Max Hamby and the Blood Diamond

ABOUT Kathy Cyr

Kathy Cyr
Kathy Cyr writes in an underground cave, but has her eye on a wizard's castle. On an average day, she's usually surrounded by a dwarf with a curious addiction to coffee, a moody dragon and a pink pixie with a large sweet tooth. When not writing books, she can be found daydreaming about f More...


The first book in the children’s fantasy series - Max Hamby.

It’s the last week of school. With sunny days ahead and no more tests or bullies, life for Max Hamby is about to get alot better.....until he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.

Strange things begin to happen.

When Max’s mother disappears, he’s left in the care of his eccentric neighbor where lawn gnomes come to life and
a bird meows. Mrs. Pitt shows him that magic is real and not all like the fairytales
he once knew.

The discovery leads him to Merrihaven, where even stranger things await, including a dwarf, a troll and a couple of pixies.

He quickly finds himself at the center of a battle between good and evil.

Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother and stop the evil, before it’s too late.

The story begins with an average twelve year old boy on an average school day being bullied by his classmates. During a field trip to the museum one of the bullies locks him in a room he isn't supposed to be in. That is where strange things begin to happen. No one would believe what he sees, even he doesn't believe it when his teacher shows up to collect her trouble making student.

Before long the weirdness is over, it's back to school for discipline and a call to his mother. The mood all changes when it is relayed his mother has gone missing and the weirdness starts again. Is Max going crazy or are these things happening and where is his mother?

The police are called in and Max is sent to stay with a family friend. This friend is who reveals a glimpse of the world Max belongs to but has been oblivious to his entire life. Magic and fantasy ensue leading to a showdown between good and evil with Max's life hanging in the balance.

I enjoyed this story and love the ending with an opening to an entire new world of stories to come. A great read for middle graders up.