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Once upon a time –a long time ago – I was born in Bootle (Liverpool 20) in the UK. There was a war on. Later, I wanted to follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis but instead was plunged into the maelstrom of inner city education. In the 1970s I wrote some stories for children to see if I could, and Penguin published them. I thought I would write something really good when I retired from teaching…
After fourteen years of headship in Hackney I came back up north in 1993 and met my wonderful wife Amy. We looked after my increasingly ill parents full-time until they didn’t need us to do it anymore, by which time the first of our two daughters was ready to go off to University and on to the first rung of the housing ladder. We did the sums and I went back to teaching…
In 2008 Amy and I set off for a life by the western shores of the Caribbean. It was only after I survived a murder attempt by three local thugs in November 2010 (skull crushed in two places, seventeen stitches in head wounds) that I realised how easy it is to die without accomplishing a cherished ambition.
So we came back to the UK and I set to work on “Myrddin’s Heir”: the epic story I will leave behind. It took three years to write the first four books - now in the Kindle Store at 99p each. Self-publishing means self-marketing, so here I am. Book 5 was published in April 2014 for the same price…
This is a story for bright children from 10–110 years of age. It’s longer than The L of the R, longer even than HP &… To finish it I need to live another 15 years. I’d like to finish it, because I know how it ends.
on July 12, 2015 :
Author, Robin Chambers, has crafted a series of Fantasy/YA books that tell fascinating tales. I was hooked from the first page of Book 1, Wizard of Dreams and found Book 2, Amazing Grace equally riveting.
Amazing Grace, picks up where the first book left off, with an extraordinarily gifted child, Gordon entering a new school.
This book explores and expands the gifts and special powers Gordon and his newfound friend, Grace possess. Zack and Zoe, the children’s alter-egos, play equally important roles in the story, as their guardian angels and astral travel companions.
One of Gordon’s gifts is time travel to the past, while Grace can travel to the future. They find that they can communicate with each other through thoughts.
Throughout the book, the children go on many adventures, from space travel, to helping Gordon’s father, who is a policeman, solve crimes, using their supernatural abilities.
I loved the way Robin Chambers wove the families into this story. Even Gordon’s father came to understand and respect the children’s abilities, and he was a true Doubting Thomas. Then there are other children in school who are intertwined throughout the story as well through their dreamtime.
All-in-all, it is a story that’s easy to read and thoroughly entertaining. Being completely captivated by these first two books, I know I must get Book 3 to see how the adventures continue!
If you love fantasy along the lines of J.R.R. Tolkein or C.S. Lewis, you’ll love these books by Robin Chambers.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
on May 16, 2015 :
This is a great young adult book, that I read prior to giving to our grandson. I loved the characters and hope reading this sort of book helps kids learn they can be good, too.
Gordon, our boy-hero, has a new friend and she is a girl with special powers very similar to his. Her name is Grace and she truly is amazing. Grace also has a best friend, Zoe, who like Zack, Gordon's best friend, may or may not be imaginary.
This fast-paced tale of magic that dream-hops from places in history to spaceships, never ceases to entertain. It also makes one think about where this world of ours is going and wonder what we can do to steer it to a safer course.
I look forward to reading The Quality of Mercy, which is the next book in this series.
(reviewed the day of purchase)