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Return of the White Deer by [Sells,Robert]
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About the Author

Robert Sells has taught physics for over forty years. He has been a story teller for over fifty years, entertaining his children, grandchildren, and students. He lives with his wife, Dale, in the idyllic village of Geneseo, New York with two attentive dogs who are uncritical sounding boards for his new stories. He is intrigued by poker and history, in love with Disney and writing, and amused by religion and politics.

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  • File Size: 680 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517359996
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014VCCCYO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,589 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Return of the White Deer masterfully tells the story of young Pen who valiantly tries not to be anything like his farmer father. Instead he sneaks away to learn how to use a sword. This is just the beginning for Pen as he leaves his childhood behind and enters adulthood. Secrets about Pen, his father and their past are revealed at the turn of every page. Pen's bravery, compassion, and insight allow him to lead a rebellion against the evil King. What happens next I can not reveal....

What a terrific book! I intended to savor each page of Robert Sells' new book, Return of the White Deer, but instead got hooked and devoured it. Sells is a mastermind at weaving the intricate story of Pen's coming of age, slowly revealing information about each of the characters and building explosive tension all the way through the book. Return of the White Deer is beautifully crafted, starting with the opening scene of the spotting of the mysterious white deer all the way through to the final battle at the end.

I can't wait to read the next book by Robert Sells.
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The land of Mercia is uneasy. It has been ruled for twenty years by a king, Cearl, who is cruel, caring nothing for his people. Cearl is power-hungry and obsessed by thoughts of those who might try to take his place. For Cearl doesn't possess the one thing that makes a Mercia king legitimate and beloved. He was not chosen by The White Deer, a mythical creature who legend says appears when Mercia needs a new king to choose the man best suited.

Pen is a twelve year old boy raised on a farm in the countryside of Mercia. He is drawn to two strange habits. Pen can communicate with all types of animals, both the horses, cattle and sheep on the farm and the wild creatures of the forest. He has even seen the White Deer, although he knows he must keep this a secret. He is also drawn to learn the skills of a soldier, how to use a sword, bow and knife. He is lucky enough to find a skilled teacher in the nearby village, although he hides his lessons from his farmer father.

When Cearl learns of Pen's existence, he is determined to eliminate him, as he suspects that Pen may be the next Chosen One. Pen is kidnapped and thrown into Cearl's dungeon after Cearl meets him and decides his suspicions are correct. When Pen is rescued by his father and his friends, it sets up a situation where a battle will determine the fate of Mercia and who will lead it going forward.

Robert Sells has written an engaging, rollicking tale of fantasy. The characters are interesting, and the action is brisk enough to move the plot along without dragging. This book is recommended for readers of fantasy.
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Format: Paperback
Young Pen does not want to follow in his father's footsteps, he wants to try for something more in life. He starts with learning how to defend himself, slowly maturing from a child to a man. It is difficult to sum up the book better than what is already mentioned in the summary without letting a few spoilers go, so this review will not focus too much on that. The reader will enjoy getting to know and connect to Pen. His character is easy to like, his characteristics are memorable.

Pen manages to remain comparatively normal regardless of the unusual circumstances he finds himself in. For the most part, he comes off as a caring, intelligent, and brave character. The other characters are fun to get to know, but Pen's character will be the one to draw the reader in. The reader will travel with Pen; the book is almost inspirational with the message that sometimes, with enough effort, good may overcome evil. It is exhilarating to believe that one may fight someone much stronger and more powerful and stand a fighting chance. The significance of the white deer is clear throughout the novel, though not overstated. The author writes with purpose, the book is well-written overall. There are several twists that will keep the reader entertained and turning the next page. This book is good for teen/middle grade readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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I love to read and this is a book worthy of anyone's time. The story line is appropriate for all ages. The characters, in the book, teach us of our inner strength and ability to move beyond the circumstances. The story emphasizes how age is not a deterrent to success, that communication comes in all ways, not just verbal conversation. The fortitude shone by men, women and children to achieve a righteous goal is remarkable.
In today's world, we need to slip away to where the "White Deer" lives, to a place that affirms our inner abilities and helps us to remember that good can overcome evil, that treating each other with respect and tolerance yields amazing results and that love is always needed to keep us going.
I dare say, no one who reads this book will be disappointed.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Pen's father is a farmer and his mother died during his birth. Pen has the feeling he's something more than a farmer's son but he's not sure why. He's taking sword and knife lessons for an old knight because he thinks he needs the skills for the future. Maybe he's to be a soldier? Just don't tell his quiet farming father about it...

The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you). It has already been published and you can pick up a copy now.

This is set in medieval times and the current king is evil and half insane. There's a legend that the white deer is the one to pick the king. This king not only did not get picked, he tried to kill the white deer. When he doesn't succeed, he offers riches to anyone who can.

Pen goes for a walk in the forbidden woods and sees the white deer. She appears to talk to him but he doesn't remember much about it and he can't say where he's been and what he's seen. He keeps it to himself.

When the local tax collectors try to eject his father from the table the group is occupying at the tavern, he refuses to move. He also disarms the man trying to kill him. A friend takes care of the other tax collector. They go to the King and lie to him about the event and tell him the boy has seen the white deer. It's only a rumor but the King is deadly and they want to stay alive. Soon, Pen has been kidnapped and taken to the castle dungeons.

His farmer father shaves his beard, changes his clothes, and emerges as the General from the previous wars. He's going after his son. He takes a small party to make the rescue, then more join him. He plans to fight the King and take the country back for the people. His son wants to join him but he's young.
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