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Wyrmeweald: Returner's Wealth (Wyrmeweald #1)

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Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted - and Micah may never return alive, let alone a hero... He soon finds a chance to prove his worth when he meets with Eli, a veteran tracker ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published 2011 by Corgi Childrens (first published April 29th 2010)
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Alex
Feb 07, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book made for people who want a sense of adventure and something to keep them on their toes.when i first read this book i was amazed at how much action there was.This lead me to read the whole series and i don't regret it one bit.The language in this book is very complex and i constantly had to reach for a dictionary.The only problem is that if you don't read carefully you can miss details that will help make the rest of the story make sense.i highly recommend this book/seri ...more
Megs
Sep 07, 2013 Megs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Returner's Wealth was a bit of a mess for me. With poor pacing, a weak plot, a weirdly inconsistent structure and generally boring characters, even the presence of dragons couldn't save this one.

my biggest issue with this one was that I found it boring. It honestly took me almost a month to read this one because I kept getting bored and starting other books. One problem was that I felt like I was thrust into the middle of the story without any background knowledge. Then there were the alternati
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Angela Oliver
Paul Stewart definitely has a way with words.

I love his use of language - the way he throws around words that don't exist, but should exist and are easy to figure out the meaning of - words like "hackdagger" and "shatterrock". I love the way in which he creates his world as you journey through it, introducing you to its detailed and intricate nature as you join the heroes on their intrepid adventures.

Throughout, the lyrical text is illustrated with Chris Riddell's unique and utterly endearing (i
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Amanda - Go Book Yourself
I have been a fan of Stewart & Riddell since my early teenage years when I feel in love with the characters and creatures in The Edge Chronicles. So when I saw this on Netgalley I nearly brokemy
mouse bashing the request button :D

It's a tale of kith and kin, friends and foe to the dragon like creatures who inhabit the WyrmeWeald. kin are soul mates to their fire breathing counter parts. When the dragon sheds its first skin the kin will wear it like a second skin that provides a shield against
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Felicity
Oct 31, 2012 Felicity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Returner's Wealth is a wonderful fantasy that is fast-paced, themed around wyrmes (my favourite fantasy creatures), has vivid characters that have clear motivations and gory detailed action scenes (a word of caution- for those who don't like blood and are young, this book may not be for you). The author Stewart and Riddles are cunning in the method of making wonderful twists and disturbing ironies such as Micah and his brother. Another great feature of the book is its fluidity. The book flows sm ...more
Sam Whitehouse
Another brilliant, richly imagined series from the creators of one of my all time favourite series The Edge Chronicles. Packed with brilliantly drawn characters and epic world building, complete with Riddle's mesmerizing line drawings, this is a must read. The plot is a bit thin, but this is only the first of a trilogy.
Highly recommended.
Elisabeth McButterson
I liked this book, especially considering it's not the kind of book I usually choose to read (my personal preferences err more towards flowery and fantastical). It had a bit of a slow start and it took a while for me to get used to the constantly changing perspectives, but after it stopped flashing back to Micah's life before he left home, it got a lot more interesting for me. I liked how fleshed out the world was and I'm a sucker for anything dragon themed, so I was down for all the different d ...more
Travis
Jul 10, 2014 Travis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Before climbing into the harsh landscape of the Wymeweald, Seventeen-year-old Micah only knew life on the plains as a poor plow-boy. He’s was often punished for daydreaming about his liege-lord’s daughter instead of focusing on his work. The girl even returned his affection until she found a rich suitor and tossed him aside. Determined to win the girl back and prove that he is more than a lowly plow-boy, Micah set off into the Wymeweald, a dangerous territory full of savage dragon-like creatures ...more
D'Arcy
Feb 26, 2017 D'Arcy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
loved it
multitaskingmomma
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Fantasy YA
1 out of 5 Stars


Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted - and Micah may never return alive, let alone a hero... He soon finds a chance to prove his worth when he meets with Eli, a veteran t
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Wyatt Packard
I was thrilled to see this trilogy was finally being released in the United States as Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell are my FAVORITE childhood authors. I believe I've read through the ten book Edge Chronicles series at least three times in it's entirety and just thinking about it makes me want to start again. Returner's Wealth is a wonderful return to the authors' imaginations and I greatly appreciated the more adult tone of this novel.

Micah enters the Wyrmeweald on a quest for wealth in the h
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Daniel
This review originally published n Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

This particular book has been in my 'to read' queue for a couple of years and I finally decided I just needed to read it and get it off my list. Part of the reason it was in the queue for so long is that no matter how many times I looked at it or opened it to read the first three chapters, it just didn't hook me. Having gone through the whole book now, I'm still not hooked.

Returner's Wealth follows the journey of teenager
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Zephfire
Aug 18, 2010 Zephfire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time that I'd read a book by these authors and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a YA but maybe not suitable for the younger readers, i'd say from mid to late teens and onward as some of the violence conveyed in the story struck me as a bit too raw and gory for the younger teens.
Wyrmeweald is set firmly in the fantasy genre with the dominant race being the Wyrmes, a dragon type race that come in all shapes and sizes. The Wyrmes are described in imaginative detail and in some ca
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Jacinda Dees
Feb 12, 2016 Jacinda Dees rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My mother picked this book off of a discount shelf at random for me and all I can say is that it is one of the worst books I have read in some time. The plot is meandering, nearly nonexistent and seems to be based around a protagonist that I personally found to be a greedy, self-entitled, dimwitted lout with no real agency of his own. Events happen to him rather him shaping things which might explain why the plot goes nowhere for most of the book. The main character, Micah the ploughboy, lusts a ...more
Kathi Wallace
Jul 02, 2013 Kathi Wallace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for this review. No money changed hands.

Wyrmeweald sucked me in immediately. Within the first paragraph, I knew I was going to like this book and I was right. This wasn’t a complete love fest though – there were several things about the book that I found mildly annoying.

Be advised – some spoilers ahead.

First, EVERY animal seemed to have some variation of wyrm in its name. I kept thinking, argh! If this was a snake, it would be called
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Jen
Sep 11, 2013 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya-juv

Returner's Wealth (by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell) introduces a well-built fantasy world in Wyrmeweald and a congenial and goodhearted protagonist in Micah. Initially, I thought it would be a great adventure for ages 10-12, but the further I read, it became evident that an older audience would be better. In spite of the occasional violence, Stewart has created a grand adventure.

Weald in Old English has two meanings: 1) forest and 2) power, authority. Wyrm or wyrme in Old Englis
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Jennifer
Aug 15, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing from beginning to end! I have never read any books by Paul Stewart or Chris Riddell but I can say I will be checking out some of their previous works for sure now. This book grabs your attention from the very beginning and hold it hostage. I started this book with the intention of reading a few chapters and ended up reading the whole thing all day long. I couldn't put it down. I was in Wyrmeweald with these characters and felt their joy as well as their pain. Eli is by far ...more
Ionia
Sep 08, 2013 Ionia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins interestingly enough and progresses rather quickly into a tale of magic, mystery and fantasy much like the Pern series. If I had to guess, I would say that the author loosely modeled this book after the Pern books, as many of the elements were similar.

I liked the main character very much. Micah is the type of character that doesn't start out as the strongest person in the book, but you get the opportunity to watch him grow and become something incredible along the way, which I
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Jennifer
RETURNER'S WEALTH offers a unique take on dragons. These aren't your cartoon dragons that can be cuddly while they train; they (and their riders) will take down the humans that hunt them. This book is full of glorious, sometimes overwritten detail; clearly the author spent some time world-building. There are several points of view, including those of dragons, which can be confusing. This could be a good thing, though, because it presents the alien thoughts of the wyrmes.

The wyrmeweald is a hars
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Michelle Moore
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are best known for their Edge Chronicles, a set of fantasy books which appeal to many age groups from young to old.

They have now returned with a new trilogy, described as a frontier-fantasy, with Returner’s Wealth being the first part. The story starts with a young pioneer called Micah, who is trying to find his fortune. It’s a harsh world, with violence and killing, and Micah must learn who to trust and how to survive.

The most interesting part of this world are th
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Dawn Teresa
I started my reading of this first book in a series very curious and hopeful that good things were in store. And the authors kept my interest — for a time, anyway. At the book’s beginning, the tone and language combine to make a moody, mysterious, and ominous presence. They establish a dangerous but beguiling world. And within it, they place Micah, a likeable lad. We meet him pining over a girl who breaks his heart, determined to become a wealthy hero by venturing into the wild, untameable wyrmw ...more
Ravencrantz
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Honestly, I only requested it because the cover was pretty and dragons. Except they're not called dragons here. They're called Wyrmes. Okay, I guess I can get behind that. They're eggs? Called wyves. Um..okay. I guess. I always have issues with books renaming things or changing the spelling slightly just to look different. I guess it's a pet peeve of mine. I kind of got used to it here, since wyrmes don't seem to be exactly
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Dan
Sep 30, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: monsters, young-adult
Wyrmeweald is essentially the Edge Chronicles for older children. It is pretty violent and gory in places and there's even some mild sex references. The story see seventeen-year old Micah head into Wyrmeweald to make his fortune so that he can take it back to the love of his life. Typically things don't go as well as planned and Micah faces all sorts of terrible danger.

Much like the Edge, Wyrmeweald is a fantastic fantasy world. It is inhabited by Wyrme's, which are essentially dragons. These a
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Karl Orbell
Jan 04, 2012 Karl Orbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy,dragons
The first of a new series from Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell and unsurprisingly, of their usual standard.

Their books are usually quite graphic and gory, in the way that mid-age children really like, which can make the books seem quite adult at times. This book seems aimed at a slightly older crowd than they usually do, there is a strong love/lust element to the book, nothing salacious, but emotional and intense. The setting is harsh and bleak, so the friendships and bonds stand out all the more
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Chris Whybrow
It just doesn't work for me.

I've read The Edge Chronicles, and they're brilliant. Seriously, really good books. But this series is nothing like that.

It's a good idea, a sort of western storyline set in a rocky lanscape filled with draconic creatures. Apparantly a lot of it is copied from the 'Dragonriders of Pern' series, which I haven't read, but the world seems kind of cool, so maybe if the story was good that could be forgivable.

Yeah, it's not. One thing that sets The Edge Chronicles apart fr
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Wayne McCoy
Jun 26, 2013 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Returner's Wealth' by Paul Steward and Chris Riddell is the first book in the Wyrmeweald series. Even though we spend most of our time n the wilds of the wyrmeweald, it's some pretty decent worldbuilding of a strange and hostile land.

Young Micah wants to woo the heart of a girl who really has no interest in him. He's poor, so he does the desperate thing of taking off for the wyrmeweald to find his fortune. When he is almost killed by things he doesn't understand, he finds himself under the relu
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Alice
I should know not to play the cover game--but when one as pretty as this is sitting in the clearance section, how do I say no?

Wyrmeweald is a strange mix of dragons and... well, nothing. Nothing really happens. There's a lot of walking. Somewhere in the middle of it all Micah meets a few people, runs into a few bad ones, but otherwise it's just very weak and forgettable.

What wasn't forgettable was his time spent on the plains. Shown through random flashbacks (they stop early in the book, unfortu
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Kobra Nevermore
Mar 14, 2014 Kobra Nevermore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
wyrmeweald: A world where only the hardy Kith survive. A world barren of much life beyond that of dodgy dealings, strange tradings and skies full of Wyrmes be they Carrion, snake or other. The Weald is no place for someone young and virgin to such ways of living. Someone exactly like Micha, a teenage boy who takes to the Weald in order to find wealth beyond needs; Returner's Wealth. and take it back to his childhood sweetheart who must take the richest offer.

However out in the Weald, Micha unkno
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Wu Yutian
Nov 23, 2014 Wu Yutian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers above the age of 12
Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted - and Micah may never return alive, let alone a hero...

He soon finds a chance to prove his worth when he meets with Eli, a veteran tracker, and together they defend a rare whitewyrme egg and its precious hatchling. But the fledgling wyrme has its own guardian in t
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I'mogén
Jan 12, 2014 I'mogén rated it it was ok
I feel somewhat incomplete because I didn't read the second book extract, but I have it to read next, so whatever I guess.
I'll start off with how beautiful the cover art and the panel illustrations throughout the book are, as well as the end art. I think this really allowed me to imagine all the different type of wyrmes of the world.
However, I wish I could have actually enjoyed the story line more, but for me it just sounded too complicated. Whilst I had little to no trouble actually imagining t
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