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The Fisherman's Son [Kindle Edition]

Marilyn Peake
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THE FISHERMAN’S SON is a middle grade fantasy novel about the adventures of Wiley O’Mara. On the back of a magical dolphin, the twelve-year-old rescues six boys trapped in an ancient city under the sea. Along the way, he fights both The Beast in the Forest and a Fire Beast guarding the city of old.


PIERS ANTHONY, author of the Xanth series, the Incarnations of Immortality series, the Adept series, and so much more!
Now I have read The Fisherman's Son. This is a nice children's fantasy, grounded in realism. Even the fantastic element is realistic, in that the dolphin doesn't abridge the rules just for convenience; the right introduction has to be made. It's not all right to make the excuse "I lost the cup because of a bear.”

James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief of the “Midwest Book Review”
The Fisherman’s Son is a delightful and colorfully narrated tale which documents Marilyn Peake as a story teller of considerable narrative skill.

Rebecca Brown, Founder of “RebeccasReads”
The Fisherman’s Son is a complex tale simply written, with fascinating detail & unblinking reality borrowing from legends & sagas deep within our collective memories.

Phillip Tomasso III, “The Best Reviews”
Marilyn Peake has burst onto the scene as a promising writer with the release of her first middle grade novel, The Fisherman’s Son.

…Peake is a talented, creative and passionate storyteller. The Fisherman’s Son is a thought provoking, heart-felt fantasy novel with a twist. It lends itself to great discussion questions to be reviewed with parents, teachers, or friends. Easy to pick up and read, hard to put down.

Beverly J. Rowe, “My Shelf”
The author’s descriptions of the underwater world are exhilarating as Wiley traverses the depths and meets up with wonderful undersea creatures and the fearsome dragon-beast that guards the entrance to the village.

This book would be a great read-aloud project for the whole family.

Tracy Farnsworth, “Roundtable Reviews”
Marilyn Peake launches her debut with a fast paced offering that contains excellent imagery amidst a coming of age story.

The Fisherman’s Son will appeal to readers both young and old.
This relatively quick read is a perfect offering for those who love fantasy.

Sharon Schulz-Elsing, Contributing Editor of “Curled Up With a Good Book”
Marilyn Peake’s first fantasy novel for young readers, The Fisherman’s Son, calls to mind all the mystery and wonder of Orson Scott Card’s earlier mythological works such as Hart’s Hope or Seventh Son in its quest-style tale, and in its evocative descriptions of a place much like early nineteenth-century Ireland comes close to the lush and luminous visual treatment of John Sayles’ magical film The Secret of Roan Innish.

…this children’s debut shines with fear, wonder, triumph and loss. Few readers will be able to resist this tale of a resourceful young boy…

Jennie S. Bev
This first book by author Marilyn Peake shows her tremendous talent in story telling.

In many ways, I found The Fisherman’s Son a strong novel for children.

Cheryl McCann, “Review-Books”
The Fisherman’s Son is a children’s novel filled with fantasy, adventure and the heroic qualities of a brave, young boy. Even though it is considered a children’s book, I certainly enjoyed the rich, descriptive text of this tale. It has wonderful imagination with touches of realism; descriptions of events are rich and put you in the scene, and it has a wonderful plot. I recommend it highly and look forward to the next book.

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About the Author

About the Author Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, GLASS CASES. AWARDS: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, and Winner of the Dream Realm Awards. Marilyn Peake’s website:

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For the next two weeks, Wiley swam with Elden every day. Every morning Wiley awoke with the excitement of butterflies in his stomach, wondering if Elden would return, and if he would be able to swim with the dolphin once again. Every day was better than the previous day. Elden introduced Wiley to his world beneath the water, and Wiley saw amazing things.

On the second day, Elden pointed out a large group of jellyfish. Like gossamer, pulsating moons, they moved through the water by closing and opening their bowl-shaped bodies. Sunlight poured beneath the waves and lit the jellies from behind, painting them purple, blue and green. That same day, Wiley saw crabs, lobsters and blood red starfish crawling across the ocean floor.

During the second week, Wiley saw a shark surrounded on every side by a wall of small, glittering, silver fish. Wiley looked at Elden, as his heart pounded in his chest. Elden responded, "Don't worry. He's not interested in us."

That same day, a white whale with a large smile approached Elden. They appeared to engage in wordless conversation, although Wiley couldn't understand what they were saying.

Along the sandy bottom, Wiley found creatures that looked like brilliant, perfectly formed flowers in red and pink and yellow.

On the fifteenth day of peaceful swimming and diving, Elden informed Wiley that he would like to take him deeper. "I have something to show you. I think you're ready."

They swam through the water, going farther and farther out to sea. Then Elden said to Wiley, "Hold tightly onto my back. We're going deeper." As they descended, the light became less visible, although it never completely disappeared.

When they reached the bottom, Wiley noticed shadows spilled across the ocean floor. Creatures with claws and tentacles stirred throughout the sandy shadows.

Then, off at a distance, Wiley saw a large, dark rectangular object. Before Wiley could formulate a question, Elden said, "We're going over there. Come on."

Wiley held tighter to Elden's back fin, as Elden swam swiftly through the ocean. When they reached the object, Wiley saw that it was a huge, rectangular box made out of light brown rock. The lid was made out of the same type of rock. On every surface, pictures had been carved of the sun, the moon and stars. From the lid, hung a closed, heavy lock made out of some type of polished black rock.

Wiley climbed off Elden's back to inspect the chest. He jiggled and pulled at the lock, but it wouldn't open.

Elden said simply, "You need the key."

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  • File Size: 196 KB
  • Print Length: 167 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499798474
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TAW24Y
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reminiscent of an Old Fairytale November 27, 2011
By Alrian
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Fisherman's Son is a story set in the pattern of a fairytale quest. A poor boy, grieving the death of his mother, sets out through the deep woods to bring back a priest for her funeral. As is customary in fairy tales, he encounters mysterious help and adventures in the forest, and these lead him to even more adventures.

I found the author's tin ear for language and dialog to be rather irritating. The names of the human characters are Irish. The setting is a poor village so remote that it can't even be accessed by cart; visitors have to come by foot or by boat. Yet the dialog is idiomatic American English. (The boy keeps saying OK, for example.) The writing comes nowhere near being geared for multiple age levels, the way the Harry Potter, Narnia, or Crestomanci stories are. However, while the author wields her pen like a club instead of tapestry needle, the plot itself is interesting. I'm sure most eight year olds won't notice the writing style and will find the story perfectly satisfactory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vividly Detailed Dickens/Lewis Type Adventrure January 19, 2003
A great book to read to your son or daughter. "The Fisherman's Son" is so packed with flowing details and captivating adventure, it's sure to spark the young imagination.
This enchanting tale follows young, virtually orphaned, Wiley's important journey alone through the dark forest, where he barely outwits the legendary three-eyed, fang-toothed monster, and then -- with the help of a certain magical porpoise -- deep into a vividly detailed under-ocean challenge. This exciting tale is just scary enough to thrill young bedtime listeners without sparking nightmares.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great little story! July 26, 2012
By Cameo
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I downloaded this book a while back when it was being offered for free. It sat, unread, on my Kindle until last night. I was browsing through my list of books and couldn't recall what this story was even about, but I knew I wouldn't have downloaded it if I didn't think it sounded interesting at the time, so I decided to give it a go. I finished it in one sitting. I was so pleasantly surprised at the storyline. It was very mythical and all the while, I couldn't help thinking it was making reference to the lost continent of Atlantis, which has always fascinated me. It wasn't until this morning, when I looked up the summary on that I found out that it actually was written in part about the fabled lost continent. If you like to escape reality and enjoy reading, this little story is a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Type of Fantasy Novel January 12, 2014
By Sunayna
Format:Kindle Edition
Wiley O'Mara loses his mother and stays at an orphanage for a night. Then he discovers a talking dolphin named Elden who takes him on an adventure underwater.
I was able to relate to the specific descriptions the author used. I am a descriptive person too. The plot was very unique since I don't know of many fantasy novels with talking see creatures. But the writing was engaging and the story line was incredible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peake crafts a drawing tale. January 23, 2005
What if you were given the task to travel to a place deep within the waters, to a place that stories once told of a kingdom and its people that lived in such riches you couldn't imagine? But this task did incur some danger; would you be so brave and take on this responsibility? Marilyn Peake's THE FISHERMAN'S SON has such a character who not only binds you to him but his travels will become your own.

Marilyn Peake is a fantastic storyteller. Her enthralling tale, THE FISHERMAN'S SON, of a young lad and his quest to save six boys trapped within the deep realms of the waters surrounding his village, rivets you by tagging you alongside this journey. The added characters of Elden, the dolphin who is Wiley's water guide, and the magical Lucinda who guide Elden on land just deepen the plot.

Her visual descriptive details are sharp and vivid, breathtakingly drawing you into the storyline. One cannot help but feel Wiley's sadness over the loss of a loved one in the very beginning.

The repetition of the phrase `Drink deeply by land or sea. Earth comes only once' only heightens your curiosity to find out what this actually means.

Her short chapters and simplistic words weave an enchanting tale keeping the flow of the story moving along at a nice dramatic pace for all ages to read.

The mapping of this mystical book is cleverly laid out for the reader to experience. The historical journey through a city that once lived in pure euphoria is enchanting. A feel of `Atlantis is alive' titillates the reader.

This classical `sit by the fireplace' reading can be handed down and read for many generations to come. Peake crafts a drawing tale of a young lad who is trying to come to terms over a devastating loss, a drunken father, and a quest that has him bewildered.

Although geared for the younger adult reader, this is a gem of a story to suit all ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Children's Fantasy Full of Learning January 11, 2005
For those who have a love of the sea and Celtic landscape, "The Fisherman's Son" will be a particularly enjoyable read with your children. As for your little ones, they'll have a rich story of fantasy filled with oceanic learning.

When 12-year-old Wiley O'Mara's mother dies, his journey to fetch the nearest priest in a hamlet far from his own sets him on a completely different path than he intended. He can expect no help from his alcoholic father; abusive when at home, which is rare.

Ah, but like any good tale worth its salt, the travails of this adventure lead to the challenges and rewards of an even greater one. Wiley's trial takes him through the vast landscape of his Gaelic homeland into the beauty of the ocean depths. In this fantastical coming-of-age drama, Wiley learns who he really is, the strength of his mettle and that his destiny is to help the people of his land realize their full potential. And isn't that the destiny of each of us? It's an old theme always worth revisiting, particularly in children's fiction.

This is a book that will appeal to "tweens"; but especially to children aged eight through ten since Wiley is a storybook hero they can look up to. These younger of the "tweens" can certainly read "The Fisherman's Son" on their own, but there are a few large words that may have them coming to mom and dad. A good story that also encourages learning new words is always a plus.

Likewise, you may want to talk with your children about Wiley's home, very much like nineteenth century Ireland, though the author never puts a name to the island (all the more appropriate for a child's fantasy). As the story moves into the briny deep of the North Atlantic Ocean, there's even more to pique your child's intellect along with his/her imagination.
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The Fisherman's Son is a good book of a poor boy with some amazing adventures and shows that if you believe in yourself you will secede.
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More About the Author

Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn's one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven anthologies and on the literary blog, GLASS CASES.

AWARDS: Silver Award, two Honorable Mentions and eight Finalist placements in the ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards, two Winner and two Finalist placements in the EPPIE Awards, Winner in the Dream Realm Awards, and Finalist placement in The National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

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