The people of Nadae live under a shadow - a prophesy foretelling the birth of a child with magical talents who will unleash the powers of an evil Necromancer upon the land. Part fantasy in the tradition of "The Lord of the Rings", part coming of age story, "Nomadin" is the tale of Ilien, a young boy who hasn't a clue about his true lineage and the staring role he is destined to play in determining the course of history. A refreshing new voice in young adult fiction, Shawn Cormier is a natural storyteller, constructing a magical realism of Wizards, Giants, NiDemons and Grolls without ever lapsing into fairy tale cliches. In Cormier's world, as in ours, the lines between good and evil are often blurred. The characters are well-drawn, and the dialogue sparkles with wit in this enchanting new novel about moral ambiguity set against a Tolkein-esque backdrop.
One 2 Watch - New Collectables: Nomadin by Shawn P. Cormier
Have you ever wished you'd had the foresight to acquire a copy of the original self-published (Paolini International) version of Eragon before prices soared into orbit (currently selling for 500+ British Pounds, or $922)? Well, unfortunately, I cannot turn back time. However, I can recommend a book that certainly has the potential to emulate Eragon.
Sixteen years in the making, Nomadin is the first novel by American Shawn P. Cormier. Although the book was written in a mere thirteen months, the ideas and characters had a gestation period longer than the age of most of its readership. In between the author's full time jobs of running the family jewellery store and being a family man, Shawn has produced a very impressive first outing. Aimed at the Young Adult market, Nomadin tells the story of a twelve-year-old apprentice wizard's unwitting journey of self-discovery through Nadae, a land filled with magic, mystery and malevolence.
The novel was self-published through the author's own publishing house, Pine View Press, in July 2003. The first print run constituted just 1000 paperback originals. This was quickly sold-out, resulting in a second print (1000 copies) and a recent third print (1000 copies). Although the second print is not marked as such it is easily distinguished by two major changes: the addition of a map to the reverse of the Contents page and the correction of 'Printed in the Canada' on the Copyright page. Note that although the author is a native of the U.S. the book was printed in Canada for financial reasons. The third print is clearly identified 'Third Print' on the title page. At the time of the writing, the third print can still be obtained through the author's website (pineviewpress.com). As well as promotional posters depicting the front cover, pencils have been produced printed with spells from the book (the significance of which becomes apparent when reading the novel).
Nomadin is the first book in a planned trilogy. Fortunately we don't have to wait sixteen years for the second installment, entitled NiDemon, which is due for release in the spring of 2005. The final chapter in the sequence, Necromancer, will follow in 2006.
What sets Nomadin apart from the majority of self-published novels is the sheer quality of the prose, the careful plot construction, and the well balanced pace. Overall the book has the feel of an established author plying his trade through a major publisher. No doubt this is why an undisclosed major publisher currently has Nomadin under consideration. Although the vast majority of the Pine View Press first prints were sold, mainly in the U.S., I can confirm that a number have made their way to our shores. Signed, dated and inscribed copies of the Pine View Press first print were initially being advertised at 100 British Pounds ($184.56). However, prices have recently begun to increase rapidly. If you can pick up a copy at a reasonable price, Nomadin could well constitute a very solid investment.
Writer Cormier captures the essence of the genre to produce a zestful, fast paced work sure to please kids and parents alike. Comparable to Tolkien and C. S Lewis author Cormier is a fresh voice on the Middle Grades/Young Adult fantasy scene. Cormier's Main Character Ilien is a kid youngsters everywhere can like. He isn't the most popular member of his class. In fact the book opens with school bullies ready to clean his clock. "Nomadin" is filled with all the ingredients readers hope to find. Appealing, resourceful, non-stereotypical characters, well-drawn scenarios, kid friendly dialog all abound in this work offered by talented author Cormier.
There is scarcely a moment to pause in the runaway pace of the narrative which will be a delight to young readers and lovers of fantasy alike. It is an exciting and very fast-moving tale in the tradition of rites of passage young adult fantasy fiction.
"This novel casts a fresh spell for fans of the boy-wizard genre." --Kirkus Reviews
"Nomadin will surely strike a receptive chord with fans of Tolkien and Robert Jordan. More Shawn Cormier!" --Nancy Holder - Author of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blood and Fog
MOVE OVER HOBBITS! The people of Nadae live under a shadow - a prophesy foretelling the birth of a child with magical talents who will unleash the powers of an evil Necromancer upon the land. Part fantasy in the tradition of "The Lord of the Rings", part coming of age story, "Nomadin" is the tale of Ilien, a young boy who hasn't a clue about his true lineage and the staring role he is destined to play in determining the course of history. A refreshing new voice in young adult fiction, Shawn Cormier is a natural storyteller, constructing a magical realism of Wizards, Giants, NiDemons and Grolls without ever lapsing into fairy tale cliches. In Cormier's world, as in ours, the lines between good and evil are often blurred. The characters are well-drawn, and the dialogue sparkles with wit in this enchanting new novel about moral ambiguity set against a Tolkein-esque backdrop. --Review from Long Island University Magazine
From the Author
Though I wrote Nomadin fromstart to finish in exactly thirteen months, the tale itself was over sixteenyears in the making. I began writing about Ilien and his adventure in 1987,during my sophomore year of college. Through many fits and starts, marriage,two children, buying my first house, becoming firmly entrenched in a familybusiness, I managed to eke it out one word at a time, writing at night when thehouse was still and all my other obligations were "responsibly"handled. This will come as no surprise to anyone who aspires to write a book. Awriter is compelled to write. I am compelled to write this tale, that's all.And a responsible writer will write when he or she can. What does surprise awriter is knowing that someone actually took the time to read their book. SoThank You for finding and reading Nomadin: Book One. Please tell me what you thinkof it. I can be reached at Shawnpcormier@aol.com or feel free to write me at:
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And please spread the word aboutNomadin. Tell friends and family! Submit your review online! Ask for it at yourlocal bookstore! And please visit my website, pineviewpress.com, for moreinformation on the continuing adventure.
Once again . . .THANK YOU!