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Podkin One-Ear

(The Five Realms #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,737 ratings  ·  308 reviews
A thick white blanket covers the wide slopes of the band of hills some call the Razorback Downs...

Podkin One-Ear is a legend: a fearsome warrior rabbit whose reputation for cunning and triumph in battle has travelled the ages. But how did he become such a mighty fighter? The answer may surprise you... When a travelling bard arrives at Thornwood Warren on Midwinter night, h
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 6th 2016 by Faber & Faber
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Kitty Cockatoo Having read Watership Down, Redwall and this book I don't think it is as enjoyable for an adult compared to the Redwall series.

The story is cute and t…more
Having read Watership Down, Redwall and this book I don't think it is as enjoyable for an adult compared to the Redwall series.

The story is cute and the ideas are nice but the writing style is very simplistic as is the overall story and it doesn't have the same lyrical descriptive style as Redwall.

I found myself finishing the book in a matter of hours at most and was generally underwhelmed by it.(less)

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Michael Finocchiaro
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first volume of a three-volume series featuring the gruesome Grom wreaking havoc on the Five Realms inhabited by. various tribes of rabbits. Kind of a Hobbit but with rabbits, but still fun reading and with a decent moral message as well. A great book for your tween.
Now, I came across this book at the Waterstones checkout, where, I admittedly already had five books in my hands to purchase. I saw this book on the counter, and I had a little browse while I was waiting. The cashier told me it was the book of the month, and then offered it me HALF PRICE! I mean, come on! A Bibliophile cannot resist that surely!

I had a rabbit as a first pet, when I was about nine, and this book has made me see these creatures in a different light. It's definitely a book to stim
A saga set within the five realms where the snow is knee-deep and cold iron is an enemy to all. The Legend of Podkin One-Ear sees Kieran Larwood weave a realm rich in imagined-history where rabbits rule and storytellers are kings. We have here a thumping story bursting at the seams with pace and humour, hardships and fear - a great classroom read aloud as much as it is one to be curled up under your bed’s more here.
Simon Howard
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A new saga begins. Kind of a cross between The Hobbit and Watership Down this book is aimed at children aged around Nine or Ten.......But in my late Fourties I found it to be an engaging read and one I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
The story is about a young Rabbit called Podkin whose cosy sheltered life is ripped apart and he finds himself on the run along with his big sister Paz and baby brother Pook, pursued by an implacable foe.
To be honest I found Podkin vaguely annoying at the start of t
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnfed
I have quite conflicting feelings about this book. First of all, when it said it was aboit rabbits, I imagined the real animals, like the "Warriors" series, for instance. But here we have humanoid rabbits, walking on two feet, talking and living in kingdoms being all... human. That was the first and most important down for me in the book. If you want to go with humans, go with humans. Likewise if you want to go with animals. But... this just felt weird. And I have to be honest, it made me regard ...more
Robin Stevens
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Like Redwall for a new generation, this story of brave young warrior rabbits is well-written, wildly exciting and fascinating. I raced through it in a day and can't wait to read the next in the series. Top marks! 8+

*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*
Ben Trevail
Nov 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 52books2017
It took me a few chapters to really get in to this - possibly because I was only able to snatch a few pages at a time- but I'm glad I stuck with it. This is a rip-roaring adventure - a brilliant class read for Y4 or Y5. I like the structure of a story within a story and the middle section at Boneroot is fantastic. ...more
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, classic and entrancing storytelling. Full of excitement, magic and adventure. Liked the structure too: the story within a story: the shifts in tense and time. For some reason I have never warmed to stories about anthropomorphised rabbits ... until now, that is.
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little read.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dit verhaal houdt ergens het midden tussen Watershipdown en Lord of The Rings, en dan voor kinderen van een jaar of 10. Een avontuurlijk, fantasierijk verhaal vol humor, warmte en verlies. Dit boek heb ik blind uit de bibliotheek meegenomen voor mijn dochter. Een gokje. Maar ze vond het geweldig. Zo geweldig dat ik het van haar absoluut moest lezen. En dat heb ik dus gedaan.

Het verhaal gaat over Podkin, de zoon van een stamhoofd, die met zijn oudere zus en jonge broertje vlucht ui
Kathleen Dixon
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is more Redwall than Watership Down - humans don't exist in this rabbit world. The title and cover, however, led me to think it might be leaning to the Beatrix Potter but with a little more adventure. So I was ambivalent. But when I noticed the book continuing to sit on the shelf of the bookshop, unbought, unrecommended, I decided I'd give it a chance.

Well, it definitely wasn't Beatrix Potter in any guise, and it's a long time since I read the Redwall series but yes I'd put it in a category
Cat {Wild Night In}
I found this book whilst trawling through Libby for an insomnia-friendly title (not too scary or I'd have nightmares later, not too slow or else I'd get frustrated and wake up more). Podkin One-Ear was an absolutely perfect fit.

There was something very Redwall about the human societies that the rabbits had formed (and about the setting as a whole), but there was something quite unique with the shaggy-dog tangential story, which was very enjoyable. I look forward to future books where we may spe
HP Saucerer
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, fantasy
A wildly exciting magical fantasy saga. The story-within-another-story works really well and adds to the sense of a legend being passed down. Wonderful storytelling - a modern classic.
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant stuff. My 8 year old loved it, as did I. Feels like a classic in the making.
Redfield Reads
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only picked this up as was on the Waterstones book of the months list and was looking for something different to read. I was really surprised as usually the standard of books on those lists are OK at best but Podkin was actually one of the best fantasy books I have read.

Yes there is a lot wrong with the book for example Podkin has very little back story and the author borrows almost everything from other media. The Gorm are totally The Borg for example. I was surprised at how dark the book did
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Most of my favourite children’s books feature animals with human traits ‘Watership Down’ ‘Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH’.
These were powerful stories because I could suspend disbelief in order to believe in the characters as rats, field mice or rabbits. I found it difficult with Podkin though as couldn’t quite get my head around rabbits in trees without some form of explanation. The author doesn’t help when he refers to them as people (twice p 132 and 237) or like this.
“They were having proble
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new-children-s
Reads like the Hobbit for 7 year olds. This story has a CLASSIC feel to it that’s surprisingly dark and adult for a kids book. I need more books featuring tattooed, snarky, bard rabbits.
Susan J. Barrett
An enchanting story, perfect for children looking for an immersive chapter book. A little bit of Narnia and a touch of Watership Down will pull you into Podkin’s world of iron-clad Gorm and parsnip soup.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
A really enjoyable rabbit story, full of adventure, goodies and badies, a little bit of magic and mystery, and characters that are easy to like.
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One winter's night, an old bard is welcomed into a warren, where he proceeds to tell a story of one of the greatest heroes of the Five Realms. But this isn't just any story, this is the truth. And so begins the tale of Podkin, the lazy son of a dead chieftain, chased from his home and into the cold with his siblings and nothing but a magic sword. But the Gorm want him dead too, and to destroy his sword, one of twelve magical gifts given by the ancient Goddess to keep the world in balance. As the ...more
May 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay. okayokayokayokayoakya.
Right so, first of the bat - sexism. Non-redeemable, unneeded sexism.
My girl Paz out here, ready to be chief. She's got weapons skills, leadership skills and a clever head on her shoulders. But this boy out here doing her dirty by calling her bossy and saying she's a sly ass show off, like nah. And then, pouring salt in the wounds - makes her nothing more than a damsel in distress for most of the book.
Podkin, the so called hero of this story -SIGH- mans not hot. I'm a
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: msba-nominees
Okay. So maybe my feelings are influenced by this particular time period we are in, but I went into this book thinking it had a great message, because that is what I heard.

The message I got was that it was yet another story about a spoiled male child (even if this one is a "rabbit") who is going to get to be the leader even though he does nothing and his older sister puts in all the work simply by the virtue of his maleness. In 2018, this isn't a story I want to read any more. I'm tired of it. I
Stephen Connor
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52books2017
Kieran Larwood has written a classic in under 300 pages: a sprawling, magical fantasy world of rabbits is under attack - chieftains are being killed and warrens ransacked as the Gorm seek to take over all the land. Podkin, along with his sister Paz and little brother Pook, make good their escape, carrying with them Starclaw, one of the Twelve Gifts - which the Gorm are intent on finding. They have to think on their feet, always being wary of where the Gorm might be lurking, as they make their wa ...more
Ellie L
'The Legend of Podkin One-Ear' follows the struggles of a young rabbit and his two siblings who fight for their survival and work against and evil force. The story telling is fantastic, Larwood's writing creates a rich and many layered world, and by telling Podkin's story within another story it adds to the sense of the legend being passed from rabbit to rabbit.
The characters are rather flawed, Podkin himself is a bit of an antihero, someone who would never be ready for a weight of responsibilit
Issy Britton
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, an absolutely brilliant debut novel which I'm hoping becomes a hit with the children fortunate enough to read this when they are young.

It is atmospheric, fast-paced, funny, touching and even a little bit scary in parts (but good scary!). It has the perfect amounts of character development, action and humour to tell a wonderful story (with a lovely ending), however the slightly slow start knocked off a half-star. The rest of the book does make up for the clumsy beginning though, I can
One Bramblemas Eve (on a Midwinter's night) a traveling bard rabbit is welcomed into a warren to exchange warm food and drink for a fantastic tale-the story of Podkin One-Ear. Podkin was the son of a chieftain who was slain by the treacherous Gorm (cursed and enchanted metallic rabbits on a quest to rule the kingdom). Podkin and his siblings (Paz and Pook) are able to flee-leaving their mother and aunt behind. But survival isn't easy for young rabbits-luckily they have a secret weapon and make s ...more
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not finish.
Could not finish.

I've read several kids books for the purpose of bookselling, and the majority of the time I actually quite enjoy them.

I didn't enjoy this. I found it to be poorly written with comparisons that just didn't work... aka. when he ate his food quickly, "like a starved Rabbit..." - HE IS A RABBIT. If it's supposed to be ironic, it just didn't come across that way, and the same phrase was used twice within the first half of the book, so any effect that it might have had
Rick Stuckwisch
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the first in a series (which appears to have a different name in the U.S. than it does in the U.K.). Reminiscent of the Redwall series, though aimed at a somewhat younger audience, I suppose. It also reminded me of the Wingfeather Saga and the Green Ember Series, as well. We've already moved on to the second book, and we'll look forward to the third (due out in the U.S. later this year). Fun fantasy fiction with a decent literary world, interesting characters, and ...more
Hannah Fazakerley
This is a must read!

This amazing storybook has loads of adventure, suspense and excitement. Lots of worry for the reader and near death encounters for the characters! Podkin is a great young strong rabbit who by the end of the story has grown a lot. There are some very humorous parts that make you laugh out loud.
There is an exciting treat at the end. Overall this story is one of the best books I have ever read. We can’t wait to read the next one!
Review by K aged 10 and E aged 8
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I knew I'd like this from the outset: fantasy story with animals? That was always going to hook me straight away. The tale of Podkin and his siblings was thrilling and left me wanting more every time I put down the book. I completely loved the tale of magic, adventure and family and I'll certainly be looking at the others in the series. This is the sort of story that I can imagine reading again and again, and the sort of book I would have fallen in love with as a child. ...more
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Kieran Larwood is the author of Freaks, and was the winner of the Times/Chicken House Children’s Fiction Competition 2011.
Kieran is one of only two male Reception class teachers on the Isle of Wight.
His days mainly consist of singing nursery rhymes, tying shoelaces, trying to locate who has had an ‘accident’ by sense of smell alone, and vast, endless mountains of paperwork.
Kieran graduated from S

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