Marvelous Middle Grade Monday
The Hound of Rowan
by Henry H. Neff
MAX MCDANIELS LIVES a quiet life in the suburbs of Chicago, until the day he stumbles upon a mysterious Celtic tapestry. Many strange people are interested in Max and his tapestry. His discovery leads him to Rowan Academy, a secret school where great things await him.
But dark things are waiting, too. When Max learns that priceless artworks and gifted children are disappearing, he finds himself in the crossfire of an ancient struggle between good and evil. To survive, he'll have to rely on a network of agents and mystics, the genius of his roommate, and the frightening power awakening within him.
This is a fantastic series. I read it on the train when I went home for my step-father's funeral recently, and it vaulted straight to the top of my favorites list.
The world-building in this series is incredible, as are the utterly lovable and complex characters. It has a Harry Potter flavor at times, but in a good way. The plot thickens with each book, to the point that you can't stop thinking about it. The end of book three caught me so unprepared that I actually said OUT LOUD (which really disturbed my hubby), "Well played, author, well played."
I could rave for days about this particular series! Trust me, and read it!!