- File Size: 1405 KB
- Print Length: 418 pages
- Publication Date: November 11, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A6GM3SU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #756,805 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Isle of Wysteria: Seeds in the Wind Kindle Edition
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A lot happens in this books, so I had to skim it again after I'd finished. The story is kind of odd, but it's my kind of odd, and it was fun. I guess you could call it science fantasy for its mix of magic and high-tech stuff.
A princess leaves home to join the Navy because she wants to be free from her mother. Her mother lets her go but sticks her with a fiance of sorts. He's a nice guy, but the princess treats him poorly at first. Also joining her is a fugitive from her family's arch enemy. These three join a crew on a Navy airship that flies from island to island on a world covered with oceans of boiling acid. First they have to rescue their captain from pirates ... Well, it just stays strange and crazy.
There is quirky, goofy humor throughout. Sometimes whole scenes or dialogue sequences are there just to set up a pun. The characters are weird and their situations are convoluted and the action is constant.
There was a lot (A LOT) of editing errors, mostly in punctuation, especially with missing or misplaced quote marks. I have an earlier edition, so maybe it's been fixed a bit since then. I will let myself believe that.
The characters who serve on the Dreadnaught are quite entertaining, with their vastly different personalities and interactions. I often had a smile on my face as I read. The ending was quite unexpected but satisfying.
I suppose it shows my compassionate nature that I thought Athel was just TOO mean to Alder! And Alder was always described as thin, pasty, and not attractive. Surely there could have been some cuteness included somewhere? But, that's just me...
There were also some places in the plot that seemed a bit choppy and could use some better transitioning. This was quite a long book with a fairly complex plot that held my interest and even brought me to tears once or twice!
I enjoyed this very original tale and am about to get the second book in the series. Read this - you won't regret it!
P.S. I first heard of this book from Missionary Mommas!
This story is clearly aimed at young adults, but its broad strokes of political intrigue and explorations of friendship and love would be at home in any novel.
Yeager includes some elements you might have seen in other fantasy stories--a reluctant princess, a band of not-quite pirates, and competing love interests that challenge the discernment (and patience) of the aforementioned princess--but his rendering is not only original, he slyly pokes fun at the genre itself. Yeager knew what would be predictable and seemed to delight in defying those expectations, not for its own sake, but because his story lived and breathed inside of him. I appreciate that, and I also appreciate a story I can recommend to young adults without reservation for what it does not have.
I give Isle of Wysteria full marks for its engaging and well conceived fantasy world, and for a story that's written well enough to allow for a little deliberate coloring outside the lines.
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