The Tapestry Book 1: The Hound of Rowan May 5, 2008 16:42:07 GMT -5
Post by Marauder on May 5, 2008 16:42:07 GMT -5
The Tapestry Book 1: The Hound of Rowan
by Henry H. Neff
by Henry H. Neff
Marauder's two knut review -
I must preface my review by saying that I've read those words many times, "If you liked Harry Potter, then you'll enjoy (insert title here)." Even though some of these have turned out to be quite good reads, I find that many books with this claim have virtually little or no parellel to Harry Potter what-so-ever. And with that said...
If you're a fan of Harry Potter you will thoroughly enjoy The Hound of Rowan, a fantastic, debut novel and first installment of The Tapestry series written by Henry H. Neff. A Chicago native and History teacher, author/illustrator Neff tells the incredible story of Max McDaniel and his first year at an elite, private boarding school in New England.
Even though Max's mother disappeared, Max and his father continue to visit the Chicago Art Institute to celebrate her birthday. While there, Max must hide from the man with one white eye, the one whose been chasing him, and discovers a mysterious, glowing Celtic tapestry in a hidden alcove. He is then "recruited" to attend Rowan Academy, with its magically morphing rooms and mystical animal charges, where exceptional youth are trained on "The Course" to fight "The Enemy".
Great things await Max at his new secret and enchanted school - but darkness is approaching too. Priceless paintings and other "potentials" are disappearing at an alarming rate, while there is a traitor within the school and scary, shape-shifting Vye, born from Neff's childhood nightmares, who have infiltrated the school's grounds. As Max finds himself in an ancient struggle between good and evil, will the power awakening within him, coupled with the genius of his roomate, be enough? Is Max the one to fulfill a prophecy?
Neff's tale may have distinct parellels to Hogwarts, however, his charming, character-driven storytelling makes it all his own and a worthy stand-out. Rich with mythology and folklore, The Hound of Rowan weaves a well-written, fanciful adventure that pulls readers of all ages into Neff's magical world.
The Tapestry Book Two: The Second Siege is due out in bookstores September 2008.
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