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Dryad-Born (Whispers from Mirrowen) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Wheeler

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The struggle to save the plague-ridden kingdoms continues in this captivating second novel in the Whispers from Mirrowen series.

The orphan Phae has kept her innate ability secret since she was young. Not only does she possess the dangerous fireblood, but she can also steal the memories of anyone who looks into her eyes.

Phae has no idea that her combination of powers is extraordinary. She is the unwitting key to discovering the secret origin of the plagues…and she is also now a target. The ruthless Arch-Rike of Kenatos has sent his most menacing servant—the Quiet Kishion—to destroy her.

As Phae struggles to wield her powers and escape her pursuers, a team of allies has already been dispatched on a quest to end the plagues. Some face the horrors in the Arch-Rike’s secret lair, while others search for the fabled lost Shatalin temple.

The determined allies must square off against the Arch-Rike, who is ever steadfast in his aim to kill Phae…and let the plagues rage on.

Über den Autor

Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to become a full-time author. He is, most importantly, a husband and father, and a devout member of his church. He is occasionally spotted roaming hills with oak trees and granite boulders in California or in any number of the state's majestic redwood groves.


Produktinformation

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 3430 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 463 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1477849319
  • Verlag: 47North (4. Februar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00DQUKZN8
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #115.214 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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Mehr über den Autor

Mittwochs von sieben bis zehn Uhr abends ist Jeff Wheeler (@muirwoodwheeler) ein Autor. Den Rest der Zeit arbeitet er für Intel, ist Ehemann, Vater von fünf Kindern und spielt eine wichtige Rolle in der örtlichen Kirchengemeinde. Er lebt in Rocklin in Kalifornien. Wenn er während der Fahrt zur Arbeit nicht in Hörbüchern versinkt, denkt er sich neue Geschichten zum Schreiben aus.

Mehr Informationen darüber, wie er zum Schriftsteller wurde, finden Sie auf seiner Internetseite: http://www.jeff-wheeler.com/ und auf seiner Facebook-Seite: http://www.facebook.com/muirwoodwheeler.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I didn't want this book to end! 24. Februar 2014
Von Donna - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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THIS MAY CONTAIN A SPOILER, SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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After trying very hard NOT to finish this book, not because I didn't love every single word, but because I never wanted it to end ... I'm done. This book was so darn good! I am in love with so many characters in this series that I will just mention my top 5 in no particular order. Annon, Phae, Nizeera, Hettie and my super favorite, The Kishion. Once again Mr. Wheeler manages to weave a story that is so addicting, that it took all my resolve to put the book down and take care of my house! Even though I was caught up in the story, laundry needed to be done, dinner cooked and a wonderful husband to talk to and so on. I almost wished I could lock myself in my room and not come out until I was done. Alas ... that was not possible. I actually started to get upset when I saw how close I was to the end. I can't say enough good things about this book. You come to care so much for these characters and their quest (if you will) that when you finish each book, you are left wanting more. I am so in love with the Kishion and I can't wait to find out what his memories are and how they are tied to Phae. I love Mr. Wheelers writing style and the characters he creates. Even the villains! You just love to really dislike them! The book ends with a cliffhanger, but I've become used to this with this author. LOL. I rated this book 5 stars because that was all I was allowed to give! This is series I will come back to again and again. As I always say, I'm not an eloquent writer and this is why I don't really write reviews. I just say what I feel and I can honestly say that I LOVED this book and I will be checking Amazon monthly until book 3 is offered, so I can make sure it arrives in my mailbox ASAP!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen an okay continuation of Fireblood 19. Februar 2014
Von zee9 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Compared to other works by Wheeler, I didn't enjoy Dryad-born quite as much. It is still a good story, but I wasn't drawn into this story as much as many of his other works.

Dryad-born picks up immediately where Fireblood left off. Annon the druidecht is sent off with Khiara the healer and Erasmus the preachan to find the hidden caves of Balisides and to discover the secrets contained within. Hettie the finder and Paedrin the bhikhu monk head out to the Shatalin temple to steal a magic weapon. Meanwhile, new character Phae, a dryad-born girl who has not yet bound herself to a tree, learns the role she is asked to fill in Tyrus the paracelsus quest to end the plagues.

For the most part, there is not much in terms of character development in this arc. Most of the developing takes place in the characters of Phae and her bodyguard "Shion", the arch-rike's former minion known as the silent kishion.
Phae starts off as an orphan with secret abilities of which she knows little about. Not only does she have the fireblood, but she also has the ability to steal memories. Both of these abilities are things she fears for different reasons. These talents make her very powerful and potentially dangerous, but these strengths are balanced out with the fact that she cannot fight and hasn't learned many survival skills. She is burdened with the quest presented to her as it conflicts with her own desires.
Shion, introduced in Fireblood, carries over into Dryad-born as a ruthless, hired killer. He is impervious to injury or illness. But he is haunted by his inability to remember his past. He joins the group of heroes not only to uphold his promise to protect Phae, but also in hopes of regaining his memories, knowing that doing so may bring him great pain.

Dryad-born progresses by jumping back and forth between the three paths of the heroes: Annon's group, Hettie and Paedrin's team, and Phae and her group. Each group goes through their own sets of trials and challenges. Each one is well thought out and narrated. The trials target each characters' weaknesses and puts their strengths to the test. In most situations, the different teams can only succeed by pooling their abilities and working together. I felt that this gave each of the supporting characters a meaningful role to fulfill. Eventually, these three plot lines converge as the arc comes close to an end.

There were a few minor issues I had with Dryad-born. The first of which was that the writing felt a bit choppy at times, especially during speech. By this, I mean that there were many blocks of text where the sentences were very short with little variation in length. To me, this felt like the natural flow of the story was interrupted. When this occurred during speech, it seemed to take away from that person's voice/tone, especially when the same style of speech popped up with different characters.
The second issue I had with this story was that after reading it, I didn't feel as if the heroes were any closer to venturing into the Scourgelands. Some goals were accomplished, no true secrets were uncovered, no new knowledge was really gained. I don't know that after the events of this arc if the group of heroes is any better off than they were at the start.

I found that the most enjoyable parts of this story was Wheeler's use of description. Locations, the aforementioned trials and challenges, lore of the various classes, and conflicting emotions. All of these details continue to build upon the world Wheeler created and to further bring to life the main characters. The reader becomes immersed in the world and develops an investment in the characters. I am especially happy about the fact that Wheeler took the time not only to develop each characters' strength(s) but also their weaknesses so that the reader isn't left with a cast of overpowered, on dimensional characters. By utilizing third person POV from the perspectives of different characters, the reader can get into the minds of each one and gain a better understanding of their goals and fears.

I think this is a good book for those who are a fan of Wheeler's writing or who like fantasy/adventure stories. While Dryad-born really only serves as a bridge between Fireblood and the third book of the trilogy, I still enjoyed this story and I am looking forward to the conclusion.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read. Highly recommend. 3. September 2014
Von Andrew J Mann - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
I have read all of the great fantasy authors (Jordan, Martin, Shaara), and while Wheeler's work isn't as ambitious or complex, it is a fantastic and exciting read. Jordan and Martin struggled, and are currently struggling in Martin's case, to end their huge saga of characters, ideas, and thoughts, what is great about Fireblood and Dryad-Born is that you get all of the depth of the underlying world and characters, but none of the fluff that goes along with a 14 book series. Anyone who has read Jordan's Wheel of Time series and Martin's a Song of Ice and Fire series know what I am talking about. I could not put Fireblood or Dryad-Born down. Both are excellent novels which I would highly recommend. Buy the book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen wonderful reading 7. Mai 2014
Von Linda Schwartz - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
great follow up to book one. easy reading which takes you on a exciting, dangerous and heart pounding journey through many fascinating lands. the characters are complicated, with histories neither all good nor all bad. the author builds each chapter so at the end of the chapter your urge to go on to the next is high and difficult to ignore. fun, light reading, very enjoyable. i highly recommend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent series! 21. November 2014
Von kayjun - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Enthralling read. Wheeler is constantly keeping the reader guessing as to the motives and loyalties of his characters. He has thrown in enough plot twists to keep us distrustful. He has gathered a broad spectrum of characters by this second book but manages to keep us caring for each. There is plenty of action to propel the story forward but these books are more based in philosophy and reason. I enjoy the challenge of solving the puzzle with the pieces he gives the characters and hope to arrive at the correct conclusion before they do!

I especially like the subtle relationship developments between the characters. The only one that seems a little unrealistic is the relationship between phae and her father. I don't know what it would be like to meet a father after 16 years but I imagine she would have strong and conflicting emotions. Wheeler does address it but not in depth. However, it doesn't distract from the story, on the contrary, a think dwelling on it would weigh the story down. He focuses where the focus needs to be, with furthering the complicated plot, revealing slowly the pieces of information needed to unravel the mystery around the arch-Rike

Wheeler also manages to skillfully insert gems of wisdom without sounding preachy. I enjoyed his vast collection of clever sayings used by the Romani. It's hard to keep track of all his different cultures but they are reasonably well fleshed out. Some of his cultures respect life, others knowledge. He weaves a complicated example of the interconnectedness of nations and economies.

This is a great series. I highly recommend it.
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