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Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin [Paperback]

K. V. Johansen
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Mar 2007 Warlocks of Talverdin
Maurey has always been persecuted for the colour of his skin
and eyes. He has never known more about his parents than that his mother
died the day he was born. When the king's chancellor discovers that Maurey
possesses a ring belonging to the missing queen and another that may be the
key to finding the hidden kingdom of the inhuman warlocks of Talverdin, he
is imprisoned, revealed as a Nightwalker, and sentenced to execution in
philosopher's fire. Rescued by a young baroness with her own reasons for
fearing the chancellor, Maurey sets out on a dangerous journey to the land
of his father's people. If he and Annot are to survive and prevent the
destruction of the last refuge of the Nightwalkers, Maurey will have to
call on human and inhuman skills he never knew he possessed, and win the
trust of both sides of his family.

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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers (Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551434814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551434810
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 18.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,260,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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K. V. Johansen was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where she developed her lifelong fascination with fantasy literature after reading The Lord of the Rings at the age of eight. Her interest in the history and languages of the Middle Ages led her to take a Master's Degree in Medieval Studies at the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto, and a second M.A. in English Literature at McMaster University, where she wrote her thesis on Layamon's Brut, an Early Middle English epic poem. While spending most of her time writing, she retains her interest in medieval history and languages and is a member of the Tolkien Society and the Early English Text Society, as well as the SFWA and the Writers' Union of Canada. Her previous works for adults include the Sunburst-nominated Blackdog and the short story collection The Storyteller. She is also the author of two works on the history of children's fantasy literature and a number of books for children and teens, including the award-winning Warlocks of Talverdin and Torrie series. Various of her books have been translated into French, Macedonian, and Danish. Visit her online at www.kvj.ca

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"the fast-paced adventure, compelling characters, and conflicts
that make sense will reward readers of this fully realized fantasy" -- Booklist

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My father was suddenly a very real person to me. He had stood, as
I did now, watching the chancellor prepare the fire, watched the white
flames snap and roar. And he had known what was to come. But his had been a
much greater fire. They were only testing me. Only testing. And my mother
was human. That had to count for something.

The flames steadied to a slow graceful wavering. They seemed to hum a
single sweet note, just on the edge of hearing.

'Bring the boy forward,' the chancellor ordered.

I clenched my teeth. Now, when there were people to see, I was not going to
cry or scream. I would show them. I walked forward between the two guards,
staring the chancellor straight in the eye.

The note the white flames sang changed. It grew harsh and hissing, and the
flames began to leap wildly again, snapping and cracking as though they
burned pitch-filled pinewood. They reached towards me as if driven by a
strong wind.

I felt as though my skin were on fire. I knew I must plunge my hand into
the bowl of white flames. I must, to prove to them that I was human. I took
another step, and one more, but the very air burned. I could not breathe. I
could not see. I could not feel the floor under my feet. Everything had
become a hot roaring whiteness. Far, far away, I could hear Master Arvol
shouting, 'Behold! The Nightwalker cannot even approach the flame!'


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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Mar 2007
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Format:Paperback
Maurey used to be a student at the grammar school at Fowler College, but that was before his guardian passed away. Suddenly all of his tuition money, paid through college degree level, mysteriously disappeared. Now Maurey is an unpaid servant at the school, and whipping boy for bored students. In addition to being a charity case, he bears a striking physical resemblance to the sorcerers who were driven from the land many years ago. He is insulted, harassed, even assaulted, at virtually every turn. His only escape is the dark tunnels underneath the school. His extraordinary night vision helps him navigate and elude his captors. Until tonight.

Tonight he got away from the bullying students and ran directly into the King, along with the master of the school and the King's Chancellor. As a result of the impact, the chain around his neck bearing rings from his mother, the only thing he has that connects him to her, falls out of his shirt. First accused of theft, closer examination of the rings causes a much greater stir. Maury finds himself locked in a dungeon, waiting to be tried for sorcery. If his greatest fears about his ancestry are true, Maurey will undoubtedly be killed. His only possibility for help seems to be a very unlikely and unwise choice.

All I can say is WOW! I've read a fair amount of fantasy/paranormal books, and this is one of the best I've come across. Amazingly well-developed and imagined, both character and story-wise, intelligent, and witty. It's books like this, and the knowledge that it's only book one, that make me love this job!

Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 13 Mar 2007
By TeensReadToo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Maurey used to be a student at the grammar school at Fowler College, but that was before his guardian passed away. Suddenly all of his tuition money, paid through college degree level, mysteriously disappeared. Now Maurey is an unpaid servant at the school, and whipping boy for bored students. In addition to being a charity case, he bears a striking physical resemblance to the sorcerers who were driven from the land many years ago. He is insulted, harassed, even assaulted, at virtually every turn. His only escape is the dark tunnels underneath the school. His extraordinary night vision helps him navigate and elude his captors. Until tonight.

Tonight he got away from the bullying students and ran directly into the King, along with the master of the school and the King's Chancellor. As a result of the impact, the chain around his neck bearing rings from his mother, the only thing he has that connects him to her, falls out of his shirt. First accused of theft, closer examination of the rings causes a much greater stir. Maury finds himself locked in a dungeon, waiting to be tried for sorcery. If his greatest fears about his ancestry are true, Maurey will undoubtedly be killed. His only possibility for help seems to be a very unlikely and unwise choice.

All I can say is WOW! I've read a fair amount of fantasy/paranormal books, and this is one of the best I've come across. Amazingly well-developed and imagined, both character and story-wise, intelligent, and witty. It's books like this, and the knowledge that it's only book one, that make me love this job!

Reviewed by: Carrie Spellman
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story Siren Reviews: 12 Oct 2008
By The Story Siren - Published on Amazon.com
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Why I haven't heard more about this series, I don't fully understand. Being a fan of fantasy I've read more than my share and to find such a well written fantasy novel that is relatively unknown is always a surprise.

Although the novel doesn't have the outstanding depth of other fantasy greats like Eragon and Harry Potter, I wouldn't discredit Johansen's story telling ability. Her world of Nightwalkers and sorcery is just as if not more entertaining than its lengthy counterparts. It would have been easy to fully immerse myself and read the entire novel in one sitting if I would have actually had the time to do so!

It's faced paced which is always a plus with me and the elements of action, humor, adventure! The characters were likable and witty without seeming phony. It was just overall a good novel and an enjoyable read. I'm dying to start the next book.
2.0 out of 5 stars My 12 yr. old didn't like it 27 Feb 2013
By Merlin - Published on Amazon.com
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My son thought this was a boring story. He said that the 'action' part wasn't until you get to the middle of the book, and then it wasn't long enough. He said that there was fighting then they would go look for food. Then fight again, then look for food. Then look for food again. He said it was really, really, boring.
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