The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend

The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend

by John Dahlgren

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ISBN-13: 9782970120100
Publisher: JOHN DAHLGREN
Publication date: 09/12/2018
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

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John Dahlgren, a psychologist and a member of the Swiss Psychologist Federation, has been working as a marketing director for a pharmaceutical company in Switzerland since 1998. Born in Stockholm, Sweden, he grew up close to the vast and untamed landscapes of Scandinavia, and was influenced from an early age by Nordic sagas, fairy tales and mythologies. This environment fired his imagination and later inspired him to become a fiction writer. He has studied creative and fiction writing at Oxford University, where he earned high praise for his work. Currently engaged in several book projects for both younger readers and adults, he lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, with his wife and two children.

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Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite The Tides of Avarice by John Dahlgren follows lemming librarian Sylvester Lemmington who has spent his life reading about adventures, never expecting to embark on one of his own. The mayor of his beloved hometown of Foxglove is ruthless and has sinister plans to get rid of Sylvester by sending him on an Exodus, the same trip that caused his father to disappear years earlier. A daring adventure may lead him to his father, but it could also cost him the girl he loves, her mother, and his friends when they're captured by the pirate Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane. When a treasure map lands in his paws, he's led on a wild adventure he never imagined possible. The dialogue is fantastic with dialect, jargon, and an assortment of fun sayings that are humorous and broaden this world that John Dahlgren has brought to life. Each character is unique with quirks, flaws, a zest for life, and vivid enough to pull you into the adventure with them. There's a historical quality to the plot that mixes with a layer of lore and fantasy, with the talking animals so personified that it's easy to forget they're animals. The names are clever, ranging from the more down to earth Sylvester and Viola to the more unique Cheesefang and Hairbell. It's an emotional and fun read, perfect for those who love adventures, animals, pirates, sci-fi, and fantasy. The Tides of Avarice is a riveting adventure with talking animals, lots of danger, and pirates. A must-read you won't be able to put down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Sylvester Lemmington is a lemming and a librarian and this makes him one of those privileged with knowledge, because he reads a lot. He happens to possess a valuable map that leads to immense treasure. Now, a pirate lord, Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane, is after this map and will stop at nothing to get it. He is a ruthless thug and poses a great threat to the lemming. Sylvester’s sweetheart, her mother and other people are in danger and they need his help. And while the town is under duress from an ill-fated and egoistic mayor, Sylvester must save them all and save himself from the claws of the pirate. Does he have what it takes to accomplish such an arduous mission? The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend by John Dahlgren is an impeccable tale for fans of animal fantasy, a story that is every bit as hilarious as it is entertaining. This is one of the best books I have read about animal fantasy and I enjoyed it even more than Animal Farm. The writing is wonderful, filled with such powerful descriptions that conjure up clear images of the setting. The smells, the colors, the images and the social aspects of the environment are so beautifully portrayed that the reader will see everything unfolding before their eyes. The story is expertly plotted and written at an excellent pace. The characters are charming, quirky, and memorable. John Dahlgren’s The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend caught me by surprise and I couldn’t stop reading from the moment I opened it. Action-packed and mesmerizing!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend by John Dahlgren is a fascinating story that will delight fans of animal tales. But it is even more fascinating to notice how familiar the characters are to humans. Sylvester Lemmington is a librarian and a lemming. He has read a lot in books of adventure and he has his own fantasies too, but now he will have to get down to action. When Viola (his sweetheart), her mom, and other friends of his are in grave danger, he has to save them. His hometown of Foxglove is also suffering from a vile and ruthless mayor, and he has to do something to save the city. But Sylvester is hunted for a treasure map by the cruelest captain that ever sailed the Seas of Sagaria, Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane. Can he get away from the pirate captain, save his town and the lives of people he cares about? You’ll have to read on to find out. First, the setting is painted in vivid descriptions and the reader immediately gets a powerful feel of what Darkwater looks like with its sluggish air, the smell, and the meanness of the inhabitants, including the children. A part of the town is described as “the dankest, dismalest, most corpse-littered part of Darkwater.” The writing is highly descriptive and tight, offering powerful images that literally hypnotize readers. It is action-packed and John Dahlgren knows how to make readers feel as though they are part of the drama. The action is intense and it doesn’t diminish at any point. Readers quickly get to love the characters, especially the narrator and his ebullient, compelling voice. The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend is the kind of adventure readers want to watch on screen. I loved everything about this book, from the exquisite writing, to the compelling, quirky characters, to the hypnotic plot, and the exciting setting. You can’t put it down once you start reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite The Tides of Avarice (A Sagaria Legend) by John Dahlgren is an animal action/adventure story that would appeal most to a mixed audience of tweens, teens, and young adults who enjoy adventure fiction where the main character is an animal. Sylvester Lemmington is a lemming and a librarian, with the title of Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongues, who is plagued by questions about what happened to the lemmings who set off for the edge of the Mighty Enormous Cliff and never came back. Young Sylvester’s life is in for a big change when, by mistake, he came to own the most sought after treasure map that ever existed, and he is now being hunted by a cruel pirate captain by the name of Terrigan Rustbane. Does Sylvester Lemmington have what it takes to go from a Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongues to an adventurer who can save his friends, family, and sweetheart? Move out of the way Paw Patrol, animal rescuers, and Pound Puppies, and make room for Sylvester Lemmington in The Tides of Avarice (A Sagaria Legend) by John Dahlgren. I personally found Sylvester Lemmington to be my favorite character and I really liked that he was not the traditional hero type with big muscles, a brash personality, and loads of strength. Instead, I liked that Sylvester Lemmington was an intelligent character with cunning, wit, and the ability to think on his feet. The fact that he was also an adorable lemming only added to his appeal as a character in my mind. The story itself was very well written and I loved how the author made each scene come alive in my mind through the use of descriptive language without adding too much detail. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope the author decides to write a follow up novel soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In The Tides of Avarice (A Sagaria Legend) by John Dahlgren, an unassuming librarian is tested by a dangerous adventure and possibly death. Sylvester Lemmington, a lemming, is a mild-mannered Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongues, living a peaceful life in Foxglove with his mother, Hortensia. When he and his girlfriend, Viola Pickleberry, rescue a ferret named Keelhaul Levantes from the river, Sylvester's peaceful life is no more. Levantes gives a treasure map to the lemming, warning him about the risk that comes with it before his last breath. Rescuing Levantes sets in motion a wild chain reaction of events; the first would be the arrival of Captain Terrigan Rustbane in Foxglove, a feared pirate in Sagaria. Set in a unique universe, lemmings, foxes, worgs (creatures that are uglier and nastier than trolls), ferrets, rats and many more fill the world of Sagaria. The pace of the well-structured and exciting plot is appropriately mellow in some parts and fast in others. This added to my enjoyment of the story, following Sylvester as he navigates through his adventure. Dahlgren gives readers a delightful cast of animal characters. I’m very fond of Viola, Sylvester’s exuberant sweetheart, and her tough mother, ‘Three Pins’ Daphne. These two left an impression on me through their individual traits. Readers will find the humorous but sometimes dark and dangerous antics that the characters get themselves into endearing. On the whole, I truly enjoyed this smart and exciting swashbuckling adventure, a great read for both young and adult readers.
ReadersFavorite6 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie Dagg for Readers' Favorite "Tides of Avarice" by John Dahlgren is a quirky, swashbuckling, original combination of pirates, treasure maps and lemmings. Sylvester Lemmington is our hero: a timid, serious lemming who works as a translator for the head archivist at the library. The love interest is Viola, a pretty, feisty lemmingess who merrily leads Sylvester into trouble, along with his treasure map. Add a missing father, Jasper, who took part in the last great lemming Exodus, from which mysteriously none returned many years ago, a whole host more slightly off-the-wall characters, plus of course an original plot, and you have a very entertaining, enjoyable book in your hands. There is plenty of skulduggery going on, and not just from the pirates. The lemmings and other animals share all our human characteristics, including the less wholesome ones so that there is a layer of social commentary buried in the humour. I read this with my ten year old - neither of us quite in the intended YA audience - but it is hard to say which of us enjoyed it more. I could pick up some of the humorous subtleties of the writing that he missed but he could clearly imagine every single scene going on in his own head. We were both hooked. Dahlgren, a Scandinavian by birth, has an incredible mastery of language and is a very, very clever, creative writer. The story twists and turns, with enough of the extreme and ridiculous to keep youngsters engrossed and adults chuckling. It is refreshing and ingenious – it’s brilliant!
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Adventure, pirates, lemmings Reviewed by Ben Weldon (age 14) for Reader Views (4/12) “The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend” by John Dahlgren is the story of a lemming archivist, Sylvester Lemmington. (A lemming is a small rodent.) His small world was shattered when a band of vicious pirates attacked the town of Foxglove. Led by the bloodthirsty pirate Terrigan Rustbane, the rag-tag band of evil pirates made short work of the town. Sylvester was abducted by the pirates. His ensuing adventures would make him realize just how small his world had been. Will Sylvester survive his thrilling adventures? A humble inhabitant of Foxglove, Sylvester’s world was turned upside down when a strange ferret washed up near where he and his friend Viola were fishing. The ferret was grievously injured. Before he died, he entrusted Sylvester with a shred of a map that he claimed led to a treasure beyond imagination. His last words to Sylvester were to not trust anyone. Later when Sylvester was strolling on the outskirts of town, he met a fox who called himself Robin Fourfeathers. The next day Sylvester was surprised when Robin appeared at his door and demanded the shred of map. He was dressed like a pirate. Screams and sounds of destruction from the town confirmed Sylvester’s fears; “Robin” was a pirate. Will Sylvester be able to save himself and his town? The characters were enjoyable to read about and my personal favorite was the villain, Terrigan Rustbane, who offered a dark secretive figure and model image of a pirate. There were a few slight discontinuities in the book such as the majority of nations having access to cannons but not to guns. This was a very fun read and I can’t wait to read the books in the sequel series. I would recommend this book to people who like books in which the main characters are animals. This book somewhat reminded me of another series called “Redwall.” The book is rather long, a whole 462 pages. I took me a while to read and was very entertaining. “The Tides of Avarice: A Sagaria Legend” by John Dahlgren is the prequel book to a series called “Sagaria.”
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rita V for Readers Favorite "The Tides of Avarice" is a mysteriously enthralling fantasy novel written by John Dahlgren. Sylvester Lemmington is a librarian who lives in the very safe community called Foxgrove. However, this community is made up of lemmings instead of humans. Sylvester craves for adventure and mystery in his life and sets out with his girlfriend, Viola Pickleberry, in search of villainous pirates and a grand treasure. They also hope to find Sylvester’s missing father who disappeared some years before in a supposed accident. Along their splendid journey, the two encounter the crazy pirate, Captain Rustbane, as well as Madame Zahnia, the voodoo priestess, on the seas to Sagaria. They must overcome great dangers, travel the fierce sea, and face evil competitors along their way. Will they find their coveted treasure or Sylvester’s father? You’ll have to read it to find out more! John Dahlgren must have an absolutely beautiful imagination to create such a unique fantasy masterpiece on paper! The chapters flow very smoothly and the reader can comprehend the wording easily. The plot is solid and brilliantly worked throughout. The cover of the book is captivating and colorful and catches the reader’s eye quickly. It is easy to pick up and difficult to put down. The characters in this novel are well-developed and it is delightful to watch them grow and develop. Who wouldn’t enjoy such phenomenal pirate satire and witty quarreling? With its exciting, fast-paced action and well-written dialogue between its characters, this wonderful novel will not disappoint you. The arrays of animals from beavers and foxes to ocelots take on a life of their own and appear as unique three dimensional characters. I found this novel to be thoroughly entertaining and outstanding! I can also easily imagine Dahlgren’s work being made into a major motion picture or a miniseries event. Well done John Dahlgren. This novel is astonishingly perfect for young adult readers as well as older adult readers. I anticipate GREAT things coming from this novelist and cannot wait for Dahlgren’s next novel in the series to come out.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite Sylvester Lemmington, Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongue, and obviously a lemming, works for the old and very wise lemming, Celadon. Sylvester's childhood friend and now his love is fellow lemming Viola. She likes to compete, to race, and Sylvester likes to read but they like each other a lot. One night while they are looking out over the Great Wet Without End, a wounded ferret crawls up out of the water. Sylvester and Viola take him to the town doctor where he dies. But before he dies, Keelhaul Levanter, as the ferret is known, tells Sylvester not to trust anyone. But whom should Sylvester meet next but the charming grey fox who calls himself Robin Fourfeathers? Actually the fox is the notorious pirate Capt'n Terrigan Rustbane who is also called Deathflash, Doomslayer and Warhammer. Capt'n Rustbane commands the pirate ship Shadeblaze and has a crew of racoons, rats, bobcats, weasels and skunks who help him search after the Zindars' treasure. Will Sylvester, V! iola, and her mother Mrs. Pickleberry survive the onslaught of these deadly cutthroats and find this long-hidden treasure? "Tides of Avarice" is a well-written and well-edited animal fantasy that readers of all ages will enjoy. Sylvester, Viola, Capt'n Rustbane, Mrs. Pickleberry and her bat are delightful creations as are the colorful Cheesebang, Bellowguts, Gasbag, Bladderbulge the ship's cook, Pimplebrains the beaver and the entire cast of mostly animal characters. The plot follows the traditional travels afar and then back home for which science fiction novels are noted. Madame Zahnia the mouse mystic tells Sylvester on page 280 that "the path is seldom the one you'd like it to be" when talking of the future and his quest for the Zindars' treasure. However, readers would do well to follow the path that leads them to read this first-rate animal fantasy.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite Sylvester and Viola get caught up in a dilemma, taken aboard a pirate ship and are under threats of all sorts of cruel and deadly happenings if they don't reveal the source of the hidden treasure but they know if they do that, that will be the end of them. Sylvester holds the third part of a map that will reveal the lost treasure chest, or at least that is what Captain Adamite thinks and when he is murdered, Captain Rustbane renews the threats. (Who do you think killed Captain Adamite?) While on shore at a very revolting, dirty and just plain nasty pub, The Monkey's Curse, Sylvester and Viola meet and are rescued from certain death by a mouse named Rasco who proved to be a wonderful and helpful friend. This book, "A Tide of Averace", if full of adventure, frightful happenings and death deifying murder attempts, and should be of great interest to the reader. I hate to have to tell the "young adults" that this is a great book for adults too, even "older adults". "The Tides of Avarice" is quite a tail (oh, I meant to say 'tale'). I said, tail, because almost all the characters had tails as they were animals, lemmings, fox, beaver ocelot, and so on. Our hero, Sylvester, and heroine, Viola, are lemmings and most of the others are down and dirty, filthy murdering pirates. So it makes quite an interesting and fascinating story with lots of action and it is rather humorous also. A really, really good read!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Terri Tumlin for Readers Favorite Sylvester Lemmington as a slightly timid Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongues is an unlikely hero in any adventure — all the more so being a lemming in the town of Foxglove where periodically large numbers of citizens leave on The Great Exodus at the Mighty Enormous Cliff. But that doesn’t stop him when his quiet bookish life got disrupted upon receiving a portion of a map thrust upon him by a dying ferret. Pirates arrive hunting the map and the first thing Sylvester knows is that he is aboard the pirate ship Shadeblaze with his secret love, Viola Pickleberry, and her acid-tongued mother. The three lemmings embark, however unwillingly, on a series of high risk adventures as Rustbane, the pirate captain, tries to locate the treasure to be found from the map and they try to stay alive. Along the way they encounter such marvelous characters as Madame Zahnia, a voodoo priestess mouse, and a treacherous ocelot named Jeopord. "The Tides of Avarice" by John Dahlgren is a marvelous book that is an adventure, a romance, a fantasy and an all-around good read. Parts are laugh-out-loud funny. The plot is complex and satisfying and the language smooth and readable, even when the characters are using dialects. Particularly interesting and enjoyable is the way Mr. Dahlgren has been able to blend the animal attributes with human psychology into a panorama of interesting characters. "The Tides of Avarice" may be listed as a young adult volume, but adults of any age will find it fascinating. I highly recommend it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "Tides of Avarice" by John Dahlgren is a quirky, swashbuckling, original combination of pirates, treasure maps and lemmings. Sylvester Lemmington is our hero: a timid, serious lemming who works as a translator for the head archivist at the library. The love interest is Viola, a pretty, feisty lemmingess who merrily leads Sylvester into trouble, along with his treasure map. Add a missing father, Jasper, who took part in the last great lemming Exodus, from which mysteriously none returned many years ago, a whole host more slightly off-the-wall characters, plus of course an original plot, and you have a very entertaining, enjoyable book in your hands. There is plenty of skulduggery going on, and not just from the pirates. The lemmings and other animals share all our human characteristics, including the less wholesome ones so that there is a layer of social commentary buried in the humour. I read this with my ten year old - neither of us quite in the intended YA audience - but it is hard to say which of us enjoyed it more. I could pick up some of the humorous subtleties of the writing that he missed but he could clearly imagine every single scene going on in his own head. We were both hooked. Dahlgren, a Scandinavian by birth, has an incredible mastery of language and is a very, very clever, creative writer. The story twists and turns, with enough of the extreme and ridiculous to keep youngsters engrossed and adults chuckling. It is refreshing and ingenious – it’s brilliant!
Pacific_Book_Review More than 1 year ago
In the world of Sagaria – a place not so different than ours, other than virtually all the animals can talk and have roughly equal status in society – there are adventures to be had…but generally not for lemmings. Outside of the sleepy village of Foxglove, there aren’t a lot of lemmings, and their place in the world is a quiet, frequently overlooked one. The only adventure that most lemmings know of is the Great Exodus, where those chosen by the Great Spirit set forth over the Mighty Enormous Cliff to the Land of Destiny, never to return. That’s not quite good enough for Sylvester Lemmington, Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongues, but he doesn’t see any other viable path in life. Besides, being besotted with the charming and willful Viola Pickleberry, he doesn’t have a lot of room in his mind for other worries. And then, one night, he and Viola find a wounded ferret in the river – worse, a wounded pirate ferret – with a treasure map and a warning that all too soon comes true… Thus begins The Tides of Avarice, the first book in the Sagaria series by Swiss author John Dahlgren, and before you can say “Arrrr,” it’s off to the races. There’s a lot to absorb in this novel – it runs to more than 400 pages, and maintains a pace ranging from brisk to breathless throughout – but Dahlgren maneuvers through the story with wit and confidence, keeping his characters and situations deftly on the move without losing sight of the long game. Virtually all of his characters are richly drawn, even down to late-in-the-game additions (Pimplebrains, a taciturn but honorable pirate beaver, is a fine example), and the shadings in their portrayals makes the deeper themes resonate, even on the rare occasion where some of the subtext threatens to become text. However, even when some of the buried themes rise perilously close to the surface – such as the importance of using reason and rational approaches to the world over the dogma of hidebound religions – Dahlgren manages to avoid didacticism and keep the story on an even keel. Part of what makes Dahlgren’s book so remarkable is the astonishing adeptness with which the author mixes and matches genre elements and tone without dipping too far in one direction. While the book is likely to be classified as fantasy – animals talking, wearing clothes and sailing ships tends to make that a given – it’s more high-seas adventure than anything else, and a late plot development makes a strong argument for heading into another genre altogether. More to the point, the book is just plain funny. Despite some dark turns and the fact the story never shies away from violence, Dahlgren keeps a tone of near-perpetual bemusement firmly in hand; much of the expository prose and dialogue betrays an Anglophilic sense of humor, and the overall voice of the book is playfully witty, similar to Douglas Adams or Tom Holt. For fans of wit, adventure or even just pirate stories, Dahlgren’s book should be a welcome addition to bookshelves.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Sylvester Lemmington is living a quiet life in Foxglove as Junior Archivist and Translator of Ancient Tongues. He works at transcribing the scrolls that detail the Great Exoduses of the lemmings over the “Mighty Enormous Cliff to the Land of Destiny Across the Great Wet Without End,” in one of which his father took part long ago, never to return. He considers himself too bookish and timid to ever win the heart of Viola, his best friend and true love, and tries to resign himself to her marriage to the odious Mayor Hairbell. But everything in his small world begins to change one night when he rescues a stranger from drowning. The wounded ferret tells him of the lands across the sea from which he came, destroying Sylvester’s perception of the world taught to him by his religion. It also leads him to question all his beliefs despite warnings that speaking his questions aloud could land him a place in the next Great Exodus. The stranger, known as Keelhaul Levantes, also gives him a crumpled piece of parchment sought after by the dangerous man who gave Levantes his fatal wound. A few days later, a strange gray fox arrives in Foxglove asking about Levantes, and soon Captain Terrigan Rustbane and his band of pirates are wreaking havoc in search of the parchment, which contains the final piece of a map which will lead to the treasure of the Zindars. When Terrigan learns he has the map, Sylvester, along with Viola and her mother, is kidnapped by the pirates and forced into a perilous journey in search of the treasure. After reading the blurb for The Tides of Avarice, I was expecting some cute kids’ adventure story about lemmings and pirates. But this book blew my expectations out of the water. It’s smart, funny, sarcastic and yet big-hearted, with a solid, exciting plot, enchanting characters, vivid imagery, profound ideas, and great morals. Of course, the lemmings are adorable, but they’re also fierce and courageous, and the story is packed with adventure that both adults and children can enjoy. But, like Sylvester Lemmington himself, this book offers a lot more than it appears to on the surface. Quill Says: In an imaginative, intelligent adventure where compassion and individualism triumph over evil and conformity, The Tides of Avarice plots a daring course through the vilest lows of villainy to inspiring heights of spirit.
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Aaron1 More than 1 year ago
This book is so different (in a good way) from the usual fantasy/ pirate stories it should be in a category of its own. John Lars Levi Dahlgren is without any doubt a new star, not only on the fantasy but adult fiction firmament. I don't know what books you usually read- but if you haven't read this, you are missing out big time. This is a book that can be read and should be read by all regardless of age or gender, it has something for everyone. And it is deep, brrrriney deep ( sorry for the piratical slip), has a lot of humour, and is very exciting read. You really get into the head of the characters and you see them on your mental film screen in full 3 D. Great book-Read it!