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- File Size: 4615 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1530872537
- Publisher: D. Wallace Peach; 2 edition (14 May 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01FPJZCX0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 17 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,73,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Sunwielder: An Epic Time Travel Adventure Kindle Edition
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The concept of the ability to change one's path by returning to a specific moment in time to change a decision that proved to be a turning point in life is nothing short of the ultimate intrigue. Who wouldn't wish they could do that? What I really liked is the lack of control over it... And then, What if you got it wrong again? Okay, I'm teasing now! (Grin)
Having said that, I had to get used to the repetitive scenarios and I guess that's why it didn't captivate me as well as her other work did. However, the characters are very strong, and the writing is very good.
The story is engaging and intriguing, at times bloody and visceral but with an eye for the beautiful and heart-rending - at all times it is wonderfully well crafted. The emotions and sensations Gryff experiences feel incredibly real while at the same time her research into warfare and strategy has paid dividends (historians may spot a nod to Hannibal's Battle of Cannae against the Romans). Some may find the third quarter of the book a little heavy on the battle strategy but it is pertinent to Gryff's character arc so bear with it - the sublime ending makes any difficulty encountered well worth while!
As well as a wonderful story, the concept behind it struck a chord with me because I happen to be a fan of the Total War series of computer games - I have often begun a battle and things have gone badly wrong, causing me to reload from a previously saved point so that I can attempt it again with different tactics. This is exactly what Gryff does in Sunwielder (although I don't tend to end up with an arrow through my throat as a prompt to start again).
Despite the military aspect of large portions of the book, it remains focused on people and their hopes and obstacles. And there's a baddie (naturally) who is determined to bring Gryff down - I can well imagine Brant being played by Tom Hiddleston in a movie version (it would make an AWESOME film!)
Read it & enjoy!
This is a fast-paced story of undying love, baseless hate, and how a family's life becomes the pawn between those two. One of the most beautiful parts of this story is simply the way Peach links her words. Read this:
"Nearly three hundred men in the great hall dropped to one knee, right knuckles to the floor, heads bowed."
"Black oaks, dark with summer leaves, swathed the trail in shifting shadow. Shafts of sunlight speared the forest floor, altered only by the sway of branches in the heated wind."
Peach has a way of picking exactly the right word to evoke so much more than the meaning would promise. Few are better at world building. This is highly recommended not only for those who love fantasies but those who enjoy a good military thriller.
Gryff, a young farmer with a family finds his world turned upside down due to one fateful encounter during a bridge crossing. That moment has far-reaching consequences for him and many around him. When the first of those consequences ends in tragedy, Gryff is gifted with a Sunwield medallion which allows him to go back in time and change the decisions that led to catastrophe. The medallion has 27 lines, allowing him 27 chances to change/avert disaster over the course of years. During that time his role changes from farmer to soldier to commander.
The premise is interesting and the story richly detailed. I can’t say enough about the writer’s skill and story-telling ability. I also have to mention how much I loved the character Estrillde. I think she was my favorite in the book!
As someone who, on occasion, dabbles in writing, I found myself enthralled with Ms. Peach’s wordplay and story structure. I could almost see the work she put into creating her medieval world. But the technical aspects aside, the story is well told and was a pleasure to read. I was captivated by Gryff’s metamorphosis from simple farmer to army commander. My hat’s off to such a consummate storyteller.
Just as in the very exciting THE MELDING OF AERIS the author continues her ability to create fantasy in the most credible fashion. While some writers in this realm push the reader to such a distance with bizarre names, magic, mythical beasts, and impossible kingdoms, Peach instead makes her characters life like, and in doing so she is able to manipulate her story into a string of sensitive metaphors that apply to the fragility as well as the indomitability and the indomitability of humanity. More important, it seems to this reader, Peach is concerned with the betterment of humanity than she is in comic book tales. Not that she is unable to transport us to strange make believe lands and there find epic type concepts and ideas that hold the mystery of fine fantasy writing: she instead makes her stories reach out for communication to the reader as well as entertainment of a story well told. That is a gift, and it becomes more obvious one of Peach's strengths with the more novels we read.
Briefly THE SUNWIELDER is about a mystical medallion - a sunwield that has the power to alter life journeys, in this case that of Gryff Worden, our hero character whose beloved family is destroyed, and wandering the world in grief he encounters a old foreign life seer who places the sunwield on his massive chest and alters his perception of his life of the past and his hope for a future, allowing him to make viable choices for not only surviving war, death loss, grief...and love. There are so many fascinating characters who serve as the supporting cast for this drama, each once beautifully painted and nary a one is extraneous to the story. As this reviewer said before, after reading her first novel, D. Wallace Peach has found a region of fantasy that is molded by her concerns for the betterment of humanity. Her love for her mission is palpable. Grady Harp, April 14
D. Wallace Peach examines the human soul, its many faults and flaws and struggles as it lives the life dished out to it. She offers in this fantasy one society living by the motto - no future - no past - only the present. Live in the moment but do no harm, which means - no worries, no regrets, just the glorious moment of now. Something to think about. This book is written in an exquisite language and very different from the other two books, "The Bone Wall" and "The Melding of Aeris", which I've read. She has the talent to come up with new interesting concepts that stick with you long after the story ends.
I was most impressed with Gryff’s character arc, growing from a simple farmer to a confident and competent commander. I highly recommend the book and look forward to reading more books by D. Wallace Peach.
Set in a medieval/fuedal like world with constant strife between different kingdoms, especially the Sol'karans and the Aldykarans, the book starts off on an interesting note. Gryff, raised by his aunt and uncle, is a young farmer and horse breeder content with a simple life. An ordinary day in the company of his family and friends ends up on a gruesome note. The dying farmer, who witnesses the brutal slaughtering of his loved ones, is rescued by an old woman; a timekeeper from a foreign land, Edriis.
An old legend about ancient gods and their strange ways becomes a reality as he reluctantly accepts the Sunweilder - a medallion with which someone will forge new paths for him and his loved ones, based on his choices.
The badge and its 25 sunrays leads him on to new journeys with each vanishing ray representing a newer future created on an altered past expereince.
Can Gryff truly change his past, wipe out tragic moments and start from stratch each time? Where does this journey lead him? What lies for him and his people at the final destination?
The book takes us along this long adventure of our protaganist. The writing is in depth and the striking fantasy world is built with care. The narration has a smooth flow ot it and the various scenes and dialogues are well written.
Why a 3.5 rating? The story suffers from a repetition of past events in the form of Gyff's visions. His constant skirmishes with death get disconcerting after a while.
If you can ovelook these, you'll enjoy the book.
The characters are very believable and likeable. Nobody is perfect, but they try hard and eventually do the right things.
I’m giving Sunwielder five stars because I had such a good time reading it. It just feels good to read. The story is great, the people likeable and the bad guys are real good to not like. It was easy and fun, the perfect formula for relaxing with enough plot and twists to keep me interested and occasionally surprised while I enjoyed my free time. I was surprised and very happy at where Gryff finally ended up. It felt both satisfying and real.
If you enjoy fantasy/scifi this book is for you.
I will definitely pick up another book by this author.
Sunwielder takes this innovative concept and builds a world of possibility and deep-seated wonder about the ability to re-write history. D. Wallace Peach’s characters are real people, struggling against the odds, yet grounded in their fantasy world. Their conflicts are harsh and the resulting emotional buy-in is tangible. It is the normality of the characters that makes the reader question the circumstances and wonder at the outcomes. All of this is wrapped in such realistic and creative world building.
Sunwielder is a captivating read and the plot is so well done. It was a treat to immerse myself in this book and forget about the reality of life.
Sunwielder was my first book from D. Wallace Peach. I look forward to reading her other books The Melding of Aeris and Myths in the Mirror.