The Snowmelt River

The Snowmelt River Chance has brought together four young people in the small historic Irish town of Clonmel Alan is Irish American Kate Irish and the adoptive brother and sister Mark and Mo are Londoners although Mo

  • Title: The Snowmelt River
  • Author: Frank P. Ryan
  • ISBN: 9781780877389
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Paperback
  • Chance has brought together four young people in the small, historic Irish town of Clonmel Alan is Irish American, Kate Irish, and the adoptive brother and sister Mark and Mo are Londoners although Mo originally hails from Australia and has an exotic spiritual quality that suggests something strange, almost magical, about her They discover that they share a terrible secrChance has brought together four young people in the small, historic Irish town of Clonmel Alan is Irish American, Kate Irish, and the adoptive brother and sister Mark and Mo are Londoners although Mo originally hails from Australia and has an exotic spiritual quality that suggests something strange, almost magical, about her They discover that they share a terrible secret, one that cannot be coincidence, and it makes them wonder if it was fate, and not happenstance, that really brought them together, and which now binds them inseparably as friends And then, over the long hot Irish summer, the enchantment begins The Snowmelt River is the first of a four volume epic fantasy series, with each book a separate adventure in itself All four novels revolve around the coming of age, and power, of the central characters, Alan, Kate, Mark and Mo, each a very different personality, yet each making his or her personal contribution to an epic odyssey.In October 2012, The Snowmelt River reached the 8 spot in the amzon epic fantasy bestseller list.

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    1. Frank P. Ryan

      Hi I write epic fantasy novels, which form part of a series of four books, The Three Powers I was lucky enough for the books in this series, The Snowmelt River, The Tower of Bones and The Sword of Feimhin, to have gathered excellent reviews from various sources including the British Fantasy Society and Starburst Magazine, which helped to push my fantasy into the top ten bestseller list of epic fantasy novels on The fourth and final book in the series, The Return of the Arinn, is now published as a paperback and kindle in the UK and globally and will in a year or so be published in hardcover in the US More information will be found on my dedicated website frankpryan.Cheers


    1. On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost. But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive [...]

    2. Consider how an individual grows in a romantic relationship. Generally, they start with courtship of a succession of several people. They figure out the certain dynamics which they desire for a spouse. When they desire an individual with the said dynamics, their relationship becomes more solid. Soon, they expand their family. And then they grow old! (Please understand this is a gross simplification to be used for my review. Do not take this account seriously.) The relationship between a writer a [...]

    3. I'll start my review off saying I won this book on a giveaway. This review will be straight up harshly opinionated and honest. If you love the book completely and utterly don't continue reading what I'm about to write. Secondly, this review isn't harsh because I got it for free. The first book I won I loved the story and author so much I immediately bought her other series. Now let's get started. For me, this book had two main issues that made it impossible for me to go on. The characters and t [...]

    4. I generally try to be measured and reasonable, and avoid skewed passion and bias. Like, just as a general rule I value objectivity. With that in mind, I have to say: this book is trash. Full offense, it is absolutely worthless.To make my opinion clear in a way that avoids spending more effort on The Snowmelt River than it is due, I will provide a quick list. Things This Book Failed To Do:• Fully characterize any one of the four (4) main characters. It tries to sell them as archetypes who compl [...]

    5. After a week of reading this thing, and trudging through it, I have to give up. First of all, 700+ pages for any book is way too much. It is absolutely dismal to hold a book that thick and see yourself barely making any progress at all because you have so much ahead of you to get through. If a book is over 700 pages then it should definitely be separate and not part of a series. I certainly don't want to read a book this big knowing the story isn't even finished at the end.At first I really thou [...]

    6. I received a copy of this from Jo Fletcher books after I requested it. 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 [...]

    7. I won a copy from First Reads.The Snowmelt River is a long book. And when I say long, I mean a seven-hundred and two page book. It's quite a long story that could lose some of its "fat." (Pages, not fat. But I think you get the point). It may be quite long, but it's quite interesting, if you have the patience and the understanding to go through it. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone with a busy schedule and a tendency to forget things. Because 1) Obviously you need a lot of time to read 7 [...]

    8. at about page 200, the writing changes completely!!!! it's as if someone else entirely is writing. the over-detailed narrative and even the simple dialogue seem EXTREMELY forcedere is ABSOLUTELY NO flow to this book! i try to read 50-100 pages each day, but that was a HUGE struggle with this book, and i was easily getting frustrated by the writing.i HAD to put it down and walk awayhopefully i can get back to it after the book i'm reading instead of it, or maybe just before the year is overi woul [...]

    9. This is the story of Kate, Mark, Alan and Mo, four orphans who become friends and are called to the world of Tír, which is linked to Earth through a portal.The character development at the start of this book is superb and I thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of Tír and finding out some of its secrets (there are more to come I'm sure). However, the end of the book meshed into one big battle - I think there were actually about three - and I felt these dragged on a little too long.I should also p [...]

    10. I tried. I tried. I honestly did try.But when I hit upon a five page discussion which summed up went like this:- Tell me!- You won't understand!- But tell me!- But you won't understand!- C'mon tell me!- You just won't understand! I decided that rather than claw my eyeballs out, I'd dis the book.I am obviously not cut out for Epic Fantasy (although somebody else mentioned that they liked this way better than Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey, which I actually loved back in the day (until she wen [...]

    11. This book was a really amazing book. I love the character description. It reminded me so very much of Eragon; just the way it was written, and in an abundance were the adjectives!!! In no way is that a bad thing!!! I was amazed at how descriptive Frank P. Ryan made his sentences. I counted at least two in every sentence without fail. Although, I think maybe some of the adjectives were a bit too formal. Other than that this really was an amazing book!!!

    12. I would like to start of by saying I was lucky enough to win an autographed copy of The Snowmelt River from . The story starts off slow with four ophrans who range in age living in Ireland and it as follows them into a strange magical world called Tir. The four ophrans battle evil beings and face death as they traverse the portal to the world of Tir. When inside Tir Granny Dew changes each of their cells phones into an object with immense power and they must learn how to use their special gifts. [...]

    13. I received this book for free through First Reads. For a YA book, it can be slightly confusing but for a child with learning difficulties understanding the different twists turns and concepts. For the well read child teen, it is a delightful if a bit strange concept of the old tales if you cross the bridge into fairy tales. I enjoyed the book, though had to read a couple of chapters a couple of times to understand what certain terms meant and understand what certain characters developed. For th [...]

    14. When I first picked up this book I couldn't read it fast enough. Then I felt a real slowdown and shift about halfway through the book. There was so much back story that it was becoming difficult to follow along. I almost wish this book had been made into 2 books so there was less names/creatures/history to remember. Some interesting beings and situations (I like the Dream Mage character). This may be a little too much for younger YA readers so I'd suggest it's more for 16+.

    15. While this wasn't the worst book I ever read, I didn't particularly care for it either. It was just meh to me, probably because I had higher exceptions for it. The imagery was beautiful and the story line was great but the execution was just underwhelming to me. There was just something about Snowmelt River that didn't appeal to me. It was very slow paced which is not good for a book 700+ pages in length. I tried to just take a step back and enjoy the journey, visualizing myself in the new land, [...]

    16. The Snowmelt River spans the Earth we know and a strange magical world called Tir. The tale opens in the picturesque Irish countryside (beautifully depicted by the author) where four young people meet and discover they are all orphans. Right away, we feel that, while quite ordinary in outward appearance, these youngsters are somehow special. Fate or some uncanny power has marked them out for a purpose as yet unknown. They have been drawn together to fulfill a great destiny. Soon they are mysteri [...]

    17. *I received this copy from First Reads.Four children named Alan, Kate, Mark, and Mo find themselves inexplicitly called from another world where they meet bear-like people, women warriors, and many other interesting races and characters. They each develop unusual powers that help them to understand the language of the people around them or sense if danger is nearby.As the book progresses they begin to change, becoming more confident in themselves and their roles as they travel from place to pla [...]

    18. This book is a modern fantasy that shifts. At first, it is a story with surreal elements to it. It then becomes something of full high end fantasy when the four protagonists’ step into another land. It is a place that is like a sister planet of Earth and is so well constructed with its own people in lore; I could not help but think of it reflecting the struggle and beauty within Middle-Earth.All of the characters are separate from each other and easy to differentiate even with such a large cas [...]

    19. I won this book on .I must compare it to Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and in doing so feel it lacks just a wee bit- not much however. The imagery was intense and beautiful. The fighting scenes (of which there were a lot) were realistic and one could visualize them easily.The main characters were fairly well written but somehow I didn't feel a real connection with them.I really felt this book was too long although epic fantasies do tend to be quite long it seems.The book kept my attention a [...]

    20. Disclaimer: I received this book for free through the First Readers program.Orphans Alan, Kate, Mark and Mo find themselves drawn inexplicably towards a mysterious mountain in the Irish countryside. There, they stumble into an alternate world where dark forces are at work -- and they are the only ones who can stop it.While there are several lovely passages in this huge novel, I found it difficult to relate to any of the characters. The children's dialogue is somewhat stilted as well.I did find [...]

    21. I was really hoping this book would be awesome, but I had a hard time getting into it. Honestly, I haven't even finished it yet. I still plan to, but there are other things I'd like to read while I do that. Maybe I'll change my mind about what I think about it later.First, I had a hard time keeping my mind around what was going on. I thought some things happened really fast and some things seemed to drag on and on. Second, I did like the concept of it, so I really wanted to really get into it. O [...]

    22. Though the story line in this book was fairly enjoyable, I did find the pace to be very slow and boring during what should've been very exciting parts of the story. I believe it was the over abundance of descriptive wording that made the pace so slow, because I made a note that if he -the author- had shortened a few of the paragraphs, that they would've been much faster and more enjoyable to read.If you want a very descriptive book that is slow paced, this is your sort of read. But if not, then [...]

    23. better in concept than reality. It felt like a typical male fantasy author tried to aim more towards YA, but it just felt clunky and I didn't really enjoy the story? I had to push myself to finish it to return it to work, and I just wanted so much more. Like, congrats, you came up with a bunch of fantasy sounding names and shoved in a LOT of mythology, but I would like to see it be more interesting and full of less cliches. It just felt like it was missing something.

    24. DNF. I really tried. The jacket made it seem like a book I would really enjoy. The character interactions are awkward and simplistic. The dialogue didn't flow not did it seem natural. Gave up after 60 pages when nothing interesting had happened yet and the dialogue and poor scene transitions got on my nerves.

    25. 'The Snowmelt River' is about four orphans who who travel through a portal to another world called Tír. I especially liked the characters and the way the auther described Tir. The plot was ok but dragged in places and I think the book would have been a lot better if it had been shortened significantly.

    26. I found this book difficult to follow the whole way through. It seemed choppy. It felt like inferences and connections were made but never explained that I should have understood. I am no stranger to world building and trying to follow complex plots, but this just didn't click with me I guess. Nothing to make you blush or run for cover.

    27. This is not a genre I would normally go for. I am reading this series as I won book 3 as part of the First reads giveaways. I did find it slow to take me in but once I get through the next 2 I am sure I will be awaiting more. Following the orphans on their adventure was slow to start and I felt sometimes too long winded. I am only just getting the grips of this series. Now to move to book 2

    28. I've read half of this very long adventure fantasy. I'm having a hard time getting through to the next chapter. not sure if I will finish this book, it's hard to see where the author is going with the plot.

    29. not so much finished as decided not read the rest, so only 1 star. Just not keeping my interest, characters and their conversations not believable. Perhaps it gets better but it's a big book and there are so many other books out there calling to me.

    30. I enjoyed this book , it took some time to read and at points I became a little lost . If you are looking for a fast easy read this book may not b for you but otherwise I do recommend this book . I will re-read this at least once more

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