- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Kristell Ink, Grimbold Books (4 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993576656
- ISBN-13: 978-0993576652
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,365,121 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Salt Winds & Wandering Paperback – 4 Jul 2016
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In particular; the story deals poignantly with mental illness, the effect it has on a person, and the struggle to come to terms with a life torn asunder by the fallout of this new awareness. Set partially in a village of ordinary fisherfolk; Obak must re-evaluate his place in society, understand how his past behaviours have led to his difficulties, and most of all find himself again amidst the fog and turmoil of his troubled mind.
His companion later in the book, Iilde, faces similar, but less profound problems as she learns that she too is not made for the ambition and overbearing self-importance of the Mages Center, and harnesses her desires and skills to helping Obak in his new quest.
Along the way we discover new things about Magic and the previously held sacrosanct rules, and we learn too about listening to the inner voice and not being so hard on everyone, or ourselves all the time.
With a hopeful and sensitive theme; this is a wonderful story. I wait patiently for the next instalment.
This slim volume follows Obak, a Fire Mage of Taderah and an arrogant so-and-so. After an accident that may have been a suicide attempt, he is packed off to a fishing village to recuperate, where he finds solace in the sea and in sailing, and forms tentative new friendships. When he is called back to Taderah for a mission, he finds a new purpose and ability, one that may have ramifications later in the series...
The events in the story take place concurrently with the happenings in the previous three books, which are mentioned in passing for the most part. Obak, and to a slightly lesser extent his research assistant and Water Mage Iilde, grows and matures throughout the book. Initially he is bristly and hard to like, but the sea smooths away his rough edges, gradually shaping him into someone new, someone imbued with fresh compassion and a renewed zeal for discovery. He's probably one of my favourite characters in the series so far.
The plot is light but the settings and characters are warm and engaging and it's a welcome addition to this excellent series - looking forward to reading Empty Skies and Sunlight!