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The Serpent in the Glass: A Middle Grade Fantasy for Children and Adults Alike (The Tale of Thomas Farrell Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D.M. Andrews
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Book Description

On his eleventh birthday Thomas Farrell is informed that the deceased father he never knew has provided for his education at Darkledun Manor, a school for gifted children. Thomas, however, feels he's just an ordinary boy, but Darkledun Manor proves to be anything but an ordinary school…

In this work of fiction the reader is transported into a world of myth as the young protagonist, Thomas Farrell, seeks to understand who his mysterious father was, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent. As the story progresses, Thomas and his friends become increasing caught up in a world they never knew existed – a world beyond the standing stones.

You can review a short audio sample from the book, read by the author, at A video trailer can also be accessed by viewing D.M. Andrews’ Amazon author page. Cover design by Alex Hausch.

Word count: Approx. 74,000
Brief: “Narnia meets Hogwarts” (AmeliaAT "Apostrophistica", Amazon reviewer)
Audience: Although middle-grade fantasy, adults might also enjoy this.

"Spellbinding: An excellent and well written book. I was captivated from start to finish. I don't normally read fantasy novels as I find them a bit too 'fantastical,' but I enjoyed the escapism and adventure in this book." (Steven Ray Montgomery, 5 stars)

"A fabulous book, extremely well written and engaging from start to finish. If you like the Harry Potter tales you'll be sure to enjoy this. Just as much fun for adults as children. Thoroughly recommended!" (S Devon, 5 stars)

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: D.M. Andrews; 4th edition (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062A7UVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,311 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

D.M. Andrews lives in Hertfordshire, England, and enjoys a wide range of interests, including history, genealogy, mythology, modding, and political philosophy. His greatest love, however, is reading and writing novels. Fantasy, myth and history are the main components of his work, with a focus on meaningful originality. D.M. Andrews writes for children as young as 9, and adults as old as 99. His books are suitable for most ages and for families. He has been writing since his childhood, and hopes to keep writing until he is as old as the trees!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Book 28 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a certain charm, and whilst it is definitely aimed at a younger market, this 53 year old had no problems with this at all! Highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!!!!! 2 Jan. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
From my 9yr old son:This book is a magnificent story and I hope the author writes a sequel. It is about a boy called Thomas and a mysterious serpent glass. Thomas never knew his parents and was adopted by the Westrops. On his 11th birthday Thomas receives a visit from a solicitor from Scotland and finds out that his father left him the keys to a safety deposit box. In the box he finds an invitation to attend Darkledun Manor school for gifted children. This was a fantastic read and I couldn't put it down. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical 14 Jan. 2012
By Rmaga
Format:Kindle Edition
The story is very magical. It take us to a world of fantasy and dream.
It is possible to lose ourselves in the book and forget the rest of the world around us.
I found myself several times with a smile in my face while reading(in the tube).

Hope the author writes more. I'm really waiting for more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Serpent in the Glass 11 May 2013
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is the tale of Thomas Farrell, an orphan who, on his 11th birthday, gets invited to live at a boarding school. There is a kind of magic about, but apart from that, this is not Harry Potter.

Now I've never read HP, but have half watched the films and this book is nothing like that.

I found this an interesting read. Sometimes I thought the names of some characters and things a bit awkward perhaps for the audience it is primarily aimed at, but then, I'm not a teenager, so perhaps it's no problem for them.

The storyline was exciting and I liked the characters, especially the 5 young friends. The descriptions throughout the book were good enough for me to visualise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story 15 April 2013
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A page turning good read, that I could imagine 8 - 10 year olds enjoying. I read it to add to my "what can I recommend for children" book list - and yes I will recommend it to young nephews, nieces and friend's children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Magical Adventure 15 Oct. 2012
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This book is one of my new favourites. It's very similar to Harry Potter in regards to similarities between Thomas and Harry and how they discover the truth about who they are, but it's also wonderfully individual and unique too.

In short - I cried. I loved it. I'll be reading it again. With tissues.

I cannot wait to read more about Thomas. Whether the rest of the series comes along soon or takes a while, it is sure to be just as great. And I'll be reading it. However, this book, is also as greatly enjoyed on its own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read 13 April 2012
By ngaire
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Downloaded the Serpent in the Glass for my daughter (age 13). Had the chance to read it before her and was captivated by Master Thomas Farrell. Characters, plot and pace - spot-on! Enjoyed the wonderful description. Definitely recommend this book for young and old!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story! 10 April 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an excellent story, allegedly for young readers but interestingy told so that it will appeal to adult fantasy readers too. I always feel you need to be at least as good a writer and possibly better to write for the young, who do not suffer fools gladly. They are not prepared to wait for long expositions or scene setting and demand action, sense and a darned good story. They get them all here. Thomas Farrell, an orphan, goes to boarding school after his 11th birthday and for the first time, has friends other than his adopted sister.

We find out, with Thomas, about the school he attends, the place it 'joins' in another world and his father's place there. We meet other races from this world too, which to me, harked back a little to Alan Garner's wonderful creations. There are echoes of Celtic mythology too - very nicely done. There is some lovely writing here, especially when Thomas first discovers Darkledun Grange. The pace of the story is just right and there were exciting episodes in there that kept me reading much longer than I should have been! I enjoyed this very much and I was pleased to see from the ending, that the way is left open for more from these believable characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good example of the genre.
My bad - I read this a while back and never got round to putting on my review. I read a lot, and rarely give 5 stars anyway. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Elegsabiff
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I didn't reaise unti I had started reading this book it is aimed at teens, but I didn't care as the book was a really good read, in fact I read it it in just 2 days!
Published 19 months ago by Geri Underhill
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy/magical read!
This was a great read, to the extent that i didn't want to put it down.
Although aimed at a younger/teen reader, it still appealed to my mid 20's mind
This i think could... Read more
Published 22 months ago by sam
5.0 out of 5 stars The serpent in the glass - fabulous story
A lovely book which was reminiscent of Harry Potter in it's overall theme. Easy to read, totally wanted things to come good for the lead character, had me on the edge of the seat a... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars The Serpent in the Glass
Although a little derivative, it was great fun to read. Well worth buying. I look forward to reading more by this author
Published on 31 Mar. 2013 by N K Whitley
3.0 out of 5 stars good read but...
Here is a young lad, parents mysteriously dead, living in a house where he isn't particularly wanted, made to do all the chores for the foster parents, lives in the attic sleeping... Read more
Published on 24 Jan. 2013 by Maybe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is the second book by DM Andrews I have read.

The first was 'Jack MacFadden & the Faerie Realm' (if you havn't read it then do so! Read more
Published on 3 Jan. 2013 by EJM
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read!!
I enjoyed the Harry Potter books, but felt the way they were written was poor. This book follows a similar idea; boy, magical world, mystery and adventure but it's so much better. Read more
Published on 2 Jan. 2013 by Holly
4.0 out of 5 stars There better be a sequel !
I love fantasy books but have a very limited list of favourite authors Raymond Feist, David Eddings to pick two of them. Read more
Published on 16 Dec. 2012 by A. J. Shaw
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the buy
The only credit is the plot, but the writer should have relayed the story very well, which hasn't been done, alot of characters left unexplored, just mentioning names isn't good... Read more
Published on 9 Dec. 2012 by Has
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