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The Whirlwind in the Thorn Tree (The Outlaw King) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 27, 2013
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About the Author
S. A. Hunt is a U.S. veteran with very little money and far too much free time, which is now spent telling lies about time-bending cowboys and brainwashing witches. He lives in a shack in the woods in Summerville, GA, where he writes books, drinks moonshine out of a clay jug, and plays music with spoons.
You might be able to pigeonhole him in the "fantasy" and "horror" genres, but really he just uses them as backdrops. His stories are mostly studies of the human condition and the power of love and friendship--and a character that's truly human can transcend the boundaries of its genre.
In high school he was named a "Mentor of Poetry, Prose, and Performance" by the National Creative Society and in 2014 he won Reddit.com/r/Fantasy's 2014 Self-Published Book of the Year.
Top customer reviews
I plan to come back and complete my review when I've completed the book but I will tell you this; I have really enjoyed this book so far. It is terribly difficult to put down. I'm sitting at work anxious to get home so that I can read some more.
When I first read the synopsis, it seemed like an attempt by some unknown author to ride on the coat-tails of such a beloved series... I actually thought it to be quite offensive. I actually got the book for my Kindle to prove myself right!
I've, thus far, only proved myself wrong.
This book is extremely well written. The story is easy to follow, very original, and difficult to predict. Being difficult to predict is a very good thing.
I truly hope that this is not the last that we see from S. A. Hunt.
When his father dies suddenly, Sidney Ross Brigham is asked to carry on the man's legacy, a long time running series of fantasy novels. He reluctantly agrees, and from that moment on, what he thought to be reality begins unraveling. Before long, he's thrust into a world beyond his wildest dreams, and despite being so utterly foreign to him, it also feels strangely like home. It is here that his true identity, his true destiny, are to be found.
All throughout is a strong supporting cast of characters that are interesting in their own right, and contribute their unique personalities to the story. Hunt takes great care to keep each one of them an individual, and the different perspectives and themes they interject into the plot help to keep everything fresh.
Where this book truly shines though is the massive amount of detail and thought that have gone into the creation of a completely new world. The pages are full of songs, customs, food, geography and race after race of "people" that are so engrossing you feel as if you are reading a National Geographic about another dimension.
The only real criticism I can give is the amount of figurative language used. There are a few times when the metaphor and simile become a little distracting, and take away from the experience of reading, but all and all, the plot and setting are so engrossing that you can't put it down.
So for anyone who has ever gazed out the window, or looked up into the starry sky and said, "There must be something more out there," this is a book that is sure to send your spirit soaring over untold vistas and great expanses of fantastical imagining.
On top of everything else, his father has passed, and an mob of fans of his book series seem intent on getting him to finish the final book. Ross reluctantly agrees, and goes to dig up his father's old notes when he finds himself following a trail to another world.
The novel's pacing is pristine, and S. A. Hunt never leaves you enough time to get bored through the whole text. Each of the characters is especially likable, and has good depth. It's quite easy to find yourself rooting for them and sympathizing with their plights.
The novel recognizes and pays some tribute to its influences as well, but in subtle ways that make you laugh. In fact, I found myself chuckling several times through the book, as Mr. Hunt sprinkled several bits of witty banter and humorous circumstances throughout the novel to give contrast to the more serious events.
The world has a good originality to it, and both indulges in the best of the fantasy genre while poking fun at some of its more self-important edges. The only complaint I have is that it ended too early-- but it hasn't really. This book is the first part of a trilogy, so more story is on the way. I look forward to continuing along with the adventures of Ross, Sawyer, and Noreen.
The book satisfies a well developed taste palate and does not disappoint.