On Gwyn's ninth birthday, his grandmother tells him he may be a magician, like his Welsh ancestors. She gives him five gifts to help him: a brooch, a piece of dried seaweed, a tin whistle, a scarf, and a broken toy horse. One blustery day, unsure what to do with his newfound magic, Gwyn throws the brooch to the wind and receives a silvery snow spider in return. Will he be able to use this special spider to bring his missing sister, Bethan, home? The Snow Spider spins an icy, sparkly web of mystical intrigue that sets the stage for the next two books in this outstanding trilogy!More
John Keating's rich accent enlivens Jenny Nimmo's tale of magicians and myth, from young hero Gywn's wonder and eagerness to realize his destiny, to the quivering voice of his grandmother Nain's mysterious clues. Even the wild of the raw setting of Wales becomes a character itself in Keating's lilting recital, spinning magic into book one of this acclaimed fantasy trilogy, like the helpful snow spider Asianwen.
Listeners will be instantly transported to a faraway realm of good and evil, rooting for the boy hero and his noble cause of finding his vanished sister to heal his broken family.
"Keating's reading of the tale is flawless....his mastery may well convince readers that this fictional world is real." (Publishers Weekly)
"From the opening music to the first note of narrator John Keating's beautifully accented voice, the listener is transported to the Welsh countryside...With narration like this, is is as if John Keating were himself the snow spider, spinning richness into Jenny Nimmo's tale." (AudioFile)
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