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Wanderers and Islanders

(Legends of the Land #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  8 reviews
In the secluded house, an invisible presence watches over Victor Lazarus as he carries out the instructions of an unknown benefactor ... In the village, Rusty Brown encounters a strange girl who tells him a secret that will haunt his dreams and lure him to the dark underworld of the city ... In the city, Leonardo Pegasus tinkers with the Multiple Empathy Engine - a bizarre ...more
Published January 2nd 2003 (first published 2002)
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May 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Somehow I really had trouble getting into the story. The plot is fascinating, but complex and although normally I like complex, this time it was a bit too much. Still, somehow I really wanted to know what this story is all about and I can't say it is a bad story. Maybe it wasn't the right story for me at this time, but it pleased me enough to read book 2 immediatly after this one.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, fantasy
I picked this book up, the first of a trilogy, without really knowing a great deal about the storyline and was pleasantly surprised by it.

Essentially, Wanderers and Islanders is three stories in one, although as the book goes on it becomes clear that those three stories are heavily interlinked. One storyline focusses on Leonardo, who has been a court magician for longer than he can remember, and whose focus is on finding ways to look into the future. The second is that of Lazarus, hired to overs
Jan 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing

I really loved this one and I am eager to get the next two which I just ordered. The novel is a different hybrid from the "regular fantasy" mixing mater of fact style, a relatively modern setting, an interesting take on magic and of course the "islanders and wanderers" of the tile; the three apparently unconnected threads join in surprising ways and the novel keeps twisting and turning to the end; while some twists are guessable, some truly confounded me; depending on how the sequels go, this s
Peter Greenwell
I appreciate the web the author is trying to weave here, but it's chaotic and disjointed. Its other main problem is the low-key writing. It just sort of mumbles and mutters onward, never really raising its voice to be heard above the fantasy din. Another book I tried to read but couldn't.
Mar 03, 2010 rated it did not like it
I borrowed the whole series from the library and read only the first book.

Confusing storyline, just as I thought I made some sense of it, it twists and turns and loses me completely... I finished the first book and decided I didn't want to waste any more of my time on the series.
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I am really confused by the ending and I feel like there are multiple loose ends; hopefully, the next book will clarify some things.
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