Think being a superhero is hard? Try being the first one.
Will’s life is a proper muddle—and all because he was “accidentally” inflicted with the ability to run faster and leap higher than any human ever. One minute he’s a blacksmith’s apprentice trying to save his master from debtor’s prison. The next he’s accused of murder and hunted as a black-hearted highwayman.
A vengeful politician with dark secrets and powers even more magical than Will’s has duped all of London into blaming Will for the chilling imprisonments of the city’s poor. The harder Will tries to use his abilities to fight crime, the deeper he is entangled in a dark underworld belonging to some of Georgian England’s most colorful characters.
Only Will stands a chance of stopping this powerful madman bent on “reforming” London by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Will is beginning to realize becoming a legend might mean sacrificing everything that matters.
Read this new adrenaline-fueled historical superhero adventure today!
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About the Author
K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the western A Man Called Outlaw, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, and the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wayfarer begins with Will as a young apprentice seeking to rid his master of debt. He's heart-warming, if not a bit foolish at times. While trying to find better paying work, he stumbles across men who believed "the plague" was real. Gossip about unusually gifted or changed people who lived through miracles, it seemed. But Will denies that it exists...until he falls deeper into adventure than he ever dreamed. Adventure called Dr. Silas and Mr. Fitzroy. Will's family died in the workhouse because his master only managed to save one, Will Hardy. He has plans and goals, but by the end of the book his life has taken on a new purpose and vision, even if it takes a whole adventure to refresh his mind. Will learns that sometimes people beneath your level in life can provide sweet friendship, and sometimes people above his station can give him vision and greater goals. And there are evil people in all ranks of life. I love Will's relationship with Tom. Because Will grew up with no parents or siblings, Tom was his family and did his best to provide for Will like a father, while also training his apprentice. Indeed it was a task at times and would soon become more overwhelming than Tom probably imagined. Will's friendship with Rose teaches him to care for another in the way he would a younger sister. His protectiveness and Rose's independent ways creates an amusing bond at times. In Will's relationship with Mr. Fitzroy and Mr. Monarch, Will learns how people can be taken advantage of, what loss is, and how at the end of all things your social rank means nothing except that you treat all as equal in God's eyes. Will unintentionally takes on the qualities of Spiderman (with a few limitations ;), and though charged with murder, he matures into a wiser young man and a good friend and brother. I love the friendship themes throughout this book and the sacrifices made and the character growth of Will were encouraging to read.
Fast Paced Action: As a reader, if you love getting lost in a high action Steampunk blast to the historical past genre of novel with a bit of magic and romance in the mix, look no further. Wayfarer, without a doubt, is it. This premiere novel of what will surely grow into a many-book series by K.M. Wyland debuts with Will and ends with the Wayfarer. No small journey this. A young Smith's apprentice faces life altering events when he discovers he's forced to journey far and battle all manner of mayhem to protect those he loves. All while maintaining his own integrity and goals in the face of adversity, in both personal and situational conflict. The author has created a fascinating world of Old with settings in vivid detail and characters that will be hard to forget once that last line's been read. One scene I particularly liked was the moment Will, coming up against Gant and his mob, begins to realize and even embrace the persona he must become for both the greater good as well as his own goals. Set up your reading spot well because you'll want to keep on going to the next page with this one.
I absolutely loved this story! Fans of KM Weiland will be glad to know that Wayfarer is just as well written as any of her other books. I have been a longtime reader of Weiland's site Helping Writers Become Authors, and I use her book Structuring Your Novel religiously every time I prepare to write a new book of my own. As I read Wayfarer, it was delightful to see how she followed her own writing rules (right down to the midpoint at exactly the 50% mark on my Kindle!). Not that the story came across as formulaic, or anything like that. No, it's just a great story, full of vivid settings, characters so real I felt as though I knew them personally, and delightful surprises (along with some not-so-delightful ones). I enjoyed the authentic period dialog and picked up some new vocabulary along the way. Now I really want a sequel! Edit