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The Wretched of Muirwood Paperback – January 7, 2011
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TRANSLATION: Jeff took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, a devout member of his church, and is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves.
More information about how he became a writer is found on his website:
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/muirwoodwheeler
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This book was absolutely worth my time! From chapter 1 I knew I'd likely have trouble putting it down, and I was right. The writing style is engaging, the story is fascinating, and the characters - well, they just work. They click; they resonate. Pasqua is a particular favourite of mine, because even though I can't cook like her, I can certainly relate to her character and the softness beneath her brusque exterior.
I loved the way magic - the Medium - had a light and a dark side, and how the choices of various characters determined how they could/could not use this power. I also loved the use of symbolism, as well as the refreshing lack of gratuitous violence/sexuality. Well done Jeff.
Combine an excellent cast of characters with an engrossing plot--even heart racing at times--and the Muirwood series is hard to put down. It has an exceptionally well-constructed world mythology with thought provoking themes on wisdom, faith, intention, and honor. Plus, it's plain fun.
I cannot believe it is so inexpensive as an e-book. It's a no-brainer. Buy it and enjoy!
The way I explained it to my husband was that it is almost a Star Wars meets King Aurthur. Which sounds a little strange, but it is a magical world with power akin to "the force", but placed in a political medevil setting on a different world, similar to ours. I am not neccesarily a huge fan of Fantasy fiction, though I do love books like Harry Potter, Enders Game, Narnia, etc. I think that this book is one of those that can appeal to both young and old readers, and hold different levels of meaning and inspiration for each reader.
It is placed in a rich, developed setting. The created world really comes to life. It is lush with detail and I can perfectly picture the settings in my mind, but the book is fast paced, easy to read, and full of life! There is deep religious subtext & symbology, but there is also friendship, love, betrayal, war, action, virtue, honor, pride, good, and evil.
The characters are real, potent, developed, complex, and well written, the story is adventurous and compelling. What more could you ask for?
I have read dozens of book, which I have enjoyed, but which I have not taken the time to review, or which I have not enjoyed enough to recommend to loved ones.
I would (and have) recommended this book to my teen/tween nieces & nephew, my 20 & 30 something friends, my 58 year old mother, and even my grandmother!
The setting and the characters are what is most important to me when I read fantasy. If those aren't well done then things just seem forced. The setting of Muirwood Abbey and the main character of Lia are not only well done, but they seem to go perfectly together. I immediately felt an emotional connection to both that had me unable to put the book down.
I highly recommend The Wretched of Muirwood!
The Wretched of Muirwood is a book that I wouldn't normally have picked up. It's the opening installment of a trilogy that was first self-published by Jeff Wheeler through Createspace (an Amazon company) after being rejected by the traditional publishing houses Wheeler pitched it to. The book was later picked up by 47North, Amazon's speculative fiction imprint. I've been skeptical of 47North titles because Amazon imprints don't go through the normal publishing process, and because I was not pleased with the last couple of 47North novels I read. Personally, I love the idea of being able to self-publish, but as a reviewer, I can attest to the fact that most (but not all) self-published work I've encountered that wasn't from an already well-known author has been... less than stellar. Far less than stellar. That's because self-publishing doesn't involve all those folks whose job it is to vet the work before it gets to the reader (agents, editors, slush-pile readers, and publicists).
But Kindle Direct Publishing has led to a new model that Amazon has been trying for a couple of years now. Authors self-publish their books in Kindle format and keep complete control, pricing their book as they like. Amazon tracks the sales (and, I assume, the reviews) of these self-published books and offers contracts to authors whose books are doing well. Thus, authors have the burden of doing the self-promotion, often taking a monetary risk by giving away a lot of free e-copies to get attention, and those people getting the free copies are acting as Amazon's slush-pile readers. A pretty good system for Amazon and for authors who are willing to do the work and who, presumably, have a product good enough to get the reviews they need.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
for a fantasy I do like the story and the characters were great but this is only my personal opinionPublished 1 day ago by Ruy
I really enjoyed reading the book. It is captivating and the quotes in the beginning of each chapter give it food for thought.Published 2 days ago by Mama
A good story. The reader leaves with some interesting things to think about.Published 2 days ago by Juanita O. Johnson
I am writing this review having only read this first book in the series. This is a great start to a series. I cannot say that
The Wretched of Muirwood is very original. Read more
The concepts from which Jeff Wheeler molds his world are familiar yet are wound together in a surprising fashion that make for great reading. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Amazon Customer