Henry H. Neff is a full-time author and illustrator. Previously he has been a business consultant in Chicago and a high-school teacher in San Francisco. He now lives in Brooklyn with his fiancee. You can visit the author at www.henryhneff.com.
Gr 6-9-Henry Neff's sequel (2008) to Hound of Rowan (2007, both Random; Recorded Books, 2009) is just as action-packed as the first book and even more exciting. Max McDaniels and his roommate David Menlo, a sorcerer, set off from Rowan Academy to save the world from the demon Astaroth. Their mission, to stop him from acquiring the Book of Toth, also known as the Book of Origins, takes them through a war-torn world and even into a realm outside their own. Max must embrace his destiny as Hound of Rowan and fulfill his mission of protecting David at all costs. If he fails and the demon seizes the book, Astaroth could destroy the present age and everything the two boys hold dear. Jeff Woodman provides another stellar performance, bringing to life the human and nonhuman characters. He perfectly captures Max's coming-of-age through voice changes and the extreme emotional distress he faces in his travails, and brings all the other characters to life. Since there is little backstory presented, listeners must be familiar with the first book. This series will be hugely popular with fantasy buffs, and especially with Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans.-Sarah Flood, Breckinridge County Public Library, Hardinsburg, KY Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.