Jayben and the Golden Torch

Thomas Leeds

Can one boy with no memories save the world?

In the Earth world, a boy dreams of faraway lands to escape life with his horrible aunt. In the Elf world, he wakes up with a mysterious golden torch but without any clue who he is …except for the compass he pulls from his pocket, engraved with one name: Jayben.

Jayben discovers that many moons ago, a giant put a dark spell on the golden torch, and the elves forgot everything that had come before. Now they hang precious memories in jars on trees, just to try to remember. But a new darkness grows among them.

An evil villain called Null is burning down the forests, hellbent on finding the torch and becoming the most powerful being ever to live. If Jayben can find his own magic and ignite the torch with its fierce violet flame, his power will be unstoppable … Can Jayben save the world before the lights go out forever?

Media Reviews

Jayben is my kind of hero, and he’s one to be celebrated. This amazing exploration of fantasy through the lens of epilepsy shows all readers that one quality we all need to save the world: valour! – Elle McNicoll

Imaginative…this is a hopeful fantasy adventure with a brave and kind young hero – The Week Junior

An immersive fantasy series – Enable Magazine

Spend the Easter holidays lost in a mystery – First News

Such an adventure, it was so thrilling to read…this book has a strong message of friendship to it and the characters have such a lovely relationship with each other. I loved this book because it had so much excitement and tension. Reading it took me on a magical journey – Books Up North

A story of courage, determination and finding yourself – K and O Bonkers About Books blog

Loved the world building and strange creatures…was kept on the edge throughout…it was also a warm and honest look at a child who has seizures…a great magical adventure with great potential – Big Bearded Bookseller blog

This curious, immersive fantasy is the first of a series inspired by the author’s personal experience of memory loss. The world-building and plot are complex; packed with intricate detail, engaging characters and quirky creatures…readers who enjoy an exciting adventure with added depth and intensity are sure to be captivated by this funny, heart-warming and imaginative voyage into memory, meaning and identity – Booktrust

A modern classic of children’s fantasy with a necessary hero – Lizzie Huxley-Jones

I loved this book – a triumphant and richly imagined fantasy as well as a compelling insight into life with seizures and memory loss. I can’t wait to see where this story goes! – Lee Newbery

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