Witchlanders

Witchlanders

Lena Coakley / Apr 10, 2020
Witchlanders Some prophecies thwart danger Others create it Fans of contemplative psychologically rich but no less action packed fantasies la Ursula Le Guin will welcome this warm inventive debut BCCB starred r
  • Title: Witchlanders
  • Author: Lena Coakley
  • ISBN: 9781442420069
  • Page: 110
  • Format: ebook
  • Some prophecies thwart danger Others create it Fans of contemplative, psychologically rich but no less action packed fantasies la Ursula Le Guin will welcome this warm, inventive debut BCCB, starred review.High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.But it s all fake.AtSome prophecies thwart danger Others create it Fans of contemplative, psychologically rich but no less action packed fantasies la Ursula Le Guin will welcome this warm, inventive debut BCCB, starred review.High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.But it s all fake.At least, that s what Ryder thinks He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes one quarter of all the crops his village can produce And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets Everything he s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic, and about himself will change when he discovers that the prophecies he s always scorned are about him.Laced with rich, imagined histories miles of catacombs and prophecies true and false, Witchlanders takes place in an evocative, tantalizingly vibrant world and raises equally evocative questions Who gets to defines history When does a legend become a crutch And why does the enemy in war look a lot like the hero Lena Coakley s first novel is a lush, chilling story that is sure to send shivers through your finger bones.
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      • Lena Coakley

        Lena Coakley s YA fantasy, Witchlanders, was called one stunning teen debut by Kirkus Reviews and won an SCBWI Crystal Kite award Her new second novel, Worlds of Ink and Shadow, is a portal fantasy about the young Bront siblings and the imaginary countries they wrote about in childhood It debuted at 1 on both the Globe Mail and the Toronto Star bestseller lists Lena lives in Toronto and is the current Vice President of CANSCAIP, the Canadian Society of Children s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.

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    1. I am going to open this with something a tad irrelevant, but I kind of do that all the time huh Anyhow, when I first put this book on to read I took a quick glimpse of the cover and thought it had an ice landscape as the cover, and low and behold when I actually get the book I find there is an actual GIRL on it On that note what a cool cover right This book, goodness, it was just great Ok I need to do better than that shakes head I haven t read any hardcore fantasy in a while but this book rekin [...]


    2. Reasons why this book looks amazing1 It sounds like the MC is a guy I ALWAYS love those in fantasies D2 It sounds like it s a high fantasy Don t see enough of those 3 witches and magic in a non boarding school setting immediate WIN 4 there is a freaking SWORD on the cover LEGIT


    3. The Great God Kar sings the world into being He is singing even now If he stopped, everything from the mountains to the oceans to the ink on this page would disappear Kar s magic comes from harmony, and yet the God is alone, singing with his many mouths and tongues, watching mankind with his thousand eyes Once, all men could hear his songs They joined their voices with their brothers, imitating the harmonies of creation, until they made a magic that rivaled Kar s And so the jealous God sealed up [...]


    4. Absolutely stunning The world, the characters, the writing it all left me breathless One of the best fantasy novels I ve read in a while


    5. I absolutely adored this book I was completely hooked from page one and couldn t put it down, It was such a fresh, original take on magic I loved the concept of bone throwing and the idea of spell weaving through singing I also loved the main character Ryder It s rare that I read a book with a male main character so it was a nice change from the usual And I quite enjoyed that there was no love story, it allowed the book to focus solely on world building which was spectacular and developing the c [...]


    6. The Synopsis High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.It s all a fake.At least, that s what Ryder thinks He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes one quarter of all the crops his village can produce And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village [...]


    7. Just finish reread one of my favourite book Witchlanders is really one of my favourite Wanna know why It s is all because of the soulmate theme.So what do you think of soulmate Is must be that someone that are meant for you The person is a part of you No matter where you are, the person will be there for youRomantic right But have you wonder what would happen if your soulmate is the same gender with you What if each of us is way too different Or worst each of us are suppose to be enemies That wh [...]


    8. One of the best YA books I ve read in ages and one of only a handful of novels I ve read recently and didn t skim But there s not much to skim here no extraneous details, no pointless action, no characters who don t actually advance the plot Instead, there s an original, interesting story, well and concisely told There are enough well placed clues about where things are headed that readers can feel smart for figuring things out, but there are also some very nice surprises, so that it s actually [...]


    9. Before I begin discussing the story, let me point out that the cover is entirely misleading At least, it misled me into believing that the main character would be female He is not He has two sisters though, who might end up having their own stories somewhere down the line but Witchlanders has a male protagonist Over at my blog, I confessed how times than not, I feel disconnected from male protagonists and how this results in me not enjoying the book as much I could I am glad to tell you that th [...]


    10. Gosh This book was frustrating I wanted to like Witchlanders so much better than I actually did It had all the makings of a very enjoyable read good premise, interesting world history, compelling character interactions and a super secretive witch coven Sounds cool, right Unfortunately it never came together for me.I felt like the description for this book was awfully vague, so I didn t really know what it was about when I started From reading the jacket description you would never even know that [...]


    11. Witchlanders was a really interesting read, and very different from a lot of the books that I ve read recently First of all, no romance Thankfully, that means no love triangles, either Am I the only one getting tired of them Secondly, no weird paranormal beings popping out of nowhere Well, okay, there are witches But I mostly meant there are no vampires or werewolves I m kind of sick of those too I found both the cover and summary to be a bit lacking First of all, as pretty as the cover is, it d [...]


    12. I totally thought this was a paranormal novel when I first glanced at the cover I mean, it sorta reminds me of witches and vampires for some strange reason because it doesn t give off the aura of Hey I m a fantasy novel which this is High fantasy, to be precise.The book is told through alternating viewpoints of Ryder and Falpian When I first saw his name, the image that came to mind was of fallopian tubes Don t judge LoL But what s great about them is they re both distinct characters and don t s [...]



    13. this review will be posted to Bookish on August 20th Lena Coakley uses her writing to weave a potent and unforgettable story, filled with magic, adventure, love, betrayal, revenge and long buried secrets Witchlanders is not only beautifully written and absolutely compelling, but with its unique take on witchcraft, fantastic characters and exquisite winter scenery, it is a true gem among the Young Adult fantasy books of recent years.The main protagonist, Ryder, works hard in the field to make sur [...]


    14. When I read the first couple of chapters I kept saying to myself I think I m going to love this book but then it tapered off I loved the fantasy elements of it and it reminded me of what I ve been missing lately What with all these dystopias and urban fantasies that have taken over my to read pile This was exactly the sort of book that I hoped would be positively refreshing and full of magical elements And it was full of magicbut the story just didn t pull me in as much as I would have liked.The [...]


    15. Ah Here is the truly original, sweeping yet intimate high fantasy that I didn t know I was craving Beautifully imagined, beautifully written I need to let it sink in and or get my brain back before I can say anything useful about it For now if you re a fantasy fan, absolutely, read it I m sorry I missed it when it was new and I m going to go get Worlds of Ink and Shadow as soon as I can.


    16. Confession time I picked up this book expecting it to be bad But, you know, one of those enjoyable bad books that people love to snark at I WAS WRONG IT WAS AWESOME Despite a cover that looks like it s going to be all about a sad witchy girl finding love in the middle of winter and ignoring the plot, it s actually about two boys from different sides of a building war and romance isn t anywhere to be seen THE GOODReally Romance is nowhere to be seen Now, I like me a bit of romance, really I do Bu [...]


    17. It s been a long time since I read this so I don t have super detailed thoughts, but do remember loving the gorgeous wintry setting


    18. Originally Reviewed on The Book SmugglersSince his father s death, life for Ryder, his mother, and two younger sisters has been unbearable Not only has harvesting the hicca farm before the start of the winter s deadly chill become near impossible, but Ryder s mother, Mabis, has lost her grip on reality Formerly an iron willed woman who would laugh about the silly superstitions of the valley folk and the witches that portend to throw bones and foretell the Goddess s will, Mabis has turned in on h [...]


    19. Ryder doesn t believe in the power of the Witches that govern his mountain homeland He longs to escape the hard labour of his family s farm in favour of a life by the sea, but his plans change drastically when he loses his father Left to manage the farm, care for his eccentric mother and younger sisters, he is forced to accept the life he doesn t want Falpian lives a very different life with the Baens While mourning the loss of his twin brother at sea, he s sent to live alone in a tiny cottage d [...]


    20. In short Witchlanders by Lena Coakley is a fascinating and original high fantasy debut with a refreshing Bromance.The synopsis for this book is a bit misleading You would think the story was all about Ryder but it was really about two main characters and their relationship Ryder, a Witchlander, and Falpian, a Baen The synopsis also suggests, to me anyway, that romance is likely between Ryder and this beautiful and silent witch he must confront, but there is barely a hint of such a thing Also mis [...]


    21. Love That word doesn t reference the content of this book, but instead how I feel about it In particular, I am in love with the world of the Witchlands, with its red zanthia trees, its fields of hicca, the verdant valley and the mountainous backdrop Lena Coakley has imbued the setting in her debut novel with something magnetic and deep, full of possibilities and beauty and peopled with flawed, courageous and mad characters I am so very happy I read this book Witchlanders is, without a doubt, hig [...]


    22. I m having a hard time expressing my feelings for this book So in conclusion this book was stunning.The writing was beautiful and it flowed smoothly It never felt as if the book was disjointed in other books it s sometimes so clear like bad jump cuts in movies that make no fucking sense, but in Witchlanders I never even considered the thought The plot was just outstanding There were unexpected twists and turns, it made my heart race at times and that was freaking awesome One of the biggest thing [...]


    23. Cover Blurb I really like it I love the ice blue, the red banner, the sword which is rather prominent in the story, and how when you look closer, you notice the girl in the background I love all these little hints about the story itself it s well done.What I Liked Both Ryder and Farien are very good male protagonists I loved observing their developing friendship, how they came to realize that they were, despite being enemies, very much alike, and also accepting their differences I also really li [...]


    24. Imagine two points of action, like the ends of a string, fluttering around in a breeze and slowly drawing together Suddenly they meet with fireworks, explosions, and huge bursts of color For me, that just about sums up the POV within WITCHLANDERS by Lena Coakley.Unlike the cover of the book might lead one to think, the main POV in WITCHLANDERS is not a female, but a male More to the point, it s actually two different males We switch back and forth between the stories of Ryder and Falpian, enemie [...]


    25. I was really fortunate to notice this title in this month s SS Galley Grab Definitely one of the enjoyable books I ve had occasion to peruse this year, and one that I highly recommend I hope that there will be a sequel.Ryder has a lot on his plate a farm that he has to tend alone after the death of his Fa, a so called witch mother addicted to the maiden s woe that both incurs visions and an early deathd the dreams There is a Baen in his head, that he is sure of an enemy witch, playing games wit [...]


    26. I usually don t go for books rated below 3.8 3.9, as generally I have been disappointed with some few exceptions e.g Talon by Kagawa and Everneath by Ashton But, Witchlanders looked like an intriguing book, promising rich magic, deep characters and a plot filled with twists and turns, so I decided to give it a go It did not deliver.Ryder, our MC, was very wishy washy and undecided, a massive whiner and had the depth of a teaspoon I had hoped that, after the first few boring chapters, he would gr [...]


    27. Ryder is a farmer on a rocky terrain He is trying to get the crops in before the winter freeze and take care of his sisters and his drug addicted mother She uses a plant to enhance her ability to cast bones and see the future.The future she sees is grim It fortells disaster and death In an attempt to let her coven know, a message is sent using fire to call her coven to her Her message falls on death ears and disaster ensues.This takes Ryder on an adventure that he didn t want Leading him to a fu [...]


    28. This was really lovely, and reminded me very strongly of Ursula Le Guin s YA books in its deceptive simplicity and personalization of themes like war and prejudice and entrenched cultural conflict I m saving my full review for my day job, but I can t recommend this enough Strong writing, interesting characters, compelling conflict, complex themes, and lots of action this has everything.Edited to add the plot resembles very little the description given in the jacket copy I rolled my eyes at how t [...]


    29. I LOVE this book I sat down yesterday in my backyard and began to read, I did not stop except to have family dinner until it was done The characters in this book are wonderful Ryder is my favourite character of all time He is the older brother I always wished I had.What I love about this book is that even though the story has familiar fantasy elements and the common two houses divided theme, the twists and turns, and adventures have kept me mesmerised However, the crowning achievement is the cha [...]


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