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by David Pedersen

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When Angst turned 40, he knew it was over. Angst had longed to be a knight of Unsel, to make his mark in history, to be remembered for heroic deeds and wondrous acts. He grew up knowing he was destined for something great, but now it is too late. Not only is 40 far too old to become a knight, Angst is one of the few able to wield "the magics".

For 2,000 years


When Angst turned 40, he knew it was over. Angst had longed to be a knight of Unsel, to make his mark in history, to be remembered for heroic deeds and wondrous acts. He grew up knowing he was destined for something great, but now it is too late. Not only is 40 far too old to become a knight, Angst is one of the few able to wield "the magics".

For 2,000 years magic has been outlawed, repressed, even outright destroyed throughout the world of Ehrde. By law, Angst is reduced to using his great power only to file papers. His marriage is on the rocks, his friends are bored with him, and he hates his job. The one person that makes him happy is the young Princess Victoria who seems to adore him. Unfortunately, that makes his boss, the Queen, hate him.

Without warning, Unsel is besieged with dangerous monsters - birds with metallic beaks, monkey creatures that can dive through solid ground, mindless horse-eating giants. The world that shunned magic now turns to Angst for help, and he is happy to listen once his back stops hurting.

On the edge of a mid-life crisis, Angst drags his reluctant friends along with him on an adventure into the heart of magic. He's not sure where they're going, what they'll find, or even if they'll survive. But he knows this is his one chance to be a hero because the only way to fight magic is with magic.

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David J. Pedersen is a native of Racine, WI who resides in his home town Kansas City, MO. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has worked in sales, management, retail, video and film production, and systems administration. David has run 2 marathons, climbed several 14,000 foot mountains and marched in Thee University of Wisconsin Marching Band. He is a geek and a fanboy that enjoys carousing, picking on his wife and teenage kids, playing video games, and slowly muddling through his next novel.

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Angst 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Mnm_010 More than 1 year ago
I initially picked up this book because the author started following me on Twitter, and decided to pick it up and give it a try. I have been nothing but pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing and enjoyability of the story. The characters are fantastically written and more believable than I've read in a long time. It's a really smooth read and I find that I've read for an hour when I intend ten minutes. If you like fun, flowing, enjoyable fantasy with a fantastic plot, then this is a book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I may not be 40 or going thru a midlife crisis however this was one of the best reads I have read in a long time. There were many characters and situtaions that I could relate to. Pedersen brings the book to life on the pages and keeps you wanting to read more. I can not wait to continue to read more of his writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will make you laugh out loud. It is well written. You really get to know the main characters and will be able to relate even if your not 40 something. Magic, monsters, kingdoms and heroes. This book will have you so imerged in a fun and exciting read you will wonder where the time went. I also read the second book in this series and it's a cliffhanger. I honestly can't wait for more books. The most fun read I've had in years. You won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read! I am looking forward to getting the authors next book.
raynefirewitch More than 1 year ago
David J. Pedersen's debut novel, "Angst", is a wonderful journey through a magical world filled with wonders. The pages of Pedersen's book are filled with wonderful characters to love and hate as they bring joy or frustration to the reader. Pedersen has not only created a vast world bulging with all the elements fans of fantasy crave, but also brings a unique and enjoyable touch to the genre of speculative fiction. Pedersen seems to have taken a page from Kurt Vonnegut's rule book in working hard to make the reading easy. The 767 page novel passes quickly, even when plagued with the. Though geared for an older audience, "Angst" is well suited for fantasy readers of all ages.
DustyCraine More than 1 year ago
Alright, here is the quick summary. Angst (yes, that's really his name) is an overweight paper filer for the kingdom of Unsel. He has control of magic but it's of limited use in a kingdom that has outlawed its use for 2,000 years. Oh yeah, he's also 40-something years old and in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Couple that fact with a disposition that compliments his name and you've got a great everyman character. A character that resonates with any guy who just knew he was destined for greatness but feels his moment has passed him by. Angst is also something of a ladies' man or at least a shameless flirt. And what man doesn't fancy himself one of those? His wife Heather is the love of his life, but even she throws a dig or two at him about his flirting. His own friends are exasperated when it seems he's found another woman to charm. But when you're a larger than life personality like Angst, you are bound to make a fan or two in places you wouldn't expect. For Angst, that person is the young princess Victoria who our hero meets while ducking out of a particularly boring speech being delivered by the Queen herself. Despite his flirting Angst is a one woman man and is fiercely protective of his friends. At a party in the castle his friend Rose (yes, another woman) is pursued a bit too aggressively by a knight. Angst does something that surprises everyone and sets in motion the adventure contained in the novel titled after its protagonist. Some of what I really like about Angst was that it didn't get overly serious or dreary. There was humor. There was quasi-romance. There were reluctant heroes. And you can't discount the twists that you don't see coming. Maybe I've read the same authors too often and so I can predict their next moves but Angst surprised me time and again. I was so pleasantly surprised by what I was reading that I fought the urge on several times to call a friend of mine who reads fantasy and tell him to go buy Angst! Or hell, I'd buy it for him. Just read it! But he doesn't have an eReader and I don't know how I could convince him to read it on his computer. Angst isn't a breath of fresh air, it's a whole gust. Its fantasy unlike anything I've read lately. If I absolutely had to compare it to another author's series I may compare it to Terry Brooks Landover series; although Angst is about a million times more likable then Ben Holiday. I also really liked the fact that the characters spoke in contemporary language. No, "wouldst thou bringeth me an ale?" I'm just outright running out of superlatives to describe this book. I guess the greatest compliment I can pay is that I'll definitely be buying the authors next book, unless he decides to write a book about dog walking. I'm also giving this book just my second 5 star review of the year. It was that good.
Tattoodevil13 More than 1 year ago
Angst review on Goodreads: As a lover of fantasy books I found Angst to be a refreshing change to the heavy, over thought out names and plots that many fantasy novels have resulting in the reader having to think so hard about pronunciation that you can loose track of the story. Angst's story is told in an entertaining and flowing style. Angst is an unlikely wannabe middle aged hero. He finds himself and a group of his friends on a perilous quest that turns into an enormous seemly impossible task. They face many dangers and new experiences on their journey. Although they are on a serious quest Angst has a quirky humour that entertains throughout the story. Angst and his companions constantly doubt there ability to succeed as the the enormity of what they have embarked on begins to over whelm them. You can't help but fall for Angst flirty charms and wit. All the characters are wonderfully described and add a different quality to the story being told. The details of the story are very descriptive and make it easy for the reader to visualise the characters and scenes which adds to the intensity of the tale. Angst left me hiding from my children and sitting up have the night so I could enjoy the story in peace lol. I couldn't read fast enough as I was desperate to find out what happens at the end but at the same time I didn't want the story to end. Additionally I think this is a story than can be enjoyed by all ages and you don't need to be a fantasy fanatic to enjoy it. If you haven't already purchase a copy I promise you won't be disappointed. I'm waiting with bated breath for the next installment. Well done David for a fantastic absorbing debut novel, I hope there's many more to come :)
ShayFabbro More than 1 year ago
The title of this great book is also the name of its main character. Angst is a 40-something document filer. Not exactly a glorious or exciting profession. And not exactly what Angst had planned for his life. While attending a party at the palace, Angst sees a drunken knight man-handling his friend Rose and he takes a hold of a giant sword that no one has been able to move in centuries and uses it to defend her honor. That one act will send Angst on the adventure of his life. In the city of Unsel, the use of magic is severely restricted. After hearing of some trouble on the countries borders, Queen Isabelle decides to send Angst on a mission to find out what is going on. In this supposed brilliant move, she thinks she is sending Angst on a mission whereby if he succeeds, he will be knighted with the big blue sword he pulled from the ground. And what 40-something year old man wouldn't want that??? Unfortunately, this mission proves more deadly than any of them ever imagined. Not just to Angst and his friends he chooses to accompany him on this journey, but to the city of Unsel itself. Can Angst be the hero he's always wanted to be and save his friends, his Queen, and his country? Or will the magical forces at work prove too difficult, even for a man wielding a giant magic sword?
Beester More than 1 year ago
Middle aged, going bald, dispassionate, bored, lack of motivation, work is tedious, marriage is stale, friends are predictable and well what’s the point of the daily grind?  Oh, wait, I am supposed to be writing a review of Angst not blogging about my life right?  hehe…  The beginning description does pertain to Angst and his life as we see in working for the Queen in a low level bureaucratic position which is boring the hair right off his head.  So where and what is the point once one gets to this place in life.  Unsel is a wonderful place and one should feel fortunate to have good friends, a beautiful and thoughtful wife that loves you and a job that is dependable and provides.  Not for Angst, looking in the past and what he wants for the future is his daily thought process.  Which promotes an unhappy middle aged man that is usually lost in thought about what should or could be but if Angst ever got his wish would he truly understand its magnitude before it is too late?  We’ll see…. When I first ran across this book the description intrigued me as I was in a similar “rut” a few years back but I had health issues going on with my spine so my outlook on most things were bleak.  My family helped me tremendously to get through that rough patch and even though I am going to have spine issues for the rest of my days I can now look at each day with a smile and tell it to “suck it”!  Well, if you knew me a bit more you would understand my satirical nature.  :)  So, back to Angst, a self published work that had a premise in the description that made me wonder just how the author was going to take the mundane and make it a wonderful emotional thrill ride that when you finished reading it made you want the sequel right off.  That is a tall order to fill but Mr. Pedersen accomplished it and more in this reviewers opinion.   Angst is found in a dead end job with a marriage in trouble, in no small circumspect by his incessant flirting at times but also with his general malaise.  He befriends the princess much to the extreme displeasure of the queen but it starts a friendship that will help and sustain Angst through his many trials.  Unsel is besieged slowly by creatures and through circumstance and consequence Angst finds himself with a decision and an opportunity before him.  Angst jumps at the chance to strike out and live his lifelong dream but no one could predict the turmoil, loss and anguish it produces for him in the present and future. Magic has come to Unsel and it isn’t happy to say the least.  Every part of the kingdom will be involved to some degree and it will take all fighting together to bring it to bay.Mr.Pedersen’s writing has a simplicity to it but that has a complex undercurrent that is subtle but acute.  As I read through the novel I could tell bits and pieces here and there were just not right but couldn’t put my finger on it to save my sanity.  By the end of the novel much is revealed but to my chagrin there is more to be seen, heard and read in the next book of this trilogy.  I do enjoy a read that on one level is a light read that flows effortlessly forward engrossing while entertaining the reader.  A book that can do that with an undercurrent just waiting to be teased and tantalized is writing I love to sink my optics into time and time again.  I enjoyed the game of predicting what might be around the corner and I am happy to say my ability to predict Mr. Pedersen’s plot and flow was not even a challenge, it was a dismal attempt on my part because I maybe got one or two correct while the others continued to surprise and enlighten me further into the flowing wonder that is Angst’s story.   If you have not read Angst I challenge you to beg, borrow or steal to buy a copy.  You will not be disappointed and you will gain a new fave author which you look forward to their works hitting its release day every time. 
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