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Sarvet's Wanderyar
     

Sarvet's Wanderyar

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by J.M. Ney-Grimm
 

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Running away leads right back home - or does it?

Sarvet walks with a grinding limp, and her mountain culture keeps girls close to home. Worse, her mother emphasizes all the things Sarvet can't do.

No matter how gutsy her spirit or bold her defiance, staying put means growing weaker. Yet only boys get wanderyars. Lacking their supplies and training, how

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Running away leads right back home - or does it?

Sarvet walks with a grinding limp, and her mountain culture keeps girls close to home. Worse, her mother emphasizes all the things Sarvet can't do.

No matter how gutsy her spirit or bold her defiance, staying put means growing weaker. Yet only boys get wanderyars. Lacking their supplies and training, how can Sarvet escape?

Can dreams - even big dreams - and inner certainty transform impossible barricades into a way out?

Praise for Sarvet's Wanderyar

"...great introduction to the Hammarleeding's society that left me craving more. Sarvet is a wonderfully strong female character who you also meet again in Livli's Gift." - Amazon review

"Breezed through Sarvet's Wanderyar; delightful! I think this is my favourite...though I'm still partial to Perilous Chance." - Twitter comment

"...it's an entrancing story with a character you care about, and desperately want to succeed... At first I saw Paiam as the clear antagonist, but I came to sympathize with her. This makes for a complex interaction between the two characters that rages almost completely in the subtext-very clever on Ney-Grimm's part, and very effective... On a side note, one of my favourite things about Ney-Grimm's work is her treatment of fantastical creatures...the pegasi seem ethereal...creatures of light and gauze that are somehow the most real things in the world." - Speaking to the Eyes review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615743097
Publisher:
Wild Unicorn Books
Publication date:
08/16/2013
Pages:
114
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.27(d)

Meet the Author

J.M. Ney-Grimm lives with her husband and children in Virginia, just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She's learning about permaculture gardening, post-carbon preparation, and debunking popular myths about food. The rest of the time she reads Robin McKinley and Lois McMaster Bujold, plays boardgames like Settlers of Catan, rears her twins, and writes stories set in her troll-infested North-lands.

Look for her novels and novellas at your favorite bookstore - online or on Main Street.

J.M. Ney-Grimm maintains a blog featuring flash fiction from her North-lands and other tidbits unearthed by her ever-active curiosity.

Visit her at http://JMNey-Grimm.com or on Facebook.

Follow her on Twitter @JMNeyGrimm.

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Sarvet's Wanderyar 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Barbara Karp for Readers' Favorite As J.M. Ney-Grimm’s tale begins, Sarvet is filled with joyous anticipation. The fifteen-year-old knows that the day about to dawn is no ordinary one. For it is Other-joy and, rather than the drudgery of regular chores, there is celebration. However, several things threaten to lessen the joy of the fete-day. For one thing, Sarvet is not like the sisters with whom she shares the mother-lodge. A birth injury has left her with a limp, but what troubles the teen is that her mother won’t let up on her obsessive over-protectiveness. What is more, Sarvet does not see the person who would make her joy complete. Nial left on his wanderyar before last Other-joy, so why isn’t he among the young men returning? While she looks, the teen ponders the unfairness of it all: why can’t girls have a wanderyar, meet people from different places and with different ways of life, and grow from the experience? Even when Sarvet finally sees Nial and hears of his adventures, the joy of their meeting is short-lived. Her mother spots the young people, and only the lodge-mother can calm the older woman’s anger. Reeling from the confrontation, Sarvet comes to a decision: she will embark on her own wanderyar. With Nial’s help, the young woman departs, but a tumble down a snowy slope leaves her in agony. The only way Sarvet can move is by creeping up the mountainside. When she reaches the top, the exhausted girl is approached by three magnificent beings who grant Sarvet her dearest wish: to be healed. J.M. Ney-Grimm has woven a beautiful, multi-layered tapestry in this first story in the Hammarleeding series. The richness of detail belies the size of this slim volume, and Ney-Grimm’s formal writing style adds a touch of authenticity to the story. While the brief treatment of three years in the protagonist’s life might appear to be a drawback (and there are some readers who would appreciate more detail), it is not the particulars that are important but what they mean for the future. Sarvet is a strong, determined young woman who does not define herself by her disability, but by what she knows she can do and be. Even our heroine’s biggest adversary is portrayed with sensitivity as the reader learns the real (if unwarranted) reasons for her attitude. All the characters, human and otherwise, in her world are well-rounded and believable. Sarvet’s ultimate triumph over the limits of her body and moments of self-doubt will have readers applauding. Sarvet's Wanderyar is a marvelous beginning to a promising fantasy series.
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