The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper

Title: The Golden Acorn
Author: Catherine Cooper
ASIN: B004EHZDBQ
Publisher: Infinitie Ideas
First Published: August 2010
File Size: 2825 KB (Kindle edition)

Rating: 3/5

At the time of this review, The Golden Acorn is available as a FREE Kindle e-book download. You can also purchase it in paperback format.

Synopsis (from Amazon):
When Jack Brenin finds a golden acorn lying in the grass, little does he know that it is the beginning of a thrilling and magical adventure. Just an ordinary boy, Jack has been chosen for a hugely important task, and enters a world he believed only existed in legend. Full of twists and turns, talking ravens and mischievous Spriggans, ‘The Golden Acorn’ is a hugely entertaining and exciting tale from a very talented new author. Your kids will love it, and so will you! This brilliant story deservedly won the Brit Writers’ Awards 2010 for unpublished writers. Jack’s adventures continue in ‘Glasruhen Gate’ and ‘Silver Hill’.

Review:
This is more than a little “Harry Potter-ish” in that the main character is a young lad who discovers he is “The One” and suddenly has to get to grips with a whole magical world he never knew existed, but the twist here is that it’s not just the fantasy-style magic these kinds of novels usually feature; instead it’s based on Celtic and Druidic lore. Yes, there are still magic wands and transfigurations, but it’s nice to have a different background for it all. I would have liked it more if the history had been explored a little more, but perhaps that’s a little much to ask from the first book in the series.

There are beautiful little ink line drawings at the start of each chapter to illustrate the main plot points without giving the game away, and a charming little map of the area in the same style which serve the story well and give a little taste of things to come.

The problems that occurred in the story seemed to be overcome quite easily and whatever peril they encountered was swiftly resolved with very little in the way of real and present danger – it was almost all just a step removed. There’s nothing hugely original here – it borrows heavily from other young adult fantasy novels of the same ilk – but neither is it a carbon copy. It’s a breeze to read and the characters are refreshing and fun, especially Camelin (the raven), as he is so brash and bold, yet improves himself over the course of the story, even if it is for his own secretive agenda.

Reviewed by Kell Smurthwaite

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2 thoughts on “The Golden Acorn by Catherine Cooper

  1. Hello and thank you for taking the time to review my book.

    Feedback is always appreciated.

    I’ve used Shropshire as the backdrop to the series, this is the beautiful county where I live, which is rich in myths and legends. The map you mention is in fact a real place but the names have been changed, except for the Raven’s Bowl, I kept that the same. Viroconium (now Wroxeter) is only a few miles from my house in Wellington, an anagram of Newton Gill. As the series progresses the landscape expands too and each book has a new map.

    The series was written primarily for a young audience, hence the no violence, no bad language and no real danger. Having taught for 29 years I wanted to try and write a book that would be accessible to all… not just for children but for parents and grandparents too. A book that could be shared and enjoyed on different levels. One that could sit on any shelf in any classroom.

    Camelin is based on a real person! Better not say too much in case he’s reading this. Camelin also has his own facebook page now.

    If you want to find out more about the books or view lots of extra material, there’s a website at http://www.pengridion.co.uk and I’m always happy to answer questions.

    Kind regards
    Catherine Cooper

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