Wil Deft

Wil Deft

by Richard Wolkomir
Wil Deft

Wil Deft

by Richard Wolkomir


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There's terror in this story, and beauty, too, and fierce love. It starts in a fishing village, near the empire's northern border. It begins with the coming of a cat.

She jumps onto Wil Deft's windowsill.
"Come," she says. "It is time."
"No," he says.

Yet, he goes. He must--into his village come imperial constables, hunting him. He must flee from all he knows, up the river and then into the great forest, where ancient enchantments linger.

His only guides are that cold-eyed forest cat and a lonesome dog. Dog and cat bicker. Oaks and sycamores murmur about their passing.

Then, atop a high crag, an eye opens. Wil Deft is seen. He is marked. Now he must do what he fears.

He must go where powerful forces plan to crush him-so he's told by a tribe of magicians, in their treetop city. And he must go alone, with only that lonesome dog.

Yet, that dog loves him, fiercely.

And on that love all turns.

Because of what he now must do, Wil Deft will be changed forever.

So will his world.

Here is what reviewers and readers say about Wil Deft-


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-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

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 at how very quickly I was drawn into Wil Deft's mysterious 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 www.richardjoycewolkomir.net.

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