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Nature Abhors a Vacuum (The Aielund Saga Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen L. Nowland , Walter Spivak , Laurel Nowland
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Aiden Wainwright was the son of a wagon maker in a small country town where nothing interesting ever happened, until a chance encounter with a strange relic changed him forever. Obsessed with unravelling the mystery of his experience, Aiden turns from his friends and family and studies the arcane arts, discovering within himself a spark of intellect he never imagined. But his resourcefulness and courage are put to the test when he travels to a nearby town in pursuit of answers, and finds the place on the brink of disaster. An ordinary young man with an extraordinary talent, Aiden must marshal his limited resources and ally himself with the desperate locals to thwart a dire plot which threatens the lives of thousands.


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  • File Size: 1674 KB
  • Print Length: 476 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005GDF79A
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Curse of Potential February 27, 2012
By Roiet
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"Nature Abhors a Vacuum" is the novelization of the greatest Neverwinter Nights mod ever. If you've played the mod, buy this book. The price of the book, even if was terrible (it's not) is still cheap compared to the hours of entertainment that Savant provided us through his mod. If you haven't played the mod, and you like RPGS, get NWN1 Platinum from GOG, and play the Aielund Saga. It's much better than the regular campaigns.

On the other hand, this book is testament to the fact that what works really well in a computer game doesn't necessarily translate well to a novel. Savant is clearly still polishing his writing skills. The book has clearly been edited; what errors exist are rare and generally don't throw you out of the plot.

Unfortunately, Savant's writing is bland and pedesterian. He doesn't have the depth or the range to deal with the situations brought up in the book, such as what happens with Nellise, or the political corruption. It reads like what it is; the novelization of an RPG game. You can hear the dice rolling.

I look forward to the next books in the saga anyway, because Savant's plot gets much deeper and better. (The plot is fine anyway; it's the execution that needs improvement.) I hope that through practice (and maybe writing workshops) his writing skills get up to the task, because this series has amazing potential.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay, background on his mod September 1, 2013
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The greatest mod made for Neverwinter Nights is now in book form. Plenty of action and conflict in this book. Take a scholar, thief, drunken ranger, cleric, and a wild mage; and put them all together into an adventuring group. What do you get, people who do what is right for the country they live in.

None of them are perfect role models, but they all band together to help out several communities and settlements. They are tasked with adventures that should be done with proper authorities and more experience. But they prevail in their adventures and get the job done.

Along the way they discover a lot about each other and themselves. Pushing the limits of their skills and their consciences is what this novel is all about.

For us who have played his mod, this gives more background info on the characters and their insights and thoughts. Nicely written and cohesive in telling the tales. Read as the characters grow and suffer loses as well as truimphs.

Now onto purchasing the rest of the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced engaging story November 28, 2011
By JohnAP
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Very well done story, there were a few rough spots but they were few and far between. I'll definitely look forward to the sequel. One of the interesting things was, that just as they manage to get out of trouble somewhere, something else crops up. In addition, it wasn't the typical actions where the hero takes no damage or minimal damage during a fight. Several times someone was wounded and out of a battle until they could be healed.

It did have a bit of a D&D flavor at times, which I enjoyed but others might not. I literally laughed out loud at that thought when they decided to help someone investigate noises in their bedroom. Or when finished dealing with a particular issue someone always seemed to get a bit of gear upgrade.

There was character development, but it was a bit slow and I hope there is a bit more in the next book. But, considering how much action there was.

If you like a lot of action, this is definitely a book for you. Can't wait for the sequel.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read September 12, 2011
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As a member of the NWN community and avid reader, I felt obligated to read this. I mean, come on, it's THREE DOLLARS. Boy was I glad I did. I spent a week camping and a good deal of that time was in a hammock reading this.

The mood at times is straight out of Temple of Elemental Evil. The characters are not cliche or bound by the dogma of the game itself, and mature emotionally as well as in ability as the story is told. The locales are varied and interesting.

I give a hat tip to this first time author, and hope he takes the time to continue writing.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and different for fantasy September 24, 2013
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Since I read all four of the currently published books in a week and a half, I will post this same review in all four.

I purchased these books since I was familiar with the author's work as a module writer in the Neverwinter Nights computer game by Atari (also excellent work). I figured it would be a fun series to revisit in a novel format and gave it a try. As stated above, I finished reading four books in a short time. That said, here is what I think of the writing:

The concept is based upon two young men who find themselves pulled into an adventure they were not expecting. What I found really intriguing is that unlike the majority of fantasy books, the protagonists are not some super warriors that fight their way through impossible odds and worry if they break a sweat. Instead, the characters are realistic; they're young, inexperienced and are not really prepared for what awaits them. In conflicts, they don't act like the Black Knight in Monty Python's Holy Grail shouting, "Tis only a flesh wound!" and fight on like nothing is wrong. In contrast, when they are hurt the effects could be minor or it can be serious enough to pull them out of the battle completely. Also, if a significant threat is facing them, the characters have the common sense to be afraid and at times try to avoid the conflict if possible. Instead of fighting with brute force, they rely on whits, developed skill and a little luck. Overall, I really enjoy the characters in how they interact, deal with their personal demons and interpersonal conflicts amongst the group.

The plot itself is based on the module that he wrote for NWN but how he pulls the story together in the novel is smooth and believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop
Nature Abhors a Vacuum is a non stop adventure that I couldn't put down. I highly recommend it. I look forward to more from Stephen L. Nowland.
Published 10 months ago by Brad V. Girard
4.0 out of 5 stars Youth Fantasy Adventure
Good youth fantasy adventure. Group of misfits come together, go on a journey, save a town, then save a nation. Easy to read and comprehend. Fun read.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not compelling reading, but acceptable. It's ok to pass the time, but not an exciting book. Give it a go.
Published 10 months ago by R. James
4.0 out of 5 stars understanding humanity
I was going for five stars but I found that it was dragging on the battles, too many and too long.
The title?. Obscure, or maybe too deep for me. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Anna Maria Leboutillier
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written.
This book shows imagination and builds suspense well. I recommend this novel to any lover of fantasy. Be sure and read it.
Published 14 months ago by Bicknell Thomas Eubanks
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic adventure, keeps you reading long after you should be in bed.
Have you ever read one of those books where you're instantly interested in the main character? Yeah. This is it. Read more
Published on August 16, 2012 by John H. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to Aielund, Traveller.
Nature Abhors a Vacuum is the first book in a planned series about the mythical land of Aielund and a young man drawn by powers greater than him into a world of royalty, intrigue,... Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Nancy Luger
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away
Just wanted to let you know that my wife and I love this book. We played the NWN modules years ago and loved every one of them. Read more
Published on February 8, 2012 by George Wilson III
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I was one of those kids who daydreamed his way through school. All the little adventures I'd concoct in my mind were far more interesting than math or tests or sport. Somehow, I passed the important bits (art and english) and moved on, but always with a creative perspective to my life.

It was around 1992 when the magic of reading really sunk into me, for it was then I discovered fantasy novels. Feist, Salvatore & Eddings showed me worlds that fired my imagination, and from that point on I knew I wanted to write the stories that flitted around the recesses of my imagination.

Unfortunately, I spent most of the next fifteen years dealing with poor health, including resultant chronic fatigue syndrome which interfered with my life immeasurably, but gave me ample time for thought. An abortive attempt to create a story happened around 1996, but I look back on such things as stepping stones on the road to where I wanted to be.

My first complete novel was actually done back in '03, but it was a derivative work based on elements from other stories, something I didn't realise until after I'd written it. The mind can do funny things if you don't keep it on a tight leash! Still, there were some unique points to the story I kept, so I scrapped the rest and began a completely new for Neverwinter Nights, that RPG video game thing you may or may not have heard of.

The story was so successful (filled with rich, creamy character development) that I lamented that only people playing the game would ever see it. In 2009, with my health improving, I resolved to novelize the stories I'd written, in addition to developing the world in which they exist as the basis for a new fantasy series.

I consider those stories to be merely the first iteration of the saga, for my novels have evolved far beyond the original scope, in terms of detail, plot and character building. Looking back on it now, I can see my style has evolved a very long way from those humble beginnings indeed.

Oh, I also paint. You can expect to see more cover art with each title, becoming more technically sophisticated each time.

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Just tested it myself, managed to get the PC version working okay, so I guess they've fixed it. Hopefully this problem won't crop up again!
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