The Seven Paperback – 31 Oct 2013
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Tony Lewis is feeling very lost after the premature death of his mother. He can't seem to find his place in the world any more so he is drawn to Eleri, a new girl in his class at school who seems to be out of her element too. Tony's mixed Celtic heritage makes him a passionate lad; he deals fiercely with the school bully, Chris, but he is also keenly aware of the magical worlds of art and nature a sensitivity nurtured within him by his mother. He discovers a rich seam of myth and legend just beneath the familiar world, leading him to a realisation that he is not alone on his journey to find knowledge, wisdom & contentment.This writer's first book is full of complex characters, vivid imagery & lively dialogue hurtling the reader headlong into a world where transformation may be painful at times but ultimately positive and profound.Hilary CooperIt is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council. Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru. -- Welsh Books Council
About the Author
Steve Gladwin is a poet, workshop leader, performer, storyteller, musician, confidence builder and teacher based in Meifod, Powys.
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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.'
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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