Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy – Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer (Book 1) by Paul Andruss

A welcome back to Paul Andruss who has been very busy over the last 18 months writing and re-editing the brand new edition of Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer (Book 1). It has been published by Black Wolf Books

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About the book

Fairies took his brother…

When Jack sees a sinister woman kidnap his bother Dan, he knows his parents will never believe him. Nor will the police. Not when he says Dan vanished into thin air. If Jack wants to see Dan again, he has to save him. And not just him …

If he ever wants to find Dan, first he must save Thomas the Rhymer from a wicked enemy.

Bravely embarking on a rollercoaster adventure into the dark fairy realm, Jack and friends face monstrous griffins and brooding tapestries with a life of their own, learn to use magic mirrors and travel on ley lines that whip them off faster than sound

Even if he returns Thomas the Rhymer to his selfish fairy queen, she might make Jack her prisoner. With the odds stacked against him, can Jack succeed in finding and freeing Dan?

My review for the original edition of the book (I am sure that it is even more intriguing now)

S. G. Cronin –5.0 out of 5 stars Challenge your senses with a rival to Harry Potter. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2017

After 60 odd years of reading it is easy to get into bad habits. By this I mean sticking to the tried and tested with regard to genres and authors. This is not healthy when you are a writer yourself, as I have discovered when reading Thomas the Rhymer by Paul Andruss.

I read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling when it was released. Whilst I enjoyed it as a children’s story, I really did not find myself engaged or inspired to read the other seven books or watch the movies. I felt excluded from the millions who did and usually keep my silence in the face of fans.

However, Thomas the Rhymer had me hooked from page one and continued to keep me engaged the entire 319 pages.

This is an ensemble piece with a cast of characters that would be happy in starring roles in Alice in Wonderland or any Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale. Jack Hughes, Ken, Catherine and the delightful Rosie, along with Thomas with his foot in this world and that of the Fairies; draw you into their inner circle and hold you fast.

Each of these wonderfully drawn characters face challenges in their past or present that make them feel isolated until they join forces to protect the most vulnerable amongst them and bring a brother home.

The story will challenge your beliefs in spectacular fashion. Is there another world or worlds running parallel with ours, are fairies sweet and delicate creatures or demons; is that tramp outside the Post Office real or an illusion? As you travel with Jack, Ken and Catherine on their quest, hurtling along ley lines and battling fantastic monsters and evil temptresses, you will find your heart beating a little bit faster. And probably checking under your bed at night!

The scenes set in London that criss cross centuries are filled with historical facts distorted with fairy dust. Next time you are in the city and walking the streets you will be looking into dark doorways and wondering if behind that old oak door with chipped paint lies a nest of elfin waiting to rob you of your senses.

The writing is superb with wit, humour and an edge that turns this from a children’s fairy story into a multi-generational adventurous fantasy that I believe knocks Harry Potter into a cocked hat!

I recommend reading Thomas the Rhymer and at any price it is a steal worthy of the elfin themselves with a value of very much more in my opinion. There are more books to come in the Jack Hughes series and I would love to see the movies.

Challenge you senses and pick up a copy today.

Read the other reviews and buy the book: Amazon UK

And: Amazon US

Read more reviews and follow Paul: Goodreads

You can listen to the music that has been created for the book by classical composer Patrick Hartnett: Score for Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer

About Paul Andruss

Born and reared in Liverpool, the city’s legendary Scouse wit and dogged stoicism left its mark on the young Paul Andruss. After dropping out of sixth-form, because he was keen to get out into the world, Paul took his A-levels at Bootle Tech Night School, while working for the local Tax Office. He applied to study Psychology at Liverpool University on the grounds that anything was better than work. Considering his grades (just plumb lazy) no one was more surprised than he when his application was accepted.

After graduation Paul worked in rugged Cumbria, Manchester and London before moving to Turkey. To finance his passion for exploring the heartland of the Ancient Greek Empire, Paul wrote short travel articles focusing on the history and myths of the ruined cities and temples he visited. He began illustrating the pieces, using Photoshop to remove power lines and the odd Esso sign.

Returning to the U.K. to focus on writing and illustration, he settled in rural South Wales in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Paul is the author of the Young Adult, magical realism, Jack Hughes trilogy and the forthcoming (very adult) Finn Mac Cool, a gritty, raunchy mythological saga. He has also written a number of short stories and novellas. All works are scheduled for release with Black Wolf Books, an exciting new, independent Scottish publisher.

Connect to Paul

Author PagesAmazon UK – And: Amazon US
Website: Jack Hughes Books
Twitter: @Paul_JHBooks

Thank you for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share the news of Paul’s new edition of Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer. Thanks Sally.

39 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – #Fantasy – Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer (Book 1) by Paul Andruss

    • Thanks very much Debby. As authors yourselves you and Sally know how much writing eats into everything, it was besically a choice of if you want to get work done, keep your head down and do it – no shilly shallying! A novella, 3 short stories as well as the website upgrade and the editing for books 2 & 3, I feel it was worth it. But as you know, everything comes as a price. I keep promising myself that when I have finished all my planned work I will definitely be sociable again. Pxxx

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      • Lol, perfect summation! Fantastic you buried yourself in work and disappeared. I wish I could, I’ve been terrible with discipline for over a year now with distractions from life. I finally got back to my first draft I completed last fall, last week! You’re one of the few I’ve heard had great bookwriting ambition this year, lol. Good for you! Hugs xx

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      • Thanks Debby and you too have hit on something again when you said you ar eonly now getting back to your first draft completed last fall. I think starting writing is never easy. Everytime you do it is as hard as the first time you did it. It is like walking into the sea- you start off thinking OMIGOD that’s cold!!!! But after a little time you think – it’s quite pleasant really. PXXXXX

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