Review: James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra


James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra
by Colm McElwain


Alongside his friends Ben and Mary Forester, James Clyde must protect a powerful diamond from falling into the wrong hands. A strange and sinister man dressed in black is also pursuing the diamond and will stop at nothing to obtain it. James and his friends set off on a perilous journey to return the diamond to its rightful place. But they are being hunted every step of the way by the relentless man in black and his blood-thirsty army. Outnumbered, James finds he must use the power of the diamond to escape their clutches – or become another victim of their murderous quest. So begins a journey that will transport them to an alternative world where they must confront the mysterious man in black for a final, winner-takes-all battle…

MyReviewF“What would you do if you discover that you aren’t really from this world? That somehow, somewhere, out there, two different groups of people await your arrival – the first one depends on you, while the other one wants you dead.

The story started off with James Clyde, an 11-year old boy running away from a security guard after being discovered of shoplifting. Amidst the chase, he found himself inside a hut and his future foretold by the great psychic, Belinda. She told James that he wasn’t really born on Earth, and that his life was in grave danger as there was someone looking for him. Belinda even told James that he was a special boy and was meant for far greater things!

On the last day before the Christmas Holidays, James learned from his teacher that there was a man in black looking for him. If this man was the same one that the psychic had told him about, James wasn’t sure. What he was really excited about was the thought that he would be spending Christmas with his grandfather Wilmore Clyde and his two adoptive siblings, Ben & Mary were going with him.

But what was supposed to be a happy reunion turned into a tragic end when his grandfather Wilmore died in his arms. He was fatally shot by a man in black, but before his last breath, Wilmore gave James specific instructions on how to find the key to a chest containing a most valuable treasure – a Diamond – and how to get into the world where he truly belonged, the world of Orchestra.

James, Ben and Mary found the corridor containing a mysterious door and together, they entered a world beyond Earth. They were separated along the way. James was then saved by the Orchins, while Ben & Mary were carried by the dolphins. Soon they all found each other again and together they not only discovered a whole new world that was magical and picturesque, but also uncovered the gloomy world of Darken where evil existed. Soon James was told of his real family – the King and Queen of Zara, the night he was born and was sent away to Earth so that when the time comes, he would be able to fulfil his destiny, as he was the one mentioned in the prophecies – the savior that will free Zara from the clutches of the evil Queen Abigail of Darken.

Perusing Colm McElwain’s debut novel is a great experience and deserves to be a collector’s item. The story was like Clark Kent meets Harry Potter meets Peter Pan who discovered the Lord of The Rings. This is obviously a great read, it has an impeccable plot and a promising story that kids and adults would love to know more. Although at first, I was hesitant to read this in front of my kids, because it was a bit of a dark tale and there were some scheming and stealing, but in the end, I was glad to have shared the story to them. We all agreed, the characters are unpredictable and fascinating; the plot is so good that I can scarcely put the book down. Will I recommend this book to children? Definitely!

NOTE: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Colm McElwain was raised and educated in Monaghan, Ireland. He has a BA Hons in PE and likes reading books, watching films and playing sport. He has always loved storytelling, whether through literature or film. James Clyde and the Diamonds of Orchestra is his first
novel and brings a very fulfilling creative experience spanning a number of years to an end.

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