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Act of Will [Kindle Edition]

A.J. Hartley
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Will Hawthorne is in trouble. He had been looking forward to his 18th birthday because that meant he’d finally be a professional actor, but Will has a knack for screwing things up royally. He winds up on the run from the authorities and into the arms of a party of principled adventurers who represent everything Will doesn’t believe in—principle, self-sacrifice, maybe even magic—but they seem to be his best chance of staying alive and free for a few more days.

But when his new “friends” take a job investigating a band of ruthless and mysterious horsemen who have been devastating a land far from all Will has known, he encounters an altogether different level of danger. Soon it is not clear which is more likely to get him killed, the party’s nobility, the enemy’s merciless efficiency, or his own special talent for fiasco.

Can Will get used to this world of vanishing adversaries and magic swords? He will have to if he’s going to survive it. And to wind up rich and in the good graces of the beautiful Renthrette, he’s going to have to do rather more than that…

“Fast paced and beautifully written” R.A. Salvatore

A “clever page-turner” Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 628 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765321246
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D29WTB4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111,607 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Though I live in the USA now (where all my books were first published), I was born and grew up in Lancashire. After attending Manchester University I left the UK to work in Japan, and eventually wound up in graduate school in Boston. I now live in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I teach Shakespeare at university there.

I've written long fiction all my life, and started publishing novels (mainly with Penguin) in 2005. I write for kids and adults, and (as you'll see if you poke around) in various genres. Can't seem to limit myself to one kind of story :)

I'm married with a son, and various animals, one of which--the dog--promises to be the size of a horse soon. I make beer and, occasionally furniture. I used to paint (not especially well) and play guitar and piano (likewise) but I struggle to find the time these days.

I hope you like my stuff. Drop me a line through my main website, or through facebook or twitter. I'm easy to find.



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4.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected and pleasant surprise 4 Sept. 2009
Act of Will. Where to start? Well, I can honestly say that this book surprised me. Look at the cover, read the blurb - I got the very distinct impression that this would be a medieval based, Shakespearean-type story with a fantasy twist in the tale. What I got was a thoroughly enjoyable fantasy romp that, once it got past the initial stages, turned out to be an action packed, funny and thoughtful story.

Will Hawthorne is a young actor who always ends up playing the female roles, when he suddenly finds himself in some serious trouble with the law and on the run. Stumbling into a private meeting of notorious adventurers he falls, literally, into their debt for saving his behind. With his options limited he takes up their (rather reluctant) offer to join and travel with them for the time being. The group consists of Lisha, Mithos, Garnet, Renthrette and Orgos, all individually skilled and deadly in their area of specialty. Act of Will follows Will as he joins and travels with this bunch of adventurers while learning a lot about the wider world.

While there are a good handful of main characters, the whole story is told from Will's perspective - and what a perspective it is! I'll be honest and say that his character at the start didn't do much for me. I thought he was full of himself and very grating because of his attitude. Thankfully Will grows as a character throughout the novel and his unique perspective allows some rather interesting and humorous situations and conversations. Orgos is by far the second 'main' character and has the strongest ties to Will through the friendship that slowly comes together between them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unsung hero 30 April 2009
I read this book on holiday and and did nothing else for the next two days. The main charactor got you hooked after the first chapter. You had to know what situation he was going to have to talk himself out next. Although set in an ancient time the language was modern and not out of place in today's society. If I had to compare the humor it reminded me of 'Mash',sad and serious but hilarious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 22 Jun. 2013
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It's very rare for me to give 5 stars to a book but this one definitely qualifies. Great plot, wonderful characters, clever prose. This has it all.

Told from the point of view of the main character, his voice has a wonderful reality albeit in a fantasy setting. He has a great sense of humour and a gift for words that saved his life on several occasions. I was reminded of "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him' a couple of times. Very cleverly written and a joy to read.
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