The Maelstrom (The Tapestry Series #4)

The Maelstrom (The Tapestry Series #4)

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by Henry H. Neff
     
 

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The world is at the brink of ruin . . . or is it salvation? Astaroth has been weakened, and the demon Prusias is taking full advantage of the situation to create an empire of his own. His formidable armies are on the move, and Rowan is in their sights.

Rowan must rely on Max McDaniels and David Menlo and hope that their combined powers can stop Prusias's war

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Overview

The world is at the brink of ruin . . . or is it salvation? Astaroth has been weakened, and the demon Prusias is taking full advantage of the situation to create an empire of his own. His formidable armies are on the move, and Rowan is in their sights.

Rowan must rely on Max McDaniels and David Menlo and hope that their combined powers can stop Prusias's war machine before it's too late.

But even as perils loom, danger stalks their every move. Someone has marked Max for death and no one is above suspicion. Should the assassins succeed, Rowan's fate may depend on little Mina whose abilities are prodigious but largely untested.

And where is Astaroth? Has he fled this world or is he biding his time, awaiting his next opportunity?

In the Tapestry's fourth book, author-illustrator Henry H. Neff boldly raises the stakes in an epic tale of mankind's struggle to survive in a world now populated by demons and demigods and everything in between!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012:
"Within its fantasy world, Neff makes this book a kind of in-depth consideration of war itself. Covering espionage, disinformation, false diplomacy and even cryptography, he gives readers an education in the clandestine tools of war. Despite heavy themes, he continues to balance seriousness with a lighthearted humor that keeps the pages turning. A strong, gutsy chapter in what is already a noteworthy series."
Kirkus Reviews
Juggling a multitude of characters against a world at war, Neff's latest chapter in The Tapestry series proves his books are more than just a sum of their fantastical parts. Max McDaniels has returned to Rowan Academy after time spent on the road, and his arrival could not be better timed. The demon Prusias has Rowan in his sights and a secret weapon that he is certain will crush his enemies underfoot. Max and the brilliant David Menlo must determine what this weapon is and find a way to defeat it, all the while keeping their eyes peeled for a group of assassins that have marked Max for death. As with his previous books, the author wastes no words with back story, expecting readers to have read the previous novels or to catch up quickly. What started out as an American Harry Potter has instead, over the years, morphed into something that looks more like an American Lord of the Rings. Within its fantasy world, Neff makes this book a kind of in-depth consideration of war itself. Covering espionage, disinformation, false diplomacy and even cryptography (demonic cryptography, but still), he gives readers an education in the clandestine tools of war. Despite heavy themes, he continues to balance seriousness with a lighthearted humor that keeps the pages turning. A strong, gutsy chapter in what is already a noteworthy series. (Fantasy. 9-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375871481
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Tapestry Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.48(h) x 1.14(d)
Lexile:
890L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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From the Publisher
Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2012:
"Within its fantasy world, Neff makes this book a kind of in-depth consideration of war itself. Covering espionage, disinformation, false diplomacy and even cryptography, he gives readers an education in the clandestine tools of war. Despite heavy themes, he continues to balance seriousness with a lighthearted humor that keeps the pages turning. A strong, gutsy chapter in what is already a noteworthy series."

Meet the Author

HENRY H. NEFF has been a successful business consultant in Chicago and a popular high school teacher in San Francisco. He now writes and draws full-time from his home in Brooklyn. The Maelstrom is his fourth book. 

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The Maelstrom: Book Four of The Tapestry 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Larrymoore1 More than 1 year ago
It seems a long time since Max McDaniels stood before an ancient tapestry in a Chicago museum and was led into the world of Rowan Academy. The Maelstrom, the fourth and best volume in the addictive series that author Henry Neff has written and brilliantly illustrated, depicts a world at war with the future of humanity at stake. Max is a warrior with the forces of good, but one of the best things about the book is how the lines between good and evil blur. Max can never be sure whom to trust. In a society where humans live with ogres, vyes, wizards, and demons created out of the magical imagination of the author, we learn how treacherous the world of international intrigue is. The Maelstrom brings no final resolution to the struggles of those who live in Rowan, but it provides one of the most exciting depictions of a battle scene that a reader can find in any recent work of fiction. War is really hell, but sometimes there is no choice but to fight. At bottom, The Maelstrom is a moral tale and a highly instructive one. Larry Moore, Ithaca New York
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This might be his best book yet! And after "The Fiend and the Forge", that's pretty hard to do. Max goes on another exciting adventure, and barely live through it. And I can barely believe what happens to Cooper! Henry H. Neff never ceases to amaze me. I can't wait for "The Red Winter" to come out next!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thumbs up! I reccommend this for everyone 9+.
Darnray More than 1 year ago
As an avid fan of The Tapestry series, I eagerly awaited the arrival of The Maelstrom. It was more than I even hoped for! In this fourth installment, the series moves into epic territory. Some of my favorite elements: After being on separate adventures in The Fiend and the Forge, the duo are reunited. And, truly, it feels so good! I really enjoyed seeing them rekindle their friendship and spur each other on in matters from mystic and demonic to romantic and even silly. Yes, The Maelstrom covers some serious territory as Rowan races the clock in preparation for war with Prusias. But once again, Neff does an excellent job of peppering humor throughout--there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments for comic relief (many thanks to Toby the Smee, an absolutely genius character). We also get reacquainted with the old gang: Cynthia, Lucia, Sarah, Yaya, Tweedy...even a cameo by an under-the-weather Kettlemouth! Along with old favorites, we learn more about newer characters like Elias Bram and little Mina, the mysterious girl Max saved from the farmhouse in Blys...and a mystic to rival David. Another welcome addition is Umbra, a refugee who seems to be as fierce as Max himself. And Nox, about whom I will say no more, but whose appearance may bring a tear your your eye and a smile to your heart. Incredible new creatures, creepy new demons, revealing backstories and sparks of young love. There is so much to enjoy throughout this book, and it all builds to a truly EPIC battle that will have you on the edge of your seat! With The Maelstrom, Neff is certainly hitting his stride as a writer and storyteller. I can't wait to see how he brings it all to a close in The Red Winter!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Okay, so I recently learned that apparently I am descended from Conn of the Hundred Battles, who was supposed to be trained by Scathach and given the Gae Bolg! How cool is that?! Wonder if sometime I'll be sent on a supercool magical journey... with my siblings, of course. Great book by the way. Haven't read it in a while, definetly will again!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mina is boss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mina for the win!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Series is just like harry potter but still awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You probably know this already, but you can pre-order it, and it comes out this Novemer. If that was helpful, then cool! If you already knew that, then that's good for you too ^^ P.s. Do you read Skulduggery Pleasant? -RaisingCain
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I have looked in the shop for the next book, but it's not there. I just found the name of it (The Red Winter). It says: coming Fall 2013. Well, it's March 2014, and there's no sign of the next book. Why??? And when WILL it come out, anyway??? If you provide an answer, I would be most grateful. Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best series I have ever read. And I have 400 plus books on my nook, and I am only 12. I've read books with more than a thousand pages. And this is one of the best books I jave ever read. It is a well thought out plot and if I could give it more stars, I would. Read the first book and then you'll be hooked.
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Ummmmm whens the next book?
crayolakym More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Avery, age 9, for City Book Review This book is about the demons Astaroth and Prusias, who are fighting for power and the world is in danger. It is up to Max and David to work together with their magic to stop the dangerous war machine that Prusias intends to use to overthrow Astarath. To top it all off, Max has been marked for death! “Let’s paint it red, Lady Fortune!” I have already put the first three books on my wish list, because I liked this book so much. I have never read anything like it, and it really makes it a special book as it is so different. One of the nice things that were added was the artwork on the chapter pages and the “hand written” letters throughout the book, though some of it was hard to read since the font was smaller than the regular story. I would say if you liked Harry Potter, you will love The Maelstrom. *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review* *You can view the original review at City Book Review
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