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The Druid (The Dawning of Muirwood, 1) Audio CD – Unabridged, May 1, 2022
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An abandoned child becomes a singular inspiration to the mythology of Muirwood in an epic series by Jeff Wheeler, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Muirwood and Kingfountain novels.
Eilean was born a “wretched”―a lowly foundling raised by the Aldermaston of Tintern Abbey. Then she’s chosen to assist in establishing the new abbey of Muirwood, now the site of a castle in the swampy Bearden Muir. Eilean’s role is as night servant to the druid Mordaunt, the king’s exiled advisor―and prisoner. He’s clever, dangerous, and invaluable to the Aldermaston.
Mordaunt’s priceless secret: the hiding place of an ancient tome that reveals the existence of other worlds and the magic between them. Mordaunt knows how potent its words are and how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands. But can Eilean win him over? All she must do is gain Mordaunt’s confidence and trust and persuade the apostate to divulge his secret to her. But as she learns more from Mordaunt, Eilean’s loyalties begin to fray. And the risks are greater than she imagined.
Despite betrayals, deceptions, and the deadly motivations of others, a girl from the flax fields is about to rise above her station. By exploring the potential of the power of an ancient spoken magic, Eilean is coming into her own.
Praise for The Druid
“Wheeler loads his tale with magic, intrigue, and believably conflicted characters. Readers will be impatient to know what happens next.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Action and intrigue are Wheeler’s bread and butter, as are stories with the core value of virtue without ambiguity and gratuitous violence, all on display here.” ―Booklist
Praise for Jeff Wheeler
“Wheeler once again blends exciting confrontations with depth of characterization and superb world building.” ―Booklist
“Jeff Wheeler has always been one of our more dependable storytellers. Knight’s Ransom adds to his reputation. A fine page-turner.” ―Terry Brooks, New York Times bestselling author
About the Author
Jeff Wheeler is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the First Argentines series (Knight’s Ransom, Warrior’s Ransom, Lady’s Ransom, and Fate’s Ransom); the Grave Kingdom series; the Harbinger and Kingfountain series; the Legends and Covenant of Muirwood trilogies; the Whispers from Mirrowen trilogy; and the Landmoor novels. He left his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. Jeff is a husband, father of five, and devout member of his church. He lives in the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about Jeff’s publishing journey in Your First Million Words, and visit his many worlds at www.jeff-wheeler.com.
- Publisher : Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (May 1, 2022)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1713646714
- ISBN-13 : 978-1713646716
- Item Weight : 2.71 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.5 x 6.75 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,247,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Besides several words that are used in the wrong context, the book is page after page of being told what's happening without any real description of what's happening. I'd rather "see" it than be told in text book style. Paint a picture with the words! This also makes the characters flat. Most of them talk like 12 year olds, and there's no motivation revealed for most of what they do.
The main character's emotions are mostly described with her stomach doing something, and it happened so often it started making me laugh. In fact I searched the word "stomach" and it was used about 40 times to describe Eilean's emotions. Her stomach "wriggled with excitement" and a "pit of disappointment" opened up in it. Her stomach also dropped, tensed, flopped, quivered, shriveled, tightened, wrenched, twisted, fell, clenched, knotted, and she was "sick to her stomach" multiple times instead of being told some other way that she was upset or stressed. Emotions don't always manifest in the stomach!
There were also bits of interesting plot that never went anywhere. The most glaring was when a character died and was brought back to life later by magic. This person just sort of went back to work and no big deal was made of it. Even though it was mentioned this was not normal. When something that major happens I think it's leading the plot into an important direction, but the whole situation never went anywhere. Don't they care WHO did it? HOW and WHY it happened? WHAT this might mean? The characters in the book just didn't seem to care about any of the unanswered questions.
I like fantasy books and I liked the story that was being told, I just got bored reading it because it feels unpolished and basic.
If you have read the Muirwood books Wheeler wastes no time on explanations so the story moves forward quickly. If you are new to this world you may find you have lots of questions about the magic used and what leerings really are which can be explained in far more detail in the Muirwood series. There are slight references to Kingfountain with Wizrs and interestingly also the mention of Harbingers which is another great series by this author so when you read this and get hooked you will have great books available to deliver further into where this series may be going. I know I cannot wait to find out!
I admit, I was semi skeptical about this just because...I felt like no one could top Lea and her journey in Muirwood. Come to find out no one needs to top it...a whole new story in the same world but as my review is titled, "Wow!". A few times I found myself exclaim aloud at plot twists and information. I would be reading and suddenly be like..." OMG..." and just put the book down and walk around for a few minutes processing the new layers of one of my favorite places.
Noone that I have seen does what Jeff Wheeler does, like he does it. You get to know the world intimately and the characters and their ancestors...
I can not express how pleased I am with this book in mere words. It truly takes my hands flying around and exasperated babbling to convey the pure joy that I felt so many times while reading. Muirwood. Kingfountain. Mirrowen all in this book... OMG. I am now counting down to September for book 2.
Plot premise is okay but also could use more development. Magic is a sentient entity that is used by religious order(s) to make the world better. But only certain people can control the magic and you know the adage - power corrupts, etc, etc. A corrupt church / caste system versus an upcoming messiah??? Potential - yes, approximately executed - no.
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I liked the story idea and the characters are good, with believable strengths and weaknesses, although both idea and characters felt underplayed to me, with many missed opportunities to add depth, detail and interest. Even if I hadn’t known that this was the first book in a series, I would have guessed it, as it felt as though it had fallen into the ‘setting the scene’ trap, which often leaves the reader with a weak initial story, as the author intends for better things to come.
For me, the disappointing thing is that it wouldn’t have taken much for this book, and potentially the series, to be exceptional. As it is, there’s no burning desire to buy the next one, which is such a shame, as there really should be.
So yeah a lot of it felt like whoa I think I know where this is going, but it was also great, like a comfy blanket, and I read it in 2 days and I'm eagerly awaiting the next one.
Also, I think one of the characters is a younger, grumpier Merlin which would be awesome because he's great.
I enjoy the age old debate about what makes good and evil and I love the old English stories of Merlin, druids etc. The book isn’t set in England although some English place names are used. There are parallels with Christianity which are not explicit. And some of the made up (‘power’) words are real words. I love a good fantasy and tales of magic but found this mash up gave an overall sense of confusion.
The book is the first of a series so there’s no sense of completion at the end which again leaves one feeling bereft