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Robert Franks was born in norfolk, England. His father was a dairy farmer, his mother a nurse and his sister a frequent sparring partner. Brought up in the middle of the Norfolk countryside, he grew up with JRR Tolkein, Anne Macaffrey and Alan Dean foster for company. Oh, and 12 dachshunds, a welsh collie, two pekinese, a great dane, two bassett hounds, innumerable farm cats, a rabbit hutch of both rabbits and guineapigs,a golden pheasant, some chickens and a rather cantankerous old goose.
He wrote from an early age, completing his first full length novel at the age of 15. It was never published, but certain characters never went away, and have resurfaced in his most recent books, The Glass Apple Series.
He worked as a shop manager for many years, and his writing was put, for the main part, to one side.
The first three chapters of The Glass Apple were finished way back in 1997, but again work took priority. In the winter of 2009, he was made redundant when his shop was closed. Since then he has returned to his first love, writing.
The first three books of the Glass Apple series (The Glass Apple; Spider's Web; Song of the Shaman) are all already available in both paperback (via Amazon, Waterstone, Barnes & Noble, WHSmith, Angus & Robertson) and kindle form, with the 4th (Legacy of the Abandoned One) due for release early 2013
on Sep. 27, 2013 :
This book is the third in an excellent series by a very imaginative author. After reading The Glass Apple (book 1) I could not wait to read both Spider's Web (book 2) and Song of the Shaman (book 3).
The story of Jason, Kylie and Anna is extremely gripping throughout the series and I am eagerly anticipating the release of the fourth book, scheduled for Christmas 2013, to find out what becomes of the children and their friends.
I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading fantasy and adventure books, and anyone who is interested in the myths behind Merlin and King Arthur.
In this book Jason and Kylie travel back to the 'history before histories' in search of missing Anna and Aiken. Before finding their missing sister and friend they, and their librarian friend Ant, must discover more about themselves.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)