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The Snowmelt River
by Frank P. Ryan


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Frank P. Ryan, author of Goodbye Baby Blue and Tiger Tiger, is a multiple-bestselling author in the UK and the US. His books have been translated into over ten different languages. The Snowmelt River has been called "Enthralling. Not many books have this cosmic ability," by The Los Angeles Times .
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Overview

Frank P. Ryan, author of Goodbye Baby Blue and Tiger Tiger, is a multiple-bestselling author in the UK and the US. His books have been translated into over ten different languages. The Snowmelt River has been called "Enthralling. Not many books have this cosmic ability," by The Los Angeles Times.

On the summit of the fabled Irish mountain known as Slievenamon there is a gate to an ancient land of immense and terrifying power. Hidden to most humans, the gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost.

But now Alan, Kate, Mark, and Mo-four orphans of vastly different backgrounds, drawn together by forces they barely understand-must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tir, a strange and dangerous land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner, and the four new arrivals must learn to fight if they are to survive.

And they'd better learn quickly, because the powerful Tyrant of the Wastelands, whose fearsome Death Legion stalks the land, will destroy anything and anyone standing in the way of his plan to become the overlord of Tir.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781623650483
  • ISBN-10: 1623650488
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 702
  • Reading Level: Ages 12-17
  • Dimensions: 7.96 x 5.44 x 2.13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.56 pounds

Series: Three Powers #1

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Books > Young Adult Fiction > Fantasy - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-09-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this weighty epic adventure, first in a projected four-volume series, British author Ryan sends four teenage orphans on a perilous quest that stretches across multiple worlds. Alan, Kate, Mark, and Mo are brought together by seeming coincidence in a small Irish town, but events soon suggest a greater purpose is at work. They’re drawn to conduct a ritual that catapults them into a war-torn world of magic and strange creatures. There, they discover hidden abilities, grand destinies yet to be fulfilled, and people in need of saving. As the four journey through the perilous landscape, they’re torn apart and forced to survive on their own. Strong points include ambitious world-building and a sweeping scope, steeped in Celtic atmosphere and drawing from Irish myth and legend. However, the protagonists spend most of their time asking questions, and rarely get useful answers in return. This lack of solid information, coupled with a slow-burning plot and names seemingly drawn from a hat (Snakoil Kawkaw, Ghork Mega, Kemtuk Lapeep), makes this a somewhat ponderous read that comes to a halt rather than reaching a true stopping point. Ages 12–up. (Nov.)

 
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