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The Settlers of Catan [Kindle Edition]

Rebecca Gable , Lee Chadeayne
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The year is 850. In the seas of northern Europe, the small coastal village of Elasund falls prey to marauding neighbors. Their food stores pillaged, women and children stolen, livestock destroyed, the villagers are left to barely survive the harsh winter — and contemplate a drastic solution to their recurring hardships: leaving the only village they have ever known. Foster brothers Candamir and Osmund lead their people on an epic quest to a mythic island home, but without knowledge of exactly where the island is, they must trust the gods to deliver them safely. Lost at sea and set adrift, an extraordinarily violent storm washes them ashore the island famed in pagan lore: Catan. They quickly set about building a new society but old grudges, animosities, and social orders lead to fraternal strife. As the ideals of Candamir’s Christian slave spread throughout the village and conflict with pagan law, the two belief systems clash. When both Osmund and Candamir fall in love with Siglind, the mysterious queen of the Cold Islands, things come to a head. Based on the wildly popular board game of the same name designed by Klaus Teuber, Rebecca Gable’s The Settlers of Catan is a must-read adventure rich in detail and rippling with intensity.


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The year is 850. In the seas of northern Europe, the small coastal village of Elasund falls prey to marauding neighbors. Their food stores pillaged, women and children stolen, livestock destroyed, the villagers are left to barely survive the harsh winter — and contemplate a drastic solution to their recurring hardships: leaving the only village they have ever known. Foster brothers Candamir and Osmund lead their people on an epic quest to a mythic island home, but without knowledge of exactly where the island is, they must trust the gods to deliver them safely. Lost at sea and set adrift, an extraordinarily violent storm washes them ashore the island famed in pagan lore: Catan. They quickly set about building a new society but old grudges, animosities, and social orders lead to fraternal strife. As the ideals of Candamir's Christian slave spread throughout the village and conflict with pagan law, the two belief systems clash. When both Osmund and Candamir fall in love with Siglind, the mysterious queen of the Cold Islands, things come to a head.

Based on the wildly popular board game of the same name designed by Klaus Teuber, Rebecca Gable’s The Settlers of Catan is a must-read adventure rich in detail and rippling with intensity.


Interview: Author Rebecca Gable & Settlers of Catan Creator Klaus Teuber

Klaus Teuber: When we saw each other at the Frankfurt Book Fair recently, I recalled how we met there 10 years ago. Do you remember?

Rebecca Gable: Of course! You asked if I could imagine writing a novel based on your famous board game.

KT: I had read one of your books and was so excited about it, I wanted you to bring the story of the settlement of Catan to life. What was your first thought when I asked you?

RG: I thought, "This must be the most unusual and fascinating project ever proposed to me." What gave you the idea for a novelization in the first place?

KT: In the game, seafarers land on Catan. They harvest, trade, build, and settle the island. But where did those seafarers come from? Who are they? Why did they undertake this dangerous journey? The game doesn't answer any of those questions. I had some ideas but no story yet. Then you entered the picture.

RG: We met in Cologne to discuss some basic plot ideas, and it turned out we both had the word "Vikings" in our heads. What is so "Viking" about the game?

KT: Catan is set in the Early Middle Ages, and at that time the Vikings were the only seafaring people to venture into the open ocean, and therefore the only ones capable of reaching a fictitious island in the middle of the Atlantic. That was probably at the back of our minds.

How do you move from a draft outline like ours to developing your characters? Do you use people you know as models?

RG: Never. I'm fond of my friends and want to keep them, so I make sure the characters in my books don't resemble them. Speaking of characters: If you had to choose, would you rather sit down in a beer garden with Candamir or Osmund?

KT: Well, I'd prefer a little flirt with Siglind. But if I may only choose one of the men, I'd like Candamir to explain to me how to build a nice wooden chest. I still need a Christmas present for my wife.

How did you come up with the idea to season the novel with Austin, a likeable character who so insistently (and unsuccessfully) tries to evangelize his master, Candamir?

RG: The game inspired the creation of Austin. You've got to be clever and sometimes mean to win at Settlers of Catan, but whenever I play, it strikes me that what you need most is the ability to cooperate and compromise. Austin stands for that ability, I think--though he can be clever and mean, too.

KT: In your telling of the legend of Catan, the god Odin falls in love with Tanuri, the king of the Albs' daughter. Normally Odin can have any woman, but Tanuri makes a fool of him when he creates an idyllic island for her. Grief stricken, he moves the island to a place where nobody can find it. Of course, the island is Catan. Where did you get this wonderful idea? Did it come from an archetype in Norse mythology?

RG: It's not based on any particular Norse saga, but I tried to capture the atmosphere and narrative patterns of the form. I also wanted to emphasize how very special Catan is--not just in the book, but for millions of fans all over the world who love the game. Catan is a mythical and wonderful place.


A Look Inside The Settlers of Catan Collector's Edition

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The gods send a sign to the citizens of Elasund.
The mysterious queen of the Cold Islands beguiles both Candamir and Osmund.
The Settlers prepare for a long voyage by shearing their sheep.
The Settlers set sail for a new homeland.


From Booklist

Fans of the popular board game that inspired this novel will be thrilled to learn the backstory. For those with an interest in fiction set during the Viking era, there is something here for you, too. A village is attacked by raiders, and the surviving residents must decide whether it is worth staying on in the hardscrabble of northern Europe. One villager tells a tale of a wondrous land on the island of Catan but notes that the journey there is fraught with peril. No one can verify the tale, but it provides a glimmer of hope for a band of villagers who decide to venture to the mysterious island. Slavery, greed, religion, and social mores are all touched upon in the story, and all of these factors play roles in determining the future of the people living on Catan. Characters are fleshed out with plenty of interactions and dialogue, and the varieties of landscape on the island—so integral to playing the game—also are significant elements in the storyline. — Rebecca Gerber

Product Details

  • File Size: 1695 KB
  • Print Length: 621 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611090814
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing (November 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005989D74
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
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When I saw a book titled, "The Settlers of Catan" I thought to myself, all right, I'll bite.

This book is based very loosely on the best selling board game of the same name, The Settlers of Catan. Just a little background, the board game "The Settlers of Catan" was released in 1995 and soon won the very prestigious Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) Award. The game soon spread in popularity until it has become one of the most popular board game names in the world, and IMO changed the way game-players around the world look at games. My family and I have been playing this game for over a decade.

Anyway, back to the book...when I saw a book titled "The Settlers of Catan" my first reaction was, "Oh, Please! You can't be serious!" I thought it was nothing more than some kind of gimmick to make a quick buck on a well-known brand name. But, as a long-time player of the game I thought it deserved a fair shot, and I wanted to see if it really had anything to offer. I have to admit that I was hesitant to do that though...610pp is quite a few pages to give something a shot (too little time, too many books...you know). But I ordered it up all the same.

The book was a bit daunting when I opened my smiling Amazon box...the version that I got is in a 9"x6" format, is about 1.5" thick, and the font is not large. Big books don't scare me, but remember I picked this book up as more of an experiment than out of a deep-seated desire to read it. You know, testing the waters.

Anyway, I dove into the book.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Yvette
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I wasn't expecting much out of this book and I was still disappointed.

The problems in this book boil down to three things:

1. The unfortunate but constant pushing of the author's own religious and other beliefs. There was a lot of potential here but everything was taken over by the author's apparent desire to write a Christianity fanfic. (Also, some creepy homophobia on the author's part that goes well beyond the realities of the setting.)
2. The characters. Most of the characters are bland, one-dimensional, cardboard cutouts of good or evil. Worse still, there is little true personal growth (only false growth--see below) and the characters don't
3. The plot is excruciatingly slow and rambling.

Denigmatic is right in their labeling of the monk (or "the Saxon") as a Mary Stu. But he isn't the only one. Characters who convert to Christianity are converted into Mary Sues and Mary Stus as well, and those left behind are converted into comically over-the-top evil villains. Think I'm exaggerating? The author draws on the apparent horror of being homosexual, as well as dramatic lightning and rape threats, to really push just how evil so-and-so is.

It's always difficult when it comes to narratives concerning older societies to leave one's modern morality at the door and view the characters and in the context of their own time. I, at least, was perfectly willing to do this, but the author wasn't playing along. Rather than take a culturally relativist perspective, or a modern hard look at the past, or even a mix of the two, the author can't quite seem to make up their mind about when rape and cruelty is wrong. The only guide seems to be that if a future Christian does something, it is morally acceptable.
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33 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All things being equal, I'd rather be playing the game October 13, 2011
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My favorite part of the book was the excellent introduction by the game's designer, Klaus Teuber, describing the process of creating a game. Being a fan of "Settlers of Catan," his processes and thinking was fascinating to me.

The book itself is a translation from the original German book by Rebecca Gable, a German mystery author, who wrote the book in 2003. I don't know if anything's been lost in translation or this type of fantasy may be more appealing to German audiences, but it wasn't precisely my cup of tea. This is one of the rare times when I cannot finish a book. I honestly tried, but I couldn't get past the first 150 pages. Given the amount of time it would take to wade through the remainder of the book, I'd rather just play the game instead.

The story's semi-resembling the Viking settling of Iceland in about 900. Readers are treated to a mix of Norse - Christian mythos as well as romance, violence, etc. The characters for me were lifeless, but the violence was perhaps too strong for younger audiences. (Possibly more trouble with the translation)

If you're a huge fan of the game and can't get enough, give the book a try. I'm not sure I would recommend the book for fantasy adventure fans. There are many other books in the genre, including George R. R. Martin's popular "Game of Thrones" series which would provide a lot more satisfaction.

Rebecca Kyle, October 2011
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26 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid adventure book, but not more than that. October 12, 2011
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It is a solid adventure book, somewhat based on Vikings settling in Iceland. For those of us who read historical/fantasy/adventure fiction, I will compare it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, one of the best in its genre, and rate Outlander ten while giving Settlers of Catan five. If I compare Settlers of Catan with The Game of Thrones series by George R.R.Martin, within fantasy/adventure genre, Settlers get three against The Game of Thrones ten. These ratings are based solely on my reading preferences. I found the book enjoyable, but the language was a little too plain and the plot a bit too predictable. Let's just say I do not regret reading it, but if the second one in the series were to be written, I am not going to be the one reading it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Favorite Book
I bought this eBook because it was on sale and thought I'd give it a try. It's on my top 5 favorites. Definitely a good read. It's got it all.
Published 18 days ago by LovesToRead
4.0 out of 5 stars good, but needs a sequel
Interesting read, wish it didn't end where it did. Maybe a sequel or a series would be good, I would buy another book by this author.
Published 24 days ago by Stephanie Winger
4.0 out of 5 stars As Good as the Game
Despite the length (660 pages!), this was a quick read. I thoroughly enjoyed the narrative and the characters. It was like "reading" the game. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Nick Kaspar
5.0 out of 5 stars Rivoting! What an adventure!
The descriptions of the landscape of Catan take the reader to this island with its beautiful forests and barren desert formed by volcanos. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Cohen
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected; not as good as I hoped.
I admit to begin with that I bought this book because I got it inexpensively and wanted to have it on my bookshelf. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael Wiser
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
Kept my interest throughout the entire story of people leaving their homeland and starting all over in a new and unknown land.
Published 2 months ago by Tjay
5.0 out of 5 stars The game come to life
We love playing the game and now reading the book helps to understand the exceptional adventure those fictional characters endured.
Published 2 months ago by fricsmom
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Entertaining, wondrous, a joy for sore eyes, skilfully written, a magnificent and moving tale, a tapestry of human emotions and feelings
Published 2 months ago by Isabel Arias
4.0 out of 5 stars Preparation for the Game
I liked it in preparation to play the game. It gave me a better understanding of the trading of products and services in this community prior to managing the game. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Larry Ellingson
3.0 out of 5 stars fun reading
I enjoyed the book but thought it a little long. I I thought the characters were strong but had a hard time keeping them strait. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charles Duckworth
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Rebecca Gable is a best-selling author of historical fiction and crime novels in Germany. She was shortlisted for the Freidrich Glauser Crime Prize and served as the director of the crime writers' syndicate for three years. Since her first historical novel, "The Smile of Fortune," was published in 1997, she has worked consistently writing medieval historical fiction. In 2006, she won the Sir Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction for her novel "The Guardians of the Rose." She lives in the German countryside with her family, and she likes to read, travel, and play music.

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