Fae: The Wild Hunt (Riven Wyrde Saga, Book One)

Fae: The Wild Hunt (Riven Wyrde Saga, Book One)

by Graham Austin-King


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Fae: The Wild Hunt (Riven Wyrde Saga, Book One) by Graham Austin-King

Fairies... The Fae... The stuff of bedtime stories and fables.

But sometimes the fairy tales are true. Sometimes they are a warning...

For a hundred generations the Fae have been locked away from the world, in the cold, the Outside. They have faded out of sight and mind into myth and folklore, but now the barriers are weakening and they push against the tattered remnants of the wyrde as they seek a way to return.

As a new religion spreads across the world, sweeping the old ways and beliefs away before it, a warlike people look across the frozen ocean towards the shores of Anlan, hungry for new lands. War is coming, even as the wyrde of the droos is fading.

Only by realising the truth lost in a child's tale will the world hope to withstand the wild hunt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780993003707
Publisher: Fallen Leaf Press
Publication date: 08/14/2014
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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Fae: The Wild Hunt 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for an honest review. This is a fantastic fantasy! I loved it! I normally do a character breakdown in the reviews I write, but there are quite a few characters in this book to do one for all of them, so I will focus on the two main characters. Devin is a young boy when we first meet him. He is only 10 years old, but he has a good head on his shoulders. He is bright and inquisitive. I liked him very much. Klöss is 14 years old when we first meet him, and he is training to be an Oarsman (a kind of soldier). He is a determined young man. I liked this character very much. I love fantasy novels, so when I was offered the chance to read this book, I grabbed it! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started to read this book, as I had only previously read a children's book written by this author. However, I was pleasantly surprised and delighted with the story. This book is mainly told from Devin's and Klöss's points of view, but as I said previously, there are also a lot of characters that have their say too. The story felt like two separate stories at first, and I was a bit unsure as to how it would all mesh together. However, as I got further into the story, the threads began to knit together and converge into one. I actually found myself completely hooked by the story and, as I was reading about one character, I was wondering what the other ones were up to. The book covers several years, so we get to see the characters grow up into wonderful men; Devin helping out on the farm and Klöss is an Oarsman and warrior. The story has a Viking vibe going on; there are sword fights, battles and raids. The fight scenes were quite gruesome in places, and the action was intense and exciting. I could picture them very easily, and I felt like I was actually there in the midst of them. Meanwhile, there is trouble brewing and the Fae, who have been kept at bay by a magical ward called the Wyrde, are starting to break through. These Fae are not exactly the nice and fluffy kind! They are vicious killers, who love to hunt humans. The story ends on one heck of a cliffhanger and, although I normally get frustrated by these kinds of endings, I am looking forward to find out what happens next! Graham Austin-King has written an exciting fantasy novel that kept me turning the pages! I really enjoyed the story, but felt some of the scenes ended a bit too abruptly for my liking. However, the story flowed wonderfully and was fast paced when it needed to be. The characters came alive on the page, and I could imagine the scenes in my mind like a movie. Warning: This is NOT a children's fairy tale! I do not recommend this book to young children or those of a nervous disposition, as there are scenes of violence and abuse that could be very disturbing to some readers. However, I highly recommend this book to older teens and adults alike if you love dark fantasy novels. - Lynn Worton
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite Come join Devin and the villagers, the soldiers, and Bjornmen in this riveting tale of the Fae, most commonly known over the years as fairies. Devin and his mother travel through the woods, after escaping an abusive father and husband, hitching a ride on a wagon train that was soon attacked by bandits, leaving them deserted and on their own. This is not an ordinary adventure of survival, though. What happens to Devin and his mother will forever change their lives, even if they don't find out why until years later. Devin and the other villagers lived a peaceful, normal village life until one day confusion and madness erupted. Refugees from other villages began seeking safety from the Bjornmen who invaded the land, burnt their homes, and not just raided them of their goods this time. Soldiers began filling the little village and surrounding area to help protect them from an attack by the Bjornmen. Little did the village people, soldiers, and Bjornmen know they would not only be fighting each other, but a common enemy once thought to be a child's tale. Do you believe in fairytales or Tales of the Fae? Fae – The Wild Hunt by Graham Austin-King is book one of The Riven Wyrde Saga, which introduces readers to the concepts of the origin of fairy tales, village life, soldiering, war, ship masters, and oarsmen. The author writes a transitional type of story plot. This style of writing is very intriguing as it keeps the reader’s mind focused on how each transition will tie into the next one and mesh with the main story plot of the book. The descriptive text, mysterious feel of the story, and the characters within each chapter are all created with such skill and creativity, making the book a fascinating read for all ages. Fae -The Wild Hunt is not a child's happy ending fairytale, but rather a "ghost" story of sorts, in the aspect that it is scary. If you have ever wondered where the fairy tales and kids’ sayings and games originated from, you will not be disappointed when reading Graham Austin-King's explanation.
ShieldWolfJRS More than 1 year ago
Well, this is a very hard review to write. Maybe I should write two reviews, one for the first half of the book and one for the second half. In any case I guess I will just give this a go. The first half of the book is well, boring. I could not get into the story or the characters. I found myself wanting to quit this book several times. The only reason I kept going is the writing is still very good. That may sound strange but it is true. I stuck with it hoping that the story and the characters would catch up to the writing itself, and boy did it. As boring as the first half of the book was the second half was amazing! Everything finally came together and saved this book. All the characters, Kloss and the Bjornmen, Devin and the villagers, and the Fae themselves all kick into high gear. The story became intense and I did not want to stop reading. I thought the author did a good job on the world building making a world that was familiar yet unique to this book. The writing is magnificent throughout and the reason this all came together. I am very interested to see if the author kept the ball rolling and the great second half of this book continues in book two. First half of book 2/5 STARS Second half of book 4/5 STARS Overall I guess I will average it out plus a little 3.5/5 STARS I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. mightythorjrs
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fae is a great introduction to what I think will be a great journey. I anxiously await the next installment.
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WhiskersJT More than 1 year ago
Excellent book to read and enjoy.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
I have to say that this was a decent fantasy story. I really got into the story when it first started. You have a young mother who is tired of her husband and his temper enter into she figures she will flee with her young child. I figured okay I can dig this. Then we see as even though the mother flees with her child she is still in as much danger as if she had stayed. This is when we first meet the fae though it doesn't say hey this is a 'fae'. Fast forward to where we enter into a village where Devin (the little boy who fled with his mother) and his friend Kloss live, this is where the story kind of slowed down for me.  Devin helps out with the farm while his friend Kloss decides to join and become an Oarsman. Where he learns to row big ships and fight. I thought that was pretty cool idea to throw into the story. It had I want to say almost a viking feel to it for me. As the story progresses we learn that lands from afar are starting to invade little parts of land on the coast. But there is more than just the invaders no there are the Fae! Devin's past comes to his face and we are left wondering what else will happen. Now when you think of Fae you think of fairies who are all friendly and dance and play music. Oh no these Fae are evil they are not all fun and games. They are on a hunt for humans and it seems when the moon is full that is when they will be making their way into our world. This is a dark fantasy and not something I would recommend to the younger kids, maybe the teenagers on up. There is action mildly throughout but it seemed to be more towards the end for me. The Fae do play a part but we don't really read about them only in the beginning and then towards the end.  The plot is slow to get into, and the characters are different. Kloss is one to me that we seemed to read more about. We got to hear how he wanted to be an Oarsman, how he stopped a thief and so on. Devin I figured would have been more into the story being as he started the story off with us. This is what brought my rating down. Now there is a cliff hanger and I know most people don't like them. This cliff hanger is right in the middle of an action packed fight so you have to get book two to find out how this all turns out. Do the humans win? Or the Fae? What about the Druids? What about Devin's mom? So many questions to be answered.