Title: Jake Atlas and the Quest for the Crystal Mountain (Jake Atlas #3)
Author: Rob Lloyd Jones
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Older children/middle grade, Action, Adventure
Book format: Paperback
Description: Jake Atlas and his family may finally be close to discovering the secret history of human kind. Their quest takes them to Beijing and Tibet, then finally to the sacred Crystal Mountain. But a mysterious savage creature guards the mountain, where untold dangers await. As evil forces close in, this quest will push Jake harder than ever before.
*Free copy provided by publisher for review…
Review: I can’t quite believe this is the last book in the series (I think?), I want there to be more stories of Jake Atlas and his family but this was a perfect way to end the story so far and I’ve loved every minute of this exciting adventure! ‘Jake Atlas and the Quest for the Crystal Mountain’ continues the story from where the second book ended. This time the family are in China, attempting to get hold of another of the emerald tablets before their enemies do.
I really enjoyed reading the first two books ‘Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake’ and ‘Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God’ and have been desperate to get my hands on the third book in the series to see what happens to Jake and his family after their adventure in South America. The previous book set up the expectation that the family were going to China but soon their travels take them to more sacred grounds as they enter Tibet. Just like in previous books it was easy to get into the action right away and within minutes I was engrossed in the story and unable to put the book down! As with the other books this one is filled with lots of funny moments as well as brilliant action scenes with a lot happening, especially to Jake.
I don’t want to give away what happens in the story but I really enjoyed the relationship between Jake and another boy called Tenzin, as well as Jake’s whole attitude to his surroundings especially the yak butter tea! There are also a few chapters that switch the viewpoint from Jake’s to someone else and I enjoyed the last few chapters where we see both character’s thoughts on each other. The ending is really good and I really like the way Jake matures. After everything that happens in the story it was a good and satisfying ending and probably the only good way to end the series but it still leaves you wondering what the Atlas family, and others might discover later (I really don’t want to give anything away so it’s hard to explain without explaining too much of the plot) But it’s still a very good ending and a brilliant book to finish off the series, although I’d love to read so many more adventures of Jake and his family.
I’ve really enjoyed reading all three Jake Atlas books and would recommend them all to everyone regardless of age. They are all very exciting, gripping, action packed adventures with the right amount of humour to make you laugh and yet still feel excited. And being aimed at older children (although I’d recommend it to any age) there’s nothing very dark or offensive in the books, just a brilliant adventure and in this third book in particular it’s just the perfect ending for the whole adventure that the Atlas family have been on and an especially good ending for Jake’s character.
Read review of book 1 – Jake Atlas and the Tomb of the Emerald Snake by clicking here
Read review of book 2 -: Jake Atlas and the Hunt for the Feathered God by clicking here
Do you enjoy action adventure stories? Have you read this series or another like it? Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂