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The Fisherman's Son (The Fisherman's Son, #1)

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  10 reviews

THE FISHERMAN’S SON is a middle grade fantasy novel about the adventures of Wiley O’Mara. On the back of a magical dolphin, the twelve-year-old rescues six boys trapped in an ancient city under the sea. Along the way, he fights both The Beast in the Forest and a Fire Beast guarding the city of old.


PIERS ANTHONY, author of the Xanth series, the Inc
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published March 21st 2011 (first published December 2002)
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David King
“The Fisherman’s Son” by Marilyn Peake is the first novel in a fantasy series aimed at a young audience. The story follows Wiley, a boy from a poor family whose mother dies from a disease that has infected his village. His drunk father isn’t around and so Wiley is forced to travel to the next village to find a priest so that his mother’s body is properly cared for. However, on the journey he encounters a mysterious woman who sets him off on an adventure that will lead to him to see wondrous thin ...more
I'll be careful and say I'm not the book's target audience. But I'll be snotty and say I've read a lot of books meant for that target audience that are better than this one.

There's no why to this book. There's emotional flim-flammery of the dead mother and the abusive father, but there's no why does Wiley become entangled with magic cups, bears the size of buses and dolphins that inexplicably think they're tied to the fate of a long-dead human civilization?

And, as other reviewers have pointed ou
I am a huge fan of Marilyn's - I have reviewed some of her other works and have found her to be a talented writer, who thinks outside the box, her stories are fantastical whilst encumbering the realistic and gritty aspects of life. This is not an easy thing to get right in writing, in fact I have read many where it went VERY wrong, but Marilyn is a lady who strikes the right balance again and again. This book is a middle grade fantasy novel and a 5 star read.

I fell in love with the tragic littl
The Fisherman's Son follows Wiley, a young boy from a poor family. The book begins with him caring for his mother as she wastes away with a fever that has devastated his whole village. His father, a drunk, doesn't really seem to care and when his mother finally passes Wiley is pretty much alone. Figuring his father will not be home for a few days and wanting his mother to be cared for properly he readies himself to travel to the next village to get a priest. While walking through the forrest he ...more
I downloaded this entire series when I saw it available free, because the reviews were so positive. Unfortunately I was rather disappointed, as it barely earns 3 stars from me. I will probably still read the rest of the series to see how it goes.

The problem with this book is multiple breaks of logic. He goes on about how cold it is and worries about keeping the fire hot for his sick mother and closing the door when he leaves so she doesn't get cold. Then he goes into the woods and eats FRESH STR
Dan Rogers
Enjoyable, light reading. Don't take it too seriously, just read for the enjoyment.
I say more of a young reader book for sure. I started this because it was suppose to be something my son and I read together, but he didn't. By the time he decided he didn't, I had already made it half way through the first book. I did read the other two and thought it was fun. I didn't get all logical and dwell over all the differences or oddities, I just tried to use my imagination and enjoy not having to think too deeply.
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Very light and easy read. A little too easy sometimes. However, I kept reading and finished the series so it kept me interested.
Amber L
Read this to my daughter and she loved it!
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Marilyn Peake is the author of both novels and short stories. Her publications have received excellent reviews. Marilyn’s one of the contributing authors in BOOK: THE SEQUEL, published by The Perseus Books Group, with one of her entries included in serialization at THE DAILY BEAST. In addition, Marilyn has served as Editor of a number of anthologies. Her short stories have been published in seven ...more
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