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Latest Book Review Comments for the Jack Brenin Series

We've now had over 1000 reviews on Amazon between the UK and US.
The latest comments can be viewed on Catherine's author page by clicking the link above.

Thank you to everyone who's taken the time and trouble to post a review.

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 Below you can find a selection of previous comments from various sources.





 
best read

posted on Amazon on 14 Mar 2012
by amberlover
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: The Adventures of Jack Brenin, Book 2 (Kindle Edition)

I have so enjoyed Glasruhen Gate: The Adventures of Jack Brenin, Book 2
I am a 60 year old Grandma, I started with the goldern Acorn, (also a super read and explains the beginning of how it all began), to read to my Grandsons, But I enjoyed both books in their own right, I could not stop reading the adventures,
I know my Grandsons will love these stories when they come to stay and I read them again to them.

The story, I think, is suitable for ALL ages
Cant wait to read the next one..... to see what adventures are in store...



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posted on Amazon on 10 Mar 2012
by Ed-guy
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

i rate this book five star. I am only twelve and it is my second favourite book, and my favourite ebook.
its story is astounding, with pure richness in the plot and the words that Cooper uses.
amazing characters with misterious backgrounds and a story that everyone from the age of 8
and above should be reading. And i find it a real piece of artwork.



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posted on Amazon on 27th Feb 2012
by Sooze (Devon)
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

This is a truly lovely book, thoroughly enjoyable for both children & adults alike.
Having read this adventure myself I cant wait to read it to my Grandson,
it has everything, magic, adventure, humour & that all important element of danger.

will now seek out it's sequels to see how the adventure continues
10/10

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Brilliant book from a creative author

posted on Amazon on 27 Feb 2012
by Sarah
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

I bought this after a recommendation from a family member and thought this is a great read for both
children and adults. I have bought the next two books and await with anticipation for the continuing series.
Well done Catherine, keep up the excellent work, you certainly have a talent.

 
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golden acorn

posted on Amazon on 25 Feb 2012
by sonrisa
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

i just loved this book!
i have read quite a few of these types of books but this one had everything,
loved the ravens..fab for younger readers but adults will love it too.


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Lovely story - reminiscent of children's books from a bygone era

posted on Amazon on 24 Feb 2012
by Cicada Familiar "Cicada Familiar" (UK)
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I have to say that I read it through the eyes of a child although
I am a grown up. The story and characters are all lovely and have an easy pace. To me it was a book which was
very reminiscent of Enid Blyton's Fararaway Tree, Kipling's Puck of Pook's Hill and the bit in Harry Potter
where HP goes to the Weasley's house and they find all the gnomes and banish them from the garden.

Lots of great characters and references to myth and legend.
Would definitely recommend for 10 yrs plus and any grown ups who fancy a light and entertaining read.

I look forward to reading the next in the series.......


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Excellent read and I am an adult!
:-)

posted on Amazon on 23 Feb 2012
by Clareabell
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

This book was a very good read, I downloaded it because it had good reviews and I can see why.
I started reading this book and could not put it down.
I hope to see more like this from this author.

Reccommended for all ages who enjoy fantasy books. :-)


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A delight!

posted on Amazon on 22 Feb 2012
by JustLetMeReadThisChapter
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

I downloaded this having read through some of the reviews and wasn't disappointed.

I know I'm probably well out of the target reader range, but this is something that kept me wanting more and I was sad to reach the end. It's a beautiful little book, full of surprises and is really well written. The characters are well formed and you become engrossed as Jack learns more about the world of magick that surrounds the everyday places around him.

It's well worth downloading!


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Brilliant!

posted on Amazon on 14 Feb 2012
by SW
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

This book is full of wonders and a brilliant read.
I highly recommend this book. It was a page turner and I had to read it even during my lunch break.
The characters in the book are terrific and the imagination that the author must have had is amazing.

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extraordinary read !

posted on Amazon on 14 Feb 2012
by Ms. Tracey Davis
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

I'm 10 years old and just finished this book.
All the chapters left me wanting to read more and more.
I really enjoyed the book and each morning would come and tell my mum what happened
in the chapters i read in bed the night before.
The book was mythical and adventurous.
I have really enjoyred reading the book and i recommend this book to ages 9 and above.
Even adults would like it !




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Excellent read!

posted on Amazon on 12 Feb 2012
by Izzy
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

I have downloaded this book purely because it was free and I wanted to start somewhere with the children's stories.
I have read with my two boys, aged 10 and 8, one chapter every evening before bed.
They very quickly lost themselves in the story and couldn't wait for the next chapter!
It's a very well written, easy to read book. Great for children who have good imagination and enjoy adventures.
There is also a lot they can learn from it about friendship and kindness. I recommend it especially for boys.
I enjoyed the book myself very much and can't wait to start the next part of Jack Brenin's adventures.
Thank you very much Catherine Cooper!




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The Golden Acorn - Amazing!

posted on Amazon on 23 Jan 2012
by Insbee
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

Im so glad I have a Kindle, it gives me the chance to explore books that I usually wouldn't read...
as with the case of this book.

I was lulled into a magical world full of beautiful character's and distant lands, and totally loved it... who wouldn't!
So much thought and detail went into the work of this book, every character had their own story.
Right from the start everything was described wonderfully to the reader, it was a joy to read.
I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.



 

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I LOVE YOUR BOOKS!!!!!
 
sent by email on 16, Jan 2012
For christmas I got a kindle and I downloaded your first book, The Golden Acorn, I love it so much I bought the second one,
Glasruhen Gate. Once I finished reading that i'd one I bought your last book, Silver Hill. I LOVE all your books but my all time
facourite has got to be Silver Hill! I WISH that you would make another few books about The Adventures Of Jack Brennin
and make them as exciting and adventurous as the last book you made!I have read the books three times or more.

From Kirsty (10 years old)



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the best book!

posted on Amazon on 14 Jan 2012
by Kismet
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

When I first saw the book on my kindle I thought it would not be good but I read it anyway.
But when I read it I loved the book so much I lent my kindle to my mum so she could read it!It was the best book I ever read!
Now I am searching for new books in the Jack Brenin series.
I wanted to tell my friends to read the book.
I wanted everyone in the whole wide world to read the book!
kt age 9



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Excellent read, even for a 40 year old !

posted on Amazon on 13 Jan 2012
by Jane
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)


Loved it. I am 40 years old so not the target market, but i loved the book. could not but it down and will be looking at the rest of the series. It is also something i will read to my children as they grow up.

Powerful story.


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Couldn't put it down!

posted on Amazon on 12 Jan 2012
by Tigger
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

My 9 year old son has read this book on his new Christmas present kindle.
He couldn't put it down and said it was wonderful for putting pictures in his head. Highly recommend...



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Top Fantasy novel

posted on Amazon on 9 Jan 2012
by James L. (Buckinghamshire)
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

I really like this book. From the start onward you just cannot put it down. A great book for all ages really!

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The Golden Acorn

posted on Amazon on 7 Jan 2012
by Joubert Family
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

this book to me is: EPIC!!! because i loved it so... much
i was reading from like: 9 to11!!! because it was so EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!

by kit.J

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OMG I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Amazon on 4 Jan 2012
by Elizabeth
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: The Adventures of Jack Brenin, Book 2 (Kindle Edition)

I read this with my grandmother as she is basically a little kid at heart. We are always reading childrens books together.
My favourite character is Camelin because he is always eating like me. He's funny.
The story itself is really interesting and has a good plot. The characters are interesting and you can relate to them.
Throughout the story your left curious and I couldn't put the book down. !!!! :) :) :) :) xx Enjoy reading.

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A Truly Magical Read!

posted on Amazon on 29 Dec 2011
by Keam
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

As a more mature reader I originally downloaded this book as I thought my 9 year old Daughter might like to read it.
I know she would but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is about a young boy who comes to live with his Granddad;
fortunately due to a rather magical neighbour he ends up in all sorts of adventures and meeting a host of magical creatures.
To say I could not put it down is not an underestimate. I particularly like the character Nora in the story;
whilst I look forward to seeing how Jack develops in the next book, which I have now quickly downloaded.
I look forward to reading more in this series!



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An excellent, innocent fantasy

posted on Amazon on 28 Dec 2011
by gravedigger "mpburns"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

This is an excellent story for both adults and children. It combines the most magical aspects of the fantasy genre and weaves a mesmorising tale. I am looking forward to further installments of this lovely little story.


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An excellent book for all ages

posted on Amazon on 29 Nov 2011
by Stevieb "Steve Bennett"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Kindle Edition)

I downloaded this book to take away on holiday. When I first started it I felt it was probably more for youngsters, I however kept reading through. The story was imaginative and well thought out. I enjoy fantasty books and anything relating to old traditions. The book had been well thought through and each chapter dragged you further into the plot. As I expected things all worked out well in the end and the earth survives until Jack Brenin surfaces in the next book!


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Wonderful stuff

review on The Golden Acorn posted on 17 Nov 2011
via contact form on website by Mike Skinner about The Golden Acorn

One of the most endearing qualities of the Enid Blyton stories is their enduring timelessness. They are simple charming stories which can be re-read time and time again, without a worrying aftertaste of inappropriate language or violence.
Catherine Cooper's The Golden Acorn is such a writer.

Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn and enters a magical world of ancient forests, druids, Bogies, Gnori and Sprigans -- gnome like creatures who visit via the kitchen floor. Jack is taught how to change into a raven by Camelin, a raven boy, who teaches Jack how to fly. They go back in time in search of – plates which are necessary to repair the cauldron. Which is the key to saving the magical forest from destruction.

There are delightful touches of humour, such as when Camelin sorts out his basket of coveted emergency rations. It reminded me of my childhood when I would take out my Kellogg Variety pack, rank them in order and put them away again. Only to repeat the process a few days later.

This is a delightfully readable tale which can be enjoyed by adults and children alike.



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Gets better & better!

posted on Amazon on 25 July 2011
by EJM
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

It's taken a while to get round to reading this mainly due to finding time to be with my niece who wanted to read the second one in the series, and didn't want me to read it first without her!
We were not disappointed. Ms Cooper has done it again.
No spoilers here or synopsis of the plot - enough people have done this, so, all I have to say is GREAT!
Well done Ms Cooper a brilliant series and more to come.



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READ THIS BOOK NOW!!!!

posted on Amazon on 25 Jun 2011
by Googleee
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

This book was absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!
I recommend this to every 9 or 10 year old. Definetly 5 star.



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Lovely!,

posted on Amazon on 24 Jun 2011
by MJ King "MJK"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: Bk.1: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Paperback)

So many good reviews for this book already so I'll keep mine short.

A well researched book, with simple but effective characterisation and believable dialogue.
The story is interesting and involving and should appeal to young readers with an interest in Roman Britain.

It's aimed. I'd guess, at junior school aged kids though it could be read to younger ones who'd enjoy the stories especially the talking birds, magic and funny troll like 'baddies'.

I'm an adult with a long standing love of fantasy (Tolkien, Donaldson etc) but I really enjoyed this book and here's why:

I found it a lovely book in the sense of the warmth and feeling of safety and love that runs thru the entire book!

Reminded me of half forgotten, half true memories of my childhood. All about innocence and happy endings.
There is danger and suspense, the 'hero' knows some sadness in his life and there are some 'baddies' in the book
but ..................you never doubt that 'good' will prevail at the end!

100% recommended for younger readers and jaded, older one's in such of some innocent escapism from our dreary, recession filled world!

Oh, and the follow up - Glasruhen Gate - is just as good!

 

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A fantastic sequel! Can't wait for the rest of the series!

posted on Amazon on 16.June 2011
by A. Milne "themilnes"
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

First of all, if you haven't yet read the first book in this series - The Golden Acorn - then it is well worth getting and reading that first as this book sets out purposefully and at full speed from where The Golden Acorn left off.

I, and my son, loved The Golden Acorn and so we had extremely high expectations of this book. Luckily, Ms Cooper did not let us down and I think it's probably fair to say that we enjoyed this sequel even more. It is certainly a little faster paced and there are a host of new characters that are introduced that add nicely to the story. Of course, our favourite character Camelin the raven still features heavily and still has the ability to make my son laugh out loud with his antics.

Once again, the book explores important concepts such as honesty and bravery - this is done in a really nice way that adds to rather than detracts from the story. We have found the characters in both books really engaging and we were all rooting for Jack as he continued on his quest to reopen Glasruhen Gate.


As with the first book, it is beautifully written and has the ability to really draw the reader in...without going overboard with the descriptions. This is a very suitable book for able readers from around age 8 upwards, but is also a lovely read for anyone who is young at heart as it does not patronise and is not overly simplified.

I think that Ms Cooper has done an amazing job in creating a thoroughly entertaining book that is suitable for and engaging across the age ranges and all in our household are eagerly awaiting the third book!

Highly recommended!

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The magic continues


posted on Amazon on 22 May 2011
by David Pearce "djarmhp"
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

After the excellent 'Golden Acorn' my daughters and I were really looking forward to the next installment of
Jack Brenin's adventures. With many sequels, the narrative urgency is lost and the writer ends up falling back
on the characters to drive the story. In this case the continuing story is every bit as engrossing as the first.
There is also real development in the central characters of Camelin and Jack as they continue their quest to
assemble the cauldron and then to open the portal into Annwn.

When the story moves into Annwn, the reader is expecting a country idyll, but the reality is very different.
This is a story that delights, amuses and surprises at every turn, and has left us waiting with baited breath
to follow Jack's adventures to their conclusion.




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Posted on Amazon on 19 May 2011
by Mr. John Thomson
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

Absolutely wonderful book especially for youngster's wanting to get their adventure reading off the ground.
My Wife loved it hence the reason for purchasing the paperback edition so that she could give it our Grandaughter.


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The Adventures of Jack Brenin" series book 2
posted on Amazon on 6 May 2011
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

The start follows on immediately from book 1 but Jack's normal everyday life with his grandfather is barely
mentioned; instead CC focuses predominantly on the magical elements as Jack continues on with his search
for the missing parts of a magical cauldron. But it is his curiosity rather than his quest that leads him into the
realm of Annwn; a place he spends the majority of this book in.


Whilst Camelin remains a highly entertaining and quirky character, others I liked so much in "The Golden Acorn"
(namely the Night Guard and Orin) do not make much of an appearance. Instead new characters are introduced;
both good, bad and plain nasty.

The pace is exciting with a good blend of magic and action, plus Jack grows into his role as The Brenin and acts like a true hero. I thought I spotted a potential twist fairly early on, and although I was partly correct, the full reveal is surprising and clever as again this author weaves together Celtic and Greek mythologies.

The ending is fairly conclusive, but whilst another part of Jack's quest is completed, it remains far from finished. 4.5 stars



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fab read

posted on Amazon on 2 May 2011
by audmac
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

Bought this for my grandchildren in paperback after I had read the kindle version.
Great follow up to The Golden Acorn.
A read to suit all ages from 7 years to 107.
Look in forward to reading other books by this writer.




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fab book

posted on Amazon on 2 May 2011
by audmac
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

This is a fabulous book for kids and adults.
I bought 2 copies after buying one for my Kindle and thoroughly enjoying it.
Gave them as Easter presents instead of eggs.




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Delightful

posted on Amazon on 29 April 2011
by fordyuk - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

A lovely delightful story probably to young for me but I still enjoyed it and made me wish there had been more books like this when I had been younger. Loved the Ravens in it make the whole thing add a bit of humour.

Worth a read.




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Even better than The Golden Acorn!
 
posted on Amazon on 23 April 2011
By La Gatta Nera (Scotland)
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

Catherine Cooper - I didn't think your books could get any better, but I stand corrected!

What a beautifully written story. The Golden Acorn was certainly a pleasant surprise, but Glasruhen Gate is a definite delight to read. The story picks up pace and takes us deeper into the history and mystery surrounding Jack Brenin and friends. It is magical, engaging and with an important lesson that can be conveyed to children of all ages.

I would recommend reading the first book before embarking on the rest of series. Glasruhen Gate is not a stand-alone book and is a continuation of a charming story. This is most certainly the kind of book that will keep both you and your kids entertained, and I cannot wax lyrical enough about it!




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A fantastic story for the young at heart

posted on Amazon on 21 April 2011
by A. Milne "themilnes"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

My little boy is a total bookworm, but we have to be careful of content because of his young age. Therefore, when I saw this I decided to read it first to check that the content was suitable for him...and that it was a good book that would capture his imagination.

Well, I haven't been disappointed - what a fantastic book! From just a few pages in I was already engaged with the main character, Jack, and the other main characters are quite quickly introduced and the adventure soon gets going. The characters are all likable - especially Camelin the raven who adds a little bit of comedy value - and are all believable and make you care about them. With talking creatures, wands and spells there are lots of magical elements in here to enthrall the young at heart. That said, given that it's primarily a children's book it never once came across as simplistic or patronising and it was a lovely read for me as an adult. Jack's adventures are truly exciting and I think that it's nice that Jack is an unlikely hero - he's neither particularly brave or strong - but he steps up to the mark when it's required and does indeed turn out to be a true hero. I think that this sends out a nice message to any children who doubt themselves and think that others are always better than them.

I have handed it over to my son with no qualms whatsoever and he, too, completely loves the book and it's a huge struggle to get him to put it down! Luckily I already have the second book in hand and am reading that right now. I just hope that Ms Cooper is burning the midnight oil writing the third, as I know I'm going to be hankering after it when I've finished Glasruhen Gate!


A great story from a great new author. Highly recommended!

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Great Story

posted on Amazon on 5 April 2011
by Yorkshirelass
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

This book is a great read.
I'd say it was probably aimed at the young teenage market but as an adult I loved it too.
The storyline was interesting based on folklore and fantasy and a great introduction to this genre.
It was fairly fast paced and to be honest once I started I couldn't put it down.

Try it on for size - you'll probably enjoy it!




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A wonderful follow-up to The Golden Acorn

posted on Amazon on 30 Mar 2011
by S. Horrigan (London)
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

This story really is brilliant! I honestly can't recommend it highly enough.
It is simple enough for an eight year old to read, understand and enjoy, but has enough depth
for older readers including adults. At times it is light-hearted and fun, in places moving and emotional,
but it is always utterly enchanting and beautifully written. I am sure too that I only scratched the surface of the depth
of the story with regards to things like mythology, legend, and the meanings of the names of characters and places etc.

The book is also beautifully illustrated with maps of the main locations at the beginning of the book and then smaller drawings at the start of each chapter, as well as little oak leaves between each section.

Overall: 5 stars! Highly recommended.
If you haven't read The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) read that first, then read this!




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Fantastic

posted on Amazon on 27 Mar 2011
by Jackyj
This review is from: The Golden Acorn: Bk.1: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Paperback)

I loved this book, for me Jack is the new Harry Potter.
Have just finished reading and eager to buy the next book.





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Very enjoyable

posted on Amazon on 24 Mar 2011
by FlippyClaire
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I thoroughly enjoyed this book...


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Eagerly Awaited

posted on Amazon on 23 Mar 2011
by mathematical_cats
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

There are time when you want an Author to write faster, and this was one of those books.
I read The Golden Acorn and really enjoyed it and wanted the next books asap!
This is the second book in the Jack Brenin series. Its is a lovely read, flowing well throughout.
This is an excellent quick read for adults or a brilliant introduction to fantasy books for those younger.
It is not at all complicated - you don't have to learn a new language in books such at the Lord of the Rings.
I have the Ebooks and I am buying the paperbacks as gifts for friends.
This is an excellent book.
Catherine Cooper you have done it again, now how soon does the next book come out????




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As good if not better than the first book

posted on Amazon on 19 Mar 2011
by K. Mcdougall "keithmc"
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

I got this book for my 9th old son as he had already read the first book (The Golden Acorn)
and liked that a lot. He loved reading this book and was actually sad to reach the end of the book,
he enjoyed this so much. He actually enjoyed this book more than the first and said he would give this
10 out of 10. He even went as far as to say this was his favourite book so far, this is high praise as he is an avid reader.

The book continues from the first and is the story of Jack, a raven boy, who uses his magic to attempt to save his mystical world from an evil overlord. It is well written and keeps you interested from the very start. I picked up the book to have a glance through and found myself fully engrossed. I am now reading the book from the start.




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Great sequel; what happens next?

posted on Amazon on 17 Mar 2011
by Beansmummy (Oxfordshire, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

Having read and reviewed the first novel in this series (The Golden Acorn) I was delighted to get hold of
the second of Jack Brenin's adventures, which continues the story. I enjoyed it even more.

Having recovered the cauldron plates via a window in time, Jack now has to retrieve them from his safe
hiding place. Easier said than done, it turns out they are not where he thought. He and his mysterious
friends track them down, and are therefore able to open Glasruhen Gate, but nothing is as they expected,
and they have yet more obstacles to overcome.

I have become very fond of Camelin the raven boy, and the rest of the characters.
I absolutely love these stories and await the next with great anticipation
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One Night Delight!!!!!

posted on Amazon on 16 Mar 2011
by Judder
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

This book was wonderful!

Even though it is a book aimed at children I find it has substance enough even for adults to enjoy as a lighter read,
I could not put it down (I started it after work and finished it before bedtime).
The author clearly has an amazing imagination to have created such a variety of lively
and loveable characters, although you definately don't want to get on the wrong side of Nora!
I can't wait for the next in the series "The Dwindling Door" I'll be waiting very impatiently.

I would recommend this to anyone interested in fantasy/magic stories.



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Magical reading

posted on Amazon on 15 Mar 2011
by Sea Sprite
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate: 2 (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

Glasruhen Gate picks up right from where The Golden Acorn left off.
Jack and his friends think they've achieved their quest, but their troubles are far from over.
The threat to the forest, and to the magical world, grows stronger still and time is running out...

The magic here is very plausible, drawn from the natural world and magical beings, both of which are expanded here
with new characters including menacing gargoyles, and new locations as Jack and his friends travel into the magical
realm of Anwwn as well as exploring more of the equally magical Shropshire countryside. The landscape is woven beautifully into the story, and there are captivating, detailed maps of all the areas visited in the story.

Another appealing point about Cooper's stories is that magic, although ever present in the fabric of the landscape and the characters, is used sparingly as a tool by the characters themselves, and goals are achieved through effort, skill and teamwork, rather than simply waving a magic wand. Magic may guide or assist but it's never substituted for hard work.

These books are intended for children but, because they are so well written, so vividly set, and drawn from
a truly original spring of imagination, they will also be enjoyed be adult readers of quality fantasy.


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More!

posted on Amazon on 10 Mar 2011
by EaglePrince
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

For some strange reason, Glasruhen Gate felt like it was shorter than The Golden Acorn,
but written in the same lovely style. I felt like the author was relating an experience, and not merely writing from imagination. There is a Narnia-ish feel about the storyline, and I can see it becoming quite a successful movie.

A splendid demonstration of story-telling, and I am quite lookiong forward to the next in the series.



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Fantastic for all ages

posted on Amazon on 2 Mar 2011
by lullabylou
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

Myself (38) and my son (aged 8) loved the Golden Acorn
and this book kept us loving the tales of Jack Brienin even more.
A must read for all ages.
I have finished the story,and it's left me wanting more, but my son is having it as his bed time story
(so it will take him a bit longer to get to the end)
he's requested he borrows my kindle to read it in the morning so he can carry on.

I will be getting the paperback copies for friends and their children as gifts, totally inspirational.




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A really enjoyable book with characters you just want to hear more and more about
posted on Amazon on 1 Mar 2011
by Miss J. Joolia "JJooligan"
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book for kindle and I really wasn't disappointed.
I read the first book and just had to know more about the adventures of Jack and the others,
the excitement continues on and whilst satisfying some of my curiosity it has opened so many more
avenues that I find myself craving book three
(sorry to Catherine as I am sure it takes much longer to write and produce
these books than for the rest of us to read them!)

This book on kindle also has some beautiful pictures which reproduce really well.

Overall this book is great for young and old alike and the writing really immerses you in the magical world,
total escapism guaranteed.

If in doubt - Buy it!!!


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Best kids/adults book so far
posted on Amazon on 27 Feb 2011
by EJM
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)
Brilliant!
Read it with my 7year old great niece and I'm not sure who enjoyed it more,
me probably as I read it again by myself later on holiday. Good old fashioned magic updated for today.
There is enough material & unanswered questions in this first book to create an interesting series.
Well written and great characterisation.
The animal characters are delightful as are the various other fairy folk we meet.

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Fantasic Follow on

posted on Amazon on 27 Feb 2011
by vhpr605
This review is from: Glasruhen Gate (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)
A fantastic follow on to the Golden Acorn.
A great easy reading book again that continue the adventure of the boy Jack Brenin.
Again the book is just over 300 pages but every page is written beautifully with wonderful descriptions
you felt that you were with Jack every step of the way, cant wait to see if there is a third book.

 
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Enchanting

posted on Amazon on 22 Feb 2011
by JCA
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

A must read... beautifully written with clear unobtrusive descriptions.
The charactors are so alive you feel as though you want to help them in anyway you can.
I could even feel Charkle and Orin sitting on my shoulders :)
Well paced throughout to keep you turning the pages.
Looking forward to Jack's next adventure.
Thank you Catherine Cooper for your wonderful creativity and insight,
from a very happy and new follower of Jack Brenin.

Although this book is aimed towards the younger readers, I would highly recommend any adult to take time and read this as a refreshing change.
I feel sure it will enchant and engross you as much as it did me.
I am normally an avid reader of crime novels, but downloaded this to my Kindle for my grandchildren for night time reading, I am so glad I did, I enjoyed it as much as they did and we're already looking forward to Jack's next adventure.





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Great Children's Fantasy
posted on Amazon on 22 Feb 2011
by Doreen Taylor
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I think this is a good fantasy for children 9-12ish years of age
(dependent on reading ability, of course!)
It was well written and brought in a lot of Celtic mythological themes.
The main character Jack Brenin is good for children - even though he is a hero figure he also has doubts
about his own abilities and makes some mistakes along the way.
He works through his fear of heights, for example.
And, any book that features a talking raven is good enough for me! :-)
Even though I am an adult, I enjoyed this fantasy for children and would recommend it to parents with children
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A great read for young or old.

posted on Amazon on 19 Feb 2011
by D. Cadman "Deb"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

OK - its a kids book - but a very good one, which I enjoyed a great deal.
Sure to be a hit with anyone who likes magical events and creatures,
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Easy Reading

posted on Amazon on 16 Feb 2011
by Susan Shoobert
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I loved this book.
It's easy to read and after reading a heavy book it is an ideal escape from reality.





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Most enjoyable read.

posted on Amazon on 16 Feb 2011
by Janty
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

This was one of the first books I read on my kindle.



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Great!!

posted on Amazon on 14 Feb 2011
by A Customer
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I will definately be purchasing the next book.



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Charming little tale

posted on Amazon on 11 Feb 2011
by H. Morris
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

What a charming little book... full of interesting and clever little ideas that I haven't come across even in adult fantasy fiction.

Yes Jack is a bit useless and an unlikely hero but it's a worthwhile message that someone who is rather ordinary
and who feels rather out of their depth at times can still have what it takes when push comes to shove.

All in all, this is the sort of book that any adult would find pleasurable to read out loud to their kids.
Though they might all end up staying awake rather too late, just to see what happens next. ;-)


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Gripping Story
Can't wait for the next installment


posted on Amazon on 6 Feb 2011
by dizzyblonde82
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I downloaded the book knowing that it was aimed at a younger audience
but once I started reading it I couldn't put the book down.
Can't wait for the next book to be released!





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This book was fantastic.
The Golden Acorn posted on Amazon on 6 Feb 2011
by A Customer
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I found that I couldn't put it down.
You just want to know what happens next. Brilliant.
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fantastic and magical

posted on Amazon on 6 Feb 2011
by A. Reed "sapphire"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

the golden acorn is a brilliant book to read.
Once i picked the book up i could not put it down, it is brilliant and magical, and i loved the way
the author expresses and describe the way the person looks like and how they behave.
There is no pictures but you don't need any for the descriptions written by the author
are fantastic and i cant wait for the second book to come out.



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A cracking good story, well told

posted on Amazon on 4 Feb 2011
by J
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

As an ex primary school teacher I can only regret Catherine was not writing her books sooner.
The Golden Acorn fits the bill in so many ways - as a class reader to finish off the day - chapters just the right length for this. Similarly as a bed time shared or read aloud for parents.

Excellent too for emerging readers to gain greater independence through a cracking good story, well told.
To say nothing of the book being underpinned by carefully researched factual content enabling youngsters
to assimilate knowledge almost without knowing it.

I wouldn't really put an upper age on this book - parents, grandparents and children alike will surely all delight in
if it if they enjoy the fantasy story genre. It is a book any adult can leave children to read on their own without
worrying about any inappropriate content. Catherine creates a magical world that is hard to tear yourself from
and has left the reader wanting more - I sincerely hope there is much more to come!!

 

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Magical

posted on Amazon on 24 Jan 2011
by Mrs H
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I really enjoyed this story and think any child who enjoys fantasy would find this a good read.
Along with the fantasy goes some humour which again I feel would be appreciated by children.

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Fantastic story for adults and children alike

posted on Amazon on 22 Jan 2011
by Miss J. Joolia "JJooligan"
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

I really look forward to the next installment and seeing what Jack get up to next.

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Really enjoyable storytelling

posted on Amazon on 21 Jan 2011
by Murphysgirl
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

The Golden Acorn reminded me in its tone of the books I used to love as a child.
The melding of fairy tale adventure and daily life was enchanting and the use of British mythology was refreshing.
I would definitely recommend this book to young readers - there is nothing here which I would worry about sharing
with my young nephews, as can be the case with some children's stories.


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Captivating read for 7+

posted on 20 Jan 2011
by Beansmummy (Oxfordshire, UK)
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

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A lovely quirky book!

posted on Amazon on 19 Jan 2011
by Vicky Clarke
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)
Though this book is aimed at children, I (aged 30!) spent a wet weekend reading this wonderful story.

It's an imaginative tale about a young boy who finds that all manner of magic exists and is quickly swept into
an adventure involving druids and dryads, a talking raven and of course, a golden acorn.


This is the sort of story which makes you want to be a kid again, which reminds you of how you saw the world
when you were small - the little old lady at the end of the road who you were always convinced was a witch,
the bushes at the end of the garden which led to a magical world (if only you could find the way in!)
and the feeling that animals had their own language.


I honestly couldn't put this book down, the story was so engaging.
For an adult it's a quick read, but I can see children being really absorbed by it.
I'll definitely be telling my friend to download it for herself and her little boy!



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A truly magical world courtesy of a golden acorn

posted on Amazon on 18 Jan 2011
by La Gatta Nera
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)

I must admit - I love this book! It is so beautifully and innocently written...

... It's fun and quirky, with a heartwarming story behind it. I am looking forward to reading more books
by Catherine Cooper, and would recommened this book to younger people or people young at heart!

Enjoy!


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Posted on Amazon 14 Jan 2011
by mathematical_cats
This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Kindle Edition)
It is what I would describe as 'Light Fantasy', and a great way to start off a younger reader into the genre,
and a light book for the fantasy addict. An enjoyable story which (so far) is completely different
from other fantasy books I have read. I would recommend this book, it won't suit everyone
but I am enjoying it and would happily pass it on to friends and their children, without worrying about the content.


mathematical-cats added a further comment

I have now finished the golden acorn and have really enjoyed it.
I am going to post a comment on Goodreads saying so.
I'm looking forward to getting the next one.

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a wonderful book for children

posted on Amazon 12 Jan 2011
by kelbar
for The Golden Acorn: Bk.1: The Adventures of Jack Brenin (Paperback)
I chose this book because I was looking for a book that would engage my class of Y5 children.
I began reading it to weigh up whether I felt it would be appropriate for them and was rapidly drawn in, ending up finishing it off over about 3 days! I thought this was a really excellent book for children and that the plot was very well paced. The characters were well written, interesting and likeable.
I am looking forward to introducing this to my own children as well as my class.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction.


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a really enjoyable read

posted on Amazon on 28 Dec 2010
by S. Horrigan
for The Golden Acorn

If I had any writing skill at all, this would be the sort of book I would have loved to have written.
All in all a very enjoyable read and an impressive first novel!
A well deserved five stars.


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A beautiful well paced read

posted on Amazon on 26 Dec 2010
by David Pearce "djarmhp"

This review is for: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

The story of Jack Brenin is your typical everyman hero finding reserves he never knew he had thanks to a situation that a prophecy has placed him in. So far, so generic. However, the richness of the cast of characters and the sheer engagement provided by the superb writing lift this far above the usual run of the mill 'hero using magic' books. Camelin, the Raven who accompanies him is a superb comic creation, and the obvious problem caused by transforming from one species to another is finally dealt with head on in a really funny way!

Absolutely superb, and highly recommended for bedtime reading or individual reading. Can't wait for the sequel.




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David from the West Country gave The Golden Acorn ten stars

and said...
A book that cannot be put down until the very end.



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Reviewer
Antonia Gray
October 2010

Review: Familiar as the above premise sounds, ‘The Golden Acorn’ is a solid, old-fashioned quest adventure with an underdog hero surprising everyone (including himself) with his own abilities and inner resources. It’s a timeless good-versus-evil fantasy with engaging heroes and a well-evoked setting in Glasruhen, ‘the only refuge left on Earth where the old ways exist’, deep in the Shropshire countryside. The map at the beginning of the book is helpful too.

Of course Jack has friends to protect and teach him as he finds his feet using magic and learning to shapeshift; there’s Nora, a Druid; her niece Elan; and Camelin, a food-obsessed, talking raven with attitude and a past, who becomes a reluctant mentor to Jack.
It’s Camelin’s snarkiness and humour that adds a welcome dash of irreverence and saves the good guys from being too goody-goody.

Jack’s primary task is to fulfil the prophecy by accompanying Camelin back to the time of the Romans, and find what was lost.
Doing so will save the ancient magical world of which his new friends are a part, and ensure their survival.
Bogies and spriggans, those mischievous folkloric creatures, add to the difficulties Jack and Camelin face, as well as more human enemies

The final section of the book, in which Jack and Camelin have to outwit the Romans, and Camelin faces his past, is particularly exciting. Their mission accomplished, Jack and Camelin return to the present, and the questions to be answered in the next volume of ‘The Adventures of Jack Brenin’.
‘The Golden Acorn’ is refreshingly traditional in its subject matter and approach.
It’s not trying to be cool or innovative, but instead brings classic elements to the attention of the contemporary reader.
It’s important to keep in touch with our literary and cultural traditions, and Catherine Helen Cooper
has used them to good effect in this timeless magical adventure.




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(The full review for The Golden Acorn can be found on The Bookbag review page)
The prose is flowing and easy to read, with plenty of wit...
... the strong character development and tightly woven plot, with a few twists thrown in
for good measure, make for enjoyable reading.

For young lovers of fantasy who enjoyed this novel, The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien is
guaranteed to appeal with its fluid lyrical prose and brilliant narrative.



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A great read of joy and magic
 
posted on Amazon on 29 Sep 2010
by David Spanswick

This review is from: The Golden Acorn (The Adventures of Jack Brenin) (Paperback)

Jack Brenin is a very special boy. After the death of his mother and his return to England to live with his grandfather
in Glasruhen things will never be the same again.

It is such a joy to take a break from books written specifically for adults, and that so often fail to deliver, and have a wonderful wander through the wonderland of children's fiction where everything and anything is possible.

This book, for me evoked those fabulous far off days when I read about the marvellous worlds conjured by Lucy Boston, Elizabeth Goudge and Susan Cooper, three novelists shamefully under read nowadays.

Catherine Cooper takes us on a journey where we will encounter talking trees, wood nymphs, water nymphs, talking animals, shape shifters and time travel; all the ingredients to brighten the heart of any young reader.

After finding the golden acorn of the title Jack Brenin's life is set on a course where he will, through magic ritual,
be able to fly as a raven; a raven whom in return he teaches to read and thus interpret a menu from the local
Chinese Takeaway ~ oh yes this little gem of a book so many relevant details including its own magic book that
can write itself ~ how useful, and answer as many questions as any Google search.

I wholeheartedly endorse this magical volume, its author sounds as if she had as much fun writing it as I did reading it
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Book Review from The Shropshire Star for
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The Golden Acorn - a must read!

Amazon book review by Sea Sprite

22 Sep 2010


The diminishing magical world is on the verge of disappearing forever, and Jack Brenin,
born at sunset on Samhain and the only mortal able to see the Golden Acorn, is the last hope...

When I buy books for my younger relatives, I always read the first few pages or first chapter, to be sure it's suitable.
When I started to read this, I just couldn't stop and had to have it for myself!

The magical fantasy genre is rather saturated at the moment, so when something like The Golden Acorn comes along,
its pages packed with an enthralling and original story, its quality stands out like a beacon. The magic here is that of British folklore, of Druids and dryads, of water nymphs and talking ravens, and hedgerows that open and close behind you to
reveal a hidden path to an enchanted wood. The story has vividly drawn, believable characters such as the instantly
likeable, self-doubting but still willing hero, Jack Brenan, and a gloriously bad tempered talking raven.
The settings and sights are deftly described and paint a perfect picture in the imagination.

If you're thinking of buying this book, I recommend that you do so.

There's no reading age guide, but I would guess around age 9+, plus adults such as myself, who enjoy
really well written fantasy stories.
A beautiful book and just the thing for the dark, chilly evenings ahead.

The inclusion of 'The Adventures of Jack Brenin' in the title suggests more to come, I do hope so!





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From H. D. Mead
Amazon Book Review - August 26th 2010
for
The Golden Acorn
The Adventures of Jack Brenin Book One


Magical read!!!!

From a previously unknown writer I can't wait to read more.
This book has the lot - magic, talking animals, humans transforming into animals and back again,shape shifting, mythological creatures - where do I stop?
Oh and it hits all the emotions too - humour, sadness, joy, etc
An absolutely joyful book to read - pure escapism.




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Customer Review from Amazon on 28 Oct 2009
By Ms. R. M. Atkinson

Excellent story


A lovely story which kept me reading right to the end.
A winner for all who want to read something a bit different.
Well worth a read - 5 stars :)



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Villager Magazine
September 09

If you like magic and adventure you’ll love The Golden Acorn.
This is the first book in the Jack Brenin series by Children’s Author, Catherine Cooper.
It’s a captivating magical fantasy adventure, aimed at the 8 to 12 age range but also suitable for any independent reader, young or old. A well-plotted story full of memorable characters. It can be read on it’s own, or as part of a continuing adventure.
Catherine and her husband Ron illustrated The Golden Acorn.
The sequel, Glasruhen Gate, is due out next year.



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