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Rowan of the Wood (Volume 1) Paperback – April 22, 2009
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This is a great addition to the wizarding world. You ll find yourself reading it in a day because you won t want to put it down. --Austin Monthly Magazine
I found Rowan of the Wood to be an imaginative and fun read with a fairy tale flavor to it that will appeal to old and young alike. --Midwest Book Review
The overall story is very good, the characters are believable, and the situation is bleak....A solid tale of magic, love, betrayal, and loss, Rowan of the Wood is well-inspired and lovingly written. --Nothing Binding Book Reviews
Rowan of the Wood is a fanciful and intriguing book about love, loss, magic and a centuries old quest. --Front Street Reviews
...a fantastic and believable read. The love that doesn't really die between Rowan and Fiana is powerful. The loneliness of Cullen and his love of doing what is right is wondrous...The authors have gotten this one right. --Teens Read Too
From the Back Cover
Rowan of the Wood tells the story of a young boy Cullen who meanders through the redwood forest every day on his way to school, losing himself in books and fantasy worlds full of elves, fairies, and wizards. He loves to escape to these magical lands because reality for him is not fun at all. Cullen and his two misfit friends, Maddy and April, are terribly unpopular amongst the other kids, and they regularly endure ridicule and bullying. Cullen's life changes incredibly one day when he uncovers an ancient magic wand that is inhabited by a powerful wizard, Rowan. Inadvertently, Cullen releases Rowan from the wand and finds himself possessed by the wizard, with a great power and an obsessive need to find a lost love. When danger is near, Rowan emerges from the frightened child to set things right. He and Cullen try to understand what has happened to them, only to discover a deeper problem. Nearly fourteen centuries ago, Rowan and his bride Fiana were separated on their wedding day. Rowan manages to survive, trapped in time, until Cullen releases him from the wand. Fiana uses dark magic to stay alive as she continues searching for Rowan. Over the centuries, Fiana descends deeper into the darkness becoming something evil and eventually giving up her search...until a young boy brings Rowan back to her.
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The only thing I was a little confused about, is what age group this book was intended for. The book is great, don't get me wrong. It's just that the cover art makes it look like it is for a young audience and yet the text is often formal sounding and seems to be above the reading level I would have expected based on the cover. The authors have a wonderful grasp on language and how to use it for the desired effect within their story, but sometimes it seemed a bit advanced.
Overall, I really liked this book and would encourage others to get lost between the magic of these covers. Unique. Appealing.
My initial reaction was that it was an unusual hybrid, with elements of 12-year-old main character, adult romance, and YA fantasy. Most publishers would never risk putting out a mash-up like that, but more of them should - because this book is proof that it can really work!
I was surprised to find myself rapidly devouring the whole book, followed by its two sequels, and am eagerly awaiting the fourth in the series. In fact, I finished reading the second book on Kindle on the elliptical trainer at the gym and immediately bought and started reading the third, without ever pausing in my workout.
I'm guessing Rowan of the Wood would appeal most to Harry Potter fans. I love Harry Potter myself, and found several attributes of this book that were reminiscent of those stories - although Rowan of the Wood is definitely it's own unique, and very cool thing.
As it was, there was an interesting plot and all of the characters roughly came into their own as pieces more or less fit themselves together with not too much prodding from the author.
I would recommend it to those with a penchant for "magic is here, just hidden and forgotten" tales, which would generally include myself.
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