Lionboy: The Truth

Lionboy - The Truth

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for earlier instalments of this series. You can read my reviews of these novels [here] and [here].

Lionboy: The Truth was first published in 2006 and is the third and final instalment of the Lionboy Trilogy. It was written by the mother/daughter writing team of Zizou Corder and is preceded by Lionboy (2003) and Lionboy: The Chase (2004). The novel carries on from exactly where its prequel left off and therefore you have to read the other books first to fully appreciate it.

Now that Charlie has been reunited with his parents, it feels as though his adventures are finally over. The lions have been returned to their pride and the evil lion tamer, Maccomo, has been brought to justice. However, he is still in great danger. His parents escaped from the Corporacy but the High Chief Executive wants them back.

It is not long before Maccomo escapes from his lion guards and manages to capture Charlie. He leaves Morocco for the Carribean, intending to complete Rafi’s original task of handing him over to the Corporacy for a reward. Although both Sergei and Ninu stowaway with Charlie, they discover that it will take far more than an alley cat and chameleon to free him this time.

When they realise that Charlie is missing, his parents, Claudio, the King of Bulgaria and (of course) the Young Lion and Elsina set sail in order to get him back. Their voyage takes them all the way to the Corporacy’s base off the coast of Haiti where they finally have a chance to stop the evil corporation once and for all.


Lionboy: The Chase

Lionboy - The Chase

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for its prequel, Lionboy. You can read my review of this novel [here].

Lionboy: The Chase is the second part of the Lionboy Trilogy and was written by the mother/daughter writing team of Louisa and Isabel Adamakoh Young (known collectively by the nom-de-plume of Zizou Corder). It was first published in 2004 and is preceded by Lionboy (2003) and succeeded by Lionboy: The Truth (2006). The Chase does not stand alone as it continues the story from the exact point where Lionboy concludes, with Charlie and his lion friends hiding aboard the Orient Express under the protection of the eccentric King of Bulgaria.

It seems to Charlie as though things are finally starting to look up. Following the guidance of Sergei, a helpful alley cat, he has finally reached Venice and the King is more than willing to help him with his dual goals of finding his parents and returning the lions to their home in Morocco. Yet as the King leaves them in the care of Edward, his right hand man, things suddenly take a drastic turn for the worse.

Edward has no intention of allowing the lions to be set free. Instead, he plans to gift them to the corrupt Doge of Venice in order to resolve a long running feud that he has with the King. To make matters worse, Charlie learns that there has been a miscommunication between the cats. His parents are not being held in Venice at all, but in Vence.

With the slaver Rafi and lion tamer Maccomo also closing in, Charlie finds himself in a race against the clock to free the lions once more and find a way to transport them to Africa. However, he is not alone. There are plenty of Venetians who have grown tired of the Doge’s rule who have been waiting for just the right moment to start a revolution…




Lionboy was first published in 2003 and was written by Zizou Corder (a nom de plume shared by the mother/daughter writing team of Louisa and Isabel Adomakoh Young). It forms the first part of a trilogy and is subsequently followed by Lionboy: The Chase and Lionboy: The Truth.

The story is set in the near future, in a time when oil supplies are on the verge of running out and people have been forced to embrace alternate sources of power. The story focuses on Charlie Ashanti, who lives in London with his scientist parents. Although Charlie seems to be an ordinary boy, he possesses an incredible ability – he can speak and understand the language of cats. Charlie lives a carefree life until one day he arrives home from school to find that his parents are missing.

Charlie is soon approached by Rafi, a local boy, who claims that his parents had to go away for a while but instructed him to look after Charlie until they returned. Sensing that he is lying, Charlie quickly escapes and flees down river where he is picked up by a travelling circus.

Utilising his gift, Charlie quickly manages to befriend the circus’s pride of lions and discovers that they want nothing more than to be free. He quickly forms a deal with them – if they can help him track down his parents, he will help them return to their homeland.


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