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The Hound of Rowan (The Tapestry Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

If you like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson...

On the anniversary of his mother's disappearance, Max and his father visit Chicago's museum of modern art, where Max's life is changed forever. In a hidden room Max sees a tapestry that moves to life under his gaze. Max is an Apprentice and is accepted into Rowan Acad...
On the anniversary of his mother's disappearance, Max and his father visit Chicago's museum of modern art, where Max's life is changed forever. In a hidden room Max sees a tapestry that moves to life under his gaze. Max is an Apprentice and is accepted into Rowan Academy, a special boarding school where Apprentices are trained to fight the Enemy. At Rowan, Max learns how to utilize his new found abilities and re-evaluates what he thought he knew about the world and his place in it. A war is coming, the Enemy is on the move, and somehow Max's destiny is tangled up with the future of Rowan and its guardians. Reader's cannot help but compare this book with the Harry Potter series, since it is an adolescent boy who discovers he has magic powers. However, Neff has delivered a superbly crafted, highly imaginative work that only superficially shadows Harry's first adventure. Max and the other characters are well-crafted and the reader is given tantalizing glimpses of the inner workings of various characters throughout the book. Magic is approached in an atypical manner. No wands or magic words, just will and thought and training; which is a nice change of pace. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy magic and the battle between good and evil. I look forward to Neff's Next novel.

posted by Lunanshee on January 6, 2009

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Similar to Harry Potter, but give it a try

It's hard not to compare this with Harry Potter. However the stories are somewhat similar you just can't help it. There are definitely some aspects of the book you often wonder to yourself if you're just reading another version of Harry Potter. However there are some as...
It's hard not to compare this with Harry Potter. However the stories are somewhat similar you just can't help it. There are definitely some aspects of the book you often wonder to yourself if you're just reading another version of Harry Potter. However there are some aspects of the book where the similarities end and there is a difference between the two books after all.

The storyline is interesting and although it has magical elements and mythology into the plot, there is no hidden magical world. The magic just stays hidden and the faculty of the academy do what they can to cover up chaotic moments with perfect excuses. It does work well and the charade is well played. What I did enjoy is the care of animals which is part of the school curriculum, and when the pairing of the animals to the students was described, I thought that was an interesting read. There was a lot of emphasis and description on the Academy itself - which was nice to read because although it is set in the real world, the school was like a different place altogether.

The story also tends to take a little darker turn than usual especially towards the climax of the book. It does get more interesting and the action is well done, the emphasis on Celtic mythology is mentioned and adds a nice little spin to the book. The Prophecy bit is a little tedious and overdone, but is to be expected to keep the series going. The arc with Max's mother is what keeps me curious about this series. There's obviously more to that part and I hope it will tie in nicely as the series progresses.

Character-wise, Max was all right. There wasn't anything to dislike about him and his nemesis, Alex is your typical jerk. Max also has his own little circle of friends but neither of them really stood out for me. Although I thought David was rather interesting. Mum and Bob are the ones that stand out the most (the kitchen staff). I thought they provided the comic relief and were a fun read. I also liked the relationship between Max and his father. I thought it was nice to see a parent character play such a main role into the main character's life. It's something I don't usually see in these kinds of novels and it's definitely a nice change to see.

So, with this book you'll either like it. Or absolutely hate it. Those that are absolute Harry Potter purists should not read this book. The similarities are VERY close and there are many (quite a lot actually) and reading it would probably make your blood pressure pop. However readers that are looking for something that is similar to the Harry Potter style should pick this book up. It's good enough for me to continue reading this series, however there should be more effort on the author's part to make things different and think of new creative ways to move the plot ahead. It doesn't look good if the book is a total rehash of ideas that have already been thought of.

posted by Sensitivemuse on October 20, 2010

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

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    If you like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson...

    On the anniversary of his mother's disappearance, Max and his father visit Chicago's museum of modern art, where Max's life is changed forever. In a hidden room Max sees a tapestry that moves to life under his gaze. Max is an Apprentice and is accepted into Rowan Academy, a special boarding school where Apprentices are trained to fight the Enemy. At Rowan, Max learns how to utilize his new found abilities and re-evaluates what he thought he knew about the world and his place in it. A war is coming, the Enemy is on the move, and somehow Max's destiny is tangled up with the future of Rowan and its guardians. Reader's cannot help but compare this book with the Harry Potter series, since it is an adolescent boy who discovers he has magic powers. However, Neff has delivered a superbly crafted, highly imaginative work that only superficially shadows Harry's first adventure. Max and the other characters are well-crafted and the reader is given tantalizing glimpses of the inner workings of various characters throughout the book. Magic is approached in an atypical manner. No wands or magic words, just will and thought and training; which is a nice change of pace. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy magic and the battle between good and evil. I look forward to Neff's Next novel.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2008

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    for Harry Potter and Lightning Thief fans

    Looking for a fast-paced, high fantasy adventure? Then, follow Max as he undergoes his first year at Rowan Academy. While studying a tapestry at an art museum, Max has a vision that leads him to a school where students have exceptional gifts. Once there, Max encounters many humorous minor characters, both faculty and students. Meanwhile, he must outwit an archnemesis at school and the Enemy. An engrossing and fun read for fans of Celtic mythology. I couldn't put it down!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2008

    Harry Potter... PFFT

    Harry Potter is nothing compared to Max McDaniels, the hero in this imaginitive story! I must say that for a first timer, Henry.H.Neff has done an great job writting this book! It has everything, horror, action, mystery, fantasy and even romance! The way it is written is unique and the story itself is something to fall in love with! I truely must say that you HAVE to read this to get a taste of Henry's fantastic writting ability! I can't wait for the next book!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2013

    I am a Die-hard Tapestry fan. Three things are essential in a bo

    I am a Die-hard Tapestry fan. Three things are essential in a book
    1) Character development- Max progresses and is described in an unimaginable amount of depth. He is a extremely likable character that will keep you rooting for him. 2)World building- The world that the author has created is so incredible, magical and extremely well thought out. Everything about the world he had built makes the story all the more enticing. 3)Interesting Plot- This series has a fantastic overall plot filled with magical creatures, self discovery, and war against demons eventually. I don't even know how else to describe it other than saying it is AMAZING and a must read. Take it from me. I don't like to read. At all. The only kind of books I touch are those involving magic of some sort, I have every single book and would highly recommend it to anyone aged 8 and up. I myself and 14 and believe me, this is not just for 8 year olds. Anyone of any age will enjoy this breathtaking series. :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2009

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    Fantastic

    I loved it! I couldn't put it down!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    Good Books

    The book the `HOUND OF ROWAN¿ written and illustrated by Henry H. Neff is so well written you will think its real.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2008

    This is a GREAT book!!!!

    This is a very good book. From evil painting to metal-bar-eating polecats, you'll see every magical thing possible.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Sarah and Julie

    I am so excited to read more about Max and his romantic life! Don't get me wrong I love the story and I'm very excited to read the next one, but there just wasn't much romance in it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2013

    I agree with Dont give up

    I love this series. If you are reading this u should deinitely read the book. I wish more people knew aboit this series though!!!!!!!!!!! No one at school believes me that its really good!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great bbook

    Great book! Would read it over again. Sort of like harry potter with a lot of great twists. Loved it:)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    Anonymous

    AMAZING!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2012

    this book was amazing. i especially love henry neff's drawings

    this book was amazing. i especially love henry neff's drawings

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Anonymous

    A-freakin-mazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Little A

    AWESOME read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2012

    ?

    What age do you think this book is for?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Cole

    IT WAS AWESOME! I loved the

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    AWESOME

    The bomding story of Max who finds out that he must go to Rowans finest what will he do find out in the action packed knock your socksoff book Neff has sucsses of go Neff by DeShawn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2012

    Lala

    I ment review " September 11 2012" sorry for any confusion I might of caused.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2012

    Awesome

    Great

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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