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The Wretched of Muirwood Paperback – January 7, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456399489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456399481
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,364 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #985,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Fantasy readers looking for a world that both entertains and engages are urged to read this series. The Wretched of Muirwood is a finely crafted beginning to what promises to be an epic fantasy." - Foreword Reviews

About the Author

Jeff Wheeler is a writer from 7-10PM on Wednesday nights. The rest of the time, he works for Intel Corporation, is a husband and the father of five kids, and a leader in his local church. He lives in Rocklin, California. When he isn’t listening to books during his commute, he is dreaming up new stories to write.

More About the Author

BE IT KNOWN THAT: We have locked Jeff Wheeler away in Muirwood Abbey for a couple of years and have commanded him to write many more adventuresome books. He is permitted free time to roam the grounds under heavy guard. After he has written enough books that we can scarcely read them all in a lifetime, we may finally become, in our old age, sated in our quest for new characters and lands. Perhaps then, all would be well in the kingdom.

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:
http://www.jeff-wheeler.com/
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/muirwoodwheeler

Customer Reviews

Well written, good character development, and well paced story.
Judy Janelli
I was so glad I had downloaded all three books, because once I started reading the first book I just had to read all the way to the end.
Ruth Ann Branham
Jeff Wheeler has created a magical world with interesting characters in a story that is both extremely entertaining and inspiring.
Derek Cordon

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

199 of 206 people found the following review helpful By Ophelia D on June 19, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've become a bit jaded since discovering the plethora of cheap books for kindle - because there are simply so many of them, and also because many books have not proven to be worth my time.

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.
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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Rachelle Lopp on September 13, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I've always thought a good novel stands on its characters. In "The Wretched of Muirwood", Lia is a true-hearted and compelling heroine. She carries the story marvelously and has stayed with me as a good friend long past finishing.

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!
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Charles on October 26, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
As a mild fan of fantasy novels (I've read the uber popular ones and will read ones recommended to me) I picked up this series on the recommendation of my two oldest children (14 yo girl & 12 yo boy). They said it was awesome and that I HAD to read it. So I did. And they were right.

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!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Earl on January 22, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
As an avid reader (and a 26 year old woman), I am always looking for new and interesting novels. I was looking through the Kindle lending library, saw that though this book doesn't have large numbers of reviews, everyone who has reviewed it had given it 5 stars, so I decided to give it a try. As a prime rental it was free, but after reading it, I immdediately purchased it, as well as the rest of the trilogy.

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!
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141 of 168 people found the following review helpful By Kat Hooper VINE VOICE on March 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Originally posted at FanLit.

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.
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