Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Review and Giveaway: The Wayfinder, by Darcy Pattison

Reviewed by T.R., Teen Reviewer

The Wayfinder is a story about a young man who possesses the ability to locate anything. Using what is called “The Finding,” the protagonist, Win, is able to find anything that he can picture in his mind. While simple, this is an original take on the use of magic and is rather interesting in comparison to other fantasy novels, which tend to portray magic in a predictable way. Set in a fantasy world, the author provides hints of a grand setting and universe, but the story all takes place within only a short distance of Win’s hometown.

The plot line centers around Win and a telepathic dog, Lady Kala, going on a quest to find a magical well to cure the nation from a plague. They travel through some interesting places, such as a village where the residents magically enslave wolves to hunt for them. The story is a good length and doesn’t leave the reader wading through unimportant backstory.

My only complaint about the story is a subplot that draws from the story as a whole. Win is dealing with the grief and depression from the loss of a loved one that was partially his fault. While I generally would support any idea that gives a character more depth or emotion, Win’s constant internal conflict sometimes makes him come off as mopey and annoying.

On the whole, I recommend The Wayfinder. It’s a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Book website: www.thewayfinder.com
Author’s website, Fiction Notes: www.darcypattison.com
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DISCLOSURE: Thank you to the author for providing product samples for this review and giveaway. The reviewer was not compensated for this review in any way and all opinions are 100% those of the reviewer. Amazon affiliate links belong to the blog owner.

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