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The Serpent in the Glass: A Middle Grade Fantasy for Children and Adults Alike (The Tale of Thomas Farrell Book 1) by [Andrews, D.M.]
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On his eleventh birthday Thomas Farrell is informed that the deceased father he never knew has provided for his education at Darkledun Manor, a school for gifted children. Thomas, however, feels he's just an ordinary boy, but Darkledun Manor proves to be anything but an ordinary school…

In this work of fiction the reader is transported into a world of myth as the young protagonist, Thomas Farrell, seeks to understand who his mysterious father was, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent. As the story progresses, Thomas and his friends become increasing caught up in a world they never knew existed – a world beyond the standing stones.

You can review a short audio sample from the book, read by the author, at A video trailer can also be accessed by viewing D.M. Andrews’ Amazon author page. Cover design by Alex Hausch.

Word count: Approx. 74,000
Brief: “Narnia meets Hogwarts” (AmeliaAT "Apostrophistica", Amazon reviewer)
Audience: Although middle-grade fantasy, adults might also enjoy this.

"Spellbinding: An excellent and well written book. I was captivated from start to finish. I don't normally read fantasy novels as I find them a bit too 'fantastical,' but I enjoyed the escapism and adventure in this book." (Steven Ray Montgomery, 5 stars)

"A fabulous book, extremely well written and engaging from start to finish. If you like the Harry Potter tales you'll be sure to enjoy this. Just as much fun for adults as children. Thoroughly recommended!" (S Devon, 5 stars)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Publisher: D.M. Andrews; 4th edition (Sept. 1 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062A7UVE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #216,737 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book starts off with a very Harry Potterish feel to it, but then it veers off into its own magical realm and becomes a fun, exciting adventure all on its own.

Thomas and his newfound friends at the Darkledun Manor knew that something exceedingly strange was going on at the boarding school for "gifted children". Being curious, adventurous, slightly disobedient young people, they decided to take it upon themselves to find out exactly what the school's secrets were. For Thomas, it was even more important because he knew that somehow his father and his strange gift to his son of a tiny serpent suspended in a glass ball were connected to the strange goings-on. And, Thomas wanted desperately to find out everything he could about the father he had never known.

Most of the characters were well-developed and likeable. The relationship between Jessica and Thomas was sweet and heartwarming. Unlike her parents--the cold, stingy, reprehensible Westhrops--Jessica treated Thomas like a brother and was his only friend until he arrived at Darkledun Manor. Penders was a comic-relief character, constantly eating and wise-cracking and infusing a lot of humour into otherwise tense situations.

The book was well-written and descriptive, albeit a bit slow in the beginning. But, the ending was fast-paced and exciting. I loved the rather unique names for the various races mentioned in the book!

This is a delightful, magical adventure story I would recommend to anyone who enjoyed the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson series.
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This book is one of my new favourites. It's very similar to Harry Potter in regards to similarities between Thomas and Harry and how they discover the truth about who they are, but it's also wonderfully individual and unique too.

In short - I cried. I loved it. I'll be reading it again. With tissues.

I cannot wait to read more about Thomas. Whether the rest of the series comes along soon or takes a while, it is sure to be just as great. And I'll be reading it. However, this book, is also as greatly enjoyed on its own
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aebbccc) out of 5 stars VERY Harry Potter - but less Aug. 2 2013
By Cary - Published on
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A young orphan boy living with cruel human foster parents (in a dog basket in a dim attic, NOT a cupboard under the stairs)reaches his 11th birthday and is invited to attend an unusual boarding school reached by an unusual train. Accompanied by the school caretaker... He and his friends go where they are not supposed to, find out about other worlds and magic races, and Harry (oops, he's not actually named Harry) finds a message from his deceased dad and fights off an evil one. This is like the Potter story to the point where that's all I could think about, but without the wonderful detail (and of course not new in this story as it was with the Rowling books). Harry for impatient readers maybe, shorter and lesser. Although this is very clearly the beginning of a series, I feel no need to read more.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aea44ec) out of 5 stars Carrie'd Away! Dec 31 2011
By CarriesMummy xx - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I bought this for my 11 year old Daughter for Christmas, for her new Kindle. Tad slow to start but she finished it in 4 days and is looking for more by this Author. I have started to read it too and love the way this appeals to both Kiddles and Growed Ups alike. Highly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aea44d4) out of 5 stars An Accessible, Engaging and Satisfying Read Feb. 14 2013
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Finely drawn characters, wonderful atmosphere and a compelling plot make this a very attractive choice for ambitious middle grade readers. But here's an attractive aspect of this book that has not been remarked upon by other reviewers - with a few deft strokes Mr. Andrews can achieve more than a lesser writer would accomplish after huffing and puffing through pages of dense and overwritten prose.

Many of the middle grade adventure and fantasy books I've read recently just try too hard, and the result, over 400 or 500 pages, can be leaden or just plain daunting. I understand that the authors have great imaginations and just want to be entertaining, but there can be so much cleverness and so much descriptive prose and so many eccentric characters and cute creatures and evil villains that a book can turn into a chore, which I don't think is what anyone wants.

Here, Mr. Andrews has a generous but light touch. Thomas is nicely sketched in, with a few hints that become clear later on. His yearning to learn more about his absent parents is palpable. Thomas's adoptive parents are set out briefly, efficiently and effectively, but without their miserliness or indifference being beaten to death. Jessica, the heroine sidekick, is loyal, charming and perceptive from the outset and just keeps growing on you as a character. Individual scenes are brief and to the point, but in each one there are a few grace notes or observations that speak volumes about the action.

The result of such narrative efficiency is that this story starts quickly, speeds along and resolves in a satisfying way, but without the reader ever feeling lost or lacking information or confused about how the story is developing. I can see why that might not be enough for an adult or older reader, who might want a deeper or more complex literary experience, but it seems to me that this is a great way to introduce a younger reader to high fantasy.

So, if you are looking for a well written and rewarding fantasy title for a middle grade reader, this is, unreservedly, well worth a serious look.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to the author or the publisher of this book.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aea47bc) out of 5 stars A good read for all ages Dec 31 2011
By Squillysmum - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Had this book recommended and decided to give it a go. Although aimed at younger readers it's suitable for adults, too. The story is well constructed and the characters come to life in such a way that you care what happens to them. As the previous review stated, the beginning could be considered a little slow, but I have it on good authority that the second edition is addressing this issue and will reach the more engrossing part of the tale faster. The book ends in such a way as to be complete whilst still leaving scope for a sequel should the author wish to write one (I hope he does!)
All in all, well worth the read and an excellent way to begin a writing career. More please! :-)
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9aea4ac8) out of 5 stars A Delightful Read! March 1 2012
By Donald B. Anderson (author) - Published on
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Darren Andrews has written a delightful tale that is well-told. The Serpent in the Glass is engaging, fun, meaningful, and is the kind of tale I love to see my children enjoy. The Serpent in the Glass is entertaining to me as an adult, and left me wishing other books in this series were already available so I could continue the saga. I look forward to more of about Thomas Farrell from Darren Andrews.