- Author: Phil Gomm
- Publisher: Troubador
- ISBN: 9781784628116, 9781784628123, 9781784628130
Though the Chimera books are Fantasy, there’s enough creepy and sinister characters and events to put them in the Children’s Horror category as well, which is why I’m reviewing them for Horror October Fortnight, hosted by Oh, The Books!
Kyp Finnegan, finds himself in Chimera, where all lost things end up, including children. If you’re looking for a comparison, it’s The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland as a nightmare. Everything is out to steal his Elsewhere Light (what will allow him to get back home), or kill him out of hatred for all “blood and bones”, and he never knows who he can trust (mostly no one). His primary quest is to return home, but that becomes his last goal as he comes across other lost children and finds out exactly what Madame Chartreuse is up to. Each book ends with a cliff hanger, but at approximately 100 pages each, you could easily go directly on to the next book to satisfy your need to know what happens next. Let me tell you, it’s a roller coaster ride with very short breathers between the mishaps and scrapes Kyp finds himself running into. One thing is for sure, I will never look at dolls the same way again *shivers*.
I highly recommend these books for all ages, especially for lovers of Dark Fantasy, and those who prefer “Cosy Horror”. I can’t wait for the next book(s) in the series, which will have Kyp starting a new quest.