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(Advent Trilogy #1)

3.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,377 ratings  ·  359 reviews
For centuries it has been locked away
Lost beneath the sea
Warded from earth, air, water, fire, spirits, thought and sight.

But now magic is rising to the world once more.

And a boy called Gavin, who thinks only that he is a city kid with parents who hate him, and knows only that he sees things no one else will believe, is boarding a train, alone, to Cornwall.

No one will be
Paperback, 614 pages
Published November 22nd 2012 by Hodder (first published February 2nd 2012)
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A.E. Shaw
Jan 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013

Oh, no. I didn't enjoy this for a moment, and yet, if you'd told me there was a book written by someone with an excellent command of language, that mashed up Arthurian legend with Faust, the Greeks and still more myth, I'd probably have bitten your hand off to read it.

I've been trying to work out what it is I didn't love, indeed, actively disliked, and the best I can do is an analogy. It's like walking into an old shed, and on first glance, it seems rammed with stuff, full to the brim of fascin
Jan 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, paranormal, ya
This is a deep cerebral story that involves a young boy and magic. No this is has no similarities with Harry Potter, it has a world of its own. He transports you at times to the origins of this magic world and has included ancient mythology. The boy must be taken upon and accustomed to new ways and abilities. I sense the next book in the series to include even more adventure. This is really tailored for an adult audience, the author has created a richly filled world of beyond the realm of what w ...more
Grady McCallie
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I got to 60%, and I just couldn't drum up the enthusiasm to go any further. I think about half of this book could have been edited out - pages and pages of description that is well-written and sometimes beautiful but is largely irrelevant to the story. I lost patience. If you like stories that really take their time, mythology, and eerie old mansions then this might be for you! I am giving up.
Tina Rath
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was actually published in February this year, but I have only recently seen it reviewed (in the Fortean Times, as it happens) and as soon as I did I downloaded it onto my Kindle and read the lot, staying up until after midnight to finish it.
I love this book. I was rather surprised by some of the reviews which suggest it is too long (no! I would have liked more), with too much description and even what one reviewer called purple prose. I like the style. I was hooked immediately by the main
Andrew Lennon
Dec 11, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, I'm sorry.
I started off liking this book, but then all of a sudden when it jumped 500 years into the past and started harping on about this strange Wizard trying to save his soul for eternity I lost interest.
Should have just stuck with Gavin seeing "things/ghosts" etc, I liked him.

Anyway I received this book in a free giveaway so I can't really complain.

Maybe one for the more avid fantasy readers, just not for me I'm afraid.

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Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The magic in Advent by James Treadwell is strange, dark, and ancient, but has an air of familiarity. Treadwell weaves Arthurian legends, Greek and Celtic mythologies, and Faustian bargains in inventive ways to make for a rich and complex world.

Advent reminded me very much of when I first started reading The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, a similarity capitalized upon by the book's tagline "Magic is rising." The strong Celtic imagery and setting, a prophecy involving a teenage boy, an omniprese
Daniel Withrow
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My wife mentioned Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series as a comparison to this book, and I think that holds up. Sure, it's Yet Another Book about the return of magic to our world, starring a disaffected teenage boy. But unlike many books in that subgenre, its magic is compelling and interesting, not videogamy. In part that's because the magic is deeply rooted in culture: the book is set in west Great Britain, and though I'm totally ignorant about west Great Britain rural culture, the author obvi ...more
Allison Alexander
Advent was a book I looked forward to reading for its wonderfully strange world seeped in mythology. The world was intriguing and made me think odd creatures and magic really could be lying in wait at the far corners of the earth. As much as I wanted to love the story, however, I just couldn't get into it. It started extremely slow, with pages and pages about Gavin traveling to his aunt's house and then meeting the people in Pendurra. Although there was the mystery of why Gavin was seeing someth ...more
Петър Панчев
Забравената магия се завръща
(Цялото ревю е тук:

Захванал съм се с приятната задача да прочета доста тийнейджърски и детски книги в жанра фентъзи и антиутопия. „Гавин и завръщането на магията“ („AMG Publishing“, 2015, с превод на Цветелина Тенекеджиева) влиза точно в тази категория. Макар да е по-непретенциозна, книгата на Джеймс Тредуел се вмъкна съвсем намясто сред по-ексклузивните си посестрими, прочетени от мен. Чете се доста бързичко, въпреки 550-те
Mar 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
I dont very oft not finish a book BUT guess what? 100pg's in & i could take no more. Nothing really happens & it jus crawls along going nowhere which is a shame as the synopsis for it sounds like a decent read. never mind, Joe Abercrombie's First law Trilogy more than made up for it.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Original review posted on The Book Smugglers

Ana’s Take:

England, 1537. Johann Faust, the greatest magician of his age hurries to board the ship that will take him to new shores. He carries with him a box which contains a mirror safeguarding part of his soul and a small ring that holds all the magic on the world. Tragically, the ship sinks and magic disappears from the world.

England, present day. Fifteen-year-old Gavin Stokes is about to embark on a journey which will change his life forever. He i
Aug 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the past few years, I've almost entirely ceased to enjoy fantasy fiction, as most of it seems preoccupied with vacuous prettiness constructed from the same old cliches. Therefor, I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed _Advent_, which reminded me quite a bit of The Dark Is Rising series by Susan Cooper, as it contains much of the same sense of the uncanny. This is not a cutesy tame magic. Also, the writing is dark and lovely. I can understand why some people thought this book wa ...more
Hasham Rasool
I really liked this book. It was good book to read it. Alhamdulillah.

I am not sure if I will carry on this series.
Allison Campbell
ADVENT by James Treadwell: I love fantasy. I re-read LORD OF THE RINGS every couple of years. I excel at suspension of disbelief and immersing myself in alternate worlds. So I expected to fall in love with ADVENT, the first in a trilogy that weaves together the Faust legend, Greek mythology including the always-fascinating Cassandra, and Celtic folklore, all propelled by a confused teenager who has always conversed with people who aren't there. It may be that in the context of the entire trilogy ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This amazing world that debut author James Treadwell has created begins in 1537 where we meet Johannes Faust as he prepares to set sail for England. The next chapter we meet Gavin Stokes who is on the train that will take him to his aunt Gwen in Cornwall. On the train he meets Professor Hester Lightfoot (who is a key character in certain events) and we’re introduced to the ghost of Miss Grey … who used to be accepted as Gavin’s ‘invisible friend’ when younger but is not accepted by his family no ...more
Karen Rye
Dec 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Set in the present day, Advent is about the return of the forgotten magic.  The main protagonist is a fifteen year old boy, Gavin, who knows that there is something different about him, but has spent most of his life trying to conform to the expectations of the adults around him.  He has learnt to studiously ignore the ghostly Miss Grey who never speaks and scares him senseless half the time, but he knows she's there.  Eventually he tries to explain this and other magical concerns to one of his ...more
Joe Jones
Gavin is a 15 year old teenager living in England who just doesn't fit in. His problem is he sees things that are not there, in particular a woman he calls Miss Grey. When he is shipped off to visit his Aunt for a week, Gavin's imaginary world quickly intrudes into the real one. He then has to figure out just what is going on and who he really is before it is too late.

This is book one of a new trilogy that is a mash up of the Faust and Gawain legends. I'm still trying to decide if this is suppo
Liz Barnsley
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I read this a while ago and am only just getting around to writing a review - but I loved it - such a great story.

There is a touch of the "old school" fairytale about this one - Gavin being an excellent protagonist who stumbles through some rather strange happenings and captures your heart. If Agatha Christie were to write Young Adult Fantasy I think this is pretty much how it would read - beautiful writing, sense of place and world building with a charming and often witty prose plus some terrif
Giving up on this one for now as really not my sort of book despite being beautifully written. Learning more and more than fantasy and me don't mix.
First Look:  Initially, I was attracted to the cool cover.  The premise involving the Faust legend intrigued me as well.

Setting:  Pendurra was oddly backwards.  It was supposed to be, a little, I presume, but it seemed too much so.  I mean, didn't they have a gas station, at least, or anyplace like that where Gavin could have gone for help?  It seemed like the whole village was very out of touch with the modern world.  This would make sense, in context, but the author never really let me know f
Диалогът ли е проблемът на тази книга, историята ли... Нямам ни най-малка представа, но нещо успя да ме накара да изгубя интереса. Не можах да се съсредоточа в драмата на главния герой, нито пък да вляза в обстановката...
Amber (Books of Amber)
Pretty boring, I'm sorry to say. I just couldn't get into it.

Full review here:

The beginning of Advent was very intriguing, as the author mixes flashback chapters with the present day, and it was enough to keep me reading steadily for the first fifty to seventy pages. The flashbacks were very enjoyable, and while I didn't enjoy the present day stuff as much, I was still looking forward to finding out more about the book.

After the first one hundred pages o
Yolanda Sfetsos
When I found out about this book, I was instantly intrigued. A teenage boy and lost magic, sounds awesome right? Actually, I couldn't wait to get stuck into it...

Gavin is fifteen, and he isn't exactly your average teenager. He sees things other people don't, and his parents don't understand him. Actually, they don't seem to want him around them. So when he gets on a train and heads to Cornwall to stay with his aunt, he's actually happy to get away from them.

However, when he gets to his destinat
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I feel so torn about this book. On one hand I really liked Gavin’s character and found his story quite engaging and interesting, and parts of it were told with a very magical prose, but on the other hand, Gavin’s story is interspersed with Johann’s narration, and this part had me very confused and uninterested.

Writing my review several weeks after reading the book is a bad idea here as most of the story has faded in my memory, which is never a great sign. I know there were parts that had a very
Lia Marcoux
James Treadwell's writing is very strong, but the narrative is not. For the first one hundred pages I had that aw-yeah-air-guitar feeling of being in good hands, which dwindled as...nothing happened, and kept happening in similarly-described ways. I like long books but the content didn't require over 400 pages. Bafflingly he included one of the most interesting parts of an unrelated story over three pages at the very end. What? It's just, this book was boring. It had really great moments but the ...more
Yoana Divine
Цялото ревю:

,,Гавин и завръщането на магията'' на Джеймс Тредуел е чудата книга с атмосфера, наситена с напрежение и злокобност. Четейки този пълен с мистерии роман, ще се гмурнете в един различен свят на тъмни магии и мрачни тайни, в лудо и опасно приключение.

Начинът на писане на автора е красив, ненатоварващ и все пак описателен, но не ми хареса, че действието понякога се развива прекалено бавно и сякаш се отделя твърде много време на неща и моменти, ко
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Seriously, I never thought I'd say this about a book, but this is a story that would have been better without the fantasy and magic.

Gavin is 15 and he sees things that everyone tells him aren't really there. Mainly a woman he calls Miss Grey. His parents are fed up with him and angry because they think he's pretending, and when he finally told a teacher about the things he's being seeing he's suspended.

Am I being naive but why would his school even suspend him for this? Why wouldn't they talk to
Книжни Криле
Кажи-речи всяка книга, която съдържа думата „магия” в заглавието си автоматично ми привлича вниманието. Какво да се прави, най-много обичам да чета фентъзи и това си е. И докато повечето съвременни фентъзи истории идват или от добре познати автори, или пък с гръмка реклама и човек знае малко или много какво го очаква между кориците, то наскоро попаднах на един роман, от който не знаех какво да очаквам. „Гавин и завръщането на магията“ (изд. „AMG Publishing”) е първата (и за сега единствена издад ...more
May 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh, bloody awful. I fought this book the whole way through. Every time I thought 'Screw this I'm done' something sort of interesting would happen and I would force myself to stick it out a bit longer... and now there's a month's worth of reading I won't get back. I can't imagine how this continues on for 2 more books. Count me out.
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James Treadwell was born in West London and is still living there more than forty years on. Formerly an academic specialising in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature, he is now, and hopes always to be, a writer of fantasy novels.

His current vocation can probably be blamed on reading Roger Lancelyn Green’s Myths of the Norsemen and Barbara Leonie Picard’s retellings of the Iliad an

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