The Woods Out Back (Spearwielder's Tale #1)

The Woods Out Back (Spearwielder's Tale #1)

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by R. A. Salvatore
     
 

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The first in the Spearwielder fantasy adventure series--from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Legacy. In a magical spot in a forest, Gary falls asleep . . . and wakes up in a dangerous realm of elves and dwarves, witches and dragons. There he discovers he is the only one who can wear the armor of the land's lost hero--and wield a magical spear.  See more details below

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The first in the Spearwielder fantasy adventure series--from the author of the New York Times bestseller The Legacy. In a magical spot in a forest, Gary falls asleep . . . and wakes up in a dangerous realm of elves and dwarves, witches and dragons. There he discovers he is the only one who can wear the armor of the land's lost hero--and wield a magical spear.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Napping after a dreary day in his dead-end job, Gary Leger wakes to find he has been kidnapped into ``the world of the Faerie.'' Mickey McMickey, a leprechaun, has brought him to join the quest of Kelsey Gil-Ravadry, an elf who hopes that by following ``the legends'' he can repair a spear that belonged to an ancient king; the spear has great powers and is able to communicate with its possessor. Gary's reluctance to go questing is overcome by Kelsey's simple argument: help me or I'll kill you. As the trio ventures forth to corral a dwarf blacksmith (to reforge the spear) and a dragon (to supply the fire needed), they find themselves thwarted by the evil sorceress Ceridwen, who sends trolls and goblins to attack them, among other impediments. In this story, which initiates the Spearwielder's Tale series, Salvatore ( The Legacy ) does not adequately explain for what purposes Kelsey wants the spear or why Ceridwen opposes him. Also, it is discouraging to see Gary working for cooperation among various male creatures--human, elf, leprechaun, dwarf and giant--while the tale offers few female characters, all unappealing and all of whom endanger the quest. (Oct.)
Library Journal
The author of the best-selling ``Dark Elf'' series turns his hand to a cross-world fantasy in this first volume of ``The Spearwielder's Tale,'' a projected trilogy.
Roland Green
Seasoned fantasist Salvatore here seeks greener pastures in a new saga, Spearwielder's Tale. The title character is Gary, a young man employed by a plastics factory but drafted by a leprechaun to seek and wield a legendary champion's spear against an evil sorceress. There is nothing new in the book--nor anything badly done. Salvatore uses standard fantasy elements with literacy, intelligence, and a good deal of wry wit--Robert the Dragon, for instance, whose breath must reforge the broken spear before it can be wielded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441908721
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/1993
Series:
Spearwielder's Tale Series, #1
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 6.68(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Boehmer graduated with a master's degree and was cast as Hamlet by the very stage actor who inspired his career path. He has worked on Broadway and extensively in regional theater, and has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. Paul's love of literature and learning led him by nature to his work as a narrator for audiobooks, his latest endeavour.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Leominster, MA
Date of Birth:
January 20, 1959
Place of Birth:
Leominster, MA
Website:
http://www.rasalvatore.com/

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Woods Out Back 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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I must confess to absolutely loving this book. Gary Leger is a character I can relate to, can identify with, and who has swept me along on his adventures. The other characters are crystal cut clear with dynamic and distinct personalities. The villians are equally as fleshed out and charismatically cunning and evil. The plot is strong and ever-twisting. Kelsenellennen... Kelsey is my favorite character by far, but Geno's acidic humor, Mickey's cocky banter, and Gary's courage and growth are just as compelling and endearing. This book feels real, and the rest of the trilogy is quite fantabulous as well--although this first is my favorite. I never want it to end. I heartily recommend it to anyone and everyone--including female fantasy fans. I'm female, but I loved this book, even though all the good guys are...well, guys, but Ceridwen could certainly be a potential role model ;-) and Gary's wife Dianne enters in the third book. Two words: buy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great start to a spectacular triogy. One of the best books I have ever read by one of my favorite authors. The characters are well devolped and are very likeable. A quick read that is hard to put down.