Friday, 9 July 2010

9+: Wyrmweald: Returner's Wealth - Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell



Young pioneer, Micah, enters Wrymeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted - and seventeen-year-old Micah may never return alive, let alone a hero...After a near-brush with death on the edge of a canyon, Micah soon finds a chance to prove his worth when he meets with Eli, a veteran tracker of Wrymeweald. They choose to defend a rare whitewyrme egg and its precious hatchling before it falls into the hands of a band of evil Kith. But the fledgling wyrme has its own guardian in the shape of the beautiful, brave and dangerous Thrace. Thrace, a Kin and a highly-skilled wyrme rider-assassin; and Micah, a would-be Kith, should never mix - but the magnetism between them is strong. Together they join forces on a mission to rescue the hatchling and seek vengeance for loved-ones lost at the hand of Kith bandits. Meanwhile the glorious whitewyrme colony of Wyrmeweald looks on as its land is encroached by gold-diggers and ravaged by bounty hunters. Is Exodus the only option? And if so, when - and where - will they flee too?


When authors have been successful its always hard for them to not only make a comeback but also to journey into a new world so that the readers have something a little different. What occurs within this offering is a more grown up novel from their previous work and with more adult themes explored within.

It’s a world of hardship, a world were great danger brings great rewards and populated by the most ruthless individual bloodthirsty band of brothers ever to walk a great many children’s titles. Its dark, its full of fantastical creatures but it’s the journey of a na├»ve young wanderer who experiences hardships, suffering and loss on his excursion. It is beautifully written but the adult themes within make this a novel that I’d recommend a parent read prior to letting their youngster loose within this world.

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