Excerpt from the book review by Glenda A. Bixler
The Snowmelt River by Frank P Ryan
I simply cannot begin to give you an adequate overview of The Snowmelt River! It is, for me, undoubtedly the best fantasy novel I've ever read. From the front cover through to the back, Frank P. Ryan has created an epic adventure that just does not stop!
Kathleen Shaunessy had been Alan's first friend when he arrived at his grandfather's home and they soon became closer. Mark and Mo Grimstone are the other two children, who had been adopted, were not really from the same family and hated their stepparents-let's just say readers will too... Without telling any of the details, soon the four are in a different world and when they wake up they meet Granny Dew...This is one cool lady, or at least I think she is a lady; I'll just add, think spiders... One of the very cool non-human characters is the Temple Ship, shown on the front cover. The ship was just as the name implied, it was the place of worship and had been there since before any of those alive now had lived; it was deteriorated and not seaworthy, and it was felt that they would have to use just their smaller fishing craft in order to leave. Mark became most intimately involved and learned to love the ship; he was at the wheel most of the time, at one time in an amazing way! In fact, soon it appeared he was giving life back to the ship-for as they proceeded to set sail, the old parts and the body were renewed, new sails formed! That's my one big example of the magic that is happening throughout this book-too much and too cool to share outside of the storyline as it actually occurs!
And wait until you hear the Song of the River! This book is a powerful, outstanding book, dare I say far superior than Harry Potter? It's true, in my opinion! I'm already looking forward to the next book and that doesn't happen often for me. Given my age, I'd have to say the book is suitable for ages 9 to 99! A must-read for Fantasy Lovers.
Excerpt of the review of The Snowmelt River by Shelley Marsden in The Irish World newspaper
Frank P Ryan returns to the realms of fantasy with his latest work of fiction, except this time he's exploring the world of teenage/adult fantasy rather than purely adult fantasy.
"It's been a long labor of love, partly because Ryan has been penning several books in the series simultaneously, but utterly worth the wait. His main characters are brilliantly depicted, as are the weird and wonderful adventures they embark on - it's hard to imagine either teen or adult getting bored by this incredible book. The cover artwork by renowned artist, Mark Salwowski, is equally impressive - the illustrator has also drawn a series of vignettes of the entertaining characters that people the fantasy series, including Granny Dew, Aine, the Kyra of the Shee, Qwenqwo Cuatzel, Garg warriors and the Temple Ship.
Excerpt from the review by Pamela Luke on UK Fantasy Review
Ryan is inventive, the races he peoples his strange world with are not the run of the mill elves and orcs and the magic is more of a spiritual nature than the magic of other fantasy novels I've read...
The enemy is a faceless presence, alien to the land of Tir, his forces are savage and vicious for the sake of it. Considering that our protagonists are children; such savagery is surprisingly brutal as some of them experience it first hand or are witness to it. The author on his website mentions Tolkien, Pullman, C.S. Lewis and Gaiman when he speaks about fantasy, here he has drawn elements that are reminiscent of all these authors and has produced a book that takes us on an fast-paced, action-packed and truly fantastical journey along the Snowmelt River. I would be willing to suspend my disbelief longer to continue the journey as there is more of this tale to be told.
Excerpt from the review by Annabelle, on Goodreads
The Snowmelt River is an interesting book that questions the reality of fate and destiny. It stretches the beliefs of the characters, showing them a whole new world, in which they have to question themselves and each other. I loved how the characters grew in this book, it wasn't a tiny invisible change, it was a huge change. It was brilliantly done, the young characters are forced to grow and take on responsibility like never before. They are the chosen and people expect them to act like it. This was a long book, my copy clocking in at just over 700 pages nevertheless the author kept my attention the whole time. I wanted to continue the journey with these characters, I wanted to see them grow and change. I watched them learn and grow into their roles, it was fantastic.
The Tower of Bones
Excerpt from the review of The Tower of Bones by Luke Riley in Starburst Magazine
It is the detail with which the author writes that is so immersive. The locations have a real sense of authenticitywithin the context of the world they are set in . . . The story is violent, dark . . . Not only is the physicality of the characters and creatures described well but so are the sounds they make, which only heightens the sense of danger . . . It's refreshing to read a fantasy novel which is relentlessly dar as it is all the more satisfying when something good happens. This is a strong entry to a series and the next entry can't come soon enough.
Excerpt from the review of The Tower of Bones by Pamela Luke in Fantasy Book Review
To me, the stories of the two girls Kate and Mo are the most intriguing. There is the hint of goddesses about them already . . . What I think Ryan does really well though are his evil characters. They are brutal and seem to get all the best lines. The pace of the book is ferocious . . . the epic scale and facelessness of evil is Tolkeinesque but I also caught an air of C. S. Lewis.