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THE HOUND OF ROWAN by Henry H. Neff

THE HOUND OF ROWAN

The Tapestry, Book One

By Henry H. Neff (Author) , Henry H. Neff (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 14

Pub Date: Sept. 25th, 2007
ISBN: 978-0-375-83894-1
Publisher: Random House

When Max McDaniels has a peculiar run-in with an ancient Celtic tapestry, it’s not long before he receives a letter of invitation to the mysterious Rowan Academy. It seems that Max carries a bit of old magic in his veins and at Rowan he has a chance to improve such skills within a rigorous academic program. Still, all is not right with the world outside the school. Dark and nasty forces have already kidnapped other potential students and are threatening to come within the boundaries of Rowan to wreak havoc. With his roommate David, a boy of unnaturally powerful talents, Max discovers that the ancient demon Astorath may not be as dead as everyone says and that someone within the academy is a traitor. Comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable and unfortunate. Though the similarities are often shocking, this title has its own particular tone and flavor. Neff’s language is often evocative, incorporating Irish myths like the legend of Cuchulain. Though the scenery feels familiar, the book will connect with its audience. (Fiction. 10-14)