tutor and a popcorn-wrangler (at a cinema). In her spare time, she devours a ridiculous amount of caffeine and fantasy literature. Chasing the Valley is Skye's first series and it has already been sold internationally.

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