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

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—With Astaroth and his fellow demons firmly in control of the world, Max McDaniels and Rowan Academy are officially cut off from the rest of society in the third title (2010) in the series by Henry Neff. Max yearns to know what has happened since Astaroth gained possession of the Book of Thoth. He gets his chance when the demons create an embassy Gravenmuir in Rowan and allow the Red Branch to survey Rowan's lands. After witnessing human slaughter and losing a loved one at the hands of Vyndra, one of the demon nobles, Max vows to slay the demon and to rescue the humans from the demons. He sets off on his own, while his roommate and friend, David Menlo, works on his plan to destroy Astaroth and bring back a champion to help Max and Rowan. Neff continues to create characters and settings that draw listeners into the story. Jeff Woodman's narration magically captures the chilling calmness of the demons, particularly Astaroth, along with the hotheadedness of Max. He gives each character—human, monster, animal-a unique voice, bringing to life their emotions. The third book fills in answers to many questions raised in The Hound of Rowan (2007) and Second Siege (2008, all Random, Recorded Books), while leaving some tantalizing ones still open. Full of action, humor, emotion, adventure, and mythology, give this to fans of Harry Potter, mythology, and fantasy.—Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440753527
  • Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Series: Tapestry Series , #3
  • Format: CD
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    Cool

    Its sooooo sad! Lotsa people die! I was crying half the book! But i loved it. Great read

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Oh yeah!

    Just finished reading it and amazing! Just cannot wait for the fourth one to come out in OCTOBER!!!!!! Highly recomended!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2010

    Heroes, Demons and Smees--Oh My!

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2010

    A Thrilled Reader

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

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    You have to read

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2011

    For fans of fantasy--a must have!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Like a fine wine...

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2013

    Buy it

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    New book coming soon

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  • Posted April 23, 2012

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    Exellent book, a wonderful journeyfrom begining to end.

    Exellent book, a wonderful journeyfrom begining to end.

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  • Posted January 5, 2012

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    A MUST READ SERIES

    If you like Harry Potter mixed with mythology and family values, then you'll LOVE THIS SERIES!
    I read it numurous times and it never gets old! I CAN'T WAITE for book 4!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    AWESOME

    Loved it! it was like a twist between all my favorite books! Amazing writer! Come out with more please?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    So sad yet pleasing

    I cant believe nick dies. Im eager for the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Will not download

    A 6.2 mb file that only downloads to about 4.3

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    verry awesome

    such a good series. very well done although i would highly recomend reading books one and two first. this is the tapestry series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2011

    rate and review

    looks good but who knows

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