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Advent by James Treadwell

‘The first in a trilogy, this is an interesting and original tale, bringing a fresh outlook to old stories, and the characters are well-realised . . . clever twists keep you hooked, and the ending and coda make it well worth the read.’
(SFX )

‘This epic debut tale wowed us with the concept of ancient magic returning to the modern world 500 years after its disappearance . . . The first in a trilogy, it’s ambitious and echoes Philip Pullman.’
(Stylist )

‘Myth and magic in the modern world. A traditional quest tale beautifully told . . . The human characters are realistic and sympathetic, even those who are by any definition, downright odd. The uncanny creatures are sufficiently spooky, horrible, vile and violent. The landscape is alive.’
(www.thebookbag.co.uk )

‘There is something profoundly different about ADVENT. Perhaps it is the atmosphere of history, magic and mystery it exudes, or maybe the curiosity of the characters. Or it could even be the beauty, the manipulation of the English Language that James Treadwell so clearly is a master of. Either way, you know you have something special in your hands even before the story begins . . . ‘
(www.thirstforfiction.com )

‘A beautifully written novel. Treadwell has the mother of all graphs on the English language! A perfect depiction of the perfect setting . . . Classic and unbeatable formula . . . This isn’t just any YA novel, this is an astoundingly intelligent YA novel. This is a genuinely gorgeous read, and I can’t wait for book two.’
(www.fantasynibbles.com )

‘James Treadwell’s debut fantasy novel, ADVENT, is nothing short of magical. It is a rich tapestry of light and dark which has been spun deftly thanks to some delicately intricate – yet nonetheless accessible – prose that stimulates the senses magnificently and so begs the reader to learn more, whether aficionados of the genre or not.’ (www.welovethisbook.com )

‘It’s a beautifully written tale – the first in a trilogy – which in one sense feels like a return to old-fashioned storytelling, yet manages to be utterly fresh.’
(Bookseller )

For centuries it has been locked away Lost beneath the sea Warded from earth, air, water, fire, spirits, thought and sight. But now magic is rising to the world once more. And a boy called Gavin, who thinks only that he is a city kid with parents who hate him, and knows only that he sees things no one else will believe, is boarding a train, alone, to Cornwall. When he arrives, there is no one there to meet him.

My Review

This is a deep cerebral story that involves a young boy and magic. No this is has no similarities with Harry Potter, it has a world of its own. He transports you at times to the origins of this magic world and has included ancient mythology. The boy must be taken upon and accustomed to new ways and abilities. I sense the next book in the series to include even more adventure. This is really tailored for an adult audience, the author has created a richly filled world of beyond the realm of what we see.
There is an Author interview done by BBC @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16868450

Purchase from Amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 11 February 2012

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