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Nomadin [Paperback]

Shawn P. Cormier
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July 2003
Young Ilien knows nothing of the dark tales told around late-night fires, or of the legendary Nomadin wizards and the prophesy that haunts them. But all that is soon to change. For a shadow touches the peaceful land of Nadae. An ancient evil is stirring. Already a NiDemon has crossed from the land of the dead. And now Ilien must run - from a monster of unimaginable cunning and power, toward a fate more frightening than that which hunts him. But he cannot run forever. Eventually he will have to make a stand. Sooner or later he will have to face what even the legendary Nomadin cannot . . . himself.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Pine View Pr; 1st Edition edition (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974015105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974015101
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,984,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shawn Cormier was born in 1967 and grew up in the small town of Southbridge, Massachusetts. He has been scribbling down stories since the fifth grade, and earned his Creative Writing degree from Long Island University, Southampton Campus. When not writing, he can be found in his family's jewelry store, repairing jewelry and studying gems. He currently resides in southern Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Fantastic!! 27 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
Having read the first chapter of this on the internet (available at publishers website) I was eagerly waiting to read the rest of the book. I was not dissappointed!
Mr Cormier writes with an ease that is astounding, keeping up the pace but not complicating it so one becomes totally engrossed in reading...I could not put it down! Which I find remarkable for a first time writer.
This book is written in a style that everyone will enjoy but never forgets that at heart it is a Childrens/Young Adult book. It describes Illien's emotions and reactions perfectly and you can believe that you are there experiencing the same things. Mr Cormier never becomes condescending nor falls into the trap of trying to change the story to the extent that it is over complicated or only suitable for adults.
A fantastic read, quick paced and enjoyable for everyone!
I eagerly await the next installment...
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new voice in fantasy 1 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
Nomadin is Mr Cormier's first published novel, which I could not quite believe when reading the book. The prose flows with an expert's hand and the pacing is excellent throughout. The characters are well rounded and not typical stereotypes of the genre, which would be an easy trap to fall into in a tome that sits comfortably with its peers in the YA market upwards. Mr Cormier scatters similes throughout his work to good effect, painting vivid pictures in the reader's mind, making the read thoroughly engrossing.
A liberal amount of humour is written into the book which serves to entertain the reader in this 'young boy coming to power' novel. It is this and the storytelling ability of the writer that keeps the reader wanting to read on. And, when the end is reached, wanting to read book two, which the author informs us is on its way.
The book ends with a few tangled webs still left to resolve. Usually, this would disappoint me, but Mr Cormier manages to end on a feel good note with all the major plot lines addressed while opening new ones for book two.
Nomadin is well worth a read and I would recommend it to all those that enjoy feel-good books. It is well written, holds a good plot and has enough hooks and twists to keep the most critical reader happy. Shawn Cormier is a welcome new talent in fantasy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first book 13 Nov 2005
By Stephen Westcott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nomadin is Mr Cormier's first published novel, which I could not quite believe when reading the book. The prose flows with an expert's hand and the pacing is excellent throughout. The characters are well rounded and not typical stereotypes of the genre, which would be an easy trap to fall into in a tome that sits comfortably with its peers in the YA market upwards. Mr Cormier scatters similes throughout his work to good effect, painting vivid pictures in the reader's mind, making the read thoroughly engrossing.

A liberal amount of humour is written into the book which serves to entertain the reader in this 'young boy coming to power' novel. It is this and the storytelling ability of the writer that keeps the reader wanting to read on. And, when the end is reached, wanting to read book two, which the author informs us is on its way.

The book ends with a few tangled webs still left to resolve. Usually, this would disappoint me, but Mr Cormier manages to end on a feel good note with all the major plot lines addressed while opening new ones for book two.

Nomadin is well worth a read and I would recommend it to all those that enjoy feel-good books. It is well written, holds a good plot and has enough hooks and twists to keep the most critical reader happy. Shawn Cormier is a welcome new talent in fantasy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darn Fine First Effort! 26 Nov 2005
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I came across this book searching for something else along the lines of fantasy and was interested in the story immediately. I bought the book and started reading the night I recieved it. I work long hours and don't have alot of time to read but I still managed to finish this book in 48 hours, an amazing feat for someone with my schedule.

When I started to read this book, I will admit that I had one complaint. While some people may be comfortable with using their own imagination, I found that I wanted to know more about the look and feel of the characters and their surroundings. I don't feel the author thoroughly described the characters and the world of Nadae as he introduced them. I would have wanted to know alot more physically about Ilien and other characters from the start. I would love to have known things such as hair color, eye color, walking gait, if for no other reason than to better immerse myself in Cormiers world. I admit I'm greedy when it comes to this type of authoring. This is my only shortfall for the book.

Even though I disagreed with the way the characters were initially laid out, I found that story itself was fast paced and enthralling. I was constantly fighting back the urge to skip a page and find out what was going to happen next. It was a difficult thing to do. The sheer number of individual characters that show up within the first book change the story and send it into more twists and turns than I thought could possibly happen in a first book. While he travels all over Nadae, Ilien finds out very little of himself until towards the end, still not knowing for sure where his path lies. It leaves you begging for more of Ilien and his compatriots.

It's a good thing I bought the second book, too.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic! 13 Nov 2005
By V. Sully - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this book! I am an avid reader of both adult and children's books and I could not put it down. I nearly missed my stop on the tube(metro) several times because I was so engrossed!! And all my friends who have read it really enjoyed it too.

Mr Cormier does brilliantly for a first time writer and I still find it hard to believe that he is. The characters are well rounded and not so perfect that one cannot connect with them. In addition he never complicates the story to the extent that younger children (or some of us older ones!) get confused and can't follow it. The ending also leaves you intrigued and desperate to read the next one.(which is also really good!!)

I hardly noticed any similarities between this and other writers and if there are a few: WHO CARES???!!! All fantasy writers have a lot in commmon: Terry Brooks, David Eddings, David Gemmell etc all follow the same pattern, which is basically taken from Tolkien anyway. I mean look at Stan Nicholls: he wrote a whole trilogy on Orcs?! Plus I feel this is aimed at slightly younger authors than the possibly referenced books(and I emphasise the 'possibly' here) so it really doesn't matter at the end of the day.

Overall this is a fantastic book, well written, easy to understand and would be appropriate for any age range. I would highly reccommend it to parents wanting to give their child a fun book for Christmas, to a child to put on their list for Santa Claus, or even us big kids who need some escapism every now and again. I'm 22 and I loved it!

Enjoy!!!!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 16 yr old loved the book 9 Feb 2005
By CM1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While the first review was very negative, I wanted to write that I bought this book for my son for Christmas. When it was done, he complained that I had bought him another book that he had to wait for the sequel. And he's waiting. He loved the book, the magic, the adventure and the humor.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nomadin- The instant classic! 23 Mar 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is a fantastic novel of magic, fantasy and genius that no person should miss out on! A great book for all ages, it is much like the books The Lord of The Rings, Harry Potter, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Fantastic, Shawn Cormier! Bring on some more!
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