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Wil Deft

Wil Deft

by Richard Wolkomir


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You won't forget Wil Deft. It's about decency and cruelty. It's about courage. It's about slavery. It's about a man becoming what he loathes, and fears. It's about a dog who loves that man. Fiercely. And, on that love, all turns.

Wil Deft is a fisherman, in a village in the empire's northern hinterlands. He is just a villager, but he keeps a secret-he hears the thoughts of beasts. One day--he doesn't know why--imperial constables come hunting him.

He must flee from all he knows, into the great forest, where ancient enchantments linger, then into the imperial city itself. He makes his way in a world of darkness, and power, and slavery, haunted by its past, and damned by it. His only companion is a lonely dog, but that dog loves him, fiercely. And on that love, all turns.

With every step, every encounter, every decision, Wil. is changed. In the end, he is no longer that villager from the hinterlands.

He is, finally...Wil Deft.

Here's what readers say-


beginning with the narrator's pitch perfect storytelling "voice", I was quickly captivated and constantly lured on....I loved the author's choices of people and place names - 'Fishtown' for the village, Wil Deft for the hero. This author manages to coax poetry from every descriptive turn of phrase....


It started with a terrific hook - who can resist a talking cat sent to deliver a message? It starts off strong and just continues that way.


This is a wonderful tale! Intriguing. Imaginative. Complex...a very talented and masterful writer and teller of dramatic tales...people will find this little-known story to be as satisfying and intricate a drama of good and evil as the classics (The Hobbit comes to mind.)-Jay B. Cutts-5 Stars.

The author has totally nailed the corgi personality...a fun and interesting page-turner-David Schaldach-4 Stars.

Wolkomir's characters are memorable, especially Tobi, the corgi, who epitomizes all loyal dog characteristics. -Ellen Miller, Fl.-4 Stars


... wonderful scene-painting: mundane Fishtown, the cobblestoned streets, the glow seeping through closed shutters, and above all the sinister bulk of the imperial ship blocking out the lights of the neighboring town, all spring into reality before us. Impressive work. -Cairo, Egypt

...charming well-balanced prose, unexpected and delighting imagery (his hair needed a licking, determined the cat), perfect pacing and immediate suspension of disbelief...character's names are easily pronounced, creating instant association, and their personas are shaped almost invisibly with an expert choice of few words. I want MORE...and I want it NOW! -Long Beach, California

Any writer who can suck a reader into a fantasy with convincing characters and bizarre situations that seem perfectly normal has a true gift....Yet, it is the language with which the story is written that sets it apart....Move over your treasured copies of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis and make room for Wolkomir. -Waitsfield, Vermont

....I enjoyed the suspense-imperial constables might catch him any minute! -Denver, Colorado

From the very first sentence I was hooked....The characters were instantly real-how many writers can do this?-inside a single sentence. -Albany, New York

I'm amazed how quickly I was drawn into Wil Deft's world-Winchester, Va.

...a world as believable as Tolkien's. I woke up thinking about the characters and their world. I loved what the dog says-we all know that's what dogs would say, if we could only hear them...-the movie folks will want to do something with it. -Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502416162
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

Richard Wolkomir has worked as a laundry sheet folder, grounds keeper, roofer, zoo bear-cub keeper, reporter, and writer of award-winning articles for magazines, from "Reader's Digest" and "Smithsonian" to "National Geographic." Now he writes fiction-speculative, mysteries, and thrillers. He lives with his wife and partner, Joyce, in the New England hills. Visit his website at

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