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The Hound of Rowan (The Tapestry #1)

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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  7,194 ratings  ·  550 reviews
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 disappear
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Kindle Edition, 450 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Grace Yes, there is. Kind of like in Harry Potter. Not the main plot, but certainly one of the sub plots. I'd recommend this series if you haven't read it…moreYes, there is. Kind of like in Harry Potter. Not the main plot, but certainly one of the sub plots. I'd recommend this series if you haven't read it before now.(less)
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Kathryn
Reading the first few chapters, I found myself comparing this book to Harry Potter. As one of the most avid reader of H.P. I have to say that I was a little disappointed. But when I got past reading chapter 4, I found myself falling in love with this book.

There's a significant difference between this book and H.P.
The main plot, unlike H.P, this book does not exactly use "magic" per say, it's based more on the real stuff like science fiction and folklore.
I was also amazed by the author's imagi
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Cynthia
Apr 08, 2008 Cynthia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Judy
Recommended to Cynthia by: library
Wow! Harry Potter, look out! Max McDaniels rocks Rowan Academy! This book reminds me of Harry Potter because it is a boy hero going to a magical school learning to battle evil, but don't let yourself be suckered into thinking this might be some cheap Harry Potter imitator. Max and Rowan Academy stand on their own as the beginning of an incredibly good series! All of the characters are amazingly well-drawn and the world that Max McDaniels lives in feels so real. It's a world of magic and mystery, ...more
Adam
A decent first effort. I see these books as a cross between Harry Potter and Fablehaven. The story is fast paced and interesting. The characters are a bit flat but I expect will flesh out a lot over the course of the series.

I have a difficult time not comparing these books to Harry Potter and that is unfair since I've read all 7 of the books in that series. Going back and reading the first book shows that the Tapestry first effort is on a similar level. The key will be whether or not Neff can r
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Karen
I love when I pick up a book, knowing very little about it, and discover that it is just what I was looking for. Because this is a book about a young teenager who goes to boarding school to learn magic, the comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable, but this is so much more than a Harry Potter read-alike.

Basically, this is the story of Max. While visiting an art museum with his father, Max sees a vision in a tapestry. This vision draws attention to Max, both favorable and negative. Ultimately,
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The Library Lady
Okay, it might turn out to be what some reviews keep saying "a Harry Potter knockoff", with no merits of its own. But since Jo Rowling stole freely from her predecessors, and just happens to be a good writer who revived an old formula at the right time, I'm willing to give this one a chance....

UPDATE (4/7/09)And I'm glad I did. Lots of wonderful touches--people keep mentioning "Mum" the reformed (well mostly)hag cook with good reason--she's wonderfully funny. Well told, well thought out and I'm
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Mike (the Paladin)
I was originally going to go 4 stars on this book, but on reflection I decided I had to go 5. We'll call it a borderline 5. I try to give few 5 star ratings as any book I give a 5 needs to be exceptional or the rating fails to mean much.

I went there in this case as I think it will remain a reread book for me if I ever have time to do a reread. I have less time to reread books now as there seem to be so many I haven't read yet...go figure.

So, what do we have here? Why did I come to the decision t
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Sarah
If you like Harry Potter and you like Lightening Thief, I can almost guarantee that you'll like this book. There are some striking similarities between this and Harry Potter... not quite passing the plagiarism border. They're both about magic schools, both main characters have dark hair, Series starts around the same age (this guy's 12), they're going through the whole hero cycle thing where they're destined for a dangerous and probably fatal world-saving mission. Despite all of these similariti ...more
Katie
This book is basically a Harry Potter rip-off. While it has some differences (for example, technology is embraced not eschewed; the kids have animals that they care for; the kids come from across the world, not just the UK), it’s pretty similar – ie: the kids have untapped powers, the kids are specially selected, the kids go through a process similar to the sorting, there is a school sport (soccer-esque), there is a powerful yet charming headmistress, quirky teachers, and a villainous group that ...more
Robyn
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It's against my policy to compare one book or series to another, for two main reasons. A) I don't think it matters that much what similarities exist between books. Just because you like one book does not mean you'll like a book that distinctly resembles it, and vice versa. Too often I've read books that have been compared to books that I truly love, and found these later books to be major disappointments. B) There is very little in the world of fiction that is truly new. I can
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Rita
Esta história, inicialmente, pode fazer-nos lembrar um pouco Harry Potter. Temos um rapaz, possuidor de alguns poderes que desconhece, que é descoberto por uma Academia com professores e alunos também especiais. Academia essa, onde vai passar a estudar exactamente na altura em que um grande e antigo inimigo aparenta regressar. Felizmente posso dizer que as semelhanças ficam por aqui, não temos cicatrizes na testa, varinhas mágicas ou vassouras voadoras, estamos na presença de uma história extrem ...more
Shanna
I picked this book up at the used bookstore yesterday. At first glance it seemed to be your typical Harry Potter copycat, you know which one i'm talking about. Young boy is magically discovered at the age of thirteen and sent off to a special boarding school. However, the author definitely puts his own spin on things.

He creates his own take on some Celtic mythology with a few twists and turns. The main character's name is Max McDaniels, and he's just found out he's got mystic powers. So, off to
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Maria
Fiquei encantada à primeira com a capa deste livro.
Depois de ter lido a sinopse e várias outras informações decidi experimentar.
Ainda bem!

Foi uma surpresa maravilhosa. Gostei muito.

Este é o primeiro livro da saga "A Tapeçaria". É apresentado o "herói", Max McDaniels, um rapaz de Chicago, de 12 anos. Max vive com o pai, um publicitário. A sua mãe desapareceu. E todos os anos, no aniversário da mãe, Max e o pai, visitam o Instituto de Arte de Chicago, que era o local preferido da mãe de Max. N
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Tati Dengo
The blurb sounded pretty interesting, but this turned out to be a very dull book.

(Side note: There is no reason for me to compare it to Harry Potter, because the only similarities here are a supernatural boarding school, and a male protagonist, and that's it.)

100 pgs in, the book is going on and on about ordinary, logistical details such as: traveling to the school, taking a campus tour, getting a dorm room, figuring out how the bathroom works, getting schedules, etc. It didn't seem to end and
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PurplyCookie
I was pretty excited reading the back of the book--it seemed like it had all the qualities of a children's fantasy novel that would entrance me. It did captivate in some ways, however, in many others it was sadly lacking.

I felt myself more compelled to focus on the supporting character (the main character's roommate) than the actual main character, Max. He was sadly disappointing in many ways, and continued to irritate me throughout the book. It was only towards the end of the book that he even
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Gary MFA
Okay, let's get one thing out of the way immediately. You simply can not avoid making a direct comparison to the Harry Potter series. Having said that, The Hound of Rowan is an entertaining book (the first of a series) to read. Author, Henry Neff has worked hard to create a world that exists apart from "normal" humans just like Rick Riordan succeeded in doing with Percy Jackson. Typical of young adult fiction, Neff throws his main character Max McDaniels into a world that on one hand is seemingl ...more
Jess
My first thought upon beginning to read this book: This is very Harry-Potter-like.

That impression didn't change that much between the beginning and the end, because you can't help but make that comparison: Young boy discovers he's magic and gets sent to a special school for training his abilities? That comparison is going to be made, like it or not.

I found, though, that by the end, I didn't mind the comparison because there was enough to make this book unique. Rather than the Rowling version of
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Lauren
Jan 10, 2013 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Action/Adventure fans who love magic laced with Irish folklore.
This was one of those books I read when I was a kid that I couldn't stop thinking about. I was never sure why, really. It's the story of a kid who finds out that he's a not so normal and is in fact a part of a group of people who have special powers such as magic and immense physical capability. These people have a school called Rowan where the kid, Max McDaniels, goes to study his newfound abilities. While there, he learns of a demon so terrible that it completely obliterated the previous schoo ...more
Maree
Without having read any other reviews and never having heard of this book before I picked it up (and didn't read the book summary) I'm going to have to guess that the author's most hated criticism is how much like Harry Potter this book is. Because yeah, there are going to be marked similarities in any books with boy heroes who discover they have magical abilities and are sent off to a boarding school to learn how to use their magic.

And while it's a good book, I have to say that I'm not really s
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Patrícia
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Dustpuppy
Let's see; a young boy gets a mysterious letter, and finds that he's being offered a chance to go to a school to learn magic. He also learns that there are Bad People and Bad Things out there, and that he may be The One who can defeat them.

It seems so familiar, somehow.

Nevertheless and still, I read the whole thing in a single sitting. I didn't expect anything novel, and I didn't get it (although I liked the whole Sidhe and Ireland thing he had going on), but I still really enjoyed the book. Coi
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Jen
I agree with others about the book feeling like a cross between Harry Potter and Fable Haven with a bit of Percy Jackson type mythology thrown in. It is a fun very fast read. I got a bit annoyed when the author would end a chapter with suspense and then start of the next in a different topic and not describe what just happened until later. The book also left a lot of questions unanswered like what the heck is David all about. I assume that will be answered in the next book. All in all a very ent ...more
Kate
This book is essentially Harry Potter 2.0. It's a fun read, but nothing here is groundbreaking.

I wish that the author had spent more time with developing his world as I still don't really understand what the 'magic' system is in this story. At all. Gifted kids attend a hidden school to teach them...what? Strategy. Mystics. Games. But, that still doesn't tell me anything. Do these kids perform magic? How? The Director of the school can basically call things from out of thin air. How? I don't need
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Paul
Aug 29, 2014 Paul rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Paul by: a neighbor that must not read often
OK...HOW did this book get an overall rating of FOUR stars??? REALLY??? And all the reviews have been so positive. I'm just floored by this. I KNOW this is a cliche review, but come on people...if Harry Potter never came out...this book wouldn't even have been written. Complete and utter CRAP!!! Total rip-off of the HP world. I've been reading for YEARS and I love an original idea..."life's too short to read a shitty book" (my own quote), so when I read something like this, it just really irrita ...more
Sarah
The book started out great and I was convinced I'd give 5 stars. However, while I liked it I had to reduce it to 3.

I took away one star because even after finishing the book, I still don't feel like I know Max. The author spends so much effort in getting on with the plot (which is generally a good thing) that most of the time the focus isn't on Max' character. Sure I saw what he was going through but I didn't get to see why he acted the way he did (at least mostly) or what he was thinking or fee
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Letizia
It is difficult nowadays to read about a school of magic after the Harry Potter series but I wasn't that disappointed. There is no way to compare these books, the Hound of Rowan gets nowhere near it - but we have to admit it would be a very difficult task. Yes, there is a school of magic, yes, the protagonist discovers to be a wizard and enrols, and yes, there is even kind of a prophecy that connects him to the resurrection of a dark wizard, so we could actually say that the influence of J. K. R ...more
Matthew Woodard
This is an amazing book. The imagery that Neff uses is vivid, clear, and wildly creative. It allowed a creatively stunted person like me to imagine Max's experience. Blows Harry Potter out of the water. Get this book when it comes out this fall.
Miriam
Mar 07, 2009 Miriam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jonesing Harry Potter fans
Shelves: fantasy, ya, younger
Max, a twelve-year-old boy from Chicago, receives a letter inviting him to attend a special school, which turns out to teach magic. Evil enemies immediately threaten the school.
Laura
Wow - the first 3/4 of this book was Harry Potter. Boy with crazy hair gets selected by a magical school to be a "first-year" student. Boy goes to school and is informed that he will learn how to fight "The Enemy," a great force in the world. The leader of The Enemy was defeated a long time ago, but was not destroyed. Boy gets assigned a class schedule (that includes "mystics") and an animal to take care of.

On the one hand, this is completely unoriginal (and yet was a Truman Award nominee!). On
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Hannah Maule
Like all the others who wrote a review for this book, I also thought that it seemed an awful lot like Harry Potter and, at the same time thought it also had a lot of differences than Harry Potter as well.
I have praises and criticisms, I will begin with the praise. First, the Idea for the story was intriguing. Second, I keeps the readers interest. Lastly, they have really neat powers.
Now for the criticisms. First, and this is probably what disappointed me the most, was that you didn't get int
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Semina
What bothers me the most about this novel, it's the fact that the author obviously used the same pattern like J.K.. Rowling did in Harry Potter. I could draw a parralel between those two books, bbecause I'm an avid reader of Harry Potter and a great fan. But what makes this book a lot worse than Harry Potter (I won't say it's terrible, but it's there somewhere) it's the fact that it lacks a lot of plot developpment and everyone can see that. Although, the author had a great idea, but he couldn't ...more
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