By D.M. Andrews
223 pages – ages 9+
Published by lulu.com in 2012, 2nd edition
Thomas Farrell had a boring, dull, and close to horrible life. His adopted parents treated him poorly. He barely had anything to make him comfortable, He even had to sleep on a pet bed in a tiny room in the attic! The only person who shows him kindness is his sister (his parents biological daughter), Jessica. When Tomas gets an invitation to attend Darkledun Manor, a boarding school, his life totally changes. Thomas’ birth father arranged for Thomas to go to school at Darkledun and left him with a lot of money. Thomas offers to pay for Jessica to attend the school too. Thomas, Jessica and their new friends, Penders, Merideah and Treice find secrets in Darkledun that aren’t possible. The mysterious glass marble with a serpent trapped in it, Thomas’ father left him leads them to a gateway to another world!
When I first started reading this book, I couldn’t stop thinking it was trying to be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone without the magic wands. Many of the characters seemed to be the same, but I kept reading and I’m glad I did. I think if I didn’t read Harry Potter (I’ve only read the first Harry Potter book) I wouldn’t have had any problems with “The Serpent in the Glass”. Once I go into the book, the story changed to something new and different and got very exciting and it was very different from Harry Potter. The alternate world Mr. Andrews created was unique and fun. I really liked the character Penders because he added a little humor to the story and he is always hungry (like me 😉 ). The book had some mild violence but I think would be good for kids 8+. I am giving “The Serpent in the Glass” four out of five book worms because I liked the story enough to want to read a sequel when it comes out.
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Categories: Age 9+