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At The Walls Of Galbrieth (Wycaan Master) (Volume 1) Paperback – November 28, 2012
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About the Author
Deep in a redwood forest in Northern California, a boy and his father sat at a picnic table and created an epic fantasy world. The ancient trees bore witness to the summoning of the Wycaan Masters. Alon Shalev is the author of social justice-themed novels, A Gardener's Tale, The Accidental Activist, and Unwanted Heroes. He is the lead writer of the political blog, leftcoastvoices.com, and never expected to delve into the world of fantasy. In 2010, while on a family camping trip in the Northern California redwoods, his then 11-year-old son, who devours YA fantasy, objected to his father opening his laptop and writing. A compromise was reached and both were soon deeply engrossed in what became the first of three epic novels (so far). Alon Shalev lives in Berkeley, California with his wife and two sons. As a fantasy writer, he blogs at elfwriter.com and tweets @elfwriter.
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Seanchai, an elf is living in a world in which human rule, dwarves hide in the mountains and elves are slaves. Seanchai is trying to recreate a great alliance between men, elves and dwarves in the land of Odessiya. The emperor does not want Seanchai to recreate the alliance and sends out men to attack Seanchai and his companions. Seanchai takes safe harbor with a woman named Mhari who teaches him the ways of Wycaan's. Mhari is the last of the Wycaan's. They are great masters of magic and great storytellers. His friends are captured at the walls of Galbrieth. Seanchai and Mhari go and save them and take down the garrison. In this book, Seanchai successfully recreates part of the alliance. In the next book, he will hopefully bring the dwarves to join the alliance.
At the Walls of Galbrieth teaches you about the good and bad things in life. I think Seanchai is an interesting character, because he always has to choose between his friends and his destiny but no matter what anyone tells him he always chooses his friends. I like this book because each and every one of its characters have their own secrets. I like this book because it fills you with curiosity and you never know what will happen next. This medieval fantasy story is filled with action, suspense, and adventure, it is entertaining and interesting, and it teaches about friendship, and loyalty. I couldn't put it down.
All of the leading party behave in a very adult manner and have little (or should I say more) sense that an adolescence would have. The whole story could easily have them being in their twenties and feeling a little more comfortable to me. Although, to play devil's advocate with myself, parents wouldn't have as much hardship with an elder son being conscripted compared to a naive teenager. But truthfully, I kept forgetting they were so young and kind of got shocked on the remembrance. It ultimately did not throw of the balance of the book and maybe even helped make it a little more enjoyable for the adult readers of the world. There is great action, flowering love, and coming-of-age that does fit in with a YA book, though. I was certainly impressed by the little indie find.
There is nothing new or groundbreaking in the Wycaan world dynamics, but it still feels fresh to read. You have elves, humans, dwarves, and some other new fantasy races (which was a nice fresh touch and I hope we get to learn some back story) coming together from centuries of division. They have racism they must deal with and overcome. Very epic fantasy of the author to do. The magic system is complete even if we don't know all the details just yet. All the pieces fit together in the puzzle. We have read the edge pieces and are now zeroing in on the center. I look forward to finding out what the overall image is because my mind keeps coming up with all kinds of endings! I highly recommend this introduction to the series and look forward to purchasing the final two novels.