- File Size: 559 KB
- Print Length: 174 pages
- Publisher: Pulsar Products & Publishing (March 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: March 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001PTH6KC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,386,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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DRINKWATER: A Sobering Tale About A Medieval Knight Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
A knight's tale of old.
With "Drinkwater", Otto Scamfer has chosen the less popular format of the 1st person narrative, which I found somewhat daunting when I first started reading his story. Though I have read my fair share of the genre, both medieval and 1st person narrative, it has been years.
I found myself to be pleasantly surprised by both the tale and the writing style of this first time author, however. The story was engaging from the start, telling the story of young Winston who is dealing with particularly nasty habit of being dependant on alcoholic drinks, in a time where fermented drinks were really the only safe thing to consume.
I thought it to be a charming angle into the entire theme, (alcoholism as much as the era) and while reading about Winston's view of life I found myself to be vastly engaged as he started on his road towards complete sobriety and all its pitfalls along the way. Throughout the pages I could actually feel the way he struggled with his own weaknesses and was pleased to see that throughout the tale he became stronger than even he expected.
Scamfer managed to combine sensitivity with honor excellently, circumventing certain clichés that most stories about this era possess, and creating a rather fresh view on a male protagonist. He was liberal in describing he hero's faults and doubts, not taking heed of the "alpha male" stigma, which is so very popular these days: Just honest human emotions with all their little pitfalls.
Though there certainly is one in this tale, the villain serves more as a drive for the main protagonist than anything.Read more ›
I relate this story mostly to provide a bit of background, as I realize these circumstances may have biased me against it. In the end, though, I feel its faults speak for themselves.
The unlikely hero of our story is Winston Tabor, a lord's son and more than a bit of a sot. As the story opens, his father Lord Tabor has just been assassinated by the bailiff, Cyrus Everett, in such a way to make it look as though Winston were responsible. Warned by his beloved tutor (Prince Caspian, anyone?), the drunken youth escapes to the woods, pursued by Cyrus. The drink having dulled his sentences, he is unable to make much of a defense against the bailiff, and is left almost dead in an obscure corner of the forest. Luckily, a hermit discovers him there, brings him into his home, and proceeds to nurse him back to health. (Lesson: no matter how obscure a corner of the forest one finds, there is bound to be a helpful hermit wandering there. You just can't get away from them.) Winston spends the rest of the book recovering from alcoholism, falling in love, befriending various medieval personages, and planning his revenge upon Cyrus.Read more ›
Winston is a disgraceful alcoholic (or drinkwater) and presumed murderer of his father, Lord Tabor. Cyrus Everett is Lord Tabor's bailiff who falsely accuses Winston of murdering his father and almost murders Winston as well. However, Winston is taken in by an old man, Emery, who nurses him back to health and teaches him how to defend himself with a sword.
The story is predictable showing how Winston learns to stay away from the drink, becomes a knight and plans his revenge against Cyrus who is wreaking havoc on Winston's family and village.
I normally enjoy medieval tales, but I just did not like the main character and it spoiled the whole story for me. I found Winston to be a fool, even when he became a knight and I didn't think he deserved the lordship or the girl he professed to love because I felt that the men who helped him did most of the work for him.
All in all I found the story and the characters to be quite boring.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not a bad story line but quite focused on alcoholism. Spelling and grammar errors and could really use an editor.Published 11 months ago by Kris
Amazing. Usually dont read it but it was really good I liked it.... Had eyes on it and wanted to read ahead than where the class was.Published on December 31, 2013 by Jemell C.
All the stupid romantic nonsense of romantic medieval novels are missing from this. Thankfully. At least, til the end. Good plot, nobleman on the run, hoping for revenge.Published on September 24, 2013 by rakkasan3_187
I couldn't finish this book. While the story may have good points, the neverending theme seems to be the evils of drink... on, and on, and on.Published on July 4, 2013 by FluffyDog
Medieval teenager comes of age, escaping his alcoholism. It is a simplistic book, but easy reading. four more words required for reviewPublished on May 16, 2013 by Dr. Sheldon Morgenstern
What can a younster son of a local lord, living with all that he needs, without a selfcontrol, can achieve in life? Read morePublished on February 21, 2013 by Dr. JPSanchez
A quick read. Nicely written. Somewhat predictable, but entertaining. Great for teens and adults. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Jennifer
As books go, you should help this one find the nearest exit. I wish I could be more specific, but this book is so awful from cover to cover in every respect (the plot, the... Read morePublished on July 15, 2012 by B. Taylor
I see now that the price has dropped by $2 since I purchased it in February. It's still not worth the money at the lower price. It's a very small book and the writing is terrible. Read morePublished on May 1, 2012 by kimmisue