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The Cartographer's Apprentice [Kindle Edition]

Jim Webster
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Four short stories from the Land of the Three Seas casting a light on the early career of Benor Dorfinngil. The trials and tribulations of a young cartographer; this book features duels, savage halfmen, gassy beer, blood feuds and most dangerous of all, beautiful women.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2171 KB
  • Print Length: 117 pages
  • Publisher: AUK Authors; 2 edition (24 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ECZIM4A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jim Webster is probably fifty something, his tastes in music are eclectic, and his dress sense is rarely discussed in polite society. In spite of this he has a wife and three daughters.
He has managed to make a living from a mixture of agriculture, consultancy, and freelance writing. Previously he has restricted himself to writing about agricultural and rural issues but including enough Ancient Military history to maintain his own sanity. But seemingly he has felt it necessary to branch out into writing SF and fantasy novels.
He lives in South Cumbria.

He has even been cozened into writing a blog, available for perusal by the discerning (or indeed by the less than discerning) at http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful taster. 2 Jan 2014
By P E
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Three wonderfully written short stories that have made me look forward to reading more of Jim Webster's books.
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, couldn't put it down. 3 Dec 2013
By jenny
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Fantasy fiction with an historical yet futuristic feel. I found myself in the story and I'm looking forward to reading others by this author. The story was left with the opportunity for a sequel.
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While these stories do act as a prequel to the Land of the Three Seas series, they work as stand alone stories as well, and are a great introduction to the writing of Jim Webster; you don't need any prior knowledge. I must admit, I had been wanting to read work by Jim Webster for a while, having had many recommendations, but I just wasn't sure about paying £5 for an e-book of an author that I hadn't tried before (which I know is awful and I should be shot. In fact, give me a gun and I'll do it myself!). This collection is available for 99p on Amazon, and so I decided to give it ago. I'm very pleased that I did as I greatly enjoyed reading these!

Jim Webster has a very authoritative style of writing, that I found to be very engaging. I liked the gentle humour, which seemed effortless but very effective. I also really liked the way that he developed his characters as the stories went on. My favourite character was Benor Dorginngil and I was very glad that he featured in all four short stories. My favourite story was 'The Insulted Party' and I would have liked to read more of it! Though it must be said that all stories were very well written.

I gave this collection 4 stars rather than 5 stars as I found parts of 'Dirt and Good Ale' to be a bit heavy and difficult to read. I was a bit indecisive about docking a star for this, as I'm not sure if I just wasn't in the mood for that particular story at that time, or if it just didn't grab me in the same way as the others, but I decided that it did impact my feelings on this particular story and should therefore be reflected in the star rating. There was nothing technically wrong with this story, I just didn't find myself enjoying it as much as the other stories. I am still greatly looking forward to reading some of the longer works by the author, and reading more about Benor!
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