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Advent: A Novel

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This product Advent: A Novel is part of a trilogy, where it is the first novel by the author James Treadwell. This story transports you back into the days of magic. It means, accidents happen and they bring back magic to life, which once the daily practice of human life. The effects and after effects of magic in the modern era is beautifully depicted in this English novel. This book is available in paperback form and the price is pretty affordable than the counterparts. This book was released in 2012.

About the Book

This novel Magic is rising is the story of a young boy Gavin who is a school boy and experiences things that his peers or no other person can see or hear. When Gavin confronts this to his father and mother, they try to make him understand that whatever he is experiencing is imaginary and just a fantasy world and tell him to come off it. Upon the headmaster's suggestion that the school is not the right place for him and he should be sent off to some other place, Gavin has been sent to his Aunt, who was living in Cornwall. There was a story in parallel with Gavin, where a magus from the 16th century was travelling out of Germany in the backwaters of the French coast known as England.

He has changed his name to John Fiste, but along the line readers can find out, who he actually was, when they would get to know Miss Grey. This is the woman whom Gavin often sees, but no one else was capable of doing so. They can only hear her. Gavin has met her in the train, and heard her terrible cry Otototoi! which was definitely not a good thing for his impending journey. In due course of time the boy and the magus and their paths come together, bringing terrific series of events along the line. Then there is death and Cornwall experienced the first snows of Fimbulwinter. Fimbulwinter is the 3 years of winter that come before Ragnarok.

There are mystical events occurring every now and then with Gavin. His experience of these events was grossly ignored by other people, including his parents. This book definitely takes into the joy ride with amazing writing style that holds you captivated with the story. Gavin is the main character of this novel and brings his innocence and sincerity. Time has taken him to places that he got confused more and more. When the modern day comes in contact with the magical past, then there is certainly risk to both ends.

About the Author

James Treadwell is the author of this magical book. This is his debut Novel in the Advent Trilogy. The other series follow the storyline after what had happened in this story. He has a very unique style of combining magic with real life; he maintains the thin line of reality and magic, which offers a good reading experience to the readers.

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The ISBN Code of the book is 1451661657.

Features: Advent: A Novel

  • Atria Books
Product Details
Language English
Publication Date April 30, 2013
Publisher Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Contributor(s) James Treadwell
Binding Paperback
Page Count 464
ISBN 10 1451661657
ISBN 13 9781451661651
Dimensions and Weight
Product Dimensions 14.5 cm x 3 cm x 22.2 cm
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  1.  I actually liked it! 24 December, 2013 On
    Fifteen-year-old Gavin Stokes is boarding a train to the countryside to live with his aunt. His school and his parents can’t cope with him and the things he sees, things they tell him don’t really exist.

    At Pendurra, Gavin finds people who are like him, who see things too. They all tell him the same thing: magic exists, and it’s leaking back into our world—and bringing something terrible with it.

    Advent is an epic novel with heart-stopping moments, notable as much for its atmosphere as for its pace and sense of place. With numerous themes deftly woven throughout the compelling narrative, this novel is a spellbinding return to old-fashion storytelling and impossible to put down.

    When I first started Advent I was a little apprehensive because of its size and small print (This review is based on an Advance Reader Copy), but I needn’t have worried because Advent is a thrilling fantasy novel that really stands out from the crowd. Our main character Gavin is on the way to his aunt’s house while his parents are on holiday, and he’s ecstatic. His parents don’t like him and he can’t wait to get away from busy London and spend some time alone, without being judged by his mum and dad. Since an early age, Gavin has been plagued by a woman no-one else can see: Miss Grey; his best friend, his worst enemy. After fifteen years, and much to his parents’ relief, he’s finally come to terms with the fact that Miss Grey isn’t real. But on the train journey out of London, Miss Grey appears, and is nothing like her usual, quiet self. She screams out a warning that Gavin doesn’t understand. Until later, that is, when his life changes forever. Magic and mystery grab hold of Gavin until he is questioning everything he has ever known – about the world, and about himself.

    Advent is a stunning start to a new fantasy series. The writing was probably the most notable part for me, engrossing and descriptive (at times beautifully so) and everything you’d want in a fantasy novel. I was completely absorbed and sucked in by the world James Treadwell created. There was a great mix of humour and despair – at times, Gavin would be making a funny remark or sarcastic insult, but there were also times where you could literally feel the hopelessness in the atmosphere and the doom that was approaching. There was a parallel timeline, and some chapters were from the 1500s, running alongside the chapters from present day. These chapters intrigued me the most, because at first, I literally had no idea what was going on. But as I read on, clues from the present day chapters made me realise what it was that was happening, and it was all so cleverly linked. I literally gasped when I first realised what the chapters from the 1500s meant for Gavin.

    Gavin was a very interesting character. He felt unloved by his parents and didn’t speak much to anyone. He enjoyed being alone, and the whole reason he was looking forward to his trip to Aunt Gwen’s was so he could have some peace and quiet. He was pretty damaged; the treatment from his parents combined with a woman only he could see sometimes made him question his sanity. He seemed almost afraid of himself at times, and didn’t understand why these things were happening to him. I thought he was actually a very likeable character, however. He hated being patronised, so he tried his best not to be patronising to others. He was kind and wanted to protect the people he cared about. He wasn’t perfect by any means; he was a little judgemental, had a short temper and often ran away from responsibility. But by the end, I think he’d changed. He was ready to shoulder all his burdens instead of running from them. Even though he was still confused and not entirely sure what was going to happen, he seemed stronger and more determined.

    Marina was another character that intrigued me. She was a thirteen year old girl, but acted very young for her age. She’d been isolated her whole life, and sheltered from practically everything. She didn’t know basic slang and had never heard of swear words before. Her whole character came across as completely innocent, and it was like she seemed completely out of place. Gavin connected with Marina very easily, because she was the first person who didn’t judge him. She didn’t think he was stupid or crazy and she was actually interested in learning more about him. It was nice to see Gavin have someone he could talk to.

    Plot-wise, Advent was quite unusual. The first half of the book seemed almost like a regular paranormal novel. It focussed on Gavin’s journey to his aunt’s house, and we learnt about the ghostly Miss Grey and a strange woman on the train that turned out to be one of his aunt’s neighbours, Hester. Hester provided the link to the second half of the novel, which was much more focused on the fantasy aspects. By the time we met Hester again, so much had changed for Gavin and the story felt completely different to the first half. I liked Hester, she seemed down to earth and was just a genuinely nice person. We learnt more about her in the second half, and also found out a little about how she was connected to Gavin. However, not everything was explained. The last few pages of the book went in a completely different direction and hinted at what was to come in book two. But I’m curious – will Gavin and Marina be present? Will we find out why Hester and Gavin were connected? So many questions! I’m already excited for the sequel.

    Overall, Advent was a great fantasy novel and I recommend it to all fans of the genre, who also like realistic protagonist and unique characters.
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