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Will Power (Hawthorne Saga #2)

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While on the run from Empire guards, Will Hawthorne and his band of thieves are transported to a mysterious land that none of them recognize or know how to get home from. Turns out that they've landed right in the middle of a battle between goblins and humans. Their human allies are practically storybook counterparts to the rough sorts they knew in Stavis, speaking in high ...more
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Published September 14th 2010 by Tor Books (first published 2010)
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Vanessa
Jun 07, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The first thing you should know about William Hawthorne (aka Will) is that he's an actor. He's unabashedly self-serving, considers himself more clever and charming than he is, and profoundly enjoys his creature comforts.

Unfortunately, those character traits get him into trouble more often than not.

In ACT OF WILL, PoV narrator Will joined a small mercenary group after being branded a rebel, and they had some wild adventures (even if it did focus more on the traveling than the adventure part...).
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Nicole
Dec 26, 2010 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
This was a gift from a friend. This is book 2 featuring Will Hawthorne, and I haven't read the first one; but my friend pays no attention to which volume in a series a book might be.
It wasn’t at all necessary to have read the first book of the set to understand the world of this story. Things were pretty straightforward, and there was enough explanation of necessary characters and elements.
This book surprised me. When the “goblins” appeared, I thought it would be yet another Lord of the Rings r
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This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Will Power is a solid follow-up to Act of Will, although in some sense the characters regress in growth at the beginning so that new growth is more about catching back up to where they started. In many ways it is a similar book: Will and "friends" are thrust into a situation which they do not understand, his companions view it with glassy-eyed "this is the way it is" and Will views it with skepticism and sarcasm. Eventually it all comes to a head and Will helps save the day, almost despite himse ...more
Pam G
Dec 09, 2010 Pam G rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Much more far fetched than the first Will title, so it had a completely different feel. But still enjoyable.
Satrajit Sanyal
Jan 26, 2017 Satrajit Sanyal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stylistically, Professor Hartley has created a somewhat eclectically archaic world
for us to adventure through in accompaniment to his heroes. An entertaining mix of places and individuals with the flavor of the Elizabethan, the Gothic, and the sometimes hard to categorize populates the narrative, written in the first person from Will Hawthorne's perspective. But our inability to 'peg' this time and these places, while at the same time being more than faintly all too familiar with them is the res
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Kat  Hooper
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Will Power is A.J. Hartley’s second book about actor-turned-adventurer Will Hawthorne. It’s a direct sequel, beginning just a month after the events in Act of Will, but a reader could easily enjoy this book without reading Act of Will.

In Will Power, Will and the gang are swept away to what appears to be a parallel universe in which goblin-like creatures are threatening the beautiful people of Phasdreille. But all is not as it seems, and Will finds himself
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Bill
Apr 30, 2013 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Much like the previous book in the Hawthorne Saga, Act of Will, Will Power is a light and fun read. It continues to follow the adventures of William Hawthorne. By the time you pick up this second book you've decided you like Will otherwise you probably wouldn't have grabbed this book. Will is an unusual and reluctant hero - more reluctant that most reluctant hero's really. However, he is also oddly brave for someone who claims to only be interested in keeping himself alive.

This episode of the sa
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Tim Hicks
Oct 08, 2014 Tim Hicks rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Not as good as "Act of Will," but it also tries a little harder plot-wise, creating more author challenges.

I've never much cared for the plot device that the ambassador represents, and after reading this I like it even less, but since it more or less brackets the plot I'll let it go.

I thought it was a tad unsubtle, almost offensively so, that [major spoiler, you have been warned] (view spoiler)
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Meg
Dec 27, 2009 Meg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I do not typically read fantasy, I looked forward to this novel, having already read Act of Will. This book is fast-paced and contains much of the adventure of Hartley's earlier book, but without as much humour. The group of adventurers is split up for much of the book, so Will does not have as much opportunity for witty repartee. Further, I was irked by the deus ex machina plot device of the "ambassador" early in the book, who whisks the group away from danger and into the main plotlin ...more
Carol
Jul 23, 2016 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: myscifi
OK, I put this on my sci-fi shelf for a couple of elements that weren't in the first book. One was the consideration of how we can be mistaken in our first contact with "aliens." We can fear them needlessly, or we can accept them as "friends" only to learn otherwise later. Then there's just a touch of time travel in the conclusion of the story. The first book was purest fantasy.

There were some times when I though the story tending to drag a bit - too much thinking and too little action - but the
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aoi aka
Feb 06, 2014 aoi aka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
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Fantasy Literature
Will Power is A.J. Hartley’s second book about actor-turned-adventurer Will Hawthorne. It’s a direct sequel, beginning just a month after the events in Act of Will, but a reader could easily enjoy this book without reading Act of Will.

In Will Power, Will and the gang are swept away to what appears to be a parallel universe in which goblin-like creatures are threatening the beautiful people of Phasdreille. But all is not as it seems, and Will finds himself needing to solve a mystery and, at the s
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MaryRuth
I met A.J. Hartley at a Renaissance festival, of all places. I'd never heard of his work but I decided to give this one a shot (he didn't have any copies of "Act of Will", unfortunately). I'm glad I did! It was a nice light read, and very entertaining. I'll be looking for more of Mr. Hartley's books!
Kerry
Feb 14, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I loved Will and the other characters. The premise starts off rather unbelievably but somehow Hartley carries it off. His writing is highly entertaining. I hope we see a lot more of Will.
Janet
Sep 15, 2016 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
I enjoyed the further adventures of these adventurers. The story closely parallels human history and reminds us to think for ourselves and to really see when we look.
I liked the action and the dialogue, but Will tends to be quite verbose in the narrative and that left me skipping paragraphs.
patience
Liked this adventure and its anti-hero, Will Hawthorne. Washed up actor becomes hapless hero in medieval society where "goblins" and "fair folk" battle for supremacy. Seems to also be a statement about current wars and the US, as well as racism and mistaken assumptions.
Jenine
Dec 01, 2011 Jenine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 and a half. I never knew where this book was headed. It was good to be kept guessing. The last few chapters kept piling on the revelations. I'll look for something else by Hartley.
Jessica
Mar 24, 2012 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
Yeah, I liked the first book much, much better. After awhile, I was like, "Okay, who cares?" That is NEVER a good feeling while reading a book...
Robert Berg
Aug 26, 2010 Robert Berg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enormous improvement over the first, which I really struggled getting thru. Excellent deconstruction of the usual fantasy tropes, funny, and lots of fun, to boot.
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