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Returner's Wealth (The Wyrmeweald Trilogy) Paperback – September 3, 2013
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Gr 9 Up-The creators of "The Edge Chronicles" (Random) introduce an exciting new world full of dinosaurlike creatures called wyrmes. Wyrmeweald is a harsh and unforgiving place, particularly to those who travel there seeking their fortune through gemstones, wyrme ivory, or anything else of value that can be carried out. Micah, a poor 17-year-old from the plains, travels to the rocky high country in search of his own "returner's wealth." While he is hunting for a wyve (a wyrme egg), he is gravely injured by its protector, the beautiful but deadly Thrace. As wyrmekin, she is powerfully bonded with the great whitewyrm Aseel, whom she rides and fights alongside as wyrmes are cruelly hunted and harvested for their parts. Fortunately, Micah is found by Eli, a tough inhabitant of the region who becomes his travel partner and mentor. The young men follow a murderous band only to find a wounded and unconscious Thrace. As the group joins together set on revenge, Micah and Thrace are drawn to each other emotionally and physically despite their differences. Vivid details, highly descriptive short chapters told from a variety of interesting characters, and black-and-white sketches sprinkled throughout help bring to life a thorough picture of the brutality and desolateness of Wyrmeweald. The first book in what's sure to be a popular trilogy ends with the humans securing their winter den as the cruel fullwinter is approaching. Violence and adult themes make Returner's Wealth most appropriate for mature readers.-Sherry J. Mills, Hazelwood East High School, St. Louis, MOα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Lovelorn teen Micah leaves his plains home to find his fortune in the wyrmeweald—the dangerous mountainous home of the dragonlike wyrmes—only to find himself caught up in a quest for vengeance with an experienced, socially conscious treasure hunter and the human female soul mate of a great white wyrme. The creators of the popular Edge Chronicles introduce a new adventure series for a high-school audience, centered on three people who have recently experienced loss: Micah, recovering from his first love; Eli, whose love interest is murdered; and Thrace, whose connection to the great white wyrme Aseel weakens when she and Micah discover their mutual attraction. The authors’ world building is thorough and evocative of the Wild West, augmented by Riddell’s pen-and-ink illustrations, which adorn chapter openings as well as a minigallery of wyrmes at the end of the book. Romance is included, but the focus is on rugged action, with open-ended plot points hinting at the future development of other characters and situations. Grades 9-12. --Cindy Welch
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The story is a parable set in a fantasy land of Dragon like creatures of all sorts and the humans who seek their fortunes among them. A heart broken boy, a commoner, has come here having been rejected by his noble lady fair. Determined to make good and return to her, he has an epic adventure on his way to manhood and true love. Good read ,however there are a few inconsistencies in character development. As one of the characters die there is no feeling of great loss where there could have been with some better development. A caution: the story contains scenes of graphic violence, physical and sexual. A good fantasy read!
Unfortunately, once Micah gets to the wrymweald, the pace slows. I had to work and work to make progress in this book. While the authors are careful to build and create a world, I feel like the book could have used some editing to keep things more succint and keep the plot moving along. Eventually, the pace, and my interest, picked up. And, in the end, I enjoyed the book. However, I never quite connected. I feel like the characters and plot were too closely aligned with stereotypical fantasy tropes: Micah as the naive, romantic quester, intent on becoming a hero. Eli as his mentor and guide.
It's difficult to determine what the intended audience for this book would be. Probably primarily boys, 13 or 14 and older. It's a bit bleak and dark, contains some violence, and some references, though not explicit, to sex.
Verdict: Good. An enjoyable fantasy/adventure with a dash of romance and danger. If you are looking for a quick-moving plot, this may not be for you. If you like world-building and want a slightly different (though not wildly original) take on dragons and human/dragon relations, then this is for you.
*I was given access to this title for review by NetGalley*
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