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Advent: Advent Trilogy 1

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Magic is returning - and the world will be utterly changed. The first of a debut fantasy trilogy by the most exciting new talent of the decade.

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Magic is returning - and the world will be utterly changed. The first of a debut fantasy trilogy by the most exciting new talent of the decade.

About the Author

James Treadwell was born, brought up and educated within a mile of the Thames, and has spent much of his life further reducing the distance between him and the river. He studied and taught for more than a decade near the crossing at Folly Bridge, Oxford, and now lives within sight of the Tideway in West London.


This mesmerizing fantasy draws aside the thin veil between the magical and the mundane to reveal the chaos that might be unleashed if we had to share our world with creatures long dismissed as legends. Told with great warmth and insight, ADVENT is an epic tale that will linger in your mind long after you turn the last page. * Deborah Harkness, author of A Discovery of Witches *
'It's a beautifully written tale - the first in a trilogy - which in one sense feels like a return to old-fashioned storytelling, yet manages to be utterly fresh.' * Bookseller *
'The first in a trilogy, this is an interesting and original tale, bringing a fresh outlook to old stories, and the characters are well-realised . . . clever twists keep you hooked, and the ending and coda make it well worth the read.' * SFX *
'Myth and magic in the modern world. A traditional quest tale beautifully told . . . The human characters are realistic and sympathetic, even those who are by any definition, downright odd. The uncanny creatures are sufficiently spooky, horrible, vile and violent. The landscape is alive.' * *
'There is something profoundly different about ADVENT. Perhaps it is the atmosphere of history, magic and mystery it exudes, or maybe the curiosity of the characters. Or it could even be the beauty, the manipulation of the English language that James Treadwell so clearly is a master of. Either way, you know you have something special in your hands even before the story begins . . .' * *
James Treadwell's debut fantasy novel, ADVENT, is nothing short of magical. It is a rich tapestry of light and dark which has been spun deftly thanks to some delicately intricate - yet nonetheless accessible - prose that stimulates the senses magnificently and so begs the reader to learn more, whether aficionados of the genre or not. * *
Treadwell's novel . . . defies description . . . The fantasy at the heart of the story is intricately imagined; sometimes so intricately that it verges on unintelligible. But it is also intriguing, strange, dark, occasionally incoherent and absolutely worth a read. Maybe even a second one, to figure out all the things you missed the first time. * Shelf Awareness *

The first volume in this debut fantasy trilogy takes readers on an astonishing journey between modern times and a long-forgotten magical world. Johannes Faust is the greatest magician of the 16th century. He possesses a ring that contains all of the magic in the world. Gavin Stokes is a misunderstood 15-year-old living in present-day London. He possesses something special too-the ability to see things that aren't really there. Unable to deal with Gavin's strangeness, his parents ship him off to stay with his weird aunt at Pendurra, a forgotten estate in a remote corner of England where echoes of magic are said to remain. There, Gavin's fate entwines with choices Faust made centuries ago. The magic that was once lost has now been found, and the reunion of the two very different worlds will come at a terrible price. VERDICT This original work of literary fantasy is imbued with dark, sometimes strange language. Its classic story of good versus evil as well as its haunting characters and rich, inspired imagery will remain with readers long after they turn the final page.-Amy M. Davis, Parmly Billings Lib., MT (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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