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Henry H. Neff

Autor(a) de The Hound of Rowan

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Obras por Henry H. Neff

The Hound of Rowan (2007) 801 exemplares
The Second Siege (2008) 398 exemplares
The Fiend and the Forge (2010) 228 exemplares
The Maelstrom (2012) 137 exemplares
Impyrium (2016) 104 exemplares
The Red Winter (2014) 40 exemplares
L'arazzo d'oro (2009) 1 exemplar


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Neff, Henry H
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San Francisco, California, USA




This is extremely reminiscent of Harry Potter - not as well written but still a nice tale of magic, battles and adventure
spiritedstardust | 28 outras críticas | Dec 29, 2022 |
I cannot even begin to say how great this series is! The harector development is incredible, and the story has gotten better with every page. You can see the author improving with each chapter, and each page is even better than the next. Anyone who speaks English will love this series!
Sennie_V | 1 outra crítica | Mar 22, 2022 |
During an annual museum trip with his Dad, Max McDaniels discovers he has potential. But his “potential” is not your normal everyday kid potential. Nope. Max’s potential is magical, and a chance encounter with a golden threaded tapestry in the museum opens up a whole new world for the boy. Max eventually ends up at Rowan, an exclusive school for other Potentials, but not after being attacked by an odd little woman with hard, sparkly eyes. Once at school, Max discovers a number of pronounced talents — he can Amplify like nobody’s business (picture Superman’s quick trip around the Earth to turn back time when Lois dies on that highway in Superman: the Movie) and bears an odd similarity to Cuchulain, the Hound of Ulster from Irish mythology. As expected, a darkness is rising, and Max and his roommate David appear to be the duo that will save the world. Despite their efforts, however, the Darkness (in this case, Astaroth) does rise again, opening the door for more adventures.

The Hound of Rowan is awash in mythology, both modern and ancient, and Neff pays tribute to Those Who Have Gone Before. There are plenty of similarities to Harry Potter — the impetuous boy destined to save the world, the magic school, odd creatures, the village sweet shop — but there is a welcome and refreshing blending of imagery from other sources as varied as The Dark is Rising, Half Magic, The Mabinogion, Star Trek, Tron, and even Bedknobs and Broomsticks! I was particularly taken with the “Courses” students are required to master that use a concept similar to Star Trek: the next generation holodeck mashed up with the psychedelic bing-bing of Tron. The courses run “scenarios” that teach the students things like strategy and agility. And of course, the obligatory school sports game — not Quidditch but Euclidean Soccer — played remarkably like the soccer game on the Island of Naboomboo in Bedknobs & Broomsticks.

The copy I read was an advanced reading copy, and as expected there were a few things that needed to be fixed. I hope the final version provides a better characterization of David, Max’s roommate, as well as the backstory for Ronin (think Sirius Black). On the whole, however, Hound of Rowan is a total and complete romp, well worth your time, and highly recommended for grades 4 and up.
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patriciau | 28 outras críticas | Dec 27, 2018 |
Like "Game of Thrones" in idea, but other than that it's worlds better. This fantasy book takes place well after the author's "Hound of Rowan" series, with magical humans dominating the non-magical ones and the demonic Lirlanders threatening both. There's a great magic system, spies and assassins, conspiracies, warring houses, and fantastic characters. I couldn't put it down- it's an amazing book!
AnnajoJJG | 2 outras críticas | Aug 14, 2018 |



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