Chasing the Valley
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 Magnetic Valley, a legendary safe haven. But when ...more
The story begins with a young 16 year old girl named Danika, who lives in Rourton, Taladia.
For as long as she can remember there’s been a war on Taladia, including bombings to her city, by King Morrigan with the use of alchemy bombs, which react in various ways, such as after the explosion they cause the ground to become quicksand or beautifu ...more
Chasing The Valley is the young adult fantasy fusion novel of the year. It's an engaging mix of magic fused within an oppressive dystopian world, and blends so effortlessly together. In their world, the wealthy and homeless are both ruled by the confines of their walled city, those with money to burn living a fuller life, but all under the watchful eye of the palace and royal guards. The King is a tyrant, and will stop at nothing until he is the sole ruler ...more
Chasing the Valley is a story of determination and Survival in the harshest conditions. Danika is a homeless street kid, after her family were killed in an Airstrike by their king, Danika has been surviving on the streets, and getting odd jobs around the bars. It is after curfew and Danika is still at work when bombs start to fa ...more
For me, however, I found it to be a bit lacking in appeal and found myself losing interest quite quickly as I didn't feel as involved a ...more
I seem to be attracted to "son of the king" type of boys.Let me clarify,firstly there's Fitzroy Vacker from Keeper of the Lost Cities,he's the strongest telepath (second if you count Sophie) and his name means "Son of the King".Then there's Tedros of Camelot who's the son of King Arthu ...more
Sixteen year old Danika Glynn, a scruffer (street kids) hates the royal family who regularly bombs her city with magical filled bombs - especially after the raid 9 years ago killed her family. In a desperate escape attempt to find the mythical Valley in the far south-east she become part of a refugee crew and must learn to trust her companions despite their disparate origins (pickpocket, two "richie" twins, the son of revolutionaries and anothe ...more
Chasing the Valley was not exactly boring, but did little to keep my interest. I did not care for any of the characters, and thought that Danika was dumb. Honestly, how did she survive the streets? Danika has no edge. One would think that living on the streets, with a survival-of-the-fittest mentality, would make her more suspicious of the unusual, like kites flying in the air. But nope. Danika is an anomaly. She risks her neck for others when she has had to fend for herself the past y ...more
That being said, her debut novel was quite impressive. Her story telling is of a maturity beyond her years and the emotional turmoils suffered by her characters had added power through her words. Quite a fantastic boo ...more
It felt a little formulaic and clunky in parts. For example the word 'proclivity', it irked me every time I read it. For a teen fiction novel I think these elements are important to get right.
I will probably read the coming novels too, if only to see if the writer's style develops further.
‘Chasing the Valley’ welcomes us with a beautiful, explosive cover, an intriguing title and a very dramatic subtitle screaming plotlines of danger and adventure. One of my friends recommended this book to me, and, looking at it, I could only think, this book looks too perfect to exist.
After reading this, I think I can confirm this theory.
As a novel for younger readers (that awkward age between ten and thirteen where you’re too old for children’s books but too young for YA… I remember it well),...more
I have to say, I'm surprised about how much I enjoyed this. For real though, this was pretty good. If there was one thing that really bothered me though, it would be the romance. The love interest wasn't, well, interesting. It's hella rushed and I just can't see any chemistry between Danika and Lucas. But aside from that, the characters, the development, the writing, etc, was so well done to me and I really, really enjoyed reading C.T.V.
If the rest of the series continues like ...more
“Oh mighty Yo, how the star-shine must go, chasing those distant valleys of green…”
Chasing The Valley, the first book in the chasing the Valley trilogy, written by Skye Melki-Wegner and published July 1st 2013 by Random House Australia, is an adventure/survival/fantasy young adult novel based in the land of Taladia, a far off land where magic is a part of everyday life. Usually around puberty, young people develop a proclivity: a particular ma ...more
Fast paced and action packed, Chasing the Valley was quite a nice, fast read. From the very start, intrigue is built around the world and the characters, and, as the reader, you're constantly wondering what's going to happen next. The book was quite enjoyable overall, however, I do have to say there were a few minor issues with the world building that perhaps very slightly lowered my enjoyment of the novel (to be honest I'm just being overly nitpicky, ...more
This is a magical book! Literally. It reads like a dystopian (a world of extreme poverty with a tyrannical king, but modern technology), but magical powers are a way of life. That mixture of dystopian + magic = awesome.
The premise was awesome! Premises make up a good 50% of the adoration factor, for me. There’s a billion books about kids who go on a journey to a mythical “paradise”. But most books don’t have over-sized foxes, alchemy bombs, a ...more
But I was wrong, and it was evident from the first few pages. Danika became a street kid after losing her parents at the age of eleven. For reasons that we only begin to understand in this first book, the King enjoys bombing some of his subjects to keep them in their place. They're not ordinary bombs, how ...more
At first, I wasn't quite sure what to make of the characters - none of them immediately stood out, there didn't seem to be anything extraordinary about them. However, this worked in their favour, added to their appeal. The characters were very easy to relate to because, while they all had their strengths, they were thrust into an unfamiliar environment and forced to adapt. They made mistakes, fought ...more
Other books in the series
Teddy grins. 'Imagine all those drunk richies wobbling around the streets, coin purses hanging out of their pockets...”