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Product Details

  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463510403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463510404
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,126,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Franks was born in norfolk, England. His father was a dairy farmer, his mother a nurse and his sister a frequent sparring partner. Brought up in the middle of the Norfolk countryside, he grew up with JRR Tolkein, Anne Macaffrey and Alan Dean foster for company. Oh, and 12 dachshunds, a welsh collie, two pekinese, a great dane, two bassett hounds, innumerable farm cats, a rabbit hutch of both rabbits and guineapigs,a golden pheasant, some chickens and a rather cantankerous old goose.
He wrote from an early age, completing his first full length novel at the age of 15. It was never published, but certain characters never went away, and have resurfaced in his most recent books, The Glass Apple Series.
He worked as a shop manager for many years, and his writing was put, for the main part, to one side.
The first three chapters of The Glass Apple were finished way back in 1997, but again work took priority. In the winter of 2009, he was made redundant when his shop was closed. Since then he has returned to his first love, writing.
The first three books of the Glass Apple series (The Glass Apple; Spider's Web; Song of the Shaman) are all already available in both paperback (via Amazon, Waterstone, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, Angus & Robertson) and kindle form, with the 4th (Legacy of the Abandoned One) due for release early 2013.

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Robert Franks was born in norfolk, England. His father was a dairy farmer, his mother a nurse and his sister a frequent sparring partner. Brought up in the middle of the Norfolk countryside, he grew up with JRR Tolkein, Anne Macaffrey and Alan Dean foster for company. Oh, and 12 dachshunds, a welsh collie, two pekinese, a great dane, two bassett hounds, innumerable farm cats, a rabbit hutch of both rabbits and guineapigs,a golden pheasant, some chickens and a rather cantankerous old goose.
He wrote from an early age, completing his first full length novel at the age of 15. It was never published, but certain characters never went away, and have resurfaced in his most recent books, The Glass Apple Series.
He worked as a shop manager for many years, and his writing was put, for the main part, to one side.
The first three chapters of The Glass Apple were finished way back in 1997, but again work took priority. In the winter of 2009, he was made redundant when his shop was closed. Since then he has returned to his first love, writing.
The first three books of the Glass Apple series (The Glass Apple; Spider's Web; Song of the Shaman) are all already available in both paperback (via Amazon, Waterstone, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, Angus & Robertson) and kindle form, with the 4th (Legacy of the Abandoned One) due for release early 2013
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Customer Reviews

Funny moments where you laugh out loud.
Grandma Lasley
Although this story, in my opinion, had a slow start, it just kept on rolling.
Mike Wolff
I am truly looking forward to reading the next book of this epic fantasy.
BMallen

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andy Angel on September 9, 2011
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I picked up this book last week by chance - and I'm very very glad I did. This is a wonderful piece of storytelling suitable for all ages.
The story tells of three orphans - Jason (12), Kylie (10) and little Anna (5). After the death of their mother they end up in the care of their eccentric Grandfather Ethelbert Gobswistle, a strange character they have never met before.
The first few chapters are humerous and may seem more suited to a younger reader but stick with it because it gets a lot darker later on. Gobswistle is on the run for stealing a glass object (the apple of the title) and a small black christmas tree fairy from his 'employers' in the USA and nearly as soon as he has the custody of the children they are pursued by the enemy - "The Medb" (or Mave).
It turns out the only way to defeat the Medb is with the help of 3 books but these are hidden in the past. When Gobswistle, the children and Etain (the fairy) go back to the time of Merlin to get the books they are separated, Jason and Anna in one place and Gobswistle, Kylie and Etain in another and this is where the story really kicks off.
The characterisation is exceptional (especially Etain, the fairy with sass and attitude and Aiken the Boggart) and the feel for the historical times is top notch.
The story ends on a cliffhanger and I am eagerly awaiting the next book (due Christmas 2011).
The style of the story is part Harry Potter, part Narnia, and part E. Nesbitt, and all of the parts come together to give a wholly satisfying yarn.
Enter the world of The Glass Apple - you won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Al on March 7, 2013
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What a surprise. The book started for me a little confusing and I was tempted to stop reading but soon became involved with the plot.
The unusual storyline has many twists and turns involving everyday life mixed with the supernatural. Went straight into the sequel 'Spiders Web' and can't wait for the continuation of the story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ignite on January 5, 2012
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This book is a wonderful work of imagination. It's a fantasy which moves through time and introduces us to some familiar characters - familiar if you love Celtic mythology anyway. It revolves around 3 children and their strange but endearing Grandad (who is much more than he seems to be). The children also prove to have hidden depths as the tale progresses. They are given a quest which takes them back in time and involves them with some great characters.

The action is fast paced in this story; it's exciting and gripping. It's a funny book too, you'll enjoy the humour. Robert Franks also writes some beautiful descriptive prose - he has a flair for this - and he can set a scene in a very special way.

There is another book in this series so I think I'm going to have to download that one - I really need to find out what happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiggeroo Reviews on September 30, 2014
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For me, three stars is a good solid, "I liked it" and I refuse to play into Amazon's social-engineering attempt to get me to go higher or lower. Mid-range reviews don't give their algorithms as much to work with. Too bad.

Overall, this a fun, tidy, readable book, well worth the time, but only if you have a tolerance for cliffhangers and can overlook the unpolished rough spots in the presentation.

First, the good. The excellent, really.
Characters. This book has some wonderful, memorable characters of remarkable depth and originality. A wizard who has lived lifetime after lifetime, out of time, can hardly be expected to be sane, much less normal. This book handles that tricky element deftly, as it does the mindset and outlook of most of the other characters. (more on that later)
Premise. It's a tale as old as time: a youngster bereft of elder guidance, shouldering responsibilities far beyond his years, who discovers that he's the heir to an unexpected magical legacy. <cue John Williams soundtrack, or find whatshisface, the one who does all the Oscar-winning Disney songs....oh, wait, he's dead. But I digress.> Anyway, there's a reason this trope is popular. It's universal. That yearning for existence to reveal a deeper meaning, the desire to be special, unique, chosen -- if I ever outgrow those inner whispers, I'll let you know. I don't think most people ever do, and stories like this pluck those chords on our heartstrings. The best ones set up beautiful harmonies. This book has a fresh, fun take on the idea, and one well-rooted in the mythology of the British Isles. Saying it warrants comparison to Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series is a high compliment from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rick Rossing on October 19, 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this story of three orphaned children who are taken in by the only relative who will have them, their quite-possibly-insane grandfather, Ethelbert Gobswhistle. His name accurately describes his mannerisms, and his menagerie of companions.
His companions include Etain, a warrior turned into a doll; Edsel, a...camper; and Cookiecrumb, an ancient house.
Pursued by Medb, an evil entity, they travel back in time to retrieve three books of magic.
There are golems, selkies, and Vikngs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shgannon on June 15, 2014
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I enjoyed this book very much. I am a senior citizen who enjoys an old fashioned type of fantasy story with wizards and fairies and magic rather than vampires and zombies. This book is geared more to what I like and was fun to read and will read the other two in the series. I would say the style is similar to The Golden Compass books although not quite as well written.
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