Nature Abhors a Vacuum [NOOK Book]

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Aiden Wainwright was the son of a wagon maker in a small country town where nothing interesting ever happened, until a chance encounter with a strange relic changed him forever. Obsessed with unravelling the mystery of his experience, Aiden turns from his friends and family and studies the arcane arts, discovering within himself a spark of intellect he never imagined. But his resourcefulness and courage are put to the test when he travels to a nearby town in pursuit of answers, and finds the place on the brink of...

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Nature Abhors a Vacuum

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Overview

Aiden Wainwright was the son of a wagon maker in a small country town where nothing interesting ever happened, until a chance encounter with a strange relic changed him forever. Obsessed with unravelling the mystery of his experience, Aiden turns from his friends and family and studies the arcane arts, discovering within himself a spark of intellect he never imagined. But his resourcefulness and courage are put to the test when he travels to a nearby town in pursuit of answers, and finds the place on the brink of disaster. An ordinary young man with an extraordinary talent, Aiden must marshal his limited resources and ally himself with the desperate locals to thwart a dire plot which threatens the lives of thousands.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011513824
  • Publisher: Stephen L. Nowland
  • Publication date: 9/9/2011
  • Series: Aielund Saga , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 145,773
  • File size: 765 KB

Meet the Author

I was one of those kids who daydreamed his way through school. All the little adventures I'd concoct in my mind were far more interesting than math or tests or sport. Somehow, I passed the important bits (art and english) and moved on, but always with a creative perspective to my life.

It was around 1992 when the magic of reading really sunk into me, for it was then I discovered fantasy novels. Feist, Salvatore & Eddings showed me worlds that fired my imagination, and from that point on I knew I wanted to write the stories that flitted around the recesses of my imagination.

Unfortunately, I spent most of the next fifteen years dealing with poor health, including resultant chronic fatigue syndrome which interfered with my life immeasurably, but gave me ample time for thought. An abortive attempt to create a story happened around 1996, but I look back on such things as stepping stones on the road to where I wanted to be.

My first complete novel was actually done back in '03, but it was a derivative work based on elements from other stories, something I didn't realise until after I'd written it. The mind can do funny things if you don't keep it on a tight leash! Still, there were some unique points to the story I kept, so I scrapped the rest and began a completely new for Neverwinter Nights, that RPG video game thing you may or may not have heard of.

The story was so successful (filled with rich, creamy character development) that I lamented that only people playing the game would ever see it. In 2009, with my health improving, I resolved to novelize the stories I'd written, in addition to developing the world in which they exist as the basis for a new fantasy series.

I consider those stories to be merely the first iteration of the saga, for my novels have evolved far beyond the original scope, in terms of detail, plot and character building. Looking back on it now, I can see my style has evolved a very long way from those humble beginnings indeed.

Oh, I also paint. You can expect to see more cover art with each title, becoming more technically sophisticated each time.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    Have you ever read one of those books where you're instantly int

    Have you ever read one of those books where you're instantly interested
    in the main character? Yeah. This is it. It starts with a prologue of
    an incident in the Aiden Wainwright's youth. Chapter 1 begins with him
    as an adult who has been defined by that incident. The city they're in
    has been shut down and someone has to get through for supplies. A
    number of characters join him along the way. Each one of these people
    have their own personality and are given the time to develop to the
    point where the reader is invested in what happens to each and every
    one. My favorite is the cleric, Nellise. (I have a thing for beautiful
    clerics, but . . . ) Actually, my biggest complaint about these books
    is that Nellise's life is going to suck. I'm certain it will end badly.
    *sigh* The dialogue has humor scattered throughout, the battle scenes
    are vivid and intense, and the characters make you like or hate them.
    For the first time in a long while, I found myself staying up late, not
    wanting to put the book down. I truly recommend this to anyone who
    likes high fantasy. At over 200,000 words, it's a tale of epic
    proportions that reads fast.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Excellent

    1400+ pages but still a fast read. An exciting adventure with excellent characters.

    About halfway thru, I did get find it kinda irritating that Pace was referred to as the "blonde rogue" and Aiden as the "young adventurer" soooooo frequently. Either just use their names or vary the descriptive reference more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Avidfantasyreader

    1493 pages and i could not put it down. These heroes are exciting and relatable. You will feel their triumphs and their pains and sorrows. They are outcasts, and mercenaries. As well as best friends and companions. This book will break your heart, then put th pieces back together along with our heroes. Best book i have read since " The Name of the Wind ". I am absolutely waiting for more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Like a bunch of short stories

    This book is a bit like a bunch of short stories with ties to each other and tied together with a few rubber bands. Don't misunderstand, the stories are pretty good, and the parts tying them together get a bit better towards the end. That being said, the author refers to one character constantly as "the blond rogue" or "the rogue" and wish he'd have just called the character by name or found a different way to refer to him other than "the blond rogue" constantly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Okay

    A lot of pages, thin plot, and not much character development, however much mayhem, mayhem, and outright murder continuously

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Ok

    Good plot but so much insulting betweenbcharacters got ols very quickly. Many british/australian words I had no clue what they meant. Many many misspellings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2012

    Fast paced, real life characters, great read

    A great adventure story with characters full of depth and trauma. A fast pace that keeps the story moving though there are a few instances of typos and other minor things. All together a fun read and I am looking forward to the next book.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Fun to read

    Fun to read

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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