Jimmy Threepwood hasn’t felt much love and friendship. He has a slovenly mother who ignores him, practically no toys and even less friends. The only light in a dismal childhood is his father, who tries his best to make Jimmy feel loved. On his 11th birthday, Jimmy discovers that he is one of four children who are destined to destroy the world.

Jimmy Threepwood will appeal to fans of the Percy Jackson series. Except unlike Percy Jackson, Jimmy is being trained by dark and nefarious people and his fellow students are anything but friendly and supportive.

There’s some lovely description in this book and you really feel for Jimmy as he struggles with his destiny and deals with tragedy. The magic is handled well, using a mixture of mythology and original concepts devised by Pitman.

An enjoyable read for tweens and younger teens and an exciting start to a new series.