Witchlanders

Witchlanders

Book - 2011
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After the prediction of Ryder's mother, once a great prophet and powerful witch, comes true and their village is destroyed by a deadly assassin, Ryder embarks on a quest that takes him into the mountains in search of the destroyer.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011.
ISBN: 9781442420045
1442420049
Branch Call Number: FIC/COAKLEY
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 22 cm.

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ADWithrow
Dec 01, 2016

I'm a bit underwhelmed by this one. I liked it well enough but I never really found it to be gripping or intense. With the plot line here I should have felt some of that. I think it boils down to me not really being able to connect with the characters and, therefore, not really being invested in them.

I liked the two main characters, Ryder and Falpian, I just never felt any kinship with them. The ancillary characters were well thought out but also not exactly gripping my focus. I found myself putting this down repeatedly for days at a time with no real need to pick it back up again. Which is odd, because as I was reading it I found the plot interesting. It just never stuck with me.

I feel like the world is still hazy and could have used a bit more detail and history. The whole book is wrapped around this war that happened long ago but I never really got a feel for why that war happened or why the two races were enemies.

A really solid selling point for this book is the lack of romance. The two leads are both males, with solid female characters throughout the book but no insta-love or ridiculous side plots to involve a love story.

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sjpoe
May 07, 2016

Wow! Absolutely loved this one from the get go. This was good writing filled with multi-dimensional and surprising characters. My only complaint is that there isn't a second book.

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wandering_alice
Jan 14, 2016

8/10 stars. Really enjoyed it. :)

So the whole time I was reading it, especially around the halfway mark, I kept thinking "There's no way this can only be ONE book long!" And I'm still irritated about it. It feels like the author could have written at least one more book! It was going so good!

Note: the synopsis on the back of the book isn't really what the book is all about. It gives away absolutely nothing of the true storyline which, I guess, helps a lot with plot twists and what to expect. I honestly had no idea it was going to turn out how it did. Well written story and characters. Deeply upset there isn't a book two because I really want to read what happens next.

Nothing bad in it. Language was fine and there was no romance so no sex-related stuff in it either. Plus, violence was quite minimal (though they did describe how the dogs - which I think are awesome - kill people).

The storyline, magic, etc. are unlike anything I've read (mind you, I haven't read a whole lot). I have to say it's refreshing how different and original this book is. Totally wasn't disappointed.

And to the author, PLEASE WRITE A SEQUEL!!!

8/10 stars or 4/5 stars.

Would I recommend this book? YES!

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anomaru
Jan 10, 2015

Witchlanders features a teenage boy, Ryder, with two younger sisters. Their father died because of a war, Witchlanders against Baen, a slightly different magical being. Ryder’s mother recently became addicted to maiden’s woe, a plant that acts like a drug. She claims it helps her use her magic. She has recently predicted that an assassin is coming to destroy them. Bad luck ensues, resulting in Ryder’s sisters having to stay with the witches, his mother missing, and mud creatures attacking. I liked how the author took the concept of witches and put a whole new twist on it, really milking the potential in the ancient idea. I also liked how the author portrayed Falpian; as a bit of a clumsy, aloof crybaby. It reminds one that even if you have a rich family, good education, and magic, you still have emotions like a normal human being. These traits made it easier to relate to Falpian. I didn’t like the ending, the book was fast and fun but the end was slow and quiet to me. It seemed rushed and unfinished. However, I would still recommend this to someone to read, because it has such a great concept and lessons to learn hidden between the lines. The characters are lovable and relatable, and there are a lot of them as well. Ryder and Falpian’s unlikely relationship keeps one wondering what might happen to them next. This story gives you a lot to think about if you really absorb the meaning behind Ryder’s antics and Falpian’s silly giant dog.

k_t May 30, 2013

A unique fantasy centering around two boys from opposing nations. Really liked the kinds of magic involved (singing spells!) and the action sequences. Would recommend to YA fantasy lovers, especially if you don't enjoy romance (this is a romance free read).

darrenharrypotter123 Apr 23, 2013

I really didn't enjoy this book. I found it really boring, because I don't usually read books like it. I got me confused a lot and I hardly knew what was happening

laughing_gal Apr 04, 2013

This book had a very good setting and interesting characters. I liked how it was set in a fantasy universe different than normal life.

Chamomile_Calendula Mar 20, 2013

This book was nothing that I expected of. It was very unique and I loved it a lot.

dreamwolf Mar 17, 2013

"I loved the unique plot and twists included in this novel, it was very hard to put down"

LevelSixBoom Feb 23, 2013

I found this book to be a very enjoyable read with many old fantasy tropes and a couple of new ones. It was reminiscent of a generic fantasy book but there were spins on it that gave it just enough to lean more to the original side.

The writing style was average; that's not to say it wasn't good, but I've seen better. I've definitely seen worse, however, and I found that the average writing style didn't take away from the story. There were a few great descriptions, nothing too lengthy, and then back into the story.

The story itself was compelling, intriguing and fun. I quite enjoyed it being an avid fan of fantasy, but I didn't exactly like where it ended off; it's almost a cliff hanger. One thing I really loved about this book was that it had no romance at all. Plenty of bromance (close male friendships) but no romance, which I found refreshing. It was straight plot and didn't waste time going on about how the main character is pining over some girl whom he ends up winning in the end.

Finally, I've come to the characters. Characters always play a huge part of my book ratings and I'd have to say that these characters were fantastic. The two main characters were very well developed as was the often humorous banter between them. I would've liked to see a bit more development of a couple of side characters who played large roles (like Ryder's mother who disappeared from a good chunk of the book), but the characters that were developed were fun and witty.

Overall, this is a nice, quick read for any fans of fantasy and someone looking for something that isn't all romantic and soppy. Great characters, solid writing, fun plot line and awesome dialogue. I'll definitely be keeping this book in mind as a contender at least.

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