The Golden Acorn was the first book I read on my Kindle. I enjoyed it so much that I was delighted to be given the opportunity to review the paperback version of Glasruhen Gate.
This book picks up straight after the end of The Golden Acorn. Jack Brenin has returned from the past having found the missing cauldron plates, now they must remake the cauldron and open the Glasruhen Gate into Anwnn.
Of course nothing quite goes to plan and Jack, Camelin the ever hungry raven and the rest of their magical companions embark on another series of adventures to save the hamadryads. Along the way the story explores subjects such as bravery, honesty, friendship, temptation and consequence.
This story really is brilliant! I honestly can't recommend it highly enough. It is simple enough for an eight year old to read, understand and enjoy, but has enough depth for older readers including adults. At times it is light-hearted and fun, in places moving and emotional, but it is always utterly enchanting and beautifully written. I am sure too that I only scratched the surface of the depth of the story with regards to things like mythology, legend and the meanings of the names of characters and places etc.
The book is also beautifully illustrated with maps of the main locations at the beginning of the book and then smaller drawings at the start of each chapter, as well as little oak leaves between each section.
Overall: 5 stars! Highly recommended. If you haven't read The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin)
read that first, then read this!