Twelve-year-old Max Hamby lives quiet life just outside of town in the small community of Pleasant Seas and that's just the way he likes it... until the day he crashes into an odd exhibit at the local museum.
Strange things begin to happen and even stranger people want Max all to themselves.
It begins with the disappearance of his mother and a mysterious text message that takes him to the edge of the Downs; a dark forest where no one dares to go.
He'll need to get past his eccentric neighbor first, but she has her own plan and reveals more than he ever thought possible.
These new discoveries take him to Merrihaven and a land filled with unbelievable creatures, magic and a longstanding battle for power. Someone has resurrected the Shadowstone to free the evil imprisoned inside. With the help of some unlikely allies, Max must summon the courage to find seven magical stones to save his mother before it's too late.
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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 faraway places, enjoying a cup of coffee with the dwarf, sharing a laugh with the moody dragon (when he's in the mood) and sitting on a rainbow of treats with the pink pixie.
She tilted her head and touched the shifters on the knee. "Little shifters refuse to fight. They are no more. Out of sight. So greedy and oh so bad. Now they're gone and no one is sad."
Isolde has Milo's stone and she's using it to spread chaos and destruction.
She's opened the crack in the earth and unleashed nightmarish creatures from the underworld. They prowl the Downs in search of their next meal. No one is safe.
Time and options are running out.
Max goes on the hunt for the Amethyst Guardian and Merrihaven is more vulnerable than its ever been before.
Isolde sees the perfect opportunity to attack and sends in her army to capture everyone. To save them, Max must sacrifice himself or risk losing them forever.
There's no turning back now.
...Or is there?
Max Hamby and the Amethyst Guardian is the sixth book in Kathy Cyr’s Max Hamby series; a middle grade fantasy series.