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Escape from the Past: The Duke's Wrath Paperback – July 31, 2015
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"Fast-paced compelling YA debut."
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"A wonderfully crafted romp to the time of lords, ladies, and knights."
Lee Ann Ward, author and former Senior Editor of Champagne Books
"Escape from the Past is chock-full of the tiny details that make a story feel realistic and immersive, from the leather ribbons used to fasten shoes to the slimy gruel that formed the bulk of the peasants' diet....those who love historical fiction or medieval fantasy will certainly enjoy Escape from the Past."
Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall trilogy
Midwest Book Review: "Escape from the Past: The Duke's Wrath" is a sciencefiction time travel action/adventure novel that will grip the reader'stotal attention from beginning to end. Very highly recommended forschool and community library YA fiction collections.
Wow, wow, wow. I absolutely loved this book from the first page until the last . I was actually transported back in time and felt as though I was living every moment. If there was anything to criticize and this is really nit picking is that I wish the book had been longer. Congratulations on a fantastic book. - Net Galley Review
I loved this book. I connected with the characters straight away and felt that I knew each one of them. I couldn't put it down, and was disappointed when I finished. I shall definitely be reading the next installment. I'm passionate about history and I get so excited when an author introduces me to new historical facts. Annette Oppenlander has done just that. She has taken a wonderful story from history, added her own fictional characters and has written a fantastic novel. - Net Galley Review
Finally, a series from a boy's perspective - they're quite rare in young adult novels. I recommend this book to everyone. Annette Oppenlander did a good job combining the historical elements with the young adult genre.
The novel is set in Germany. It starts with Max living his normal teenage life in present Germany, and he ends up being transported in Medieval Germany, late 1400s, same city. His best friend's dad created a video game that takes the player back in time. The novel follows Max adventure and how he deals with being a XXI century teenager living in Medieval times. The story is told from his perspective alone, in the first person.
It is a fast-paced and grabbing read. I read it really fast. The novel is full of funny moments, as well as sad ones. There are also some battles and conflicts, which were really well written. The novel offers plenty of historical details about Medieval Germany, as well as descriptions of buildings and surroundings. It was really easy to imagine the setting and the times.
A really good novel. I liked it a lot. I will continue to read the series. I really want to know what happens to Max and with the video game.
What I liked:
ツ Twists and turns. In other words, adventures.
ツ Nice, entertaining characters.
ツ A great story.
ツ Easy to read.
ツ Historical elements were not slowing down the plot.
ツ The romance
I loved this book. I connected with the characters straight away and felt that I knew each one of them. I couldn't put it down, and was disappointed when I finished. I shall definitely be reading the next installment. I'm passionate about history and I get so excited when an author introduces me to new historical facts. Annette Oppenlander has done just that. She has taken a wonderful story from history, added her own fictional characters and has written a fantastic novel. (Debbie Skerton Netgalley/Goodreads)
Escape from the Past literally dragged me head-first into this amazing adventure. Honestly, I usually don't enjoy historically fiction, but this book is rad! I love the main character, Max, his story is really relatable and funny. I mean I totally got his back when he was getting dragged into the video game and his first thought was his mother and her reaction about seeing the video game. I loved the whole concept of this book, I've never heard of anything like it. Being sucked into a virtual reality by a video game? AWESOME MUCH? I seriously loved Max's relationships with the other characters and also just his reaction to this insane place. Escape from the Past is written beautifully and I just love the story! Definitely a great YA book! Five stars! (Blogger The Book Adventures of Emily)
When 15-year-old nerd and gamer Max Anderson decides to try his hand at the master level of an unpublished video game, he isn't prepared for the ultimate gaming experience: being transported into the actual past. This turns out to be medieval Germany, 1471, and Castle Hanstein, near the village of Rimbach, and the Klausenhof Inn, which still exists today in present-day Germany. Without any clues about the game's rules, missions or even how to return to his time, Max uses his ingenuity, whatever he remembers from history lessons about the places and time, and friendships with a peasant boy, a healer, a beautiful servant girl, a lady in distress, knights, squires, and the lord of the castle to help him survive and pick his way through ordeals and hardships.The historical details in the novel are on the mark and describe just enough to reveal the conditions of medieval life as a peasant, servant, craftsman, lord, lady, squire, and knight. Max stumbles through in time and masters the game, but matures and comes out a changed young man. Geared to a young adult audience, Escape from the Past is an entertaining and fast-paced read that guarantees to thrill any young reader or gamer's wish to be a hero in a faraway time. (Historical Novel Society)
From the Author
I was inspired to write the Escape from the Past trilogy when visiting the medieval ruins of Castle Hanstein in Thuringia, Germany. The old walls seemed to speak to me and when I read about Knight Werner, Lord of Hanstein who'd rescued a beautiful lady from a tyrant Duke, I was hooked.
Add to that my sons who are avid gamers and who at the time spent way too many hours in front of the computer. So I asked myself what would happen if a gamer would be able to time-travel and find himself in a medieval world.
The idea of Escape from the Past was born.
Top customer reviews
It's 1471 in medieval Germany and Max is in for a shock, after witnessing something horrible, he runs into a young man named Bero who soon becomes his friend. As Max gets thrown into this new world and what to do and not to do, he is soon on a mission to save a kingdom from a ruthless man. When the kingdom is saved and Max is brought back to present day, he feels a longing to be back with his new friends but when his friend who gave him the game in the first place tells his dad about his adventure, a new opportunity to go back in time is presented but will he go back to 1471 or someplace entirely new, that's for the next book in the series for us to know!
I so loved this book and having it set in both in the present and past makes it even better! You could almost imagine yourself doing the things that Max had to do in order to survive and would love to see this series turned into a TV series! I also loved that fact that Annette brought what really happened at a real castle in Germany to this book and it makes you want to go read more books about that time in history!
Thank You to Annette Oppenlander for writing a fantastic start to this wonderful series that I hope continues for at lest several more books!!
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from the Author!
This story begins centered around a typical teenaged boy who just so happens to be a transplant from the United States to a small town in Germany, and it begins quickly when a friend, Jimmy, hands him a new video game to play. Unpublished, and still in development, Max Anderson, the main protagonist, can’t resist trying something new, and when prompted at the game’s beginning, is cocky enough to adjust the game setting to expert. After all, what teenager wouldn’t consider themselves expert at video games, no matter the kind? Apparently, that choice was a no-no, because out of his control, and out of any understanding, he gets transported back to 1471, to the very same town he presently calls home. Even the present day castle currently in ruins, is now whole and in use by the strangely dressed occupants of the past. With the the modern day clothes on his body, a few possessions in his pockets, and speaking the slang of a teenager, he finds himself in a place where everything’s different, and it is now he, who is strange and sticking out like a sore thumb. In a mix of confusion and incredulity, he and the reader are confronted by a situation difficult to explain, and even more difficult to navigate. And so begins this interesting and fast paced story.
Despite a little poetic license sprinkled throughout, along with the big one regarding how he’s magically transported back in time, I happily got lost in the world creation before me, and I quickly forgave any unexplained traveling along the missing weight of iron-plate armor. I found myself with a mixture of emotions reading it, from frustration of the situations that would naturally occur to a stranger in a strange land, to the heroic thrill of seeing him succeed where other characters in the story thought impossible, and all the while seeing this ancient world through a stranger’s eye and experiencing the puzzlement of the cultural differences he faces. Being from that country myself, I also found the story authentic, down to some of the finer details of tech, past and present. Similar to heroic fantasy, only without the magic, well … there’s that time travel thing, this story will please many, even those outside of the historical genre it was written in, including sci-fi and fantasy. By the way, I bought the second book.
From a formatting standpoint it felt like each page was a large wall of small text and my eyes became fatigued pretty quickly. My kiddo didn't have this same problem.
The book starts out kind of rocky, with a character we hardly know being thrown immediately into a situation where we are supposed to care about what happens to him, and I did not feel I had enough time to get to know him before this happened.
There is in-depth description of the technology through which he is transported, as well as his surroundings, but not much believable inner dialogue. It is briefly mentioned that his mother drinks a lot, but we aren't given much other information about his relationship until much later, when he feels guilty for behaving rudely to his mother in a situation the readers were not privy to beforehand.
Suddenly the character is thrust into the game…here I felt like his doubt of the situation may have been more believable if he had been using some sort of VR.
From there the plot develops at an acceptable pace, though there are still several examples of inconsistent personalities in the characters. There are also a few place where the author switches between first and third person.
Overall I liked the concept and I think with a little more work this could be a best seller. I handed it off to my 10-year-old after I was done with it and she absolutely loved it. The errors did not detract from the story enough to bother her, and she is anxious to continue the series. So I would say that while as an author I think the book could use further development, its intended audience may not find as much fault with it as I did. Also, despite its struggles I will be reading the next in the series.
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