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Dryad-Born [Format Kindle]

Jeff Wheeler

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Présentation de l'éditeur

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.

Biographie de l'auteur

Author of the Muirwood Trilogy, Landmoor, Silverkin, and numerous stories and articles for the fantasy e-zine Deep Magic, Jeff Wheeler has long been fascinated with medieval history and lore. His inspiration for Fireblood stemmed from reading about the Black Death and its devastation in Europe and from his research of ancient Roman and Greek civilizations. Dryad-Born is the second novel in the Whispers from Mirrowen series.

Jeff is a writer from 7–10 p.m. on Wednesday nights. The rest of the time, he works for Intel Corporation, is a husband, a father of five kids, and a leader in his local church. He lives in Rocklin, California. When he isn’t listening to books during his commute, he is dreaming up new stories to write.


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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 463 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1477849319
  • Editeur : 47North (4 février 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DQUKZN8
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 an okay continuation of Fireblood 19 février 2014
Par zee9 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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 étoiles sur 5 wonderful reading 7 mai 2014
Par Linda Schwartz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 for the parents - this book is probably safe for your teen/tween 5 août 2014
Par bored99 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In general, this book (and Fireblood, the first in the series) are unique, compelling, intriguing page-turners. Even familiar elements are tweaked and combined in a new way, and I've never seen a book where so many people switched sides (good to bad, or bad to good)... let alone in a way that was believable, so that was definitely an interesting/fun twist. There were a couple of things I found mildly annoying (like him modeling a people after the Roma gypsies, and calling them "Romani," or modeling a temple after Shaolin and calling it "Shatalan"--couldn't he be a teensy bit more creative with his names?), but still, those are peeves and I did pretty much devour both books in one sitting anyway, so I really can't complain.

Just a quick note for parents: this book is probably safe for your teen/tween. Yes, it's intense, yes there are violent fighting scenes, and yes there are some love scenes, but the fighting is never super-gory, and the love scenes are emotional, but never anything more than PG rated (there's an occasional kiss, but that's as detailed as things go). No need to worry about things that cause nightmares (in fact, there's a lot about facing your fears in here) or rapes on every other page.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 excellent! 14 août 2014
Par R. L. Mester - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
This book and the first book (Fireblood) are fantastic. I had just finished reading Patrick Rothfuss' book "The Wise Man's Fear" and was hungry for more of the same genre. I knew I'd be waiting for Patrick's third book so I decided to start a new series. Amazon recommended Jeff Wheeler based on my recent purchases and I now have a new story hunger! Great story telling and character development. These two books will have you anxiously waiting for number three.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Jeff Wheeler's Dryad-Born 4 août 2014
Par Machell Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love these types of books! Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, etc. I'm so glad I found Jeff Wheeler's books! I've read Terry Brooks, Christopher Paolini (Eragon) and several other authors that write about dragons, Druids, and magicians and In my opinion, Mr Wheeler is right up there with these other authors in keeping a story alive and interesting and on the edge of your seat until the last page and leave you hungering for the next book!
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