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- Print Length: 349 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: February 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TUB3Y1C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,145 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Winemaker of the North: A Tale of the Dwemhar (Rogues of Magic Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"I loved everything about this very different story. The author was excellent at describing the scenes, so much so, you could almost feel the cold in the air, hear the battle around you. There was lots of action, great character interplay, and an intriguing plot that kept me guessing!"
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I loved everything about this very different story. The author was excellent at describing the scenes, so much so, you could almost feel the cold in the air, hear the battle around you. There was lots of action, great character interplay, and an intriguing plot that kept me guessing!
Well worth reading.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic and personal growth.
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I enjoyed a lot of the imagery but I felt that the author had collected a biggish cast from reading Tolkien and other fantasy and splashed them all over this book with lots of enthusiasm but not much self control. The language was occasionally surprising too - I was struck particularly by phrases such as 'an unnatural heat emulated off the fire'. Like the characters, I felt that the author had collected a lot of words and loves them but hasn't quite had time, in the excitement of writing, to work out if they actually mean anything in the context.
The author's excitement comes over very clearly but the book doesn't live up to it. He (she?) loves this fantasy stuff but hasn't got anything original to add. On the other hand, it's a remarkable spilling out of all the fantasy plots and characters and types and tropes that you've ever come across. Just, they've all been done before.
Loved the feel of the story, you could almost feel the cold of Elinathrond. Good interplay between the characters, in particular a genuine friendship Sviska (undercover as Turmin) and the Slats the dwarf, Berie, and Lord Brethor. The whole world of the Order, the Kells, the Priory works well and is cleverly thought out, makes sense and the whole wine 'macguffin' was intriguing. There's a BIG battle later and it is written very well and conveys the action clearly.
Downsides; Personally, I would have liked more physical description of the protagonists and I think the text could benefit from another proof as there is a couple of typos but that said, they don't get in the way and its cracking book that kept you guessing which direction the plot would advance. There is a tiny subplot with Mermaids that I didn't get and felt out of place to me, but loved everything else.
A confident debut novel and I'm happy recommend it to any fan of dark fantasy genre. Looking forward to reading Book 2 now...
[ Bought from Amazon UK, £2.71, read on a Kindle eReader ]
Winemaker of the North is the first book in the Saints of Wura trilogy. The story is interesting although predictable at times. I really liked Sviska – a well fleshed out character. However, the writing could have been tightened. There were quite a few awkward sentences and the use of “began” in a strange manner did bother me – at least, it was strange to me but it could be because English isn’t my mother tongue. Those “flaws” spoiled the reading experience a bit but not enough to make me stop reading. I think it’s a good debut effort. I’m giving it 3,5 stars.
Yes, the story evolves, having tie ups with the Half-elf Chronicles. The world is being assaulted by dark forces and those with magic are all that s5and in the way. A story well crafte, I look forward to reading more of this series.
Pacing is excellent, no dragging, excess of descriptions or tedious filler. This was a vastly improved quality of story-telling when compared to the first book of the The Half-elf Chronicles, which I actually also rather enjoyed!
Will definitely be following the surviving characters as I'm rather invested in them and want to know just what battles they will have to face next. The enigmatic Sviska is definitely one to watch!