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on 25 June 2014
Once again we are taken on a journey back in time. This time we are thrown far beyond the realms of the history books, to the time when sabre toothed tigers roamed the Badlands of what would eventually become America. We are only travelling with Jason and Kylie this time, having left Ethelbert and Etain behind. The children however are joined on their quest by an unusual ally. Ant is very in your face, very OCD, and very very camp. The ancient ones left at home also acquire a new companion in the form of a bottle blonde, busty and brash American woman to help them through their own quest. As you would expect from a book in the Glass Apple series there is a good balance of danger, adventure and humour.

The tone of the tale has altered again, reflecting the landscape of the story. There is a feeling of space, of time, and of things coming together. Yet unfortunately, the more things start coming together the more they start falling apart. In both timelines there are twists and turns which take us into different directions. faces from the past appear in both worlds, offering insight and advice, adding to the different layers of the tale being told.

I found that this book in the series took on a further narrative change, the writing style though still very descriptive seems to have in a way matured somewhat. There is no feeling that this part of the story was rushed, it feels organised and more structured. it flows nicely and it would appear that many of the errors noted in the first two books have been resolved. As before we are left hanging on the final page, only this time there is more than one cliff hanger to content with. I look forward to book four 'Legacy of the Abandoned one' with eager anticipation.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 2 August 2012
This is the third book in the Glass Apple series and it deals with the great questions posed in the earlier books. Although some of this is deadly serious, the evil Mebd and Kylie's missing little sister Anna, it has a light side. We see Etain becoming a woman again (instead of a plastic doll) and we are introduced to Jason's librarian friend, the gay and feisty Ant. In this volume the siblings and Ant are taken back through time to early America, the home of their mysterious father. Etain and Gobswistle meanwhile are present at the destruction of a huge road bridge and a scene of total devastation in the British Museum.

There are some wonderfully funny moments in this book. Although Robert Franks has a handle on the traditions of world mythology he doesn't get too serious and allows his delightful sense of humour to enliven it all. There is chaos and mayhem in abundance and a great deal of excitement. If you love fantasy you will love this book and those still to come.
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on 13 August 2012
This book is the third in the Glass Apple series and takes place a bout 18 months after book 2.

Anna is still missing in time and Jason, Kylie and Jason's friend the librarian Ant travel back to early America, hoping to find her (although Ant doesn't really want to).

Gobswhistle and Etain remain in the here and now with another new character, the American Emma who is missing her husband and son.

For me, the sections with Gobswhistle et al were the highlight of this book as they seemed to be followed by carnage, chaos, destruction and general mayhem but in a mostly comical way.

The threat of The Medb is still there and there is a nice twist at the end that sets both story strands up nicely for book four, and for me book four cannot come soon enough.

An excellent addition to an excellent series.
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on 6 August 2014
Robert J Franks has done I again. Another addictive read that I couldn't put down. These books are up there with the likes of the Harry Potter books and in my honest opinion, would give them them a good run for their money. I'm looking forward to reading more from Robert Franks :-)
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on 13 November 2013
After reading the previous two books I eagerly awaited this and was NOT disappointed.. Got really caught up in the twisting, edge of seat story many time and was reluctant to put it down.. great story, fantastic characters that connect very well with the reader. most enjoyed and im looking forward to the next one.
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on 11 March 2016
Excellent read
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on 22 October 2014
I felt that this book was getting a bit complex, and after starting off as a book for YA and above, it seems more of an adult only book this time. The storyline seemed to me, to go all over the place, which was a bit confusing.

Grammar and spelling mistakes spoil the book. Note to author: exited is excited - the constant use of the mis-spelled word is irritating.
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