Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Oldenglen by Robin Mason and Michael Mason Review, Excerpt & Giveaway



Oldenglen

by Robin Mason and Michael Mason

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GENRE: Middle Grade Fantasy

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BLURB:

The last thing twelve-year-old Jax wanted was to leave his city life in England for a remote and rugged corner of Oregon―but he hasn’t had any say in the matter.

Although Jax hates it there, he is drawn by the deep woods, as if something or someone is pulling him in. The more he explores, the more he senses the presence of a hidden magic. Joined by Sarah, the granddaughter of the land’s owner, he begins to unravel the secrets of the glen.

But when invaders threaten the wildwood and its inhabitants, Jax and Sarah―and a most unusual army―must prepare for war.

Great peril has come to Oldenglen, but who and what must Jax and Sarah confront in the battle to save it?



EXCERPT;

All woodfolk, be still!” called a voice. Even Acorn was now seated and, unusually for her, quiet.

That’s old Gaffer Grayowl, Keeper of the Green Glade,” Squiffle explained to Jackson in a whisper. “Dear me, he says the same thing every time, but sometimes he forgets bits and has to go back. Hooter will take his place one day soon.” Jackson spied the round-faced owl off to one side.

The tradition of the Gathering of the Woodfolk is a long one, going back for countless ages,” boomed Gaffer. “Our broodfathers and broodmothers, and theirs before them, and theirs before them, and still more before them, have gathered in this place in times of great peril. I bid you remember that the Green Glade and the way here and home are the only places where, by agreement from long ago, a creature is safe from any other. Some of you represent your own kindred, but any woodfolk are welcome.” Jackson looked around. This night the glade was full. The glen would be unnaturally quiet tonight. Sarah squeezed his hand.

Who calls this Gathering?” asked Gaffer.

I, Pondlefoot Badger, cub of Grey-Muzzle Badger and Growler Badger of Badger Tree, and Friend of all Woodfolk, call this Gathering,” said Pondlefoot, standing up.

Take the Gladestone,” commanded the Keeper. “And say what you have come to say.”

Pondlefoot emerged from the press of woodfolk, moving heavily to the center to stand by the Gladestone. He turned slowly, looking carefully at the assembly.

Fellow woodfolk,” the old badger began, “the glen is in grave peril, a danger greater than any faced by those who came before us.”




AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Robin Mason

Robin is the younger son of Michael Mason, co-author of OLDENGLEN. He was born in England and has lived in Zimbabwe (which was called Rhodesia then) and Canada.

The story behind OLDENGLEN came from the time the family was renting a large estate in British Columbia, Canada, many years ago. As a young boy, Robin grew up with the written word. Michael, a professor of English, would read to him every night, including such works as the Narnia books, the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

OLDENGLEN is the result of that beginning, and the first book in the series known as "The Oldenglen Chronicles". LONE WOLF will be published in early 2016.

Robin is an attorney. He has been married to his wife, Angelina, for nearly twenty-five years and they are blessed with three children. The glen dwells deep in Robin; their home is in a twelve-acre forest, which they share with many four-legged and winged inhabitants.


Michael Mason

Michael was born in 1924 in England, which makes him 91-years-old. The son of an employee of a grand estate in England, as a boy Michael had room to roam.

Graduating from the University of London, and after completing a stint in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, he began his lifelong career of teaching, in schools and universities in England, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and Canada. He holds an MA and PhD in English Literature.

Oldenglen is Michael’s first novel. He is also a published poet and playwright and contributor of articles to quarterly publications.

Michael is married to Muriel and they will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in March, 2016. He is blessed with two sons, four granddaughters, three grandsons and one newly-arrived great granddaughter.

Authors and Book Website: http://www.oldenglen.com




My review:
I loved how the author created a world that the target audience (8-12 year olds) can escape to. Who would not want to find new to them animal species? Especially when they seem to be surrounded by the unknown? I can not imagine having to move, and leaving my life and everything I have known. This is great for kids to relate to as well. We do not all fit in. I liked the words used in the book and I think that young readers will be able to expand their vocabulary. The author;s writing style brought his pages to life, and I could picture the glen in my head. The overall message of the book is a good one for kids to learn as well. I can not wait for book two. I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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28 comments:

  1. Thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed reading it :)

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  2. Thank you for the opportunity to win

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  3. This looks like an amazing book for my kids to read!

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    1. Thank you. We very much hope they have the opportunity to do so.

      Robin

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  4. Traveling from England to Oregon to find magical woodfolk seems a bit like carrying coals to Newcastle, but okay!

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    1. Let's hope that England doesn't have a monopoly on magic, Richard. The animals in the book are all found in Oregon. With re-introduction and subsequent migration, there are now wild wolves in Oregon. England, I understand, hasn't reintroduced them.

      Robin

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  5. Did you work on the cover art, too?
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    Sherry Compton

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    1. The cover was by Chris Beatrice, who can be found at www.chrisbeatrice.com. He is also the illustrator for the second book.

      Robin

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  6. Thank you for hosting Oldenglen, and for your kind review.

    Lone Wolf, the second book in The Oldenglen Chronicles series is due out around March 1st.

    Robin and Michael Mason

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  7. This looks like a great book. Good luck

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  8. Thank you for informing me about this book.

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  9. I love that Michael is 91 and this is the first time he's worked on a novel!

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    1. My father is certainly extraordinary. He decided to "retire" after Oldenglen, however, and I am writing the series alone from this point.

      Robin

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  10. Thank you for a great book tour. Best wishes for success with your book and the subsequent books in the series!

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    1. Thank you for the wishes and for following the tour!

      Robin

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    2. Thank you for the wishes and for following the tour!

      Robin

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  11. I just love the book cover, it’s amazing!

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  12. Thank you, Dario. The artist, Chris Beatrice, does amazing work. He has done the illustration for book two as well. That can be seen on the Facebook page of The Oldenglen Chronicles.

    Robin

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  13. Great excerpt, sounds like a fantastic book, thanks for sharing it and I enjoyed the following the tour and learning about Oldenglen, good luck!

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  14. This sounds like an interesting book! I love it when authors can create new worlds for readers to enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Paol. Here is a link to the illustration for the second book, Lone Wolf: https://www.facebook.com/1469617586681163/photos/a.1472469876395934.1073741829.1469617586681163/1492243841085204/?type=3&theater

      Robin

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  16. Was there anything else you thought about naming this book?
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    Sherry Compton

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  17. No, the title came pretty early in the process and we never had any thought to change it. "Oldenglen" is, of course, part of the series name, too ("The Oldenglen Chronicles").

    Robin

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