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Title:Witchlanders
Authors:Lena Coakley
Info:Atheneum (2011), Hardcover, 416 pages
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This is a strong debut novel from author Lena Coakley. I was captivated immediately by this story. Centering on Ryder, who is a well written, strong, male protagonist, we journey along as he reluctantly follows his Destiny to join with the known enemy, question all his beliefs and knowledge and decide if he wants to stay safe within the boundaries or risk all to save not only his world but that of his enemy.

Coakley imagines for us a well drawn world where I was easily able to envision myself as an observer to all that was occurring throughout the story. I could feel the bite of the air from the Chilling and cringed as I read of Falpian's mad rush to escape the Thief Spiders, feeling them fall on my shoulders as they fell on his.

She does not leave Ryder alone as the only well written character. She surrounds him with thoughtful and fully fleshed out secondary characters that you know will continue to play vital roles throughout what I'm hoping will be a series. I was surprised by Skyla's decision at the end of the story but believe that there may be ulterior reasons for why she made that choice.

I could not put the book down. When I did I was slightly surprised to see that I was sitting in my living room and not standing on a mountain side. ( )
  slsmitty25 | Feb 11, 2015 |
Falpian and Ryder are the classic example of the unstoppable force versus the unmovable person. They give witches a new twist from their different religious perspectives and upbringing. This is both an adventurous and fun read, with plenty of danger along the way to keep these two guys occupied when they aren't fighting each other.

Ryder's mother has foreseen the future, and Ryder is a part of it in stopping an assassin. It leads him to Falpian and this is where their destinies become intertwined and clearer. It won't be what they could have ever expected, but together their magic just might be enough to stop a war.

Probably the only thing I didn't enjoy about this book was how a couple loose ends were tied up without much explanation. Then there were the spiders that effectively creeped me out. I would have liked to have learned more about Falpian's backstory and home as well.

Witchlanders is a refreshing and chilling new twist to witches in the fantasy genre, with room for a sequel that I'm hopeful for.
1 vote Musefall | Jul 28, 2014 |
Falpian and Ryder are the classic example of the unstoppable force versus the unmovable person. They give witches a new twist from their different religious perspectives and upbringing. This is both an adventurous and fun read, with plenty of danger along the way to keep these two guys occupied when they aren’t fighting each other.

Ryder’s mother has foreseen the future, and Ryder is a part of it in stopping an assassin. It leads him to Falpian and this is where their destinies become intertwined and clearer. It won’t be what they could have ever expected, but together their magic just might be enough to stop a war.

Probably the only thing I didn’t enjoy about this book was how a couple loose ends were tied up without much explanation. Then there were the spiders that effectively creeped me out. I would have liked to have learned more about Falpian’s backstory and home as well.

Witchlanders is a refreshing and chilling new twist to witches in the fantasy genre, with room for a sequel that I’m hopeful for.
  Musefall | Jul 28, 2014 |
A nice after-the-war story, with an interesting world and conflict. I did wish that some of the minor characters had been more developed, but if there are more books to come (possibly hinted at but not necessary), that could change. ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
I so, so enjoyed this book. I don't stumble across a lot of new, high fantasy in the YA genre often, which is sad - because I do adore that genre.

This book has everything going for it: a shady clan in the mountain, a few crazy predictions that are somehow coming true, a former enemy bubbling to the surface, vindication, revelations, twins - oh how the list goes on.

What really impressed me was Coakley's ability to manage this rather complex storyline. There are actually two main characters in this novel (you'll notice I focused mostly on one and only briefly mentioned the second), and their stories are complicated and messy. But really, really well done. I noticed the book jacket description opted to focus on Ryder as well, and largely, I think it's due to the spoilers that are inherent to Falpain's most basic story. I actually wrote something, then opted to delete it because it was such an interesting, exciting thing that happened near the beginning of the book - I didn't want to give it away.

There are twists and turns in this one that are shocking (although the one depicted on the cover, I thought, was rather obvious) and Coakley does such a lovely job with the many plots. I would very much look forward to a sequel. A really wonderful, fun book to pick up and enjoy. ( )
  leftik | Apr 3, 2013 |
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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.

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