Children of the Wise Oak: Volume 1 Paperback – 28 Jun 2016
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And the tale itself is a good one, coming of age, preserving your culture against a potential threat, banding together for the common good, all these themes are well explored.
And if you get a bit stuck on the names and places, there’s a useful glossary at the back.
This is the first volume of a proposed series; the next one is eagerly awaited here, I’ll certainly be getting a copy.
Blyth and his younger brothers live in a remote Celtic village, in a lifestyle and surrounding of harsh survival where the tribe is put above all. When his father returns from distant lands, with apocalyptic prophecies that involves the newly formed Roman Republic - they are forced to flee from home. Guided by Gwenn, a powerful mage who knew their father, their journey leads them across the continent straight to the heart of the Roman Republic. They learn magic and shapeshifting, they come across new people and cultures and they learn to admire the amazing Roman architecture which is a million light years advance from anything they ever knew.
This book is the first in the "Wise Oak" series, the second being published soon, which has excited me a lot. I don’t tend to read fantasy, but the historical accuracy is so refined that I almost forget about the magical elements in the novel. In a sense – it can get teenagers to relate to historical event and would be appealing to mature readers with Tooley’s great figurative language and carrying imagery.
Looking forward to the next one!
I loved this book, the three brothers Blyth, Teague and Abbon have to escape their home and on their
journey they meet guides who teach them magic and shapeshifting. They encounter lots of interesting creatures on their way. I liked how the Roman culture was described, it’s got lots of history in the story and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I read this for my school book project.
I posted this review on behalf of my 11yr old daughter
Mr Tooley says he has tried to be as accurate historically as is possible, given the little known directly about the Celts, and, from my very limited knowledge, I could not see any glaring inaccuracies. This is not, however, the Rome we know from history books – there is magic and a few dragons – if you did Latin at school, you never read about those in De Bello Gallico! The story is about three brothers from a Celtic tribe and their induction into the secrets of Druidic magic. The three boys are all very different, but believable, characters, and there is some character development during the couple of years covered by the book. Given that it is just the first in a projected 9 volume series, I expect that, like Harry Potter, the boys will grow up in the course of the series. The book is largely well written, although there were a couple of points where I felt the words did not flow quite as fluently as they should. This should not affect the reader’s enjoyment. I also was not entirely convinced by the father’s death, which seemed merely the author’s device to get the boys off their backsides and get the adventure started.
There is no need to be put off by the prospect of another 8 volumes – the story in this book is entirely self-contained and you need not read the sequels if you choose not to.
All in all, I believe that the target audience would be well satisfied.
Don’t let that put you off I would recommend it and will be buying the next installment.
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