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  1. Kathryn Kathryn says:

    Reading the first few chapters I found myself comparing this book to Harry Potter As one of the most avid reader of HP I have to say that I was a little disappointed But when I got past reading chapter 4 I found myself falling in love with this book There's a significant difference between this book and HP The main plot unlike HP this book does not exactly use magic per say it's based on the real stuff like science fiction and folklore I was also amazed by the author's imagination I loved how he imposed charges into this book and the how he uses tapestry as a means of both good and evil The only frustration I felt reading this book was that the author seemed to cut the chapters uite abruptly and move on the the next from time to time I wished very much for him to explain deeply about some of the incidents But overall this book is awesome I just pick up the second book and can't wait to start it I guess for the HP fans it is important not to be bias and just sunk into it The book itself will do the rest of the work for you


  2. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    A solid start to one of my MOST FAVORITE Middle Grade series


  3. Adam Adam says:

    A decent first effort I see these books as a cross between Harry Potter and Fablehaven The story is fast paced and interesting The characters are a bit flat but I expect will flesh out a lot over the course of the series I have a difficult time not comparing these books to Harry Potter and that is unfair since I've read all 7 of the books in that series Going back and reading the first book shows that the Tapestry first effort is on a similar level The key will be whether or not Neff can really pick up steam like Rowling did through the course of the books The story became deeper interwoven and I understood how all of the books worked together and were laying groundwork for the conclusionI'm a bit worried that Neff is already placing so many similar thematic elements in these books and plot vehicles that smack of Harry Potte ie a school for kids that are different with a whole hidden society that regular people don't know about If I see an invisibility cloak or a Marauders Map show up I may give up entirely That is perhaps unfair since a lot of the elements of Harry Potter can be found in Lord of the Rings and imitation isn't new Still Harry Potter was so recent and so widespread it is hard not to feel slighted by authors who roll out the same artifice in their stories


  4. Mike (the Paladin) Mike (the Paladin) says:

    I was originally going to go 4 stars on this book but on reflection I decided I had to go 5 We'll call it a borderline 5 I try to give few 5 star ratings as any book I give a 5 needs to be exceptional or the rating fails to mean muchI went there in this case as I think it will remain a reread book for me if I ever have time to do a reread I have less time to reread books now as there seem to be so many I haven't read yetgo figureSo what do we have here? Why did I come to the decision that it should cross over into the 5 star range?First it's just well written I've mentioned before that most plots characters and so on that can occur in stories have at some time That's true here I occasionally go on a YA reading stint I have lately and most have hit me as mediocre Many of the teen books I read tend to bleed over into YAPNR Young Adult ParaNormal Romance This one didn't do any of those Of course the youths in it are around 12 and 13 I assume we'll see interpersonal relationships as the series goes on As I said it's a well written book and draws in the reader Where I often find these books fading in and out as I started this one I got to know the characters and liked many of them So first the writing appeals it flowsSecondly the plot After Harry Potter hit there were a rash of books about young people in magical worlds and in magical schools Not all were good not all were bad many were so soI doubt anyone who's a fan of the Harry Potter books will be able to escape the comparison There's a lot of things to compare but it doesn't rip the story off It's not a copy of the book at all but there are several places where theycross into the same neighborhood What have here is a story that draws on mythology I just read some of the Frost ya books and they hit some of the same ground Of course the Percy Jackson books use Greek mostly Celtic andor Norse mythology From there we spring into the magical world where these myths and legends are of importance today Young people or YAs come to school to be trained in many things from the mystical to tactics and strategy view spoiler and of course our young protagonist is a prodigy hide spoiler


  5. Karen Karen says:

    I love when I pick up a book knowing very little about it and discover that it is just what I was looking for Because this is a book about a young teenager who goes to boarding school to learn magic the comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable but this is so much than a Harry Potter read alikeBasically this is the story of Max While visiting an art museum with his father Max sees a vision in a tapestry This vision draws attention to Max both favorable and negative Ultimately Max is sent to Rowan Academy a boarding school where gifted teens are trained to use their powersWhile at school Max and his new friends discover that other potentially gifted students have been disappearing from all over the world as are famous works of arts The students going against all the rules must determine the correlation between the disappearances and save the world Between classes and football games of course


  6. Bibliophile Cat ( ^..^)ノ Bibliophile Cat ( ^..^)ノ says:

    Don't you hate that moment when you've just finished reading an amazing fun book with an immersive storyline well developed magic system and deep characters and you naturally and eagerly decide to check out another one of the author's books in hopes of amazingness only to have said other book end up falling far far short of your Reasonably High Expectations so far in fact that it can only be described as a Gargantuan Disappointment?Yeah me tooFor me that amazing fun book is Impyrium And the Gargantuan Disappointment that came after is The Hound of RowanI won't be rating the Gargantuan Disappointment because I didn't actually finish itI got about 61% of the way through and I finally had to ask myself Why am I reading this? What's the point? I was bored and had been for uite an alarming amount of chapters I now realize I only kept slogging on because I was hoping to glimpse something like the brilliance that was Impyrium and that maybe the flat characters would turn out to be not uite so flat and maybe just maybe something exciting enough to rekindle my interest would happen I know The Hound of Rowan was written several years before Impyrium and is the first book Neff published However I don't think excusing the faults of this book simply because it's a debut would be reasonable I've read many well written debuts that didn't have flat characters or plot slowness or even really any problems to speak ofI've heard that The Tapestry gets better with each book and with that in mind I may pick up the second book one day But I don't know For sure I won't be continuing any time soonI'll be going to have a uiet weep of bitterness now


  7. The Library Lady The Library Lady says:

    Okay it might turn out to be what some reviews keep saying a Harry Potter knockoff with no merits of its own But since Jo Rowling stole freely from her predecessors and just happens to be a good writer who revived an old formula at the right time I'm willing to give this one a chanceUPDATE 4709And I'm glad I did Lots of wonderful touches people keep mentioning Mum the reformed well mostlyhag cook with good reason she's wonderfully funny Well told well thought out and I'm glad the seuel is on my new book shelf because I'm ready to read it


  8. Josiah Josiah says:

    Novels about magical boarding schools were ubiuitous following the 1997 release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and I suspect Henry H Neff's The Hound of Rowan partly owes its existence to JK Rowling's success Twelve year old Max McDaniels from Chicago Illinois seems to be an ordinary boy His mother disappeared some time ago and may be dead but Max's father refuses to forget about her which leads to the paranormal encounter at the Art Institute museum that changes Max's life He has no idea of the latent magic he possesses until he comes in proximity to a glowing tapestry that imparts a vision of his own future battling demons beyond anything he could imagine Max then receives an invitation to attend the mysterious Rowan Academy and it isn't an offer one turns down lightly; his supernatural gifts place him among the most extraordinary youths on earth and only this boarding school can nurture those gifts Mr McDaniels knows nothing of Max's special abilities and is reluctant to say goodbye to his son but agrees to let him go to Rowan Academy opening the door for an adventure with enough enchantment to fill a dozen lifetimes Just getting to the school is fraught with danger though Max's escort Nigel Bristow attempts to conceal it from Mr McDaniels Enemy agents are observing Max's route and will employ any resources necessary to abduct him before arrival Once at Rowan Academy however Max fits in fairly well He rooms with David Menlo a scrawny pale boy who soon shows himself to wield considerable powers of magic and intelligence Connor Lynch an Irish boy always ready with a uip often hangs around in Max and David's spacious room The school's Old Magic created a dazzling room for Max and David a strong indicator they aren't run of the mill First Year students Rowan Academy is filled with peculiarities—including Mum and Bob a pair of ogre like cooks who frighten the students despite their insistence that they've sworn off eating children—but Max's adjustment to boarding school could be worse If only he knew the danger ahead Max wasn't the recruit targeted for kidnapping on their journey to Rowan Academy Numerous kids were taken and Ms Richter the school's Director fears the return of Astaroth an evil being who was thought dead for centuries If he indeed still lives what is his plan for the abducted recruits and are the kids on school grounds safe? Ms Richter and her faculty are tight lipped on matters related to Astaroth but Max is a top prospect at the academy and may be able to help solve the mystery He and his roommate David have an idea where Astaroth could be hiding but eliminating him may prove impossible for a pair of First Year boys however brave and talented they are There's plenty of drama at Rowan Academy just getting along with girls and resisting bullies but is Max ready to shoulder responsibility for the safety of everyone at the school? The Hound of Rowan is less than electrifying but I think there's a good chance the Tapestry series improves as the plot deepens and Henry H Neff develops as a writer We've only scratched the surface of this magical world and its lore and the next book The Second Siege is positioned decently to excel Max and David are likable smart reasonably realistic kids with a lot left to accomplish before their work is done The Hound of Rowan will never rival the popularity of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone but the Tapestry series is not without potential


  9. Bronté Bronté says:

    So I think just about any premise involving a young boy going to a school filled with magic and the extraordinary would set up an automatic comparison to Harry Potter just as any obscure title would be compared to its genre's classic Knowing that I did not going in here drawing comparisons; I'm rating this book totally as its own work giving it the respect it deserves That being said maybe I read this with the wrong perspective in mind because I found several issues with it First off Max McDaniels is an interesting protagonist I like that his friends have skills superior to his own like Conner with his charisma or David with his intelligence I liked that he tries to do the right thing but there are several instances that allude to his past that really add complexity Particular his anger was really interesting to read I also loved his dad and the characters I named earlier However there were so many characters in and a lot of them are disembodied because it's hard to keep track Part of me wondered why so many names were thrown in there other than to world build but I couldn't remember a characteristic or a physical trait or really anything This pertained to students and teachers alike I only remembered the main ones because the rest of it felt rushed especially when at random intervals they would appear do something minor then disappear Was that necessary? Did it drive the plot forward? It felt like Oh hey it's be cool to have someone appear right now and say this here's Faculty Member X Okay I said my two cents bye And I don't know I felt like the story could be tightened I really enjoyed the beginning of the book because the pacing allowed me to get to know Max and his father and set up for the story When Neff slows down specific moments to relay information while still moving the story forward he really does it well But the pacing gets really wonky further in the book because so many concepts are being introduced We're here now here's classes here's 20 characters now an obscure sport now an awesome match and a dance in the same day oh there's also pets Did the author know he would have a series? Would there have been a better way to further flesh out some concepts because they are pretty interesting But I have a vague idea of some because so much is thrown at you which is really saying something in a 400 page book And because so much is thrown at you things are glossed over and you're expected to believe that hey this is now a thing Hey this regular human was assaulted now they can just live at Rowan Academy when it was such a big deal to keep normal people in the dark about Old Magic and this world Was it necessary for Max to have a pet? It didn't move the story forward and already there was so much happening was that really something to focus on? I know I'm harping on the little things but there was attention placed on this when the idea could've been scrapped and attention could've been paid to something elseAlso the amount of information that is relayed didn't feel earned if this makes sense Half the time the faculty withheld information for I'm not sure safety? To not create a huge stir? Which then left the children in the dark and after people were injured then information could be relayed? And instances where I'd really like to read about are summarized and we're being moved forward without creating a connection at all And when it's convenient Max runs out of magical reserves but in other instances he's all drained? I wish Max and crew went out and did things but instead things are told to them things happen to them and the story doesn't feel character driven I did like that David went out of his way to do research but for how renounced the faculty is they relied on the knowledge of a first year to get them through If they were trying to keep secretsappearances shouldn't they have found his sources and then banned him from continuing? I don't know I love magic the extraordinary and overall fantasy but this story felt like a hot mess I gave it two stars because I was invested enough in a good few characters which is why I saw it through to the end Maybe these concepts are elaborated on in the later books or hey maybe the issues I have aren't huge in the eyes of a younger audience Either way I might borrow the seuel from a friend but it's not on my priority list


  10. Annalise Nakoneczny Annalise Nakoneczny says:

    This was an excellent read like Harry Potter mixed with Celtic mythology and a good spy school novel The characters are distinct and interesting and the worldbuilding in this book WOW I love it so much 12 year old me would have given anything to attend Rowan Also ALL the mythological animalsThe one thing that confused me was the characterization of the father Mr McDaniels is a slightly controlling confused lonely man but I think the reader is supposed to view him as caring? I'm not really sure how to feel about him Maybe that gets cleared up in other books At any rate Max shows a lot of sympathy and grace towards his father That's the part that counts


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The Hound of Rowan ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ The Hound of Rowan By Henry H. Neff ❤ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk A vida sossegada de Max McDaniels está prestes a nunca mais voltar a ser como dantes Durante uma visita com o pai ao Instituto de Arte de Chicago uma velha tapeçaria celta ganha vida à sua frente e A vida sossegada de Max McDaniels está prestes a nunca mais voltar a ser como dantes Durante uma visita com o pai ao Instituto de Arte de Chicago uma velha tapeçaria celta ganha vida à sua frente e pouco depois Max recebe um enigmático convite para ingressar na Academia de Rowan Aí aguardam no criaturas fantásticas um currículo exigente e colegas com capacidades extraordinárias The Hound eBook ☆ mas também uma batalha ancestral entre as forças da luz e das trevas Neste romance de estreia o autor e ilustrador Henry H Neff combina elementos de fantasia ficção científica e mitologia para criar uma história emocionante ue nos conuista do início ao fim.