Book Review: The String Quartet by: Dan Hupalo

Rating: 4/5

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: October 13, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Format:  E-book

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Loss can be tough to handle, but a young girl named Dawn Arterberry has made a fresh start. She has a new school and a new cello to match. That is, mostly new. . . With her four new friends, Dawn tries to solve the mystery that has taken over her life. What is the Rheingold? Who is the Charmed Duke? And what does the grandfather she never knew have to do with any of it? 

Inspired by a tradition of myth and story more than a millennia old, The String Quartet takes readers on a journey through the cycle of the Rhine. From the forests of New England to a new world both fantastic and frighting, the The String Quartet tells of an adventure appropriate for readers of all ages.

Review: THE STRING QUARTET is loosely based on the Ring Cycle, which features four students who stumble upon the Rhinegold and must find a way to defeat The Charmed Duke at his own game. Dawn Arterberry is lonely, having lost her mother being sent off to a boarding school by her father. Before she leaves, she finds her grandfather’s cello in the old barn out back. She doesn’t realize it will lead her and three other schoolmates on a wild adventure through time & space to a different realm with different rules. However, The Charmed Duke is playing for keeps…

I enjoyed the characters, especially Dawn. The four main characters were all given their time to shine and to explain their individual backstory without it taking away from the main story. It is also good that readers don’t have to be familiar with the Ring Cycle to understand this story. THE STRING QUARTET is a pleasurable fantasy novel for all ages.

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