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Wildmind Paperback – May 4, 2014
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I live on the south coast of England, writing when I can, working when I have to, reading all the time. My reading and writing passions are fantasy and sci-fi. Reading is all about escapism and enjoyment for me, and I write the type of story I like to read - that's my guiding rule. I am particularly interested in different models of magic in fantasy, and my personal preference is for a more subtle and realistic approach. In my novel Wildmind the magic is a power exerted by the mind, and it has no residual effect, e.g. there are no spells or magic swords... Find me on www.cliveanthony.me also Facebook and Goodreads, I'd love to know what you think.
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Clive has managed to write an entertaining novel full of magic, those who fear it, those who abuse it, and the others who fear to use it.
I admit that at times the writing seems geared more toward younger readers, but the fight scenes are well put together. And the final conflict is as exciting as any I've had the pleasure of reading.
Another title I highly recommend!
Wildmind is the story of the Empire of Searleddon-a vast expanse of land under the control of one emperor. It has gone unchallenged for so many generations that the current nobles and church leaders have grown complacent and have even gone to the extremes of forbidding the practice of wildmind magic.
But alas, such folly cannot go without consequence. As the hordes of an approaching Dogmen army prove that such barbarians can unite their clans with the aid of Wildminds that can control the accuracy of projectile weaponry as well as the minds of the very hounds and wolves bred by the Dogmen, the Empire will at last be breached and Castle Hurriden will fall.
But even in the face of certain doom, heroes of the Empire will arise. Respler and Vanib are but a few of those loyal to Searleddon that have wildmind abilities of their own. In these treacherous times the obvious choice is to no longer punish those with magical abilities, but to embrace their gifts and utilize them before all is lost.
As a fan of both fantasy and history, I quite enjoyed this epic tale. Anthony has produced a well written work that limits its depth into the fantasy genre to wildmind magic. At times I found myself wondering if the author is also a fan of history, as there are parallels to the fall of the Roman Empire as it was continually invaded by the Huns and the Vikings. It was thought that Rome had outlasted its might and fallen into decadence and arrogance, giving it a false sense of security and therefore weakened and vulnerable to attack. Anthony takes this ball and runs with it, weaving and molding history into an original fantasy story with new players and just enough magic to separate it from plausibility.