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The Serpent in the Glass: A Middle Grade Fantasy for Children and Adults Alike (The Tale of Thomas Farrell Book 1) by [Andrews, D.M.]
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"Once I got into the book, the story changed to something new and different and got very exciting and it was very different from Harry Potter. The alternate world Mr. Andrews created was unique and fun." - thiskidreviewsbooks.com

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Background to the Writing of The Serpent in the Glass


The idea for The Serpent in the Glass was first conceived back in 1997 after the author took an interest in the legends surrounding Avebury in Wiltshire, England. The book went through many revisions, being chiefly influenced by the fiction of Alan Garner and Kenneth C. Flint. In the final revisions the author, influenced by J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series which he began reading in 2001, decided to write the story in a more contemporary and loose fashion. Although aimed primarily at the 9-12 age group, the author wrote the book to also appeal to adults and older children. This book is available for the Kindle and may also be borrowed by Amazon Prime members. A paperback version is also available.

Product Details

  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: D.M. Andrews; 4th edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062A7UVE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,986 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A young orphan boy living with cruel human foster parents (in a dog basket in a dim attic, NOT a cupboard under the stairs)reaches his 11th birthday and is invited to attend an unusual boarding school reached by an unusual train. Accompanied by the school caretaker... He and his friends go where they are not supposed to, find out about other worlds and magic races, and Harry (oops, he's not actually named Harry) finds a message from his deceased dad and fights off an evil one. This is like the Potter story to the point where that's all I could think about, but without the wonderful detail (and of course not new in this story as it was with the Rowling books). Harry for impatient readers maybe, shorter and lesser. Although this is very clearly the beginning of a series, I feel no need to read more.
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I bought this for my 11 year old Daughter for Christmas, for her new Kindle. Tad slow to start but she finished it in 4 days and is looking for more by this Author. I have started to read it too and love the way this appeals to both Kiddles and Growed Ups alike. Highly recommended.
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Darren Andrews has written a delightful tale that is well-told. The Serpent in the Glass is engaging, fun, meaningful, and is the kind of tale I love to see my children enjoy. The Serpent in the Glass is entertaining to me as an adult, and left me wishing other books in this series were already available so I could continue the saga. I look forward to more of about Thomas Farrell from Darren Andrews.
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Had this book recommended and decided to give it a go. Although aimed at younger readers it's suitable for adults, too. The story is well constructed and the characters come to life in such a way that you care what happens to them. As the previous review stated, the beginning could be considered a little slow, but I have it on good authority that the second edition is addressing this issue and will reach the more engrossing part of the tale faster. The book ends in such a way as to be complete whilst still leaving scope for a sequel should the author wish to write one (I hope he does!)
All in all, well worth the read and an excellent way to begin a writing career. More please! :-)
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Finely drawn characters, wonderful atmosphere and a compelling plot make this a very attractive choice for ambitious middle grade readers. But here's an attractive aspect of this book that has not been remarked upon by other reviewers - with a few deft strokes Mr. Andrews can achieve more than a lesser writer would accomplish after huffing and puffing through pages of dense and overwritten prose.

Many of the middle grade adventure and fantasy books I've read recently just try too hard, and the result, over 400 or 500 pages, can be leaden or just plain daunting. I understand that the authors have great imaginations and just want to be entertaining, but there can be so much cleverness and so much descriptive prose and so many eccentric characters and cute creatures and evil villains that a book can turn into a chore, which I don't think is what anyone wants.

Here, Mr. Andrews has a generous but light touch. Thomas is nicely sketched in, with a few hints that become clear later on. His yearning to learn more about his absent parents is palpable. Thomas's adoptive parents are set out briefly, efficiently and effectively, but without their miserliness or indifference being beaten to death. Jessica, the heroine sidekick, is loyal, charming and perceptive from the outset and just keeps growing on you as a character. Individual scenes are brief and to the point, but in each one there are a few grace notes or observations that speak volumes about the action.

The result of such narrative efficiency is that this story starts quickly, speeds along and resolves in a satisfying way, but without the reader ever feeling lost or lacking information or confused about how the story is developing.
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This is an excellent story, allegedly for young readers but interestingy told so that it will appeal to adult fantasy readers too. I always feel you need to be at least as good a writer and possibly better to write for the young, who do not suffer fools gladly. They are not prepared to wait for long expositions or scene setting and demand action, sense and a darned good story. They get them all here. Thomas Farrell, an orphan, goes to boarding school after his 11th birthday and for the first time, has friends other than his adopted sister.

We find out, with Thomas, about the school he attends, the place it 'joins' in another world and his father's place there. We meet other races from this world too, which to me, harked back a little to Alan Garner's wonderful creations. There are echoes of Celtic mythology too - very nicely done. There is some lovely writing here, especially when Thomas first discovers Darkledun Grange. The pace of the story is just right and there were exciting episodes in there that kept me reading much longer than I should have been! I enjoyed this very much and I was pleased to see from the ending, that the way is left open for more from these believable characters.
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