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The Snowmelt River




Excerpt from the book review by US professional book reviewer Glenda A. Bixler


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 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.


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Excerpt from the review by Shelley Marsden inThe Irish World Newspaper



The Snowmelt River by Frank P Ryan




Epic Fantasy



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, butt 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




The Snowmelt River by Frank P Ryan

Review by Pamela Luke

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 at first hand or are witnesses to it. The author on his website mentions Tolkein, 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 on on a 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.