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Drinkwater: A Sobering Tale About A Medieval Knight

3.55  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
This epic adventure begins in England in the twelfth century. It covers several traumatic months in the life of Winston Tabor, a young nobleman, who is well known in his village for being an irresponsible drunkard. When his father is murdered and he is framed for the crime, Winston's world is turned upside down. His life becomes a whirlwind of action and adventure as he se ...more
Paperback, 174 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Createspace
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Kevis Hendrickson
Jul 02, 2009 Kevis Hendrickson rated it it was amazing
Drinkwater: A Sobering Tale of a Medieval Knight by Otto Scamfer is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. It is a sheer delight to have discovered this fine gem in a sea of mediocrity. Over the years, I have grown cynical about the books I read. Even some of the better books I've read seem to take themselves too seriously or not serious enough, resulting in a reading experience that is often hit-and-miss. It is rare that a book moves me from the very first page. But ...more
Kevis Hendrickson
Drinkwater: A Sobering Tale of a Medieval Knight by Otto Scamfer is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to read in a long time. It is a sheer delight to have discovered this fine gem in a sea of mediocrity. Over the years, I have grown cynical about the books I read. Even some of the better books I've read seem to take themselves too seriously or not serious enough, resulting in a reading experience that is often hit-and-miss. It is rare that a book moves me from the very first page. Bu ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 21, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
Winston Tabor may be the son of a lord, but he’s also the village drunk. The day his father is murdered and he is blamed, he becomes a fugitive. After an encounter with his father’s murderer leaves him near death, however, he is rescued in more ways than one by an old hermit who lives in the woods. Under the old man’s tutelage, Winston starts on a new journey of self respect and purpose, falls in love, makes many new friends, and plans his vengeance against the evil blackguard, Cyrus, who had ta ...more
Sharon
Mar 12, 2012 Sharon rated it did not like it
“It (Alcohol) brings out the devil in some men and takes their soul away,” Emery answered staunchly. “I’ve seen many a good man ravaged by the drink.”

Winston is a disgraceful alcoholic (or drinkwater) and presumed murderer of his father, Lord Tabor. Cyrus Everett is Lord Tabor’s bailiff who falsely accuses Winston of murdering his father and almost murders Winston as well. However, Winston is taken in by an old man, Emery, who nurses him back to health and teaches him how to defend himself with
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Samaya Young
Jul 03, 2009 Samaya Young rated it it was amazing
A knight’s tale of old.

With “Drinkwater”, Scamfer has chosen the less popular format of the 1st person narrative, which I found somewhat daunting when I first started reading his story. Though I have read my fair share of the genre, both medieval and 1st person narrative, it has been years.

I found myself to be pleasantly surprised by both the tale and the writing style of this first time author, however. The story was engaging from the start, telling the story of young Winston who is dealing wit
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Samaya Young
Apr 22, 2009 Samaya Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A knight’s tale of old.

With “Drinkwater”, Scamfer has chosen the less popular format of the 1st person narrative, which I found somewhat daunting when I first started reading his story. Though I have read my fair share of the genre, both medieval and 1st person narrative, it has been years.

I found myself to be pleasantly surprised by both the tale and the writing style of this first time author, however. The story was engaging from the start, telling the story of young Winston who is dealing wit
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Benjamin Thomas
This is a book that was given to me by the author in return for a review.

The basic story, about a medieval knight-in-training who has been a drunkard most of his life, is cute. It's basic and it is written to formula. There are three distinct acts, the action is plotted over those three acts like clockwork, and we have all of the elements of textbook story-telling. So much so that I kept hoping for something to shake up the predictable plot. But to no avail. Of course the hero will overcome his
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Marva
Jun 13, 2010 Marva rated it really liked it
This was an entertaining book. Scamfer writes well in the first person narrative style.

I did feel like it went on a bit overlong in some parts. However, this feeling may be more a product of it being one of the first I've read on my Kindle. Those tiny pages made feel like I "flipped" pages more than the actual text.

My biggest complaint, however, is an oddity. I think the people ate too sloppily for those in the lower nobility of this medieval rendition of England. Silly, huh? I don't think it's
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Scott
Sep 19, 2010 Scott rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
This is an intriguing concept for a book: A medieval knight struggling with a problem with sobriety. Unfortunately, the story is told in a way that is pretty much "stand and deliver" - every scene involves characters telling exactly what and why they're doing it. (The opening scene involves the villain "monologuing" for several pages about why he killed the hero's father.) But really, the fatal flaw of the book is that, for a story about a knight who is a disfunctional alcoholic, there is no sen ...more
Aaron Meyer
Nov 20, 2010 Aaron Meyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A quick and somewhat enjoyable read. There is murder, betrayal, love, and comradeship in abundance. The story is about a lords son who flunks being a knight because he loves his ale to much and his fight to become sober and a knight so that he can avenge the murder of his family. I thought that the theme about being an alcoholic and his fight to sobriety would overpower the story, to be honest it does come close to do exactly that but fortunately the story turns away from that and gets to the me ...more
Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
A young nobleman, known for his love of drinking, is framed for killing his father in a drunken rage. As he attempts to regain control of his life and figure out how to take back his rightful kingdom, he learns how to survive without ale and how better his life is without it.

This could have gotten really preachy really quickly, but it didn't. It's a fast read with a generally likable character. The plot, while predictable, was fun and moved quickly enough to keep me interested. The side characte
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Kimberly
Dec 13, 2010 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Shelves: lt-giveaway, ebook
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Andrea Love
Aug 03, 2010 Andrea Love rated it really liked it
A great tale of redemption. Although at times, the plot was predictable, the characters are likable and the flow of the story is involving. We follow Winston, a disgraced former knight-in-training as he tries to clear his name, while at the same time dealing with alcoholism. He encounters others along this path, and is taught valuable lessons in sobriety, chivalry, responsibility, honesty, loyalty and forgiveness. This story is well written and very much worth the read.
Stephanie Lindsay Hagen
Jan 11, 2010 Stephanie Lindsay Hagen rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Drinkwater is a simple, heartwarming tale of love and redemption. Anyone who has battled addictions will find strength and hope in this story.

Otto Scamfer is not preachy, which is a good thing and his writing flows well. He deals with failure and doubt and ultimately success in slaying the demon. Drinkwater is a good story which I thoroughly enjoyed and which kept my interest.
Matt Kelland
May 28, 2012 Matt Kelland rated it it was ok
The character was interesting - a knight battling alcoholism - but the story was predictable and the writing felt clumsy. He had some great descriptive passages, but the characterization was flat, and for a book that depends so much on the main character's personal journey, that's a big problem.
Darcy Stewart
Nov 20, 2010 Darcy Stewart rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
This book was good for the most part. It had an interesting plot. I did feel it did go overboard in some parts. It was very exciting to read. If it was a big book I would have slapped it down. He didn't butcher the book by putting too many adjectives.
Anne Miller
Dec 16, 2009 Anne Miller rated it really liked it
This was a very engaging and enjoyable story. The main character shows extraordinary personal growth over the course of the story. Adventure, love, betrayal and vengeance, this tale has it all!
Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog
Sep 12, 2010 Stephanie Cover2CoverBlog rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-library
Drinkwater is a tale about a knight and how he overcomes problems with drinking and family. Told in first person, this was a great story. A little slow moving at first but very good.
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