Book Review: THE BATTLE FOR ROAR by Jenny McLachlan (Middle Grade Monday)

Title in black on blurred yellow and pink scene with unicorns
Genre: Fantasy
Age Range: MG
Star Rating: 4 stars
Series: yes - third book of trilogy



Book cover for THE BATTLE FOR ROAR: title in gold on clouds with dragon above and two kids below

Rose and Arthur are back in Roar, on a voyage that takes them further than they’ve ever been before: beyond The End.

It’s an amazing adventure – full of secrets, surprises and fairies with fangs – but then a mysterious storm changes everything.

Shipwrecked on a strange island, they make a shocking discovery

Could this be the end of Roar?

Synopsis taken from Goodreads. Add to your shelves here.


THE BATTLE FOR ROAR returns to a world where an imaginary world becomes real to see a pretty dark take on fairies. No wings and unrealistically thin body types for these fairies, but teeth and powers that Rose really shouldn’t have given them. Nor should she have forgotten how to stop them!

I love what happened with Crowky in this book. I can’t really say anything about it, because it’s all second half spoilers, but it’s so warming and right feeling. Plus that sort of arc with an antagonist is one I love if it’s done well, and it is here. There’s so much character growth in it for both Arthur and Crowky.

The pacing felt a little odd. The synopsis/blurb talks about this danger to Roar, but that doesn’t come in until over halfway. The first half is basically Arthur and Rose having a whale of a time on what is essentially a fund cruise with friends. There’s a bit of creeping unease over some things niggling in the back of Arthur’s head over what’s happened before, but nothing else really. He’s mostly just really enjoying himself. Then the threat comes in, and the pacing just rockets up a gear, leaving quite an uneven quality.

It is a lot of fun, and I do love spending time in this world, but the first half did feel like it lacked that driving force of a threat. There weren’t really any stakes, so there wasn’t any tension or reason to push me through (beyond enjoying the world.)

In all though, it’s a good ending to the trilogy that makes me want a Roar of my own. The ending is pretty much over, and there are no plans so far as I can for more books, which is sad, but I’d rather a good ending than a series dragged out until it limps to its death.

Read my reviews of other books by Jenny McLachlan:

Roar (this series):

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