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The Glass Apple
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 5 January 2012
This book is a wonderful work of imagination. It's a fantasy which moves through time and introduces us to some familiar characters - familiar if you love Celtic mythology anyway. It revolves around 3 children and their strange but endearing Grandad (who is much more than he seems to be). The children also prove to have hidden depths as the tale progresses. They are given a quest which takes them back in time and involves them with some great characters.

The action is fast paced in this story; it's exciting and gripping. It's a funny book too, you'll enjoy the humour. Robert Franks also writes some beautiful descriptive prose - he has a flair for this - and he can set a scene in a very special way.

There is another book in this series so I think I'm going to have to download that one - I really need to find out what happens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2014
as others have mentioned this book has a beginning that seems written for a much younger reader than its main body. the rather twee tone in which we are introduced to the principal characters is 'ok' (although the car which puts chitty chitty bang bang in the shade is a step too far towards infantile for me). the personalities are distinct and well drawn and the dialogue is natural and flowing, with the exception of the 'americanised' characters accents which are pretty muddied. as soon as the ridiculously named 'cookie crumb' (a house!) is breached by evil forces the story seems to undergo a schizophrenic change for the better and we are plunged into a frenetic adventure through time and alternative realities. i found the way the author describes scenery, atmosphere and characters absolutely gripping. you are quite effortlessly drawn into the action and quickly become involved with the childrens welfare and what direction their twisting paths will take next. there is a tough, gritty reality to the writing which creates an undercurrent of doubt that everyone, including the main characters, are going to survive their perilous adventures. this is rare and totally refreshing when most fiction/fantasy guarantees "everything will be ok in the end". while the unpredictable nature of the storyline keeps the reader guessing, the fact it is peopled with heroes, villains and creatures of myth and celtic legend that we are familiar enough with to somehow ensure we dont feel totally dazed and confused by all the action. while i have a great interest in the many ancient myths and cetic folklore the uk offers, i am not a fan of pure fantasy 'sword and sorcery'. while i enjoyed this book (which was a free download) i am still rather undecided as to whether i will continue following the series. however i have read a sample of book 2 and would not be surprised if i am lured back to follow this clever and vry well written series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2014
It's a long time since I have read a book based around a world filled with myth and magic, where adventure is rife and fantasy becomes reality. After reading 'The Glass Apple' I realised just how much I had missed that opportunity to escape into another, if somewhat similar world, and how great it is to be gripped by an absolutely cracking story! The different threads of the story are so intricately woven it provides a depth to the tale which is unusual in its richness, something many other works in the genre lack. I love the way that the scenes are described, there is such colour and vivacity in the writing which makes each scene come alive.

This is a tale from which there is very little lacking. The storyline winds its way through the differing landscapes and time periods with ease. The characters are so well drawn for us by the author that we can envision them clearly right from the very start. We come to see them so well that we care about what befalls them, and feel for them in every situation. The ancient ones are brought to our attention from our long forgotten past and the old ways are brought back to life with insight and respect.

I finished the book with a keen desire to known what happens next in the story, a response which every good cliff hanger should evoke. I will definitely be reading the second book in the series 'Spiders Web' so I know what happens to everyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
I don't tend to read work like this. Historical fantasy and me butt heads a lot but we worked well together on this. What a great read! Loved the fact it had recognisable characters in the story, well known characters from history and mythology.

I admit it starts off slow and it feels like a young persons story but please, give it a chance. The story fleshes out really well and gets you gripped, turning into a well written, in depth read.

Do not be put off by previous reviews about too much "bad language", as there isn't any to be overly concerned with and the language suits the characters. If I had to mention the "worst" word used then I'd say it was the word 'crap'. Judge that word as you please but I don't think it's worth getting upset about.

As for rantings about the book ending right in the middle of the main storyline, ignore them! The story is too big for just one book, much like most stories written. Yes, it's a cliffhanger but that's fine. If the author had rammed the whole story into one book, it would of been short, uninteresting and full of holes.

Overall, a very good read and i'm glad I left my comfort zone to try something different. I look forward to reading the next installment
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2011
I was lent this by a friend who knows I enjoy a good fantasy story(I queued at midnight for the Potter Books)and I can report that this is not a good fantasy story it is a Brilliant fantasy!
A gentle, funny start leading you to a story full of wonderful characters travelling back in time to stop powerful black-magic.This book is amazingly well researched, using accurate local history as the story unfolds and older well-loved legends that the second, darker part of the book is entwined in .
I have bought this book now as presents for my teenage niece and nephew who like me will be waiting impatiently for each installment by this yet to be discovered author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2014
what a hidden gem this turned out to be. I originally thought that the story was aimed at a pre-teen readership, and i almost gave up on it. I'm just glad i didnt. stick with the start even though an older reader might think its a pre-teen story but the pace soon picks up and you get hooked. it is a genre i wouldnt normally read but i just loved the story and characters. like mr hp the story gets darker which i liked. i was eager to finish the book to find out what happens next, but at the same time didnt want it to end. i'm looking forward to reading the next installment. Well done Bob!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2012
I have really enjoyed this book. Once it picked up it became quite fast with lots of characters to get to know and like. To be honest I have read the first couple of pages a few times because it starts off like a book for younger readers so I wasn't sure if it would actually get any better. But I stuck with it and I'm glad that I did. If you like Celtic Mythology then be prepared for a multitude of names that you will be familiar with. This book ends very quickly but I'm very glad that I have the second one ready to go and I've just put the third one on my wishlist for Christmas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2013
Enjoyed this book very much and looking forward to reading the next instalment only downside was a few spelling mistakes. Would be enjoyed by anyone young and old who like adventure and magic
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2014
One of the best fantasy books I have read in a long time. The characters pull you in and i was just itching to turn the pages to see how their stories would unravel. An absolute masterpiece. going straight onto the next in the series :-)
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on 18 June 2014
I enjoyed this book very, very much. The characters were fantastic, just like one would expect from a book for younger readers: from the wicked, mercenary old uncle to the kind, scattered old grandfather (who is more than he seems). The young hero, Jason, had me charmed from the beginning. His sisters were adorable -- and don't even get me started on Edsel and Etain.
Franks takes classic elements of children's fantasy and makes them his own. The action is tightly written, and even though the themes are familiar, the plot snaps with surprises. I can't wait to read the next one!
If you're a fan of The Dark Is Rising sequence, Celtic mythology, or Arthurian tales, you'd better pick this up. It won't disappoint.
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