Monday, July 29, 2013

Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist Book 1- Flight of the Phoenix by RL LeFevers

I found a great middle grade series I'd like to share with my readers. It is Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist by RL LaFevers. I read book 1 in the series, Flight of the Phoenix, and can't wait to read more.

The Story-
Nathaniel Fludd is sent to live with a distant relative, "Aunt Phil", after he learns that his parents are lost at sea. Right from the start, Aunt Phil is different and Nathaniel is intrigued. The day after he arrives at her house, they are off in an airplane to Arabia, to monitor the birth of a new phoenix. Nathaniel learns that all Fludds are adventurers, and one in every generation is a beastologist. Right now, it is Aunt Phil. She travels all over the world studying and helping creatures everyone else believes are myths.

Nathaniel and Aunt Phil run into problems when a Bedouin finds them trespassing in an oasis. Aunt Phil is taken prisoner while Nathaniel hides. Left alone, it is up to Nathaniel to make sure the Phoenix hatches successfully and then rescue his Aunt.

My Thoughts-

A perfect middle grade reader. Immediately the reader feels for Nathaniel. He has been abandoned by his parents, as they explore the world, and he is left in the hands of a nanny. It has been three years since he last saw them, and when word comes that they have been declared lost at sea, the nanny instantly takes her money and then dumps Nathaniel at the lawyer's.

Excitement is quick to follow though, as Nathaniel is shipped off to Aunt Phil's. The first thing he discovers is a talking dodo bird. He barely has time to register his surroundings before he is off to Arabia. The action continues and young readers will not get bored.

I like this new series. Set in the late 1920's, it has an air of fantasy and fast adventure that kids will love. The next book is, The Basilisk's Lair. 4 Stars!


  1. I've always wanted to read this but not gotten to it. Thanks for reminding me to read it.

  2. This sounds like a middle grade version of Rick Yancy's Monstromologist series, minus the violence and gore.

  3. What a beautiful cover! I think this book sounds like such fun. I will have to pick it up. :)