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5.0 out of 5 stars ask after the seven, 9 Nov. 2013
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'Ask after the seven,' is one of the enchanting phrases within this wonderful little book. If you love myth, (especially from the Mabinogian),mystery, strong characters and an exciting quest, then you should definitely ask after this 'Seven.' For a first time novel, this is a very assured and exciting piece of writing. From the beginning we are immersed in the strange and familiar; hungrily consumed by eagerness to follow the characters in their quests.
A powerful and moving story that captures potent and primal themes: myth, loss bereavement,resilience,hope courage and last but not least, transformation. I found myself drawn into and deeply moved by, the characters' flaws and idiosyncrasies. Each character: Tony, Eleri, Lucy and Chris spoke to me. Maybe because in some way they represent the archetypal aspects that exist within each of us but we often refuse to acknowledge.
One of the most powerful messages running through this novel, is don't fear transformation. Whether is be without or within. But face it with all the courage that you can muster in those vital seconds. And as a wonderful poet once said, 'take the path less traveled.'
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Seven, 21 Dec. 2013
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Steve Gladwin's first book for children is tightly packed with fast moving events and extraordinary characters. It time slips between present-day Wales and a mythical time and place, inhabited by characters from Welsh mythology: some good, some evil and some on whom the jury is still out!

The portal between these two worlds is a grove of seven trees - a real place that the author clearly knows and loves. However, the trees in the grove are not the only `Seven' of the title, for there are seven hidden Guardians of the Cauldron as well as `The Seven' whose as yet undefined task is `to assist the Guardians'.

As Tony Lewis, his school friends and a motley crew of adults gradually become aware of their parts in this story, and move between its worlds, the complications of the multi-layered plot come thick and fast. At the end the reader is left with many questions - which one hopes will be answered in a sequel to this promising start.

Steve Gladwin has drawn on his knowledge of mythology and bardic and shamanic traditions; the landscape of mid-Wales which he knows and loves; and his own life experiences of loss and bereavement. From these different threads he has woven a richly textured tapestry, which should appeal to young adults, whether they are lovers of traditional tales or fans of fantasy fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive debut., 4 Nov. 2014
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Absolutely loved this,great story telling - aimed at the older child (In all of us!). A very impressive debut novel that I found difficult to put down.(So I didn't 'til I'd finished it.) I shall look forward to Steve Gladwin's next novel with great anticipation.
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The Seven by Steve Gladwin (Paperback - 31 Oct. 2013)
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