It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now...more
This book, goodness..., it was just great. Ok I need to do better than that *shakes head*. I haven't read any hardcore fantasy in a while but this b...more
There are enough well-placed clues about where things are headed that readers can feel smart for figuring things out, but there are also some very nice surprises, so that it's actu...more
1. It sounds like the MC is a guy! I ALWAYS love those in fantasies! :D
2. It sounds like it's a high fantasy! Don't see enough of those!
3. witches and magic in a non-boarding school setting - immediate WIN!
4. there is a freaking SWORD on the cover. LEGIT!
Ryder has a lot on his plate - a farm that he has to tend alone after the death of his Fa, a so-called witch mother addicted to the maiden's woe that both incurs visions and an early death...and the dreams. There is a Baen in his head, that he is sure of - an enemy wit...more
Last week, I went to the library and got the novel "Witchlanders" by Lena Coakley, on pure impulse. When I started it I didn't fancy it as much, but I persevered and ended up enjoying it. It's about A boy, Ryder, having to look after his two sisters and their farm after their father died. Their mum was a witch, and so is addicted to a drug-like flower provided by the witches, so she is unable to help. The novel follows the story of Ryder, and the war between the Witchlanders an...more
This isn't related to the actual content, but the terrible overuse of stock photography and photoshop filters for the book cover is just a kick in the shins for me. I think i've spent at least an hour just staring at the book cover for Witc...more
This was NOT the case.
Ryder (despite his name...I can't quite figure out what's going on with that) is a very, very strong character - one of the strongest I've ever read. Falpian believes he is a very weak person...more
Different parts of this novel were at different levels of quality, to the point where it became very frustrating. By the time it all came together, it was almost too late to keep my interest. What kept me going was the question of whether the main characters could get over their vast cultural divide and actually achieve something. By the end of the book, I'm still not sure.
One of the difficulties for me was...more
Ryder has spent his whole life in the village, paying tithing to the red witches who supposedly protected them from their enemies, the Baen. Ryder's mother used to be a red witch, but left for unknown reasons and started a family. Terrifying times are coming to the village, and though Ryder's mom left magic behind, it didn't leave her. She has visions of utter destruction and war. Ryder thinks it is all a crock, and wants to leave village life.
Falpian is a Baen in exile. He is a magic...more
Ryder’s mother has foreseen the future, and Ryder is a part of it in stopping an assassin. It leads him to Falpian and this is where their destinies become intertwined...more
This isn’t your typical modern interpretation of witches. There’s no chanting rhymes here or potions, wands, brooms, and salt circles. The witches here are more archaic, older than medieval. They are bone throwers who watches bones for prophecies. They are Ryder’s world. Then there are the Bean who have a different magic power source: their voices, able to sing and squeeze the life from a person with a single note. Ryder’s world is torn when his mother makes a horrible prophecy and...more
Then there is Falpian, a Baen--enemy to the Witchlanders, whose twin brother has recently died and whose father has sent him far from home to mourn. He should have magical abilities; he should be able...more
I felt like the description for this book was awfully vague, so I didn’t really know what it was about when I started. From reading the jacket description you would never even kn...more
There's also lots of good world-building, but most of my complaints lie in that depa...more
I found both the cover and summary to be a bit… lacking. First of all, as pretty as the c...more
Unlike the cover of the book might lead one to think, the main POV in WITCHLANDERS is not a female, but a male. More to the point, it's actually two different males. We switch back and forth between the stories of Ryder and Falpian, en...more
The tale of Witchlander's surprised me when I first started reading it. I assumed the story would be told from a female POV (since a girl is on the cover) but it is told from not one, but two, different male's POV which definitely made it interesting to me. I think the author did a wonderful job identifying with her characters (Falpian and Ryder) even though they are very different and male. Not only did this story get my attention but it kept it. The ro...more
It's a fantasy novel through and through. It follows Ryder - a teenager that lives in the Witchlands. Their village is pro...more
Really! Romance is nowhere to be seen! Now, I like me a bit of romance, really...more
Second - male main character written by a female writer who sounds 100% believable and free from stereotypes? Anyone - boy or girl - can read and love this book? FABULOUS.
I loved this book; ate it up, left wanting for more every time I had to put it down. WITCHLANDERS is rich without the burnt taste of superfluous voice....more
High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his villa...more
There are two reasons I had fun reading Witchlanders:
1. It had not one but TWO male narrators, which is very rare in YA fiction today.
2. It had an older style feel to it and it reminded me of the fantasy I read as a teen.
Those are really the only two reasons why I liked Witchlanders. Otherwise, I found the book to be just okay.
Actually, you know what, I lied. I also really liked the prose of the book and the story wasn't half bad either. Also, Ryder and F...more
That word doesn’t reference the content of this book, but instead how I feel about it. In particular, I am in love with the world of the Witchlands, with its red zanthia trees, its fields of hicca, the verdant valley and the mountainous backdrop. Lena Coakley has imbued the setting in her debut novel with something magnetic and deep, full of possibilities and beauty and peopled with flawed, courageous and mad characters. I am so very happy I read this book!
Witchlanders is, without a doubt,...more
Hello there, epic like complicated fantasy novel, a variety of book I almost always seem to fall for. “Witchlanders” is fantasy, people. The fantastical world within is amazing; reminiscent of the worlds “Eragon“, ‘Narnia‘, or “The Lord of the Rings“, and I totally loved those. No one is flying dragons, there’s no talking lion, and there aren’t any hobbits to be found, but it’s the feeling. A whole different world, with magic and its varied abiliti...more
I truly liked Lena Coakley’s YA debut because she delivers such an original tale. Witches are feared and respected, and by their abili...more
The book is split into three parts. In the first part we are introduced to Ryder and Falpien who come from opposing sides in a war that has continued for many years. They have been born to be enemies. Their lifestyles and hist...more