The third book of the Glass Apple series, Song of the Shaman, is released on Lulu.com on July 19th, and will arrive on Amazon shortly after. To celebrate this fact, I'm doing a 2 day free giveaway of the kindle versions of books 1 & 2:
The Glass Apple
"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." Andy Angel
Spider'S Web (The Glass Apple)
"This book follows on from The Glass Apple. The story continues by following the original group, now divided and continuing in their quest, each with a separate supporting cast of characters. To be honest (and what's the point of a review if you aren't?) I found this moving from scene to scene, albeit several chapters apart, a bit disorientating and it took me longer to get into the story. However, as events progress, the characters make their way to a final battle with the dark and evil Huddour and the pace definitely picked up for me. The book is darker than Glass Apple and characters we met there and enjoyed in a humorous way are here shown to have greater depths. There are some touching scenes where the author is not afraid to deal with emotional issues.
Robert Franks has a gift for descriptive writing and can create a scene with great subtlety so that you feel you are there. He also writes a jolly good battle! Hard-core Celtic Mythology fans will be in their element here and it is a feast for lovers of the fantasy genre. A great story and I look forward to the next instalment." Ignite (Amazon top 1000 reviewer)
I hope you enjoy them!
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