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Wytchfire (The Dragonkin Trilogy) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 28, 2014
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"Meyerhofer is a great writer, and I look forward to the rest of the trilogy..." Adventures in Storyland
"... the dialogue shines in this book." Footnotes
"Michael Meyerhofer's writing style and storytelling is intriguing, unique, and beautiful..." Like a Bump on a Blog
"The characters are well-developed and very real. I felt as if I could glance up and see them standing in front of me." I'm a Voracious Reader
"... a rich history, reluctant heroes and a few surprises along the way." Big Al's Books & Pals
"... a fantastic start to an epic fantasy series. " Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews
About the Author
Michael Meyerhofer grew up in Iowa where he learned to cope with the unbridled excitement of the Midwest by reading books and not getting his hopes up, Probably due to his father’s influence, he developed a fondness for Star Trek, weight lifting, and collecting medieval weapons. He is also addicted to caffeine and the History Channel. Michael Meyerhofer’s third poetry book, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest. His previous books of poetry are Blue Collar Eulogies (Steel Toe Books, finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize) and Leaving Iowa (winner of the Liam Rector First Book Award). He has also published five chapbooks: Pure Elysium (winner of the Palettes and Quills Chapbook Contest), The Clay-Shaper’s Husband (winner of the Codhill Press Chapbook Award), Real Courage (winner of the Terminus Magazine and Jeanne Duval Editions Poetry Chapbook Prize), The Right Madness of Beggars (winner of the Uccelli Press 3rd Annual Chapbook Competition), and Cardboard Urn (winner of the Copperdome Chapbook Contest). Individual poems won the Marjorie J. Wilson Best Poem Contest, the Laureate Prize for Poetry, the James Wright Poetry Award, and the Annie Finch Prize for Poetry. He is the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. His work has appeared in a number of journals including Ploughshares, Hayden’s Ferry Review, North American Review, River Styx, and Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine. Visit Michael’s Blog: Trouble with Hammers
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Meyerhofer often switches between lyrical descriptions and brutal honesty about the world he has created. Much like Martin, Meyerhofer describes a difficult world influenced by our own history. There is war and violence, yes, but there is also honor and beauty here. The characters and their interactions are believable, as is the landscape the author leads us through. I came to care about these characters throughout the story and I cannot wait for the next installment! A good recommendation for sure!
You read that right, I seriously tore through this a couple weeks ago in two days, about 7 hours of reading… EPIC, baby! It grabbed me right off and whisked me away. I fell in love with Rowen and the trouble he got in from the get go! It is fast paced, completely horrifying with a complex world build but not so much as you had to keep a chart next to the bed but complex enough to not make you feel it was dumbed down to the masses.
All of the characters are believable, which for me was a major bonus for fantasy. Sure you suspend belief but you still want to feel the guy casting Magic Missile with a reasonable saving throw (fingers crossed you did your skill points right)… but you still want to feel like this is a guy who you could have a cup of coffee with if he was going to show up in say Erica Lucke Dean’s Suddenly Sorceress with his shirt ofg and asking for his beverage to be a half-caf with 2 shots of vanilla. The thing is, a human is a human, and when he is not, well… ?
....................A halfling rogue, a half-orc cleric, a human ranger and an elven ninja walk into (a bar.. lol.. no sorry) an orcish castle. The halfling, in an attempt to prevent the group from being ambushed by guards, makes a Spot check and rolls a nat-20.
I say “Oh hey, natural 20″. “What do I get?” he asks, and I reply with “X-ray vision”. He then asks what he sees, and I tell him with a perfectly straight face “Naked orcs.”...........................
Oops sorry I lost my way there for a moment. But I am making a point, it was fun, at times light and not to off the cuff deep and brooding like many dark fantasies. At the right moments it’s so dark and horrifying (let’s just say I would not want to deal with the “NIGHTMARE” in any of my RPG campaigns) I felt my heart race a bit! I do not have a decent saving throw at all to get me out of that one, and my chance to crit-hit with my measly collection of spells? … crap where was I (putting the dice away). Oh ya, Wytchfire and Michael (so much for my short and sweet.. dang it all!)
The book is wonderful! It even has stuff for the Japanese Fuedal era enthusiasts! I asked Geoff (my resident expert) after I read on a few scenes how spot-on and his commentary was quite complimentary, “considering it is a fantasy book, not bad!” which is pretty damn good from him.
This is one for your summer reading list with your teens too. It is not to long, certainly not overwhelmingly complex, yet complex enough but not so much as I need to create a Powerpoint chart or drag out my white board to keep track of everything. I could enjoy and also be impressed enough to recommend it to the “kid” (my 25-year-old fantasy fan) who is re-reading Sword of Truth series right now knowing he would love it too. I easily give this book a 9 out of 10 strips of perfectly crispy Cabin Goddess bacon and anxiously wait for the next in the Dragonkin Trilogy.
Hey you, stop laughing! I think I did a pretty good job! Review was under 700 words, 670 on the dot! *pokes you with her sword*
I rated this book two stars because there is little depth to it. I find my self struggling to like and connect with anyone. The main character wasn't exactly stupid but he had little history, next to no depth, and no great skill. You are tossed into a story of this guy exactly after he is thrown off the island having no clue what's special about him. All he does is walk and talk with poorly described small fights.
As for the magic, it has no depth either. All they say throughout the entire book is purple light bounces between fingers and poof they turn to ash. Does not say how it's wielded or what else they can do.
Then you have the new popular thing writers like to do... Make chapters for multiple characters. I personally hate this especially if it's more than 2 characters. It makes the book unorganized and poorly written.
The plot sounds great but was sadly executed. I guess there is an up side, no pathetic attempt of crude sex and rape in the book. Not sure if I will buy book two especially with how short this book is for 5 dollars.
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