The Fiend and the Forge (The Tapestry Series #3)

The Fiend and the Forge (The Tapestry Series #3)

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by Henry H. Neff
     
 

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The Tapestry series continues to weave threads of fantasy, mythology, science fiction, and mystery into a wholly original adventure that appeals to fans of everything from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings to The X-Men. Genre-blending and fully illustrated, The Tapestry novels have caught the attention of middle-grade and young adult readers alike—and the series…  See more details below

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The Tapestry series continues to weave threads of fantasy, mythology, science fiction, and mystery into a wholly original adventure that appeals to fans of everything from Harry Potter to Lord of the Rings to The X-Men. Genre-blending and fully illustrated, The Tapestry novels have caught the attention of middle-grade and young adult readers alike—and the series is only getting bigger.

Book One, The Hound of Rowan, was a boarding-school fantasy that School Library Journal called “a solid and worthwhile beginning . . . [that] should help ease the suffering once Harry Potter withdrawal sets in.” Book Two, The Second Siege, was an epic quest about which Kirkus Reviews said, “After devouring this title, young fans will clamor for more.”

Book Three, The Fiend and the Forge, is an unforgettable dystopian adventure across a landscape overrun with goblins and trolls. The world has changed almost beyond recognition, for with the Book of Origins firmly in his possession, the villainous Astaroth now has the power to reshape history at will. Plucking pivotal discoveries from mankind’s past, he has reduced the world to a preindustrial nightmare.

But while most humans toil as slaves within four demonic kingdoms, Astaroth allows those at Rowan to thrive in peaceful isolation. Theirs is a land where magic and nature flourish . . . so long as none dare oppose the new order.

That proves too steep a price for Max McDaniels. Unsure of his place at Rowan, Max sets out to explore the shifting landscape of the world beyond. In the course of his travels, he will become many things: Prisoner. Gladiator. Assassin. But can he become the hero that mankind so desperately needs?

In the third book of The Tapestry, author–illustrator Henry H. Neff takes the series in an exciting new direction, creating a fascinating dystopia in which myth, history, and monsters collide.

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Children's Literature - Jeannine Stickle
The third book in Neff's engaging and imaginative "Tapestry" series is the best yet. In this book, the malevolent demon Astaroth has gained control over the world, leaving Rowan Academy, the home of twelve-year-old Max McDaniels, mostly untouched. Still determined to defeat him, however, Max ventures outside of Rowan and sees the horrors Astaroth has unleashed on the rest of the human population, and Max and his friends plot and fight hard to undermine him in a series of adventures which culminate in a huge battle with the most dangerous demons, including Astaroth himself. In this novel, this unique and imaginative fantasy series truly comes into its own. As in the previous books, the story combines history, mythology, and elements of science fiction and fantasy in a complex and sophisticated way and includes a host of interesting and complex characters and plenty of action to keep readers engaged. The book's length may be daunting to some readers and it is true that, though all the episodes are interesting, they do not all advance the story. However, readers who are not intimidated by the length at the outset are not likely to mind superfluous plot points. There is enough explanation of the back story that readers may start here, but they may want to start at the beginning of the series anyway to savor it as long as possible. This book is recommended for public and school libraries and will be enjoyed by both male and female middle grade readers who enjoy fantasy, from casual fans of the genre to those who enjoy works with particularly rich world-building. Reviewer: Jeannine Stickle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375892950
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/23/2010
Series:
Tapestry Series , #3
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
160,983
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
File size:
7 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Henry H. Neff is a full-time author and illustrator. Previously he has been a business consultant in Chicago and a high-school teacher in San Francisco. He now lives in Brooklyn with his fiancée.

You can visit the author at www.henryhneff.com.


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The Fiend and the Forge (The Tapestry Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 104 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its sooooo sad! Lotsa people die! I was crying half the book! But i loved it. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading it and amazing! Just cannot wait for the fourth one to come out in OCTOBER!!!!!! Highly recomended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very excited for this installment of The Tapestry to arrive...and it was well worth the wait. In "Fiend," we find Rowan recovering from Astaroth's brutal Siege. Though in the new world order, it's more than just a school, it's a refuge for humankind living at the mercy of powerful demons. Our hero Max has recovered from his storied performance in The Siege as well, and is excited to return to "normal" school life once again. Thankfully for the reader, "normal" is not in Max's future, and he struggles to understand the new world order (Why won't Rowan's staff resist the demon rule? Why is his best friend David keeping dangerous secrets?) and to try to master the powerful Old Magic that threatens to overtake him. Action and adventure abound as "Fiend" continues to blend elements of both Fantasy and Science Fiction, a hallmark of Neff's "Tapestry" series. We're introduced to new worlds, ancient history and myth and intriguing new characters, including the gregarious--and brutal--demon Prusias, a host of terrifying monsters and the charming and multi-faceted Smee (for some welcome comic relief!). Many of our old favorites are back, as well (Cooper, Mum and Bob--I'm looking at YOU!). But "Fiend" is truly about Max's journey-both literal and emotional. "Fiend" is equal parts thrilling, chilling, tragic...and comic just when you need it to be (barrister hags, anyone?). Yes, it is darker than the previous two installments, but necessarily so. "Fiend" truly moves "The Tapestry" series forward to a more epic place (you can feel the progression in both the quality of the writing and the richly detailed drawings). I cannot wait to see how this amazing tale is wrapped up in the fourth and final installment!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Fiend and the Forge continues the saga of Max McDaniels and positions it squarely within a classical battle between humankind and monsters. I would have said between "good and evil," but just like the character of Max himself-not fully human and not fully predictable in human terms-this simple division falls short of the world created by Henry Neff in this third book of The Tapestry quartet. Not only does Max decisively leave Rowan, and childhood, behind in his venture out into the larger world, he encounters an utterly altered reality. Neff has not just created a post-apocalyptic scenario in which the civilizations and monuments of man have been torn away, he has replaced it with a complex system of hierarchies, government, and mythologies specific to the new ruling class of demons. Their culture-and it is a culture-is complex. There are powerful demons and flunkies; there are brilliant leaders and a multitude of servant beings who simply want to live in peace. Indeed, in terms of honoring nature, aspects of Astaroth's demonic creation seem much more harmonious than when mankind was in charge. The Fiend and the Forge is a great tale of adventure, invoking history as well as mythology, teaching as well as entertaining. It also provokes deep reflection on what it is to be human and how we think about the "other." As a consequence, readers young and old are challenged to consider ideas of "good and evil" in new ways. It is simply a wonderful book. Congratulations, Mr. Neff.
Bree19 More than 1 year ago
If you read the first two in the series i would highly suggest it, its great!!!!!!!!!!!! I bought it for my nook and it was a great book!
TCNIII More than 1 year ago
In this book, Henry Neff reaches a whole new level of excitement and and adventure as Max explores a changed world under the rule of the evil demon Astaroth. It was an awesome book that I could not put down!
MaxMcDanielsFan More than 1 year ago
Like a fine wine, Henry Neff's Tapestry series gets better and better. The plot, character development and illustrations continue to ripen to reflect the compelling storyline. Rarely does one care so much for a book's characters like in the Tapestry - I've quickly read several chapters of the Fiend and the Forge and am already wincing about what may happen to my favorite characters. I'm glad to see that book three continues to expand the story beyond Rowan's borders and take into question our beloved characters' loyalties and personal agendas. Will Max's brawn still protect David's brains or does David even want Max's protection anymore? Neff continues to masterfully tie together myth, history and original fantasy into one compelling plot. Can't wait to read more.
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OMG it is likeso awesome
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Good book
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MzDew More than 1 year ago
Exellent book, a wonderful journeyfrom begining to end.
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