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Hagbane's Doom (The Oswain Tales Book 1)

Hagbane's Doom (The Oswain Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Houghton
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Three children, Sophie, Josh and Andrew find something very mysterious about an archway in their local park: it seems to have their own names inscribed on it. Going through the archway, they find themselves transported into another world, caught up in a battle to save the Forest of Alamore from the wicked crone Hagbane, who has stolen the Merestone – a magical stone that is essential to keep the forest alive. Prince Oswain , the children, and the forest must face Hagbane and her army of Grims and Grogs, to restore the Merestone to it’s rightful place.


You crash your bike, you visit a cemetery - and before you know it you're in another world! Follow the adventures of Joshua, Sophie and Andrew as they join forces with Prince Oswain, Trotter and the forest folk in their struggle against the evil tyrant, Hagbane. Discover the secret of Oswain's past and the awesome power of the Merestone. There's courage and loyalty, laughter and tears, in this cliff-hanger of a story that will have you coming back for more! "Hagbane's Doom" is the first of a five book fantasy adventure series which features a marvellous array of colourful characters, varied settings and twisting plots. The second book of the series, "Gublak's Greed" is due for publication Sept. 2007.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1201 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00797HBTK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,905 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Award winning international author, John Houghton, writes for those who don't follow the crowd and who have the courage and curiosity to explore the road less travelled.

Of no particular denominational persuasion, John writes as a Christian humanist, and this is reflected in his many writings which range from children's fantasy, through radical lifestyle, theological and philosophical reflections, and adult fiction.

The writing journey began with his first children's book, Hagbane's Doom, which was a conscious tribute to JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Thereafter, the 5 volume series developed its own independent direction and character and laid the foundation for much of his adult writing.

Although still publishing some of his work through conventional publishers, John recently launched his own digital imprint, John Durham Books - novels that challenge convention, explore the boundaries, and provoke reflection. This is for his adult fiction and that of others who share similar values.

Most of John's books are available through Amazon and you can find out more through his web sites and

John's hobbies include painting and drawing, organic vegetable growing, wood shaping and badminton. He is also a founder member of Wessex Writers, a trustee of Catalyst Arts, and an itinerant speaker and lecturer.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Derivative but a good read anyway 7 Feb 2008
By Reader
Read this to my 11 year old son and he really enjoyed it so it must be good. Personally found it a little derivative, using the plot from The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe (an ice queen stops the forest growing and its cold, but some talking animals help 3 children, who enter a magical forest through a tree, to defeat her, and the hero makes the ultimate sacrifice which saves the day) with bits of Lord of the Rings (a wandering prince recovers his crown, has a magic ring, defeats evil in battle and comes back Gandalf like from the dead after falling into a deep pit in combat with the evil enemy). The original bits like the animal names (Stiggle, Trotter and Fumble??) aren't great, but hey, it licked along and was well paced, and we read to the end. Might try the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enchanting adventure 18 Sep 2008
I read this excellent book as a child and have revisited it more recently.
The authors have a real gift for transporting you into a wonderful exciting adventure.A real treat for children and a geniune fun alternative for parents who would like their childrens reading range to extend beyond Harry Potter-as good as he is!The enchanting nature of its imaginative narrative is a page turner.This is the kind of book that is so well written yet so suited to a youngsters eager and excitable mindset that it is an ideal introduction/way of encouraging youngsters into a reading habit.At the very least they will want to read the sequels!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great even after so many years 10 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I absolutely love this set of books (Hagbane's Doom, Gublak's Greed, Surin's Revenge, Feldrog's Sting and Tergan's Lair). I got the first when I was a young girl <coughs politely> that is quite a while ago!
Think Narnia and you get the idea. Not as obvious as Aslan and the White Witch but a typical good verses evil. I would highly recommend this to anyone who liked the Narnia books - but for parents I would suggest you read it before letting your child read it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Time For The Trash.... 7 Mar 2012
By Ben
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this item, and after about a week of reading all the pages had fallen out..........,not happy with this.
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