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Out of Exile (Teutevar Saga #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  20 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
War is brewing. The hunt begins. Exile is over.

Revan Teutevar is the exiled heir of an extinct country fed up with a life in hiding. He’s also a boy on a manhunt with blood on his hands, tracking his mother’s kidnappers. Aided by a renegade leprechaun and a smooth-talking minstrel, the young Teutevar pursues his foes across a land on the brink of war. Faced with trials at
Published November 21st 2013 by Derek Alan Siddoway (first published November 11th 2013)
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Megan Kennedy
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Siddoway has a good command of the English language, and some of his sentences are downright enchanting. It’s what they build that’s so lacking. This paint-by-numbers fantasy novel is suffering from big structural issues, which then become even bigger issues in areas like characterization, plot momentum, emotional resonance, etc. Pacing, in particular, is poor. It’s evident that the author has done extensive backstory writing, which is commendable and important—he’s trying to fully realize his w ...more
James Downe
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
An ambitious debut for Siddoway, Out of Exile took me a little bit to get into. The tale starts out with all the usual fantasy tropes, a nation divided by an old war, and the villain of this war beaten once but not destroyed has now returned. The young hero must take up his destiny and save the realm, with a bard and a ranger/thief as his companions. But slowly these clichés fall away, showing a shadowy core as the tales takes the archetypal hero through a few twists and turns, showing us a vast ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
4-star story. It had the makings of a 5-star story, but the inspiration for certain bits were all too apparent, the most painful to read being the song "Home on the Plains." Even if the intent was to be clever in the parody, the sum effect of the similarities throughout the story made it feel poorly-written. (And, honestly, those things were superfluous to the story. I wish they'd simply been removed in editing.) The grammar and spelling mistakes were also abundant to the point of distraction. I ...more
Gayreth Walden
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am always looking for a book that will draw me in from the beginning and this one did just that. A well developed story with a diverse cast of characters, not much more you could ask for. The author did an excellent job of storytelling here. Follow Revan and his companions on a dangerous and exciting journey. Plenty of action, intrigue and battles. Don't miss out. Can't wait to read the second book.
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The author has a good understanding of English, has some very good sentences that capture you. The problem was building the characters and story. It was like watching some cartoon that didn't make any sense. (I don't like any cartoons) It was unstructured and frankly a little boring. Good Luck if you decide to read this.
Kyra Halland
What if the medieval Europe of traditional fantasy took place in the American West? Out of Exile explores the combination of the two in an exciting story in a refreshingly different setting. We have the classic western story of a young man, Revan, whose home is attacked and his mother kidnapped, who sets out on a journey to rescue her, set in the high mountains, rugged canyons, and broad plains of the American West, along with the buffalo hunts and horse culture of the indigenous people, but wit ...more
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Have you ever watched a child silently play with toy soldiers and horses — trotting them along his imaginary map, all of the action and dialogue occurring in his head — so you’re left just watching these various characters meander around? That’s what reading this is like.

There is a ton of explanation as if I were reading an historical text rather than a novel. Now, I know the genre allows for a fair bit of setting-up-the-world, but my gods, that’s
Jannys Skillet
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought it was well written.
Its a very entertaining tale of a young man coming into his own.
I would highly recommend it.
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Derek Alan Siddoway is the 23-year-old author of Teutevar Saga, a “medieval western” series that combines elements of epic fantasy with the rugged style and mythology of American Westerns and folklore (read: John Wayne meets Game of Thrones). His journey as a storyteller began over a decade ago with a particularly thrilling foray into Pokémon fan-fiction. Ten years later, Out of Exile, his debut n ...more
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