A selection of reader feedback to date…

Delighted to share more of the excellent reviews Legend of the Lost, the first in the changeling trilogy, has attracted since publication in paperback and Kindle:


I bought this book for 2 sets of grand children but of course “nana” had to read it first!
As someone who read the original Enid Blyton books as a child and enjoys gothic/supernatural novels as an adult I was in my element as this book combines the two of those elements.
I was transported back to my inner child and immersed myself in the tale of Holly and Alice, in fact I walked up to my local beach in search of a moonstone, well, you never know!
This is a magical book that holds your interest from the first page to the last, it also has a subtle but meaningful message, family is everything, love is everything and good can overcome evil.
My grandchildren are in for a treat!!!!!

Linda Leahey

What a fantastic book. It is so beautifully written each page has had us wanting to know more. Even with places mentioned that we know so well it takes you to somewhere special and makes those places magical. Our next visit to Ashridge will we spent hunting for that magic. A great book to share that’s takes you on many adventures. I couldn’t recommend it enough. We can’t wait for the next one in the series.

Claire P

A thoroughly enjoyable read, for children and adults alike. As a grown up (most of the time) it brought back the escapism and fantasy of Enid Blyton and CS Lewis – even better as it’s set in the familiar yet fantastic settings of Cornwall and Ashridge.

Can’t wait for the rest of the books in the trilogy. Get it onto your Christmas wish list!

Jane Cathrall

Picked up your copy yet?


One of the great advantages of the social media age, for writers, is having the opportunity to interact with readers.

Sometimes, and usually quite unexpectedly, messages appear out of the blue that really make your day.

Here’s a few from twitter and Instagram:


Just because the weather has been a bit rubbish this weekend it doesn’t stop your mind going to places. @connectwithlotl is such a beautifully written book and each page has had us wanting to know more. We couldn’t recommend it enough.

New books , love the smell of new books 😍 And the first book 'Legend of The Lost ' is set in our county Cornwall  in Porthleven and Coverack.  Can't wait to read this one and the other book looks intresting#cornwall#Coverack#Porthleven#Adventure#magic#legendofthelost
New books , love the smell of new books 😍 And the first book ‘Legend of The Lost ‘ is set in our county Cornwall in Porthleven and Coverack.
I can’t put the book down , nearly finished and once I’ve finished my daughter is ready to read.
I keep reading extracts and then quietly reading them again. Amazing book.
My twins were given a school project to be photographed reading a book somewhere unusual, they both chose their new favourite, Legend of the Lost, to read on Snowdon’s Summit.
“ write with an exquisite skill and as I am reading I am visualising the characters, they seem so lifelike!
The adults & children are so like people I have come across & the Cornish backdrop is so familiar from my childhood that I feel I am retracing happy childhood steps! “

Social Media Feedback

Must read this legendary series: 

Spent a thoroughly enjoyable Saturday reading this book which is a little gem. The author skillfully weaves a heartwarming story about a loving family torn apart centuries ago in tragic circumstances before finally discovering their true selves and each other again. All this happens against a backdrop of terrifying magical events involving fairies, gypsy pirates, witches and an army of foul creatures. A great part of the enjoyment is the fact that the story is set in Cornwall and Hertfordshire, locations known well to the author and his love of these areas shines through as he describes them in vivid detail. The first in a trilogy and I’m looking forward to the next installment so hopefully Mr Buckingham won’t keep us waiting too long.


Truly magical masterpiece:

What a fabulous book! One of the best I have read for a very long time. This should be in every school library. The last time I had this feeling about a book it was after reading the first Harry Potter. Truly a magical masterpiece and you will not be able to put it down. Highly recommend to all. Utterly brilliant. Can’t wait for the next in the trilogy.


And this one on Linkedin:

“I am thoroughly enjoying my personally scribed copy! Half way through, interrupted by family crisis, but aiming to be back to it to finish this weekend!

Ian P Buckingham, you write with an exquisite skill and as I am reading I am visualising the characters, they seem so lifelike!

The adult and child characters are so like people I have come across and the Cornish backdrop is so familiar from my childhood that I feel I am retracing happy childhood steps! I can’t wait to finish it!”

First Amazon reviews

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to review Legend of the Lost, the first in Ian’s much anticipated changeling trilogy and have to say I was certainly not disappointed.

Sure he’s written this for the 7-11 core readership because he wants to encourage parents to read it to their children as he enjoyed doing. But it’s a thrilling heroic journey for adults and children alike.

It’s packed with interesting characters, amazing, fantastical creatures and the action pulsates throughout.

Some wonderful setting from beautiful Cornish setting through to atmospheric forests act as a fine backdrop to a strong and touching central story.

I don’t want to say too much to spoil the many surprises but I have no doubt you and your kids will be enthralled from start to finish which comes way too soon. Can’t wait for the sequel, which I understand is part-set in Africa and judging by the talking animals in this, it should be another “must read”.

Would make a great film……

Dave Smith and Hannah and Fergus.

Thrilling heroic journey

I was honoured to be asked to be one of a select few readers asked to review a pre-publication version of this fresh children’s book by a writer I admire.

Really pleased as I feel I’ve had a rare peek into something special.

It is an epic adventure that has both a classic and contemporary feel to it. Packed full of engaging characters and straddles the everyday and mythical worlds using a very clever device, human children as “changelings” with special powers gleaned from magical items and….their family genes.

Werebeasts, fairies, nymphs, pirates, wiccans, talking animals…..what more do you need?

It is beautifully set in Cornwall and Hertfordshire and is packed full of very-varied action. Also has some terrific, pretty nasty villains as every great children’s book needs.

Has echoes of the heroic journey narrative of Lewis, Rowling and even Blyton in places but without being derivative.

It is a really cleverly conceived page turner and my daughter (age 9) devoured it in a couple of days and has been bugging me about the sequel (I believe it’s a trilogy and the story line and depth of characterisation certainly lends itself to more, more, more). Would actually make a great film…

Gets my top recommendation and will be a fabulous Summer read on the beach or wrapped up in front of a blazing fire.

A writer who clearly knows his stuff.

My daughter’s favourite moment:

“The battle of Berkhamsted castle and the huge surprise when************”

A big fan