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The Druid (The Dawning of Muirwood Book 1) Kindle Edition
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.
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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
“A superbly crafted novel of magic, fantasy, and mythology.” —Midwest Book Review
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
From the Publisher
Eilean is a foundling girl, raised in an abbey and destined to be no more than a servant. But when she is chosen to travel to the site of a new abbey under construction to look after a mysterious prisoner, her fate starts down a new path. The captive, a druid named Mordaunt, is in possession of a powerful secret that could unlock the gate between worlds—and Eilean is about to learn more than she bargained for.
In just a few months, our imprint will be celebrating our ten-year publishing anniversary with Jeff Wheeler, and what better way to mark this incredible milestone? So come right in—there’s lots to explore, and this is the perfect place to start!
—Adrienne Procaccini, Editor
- ASIN : B099RVT6T1
- Publisher : 47North (May 1, 2022)
- Publication date : May 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 5044 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 333 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #832 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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There's a fair amount of world-building with lore & vocabulary to process - it does make it feel a little tedious at times because it requires more focus, but by 15% I was pretty solidly engaged for the duration.
The author is Mormom/LDS, and it does appear to imbue the story with a sense of allegory to their founder's story, as well as some thinly veiled references to Scripture & the Apostles, but it's not proselytizing, and the themes of growth and awakening from ignorance are universal enough to generally appeal.
The question of who's really the good guys & who's really the bad guys is a fun bit of mystery - though admittedly there's also some stereotyped characters that did make me roll my eyes.
It starts out feeling a bit young-ish. Eilean is an innocent at the beginning of the story, and ends up discovering that her world & those leading it aren't quite as virtuous & wonderful as she'd believed. When she's assigned to be the servant of an imprisoned druid, he leads her to discover things about her world & self. Eventually it results in her accepting to take on an unexpected quest.
In a sense as her learning increases & her understanding of her world grows, she correspondingly develops in power - with a little help from her friends, so to speak.
The ending is surprising and pretty exciting. It leads to a chapter or episode conclusion with a to-be-continued epilogue. This is a promising start - I'll definitely be watching for the next in the series!
*Potential content: virtually none - a tame PG - there's a scene where one character tries to set up another in an amorously compromising position for revenge, but it conveys the intent without graphic detail
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.
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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.
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
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.