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The Master of Whitestorm

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,104 ratings  ·  59 reviews
Korendir’s name was the stuff of legend ...

Man of mystery ... deadly mercenary ... obsessed adventurer ...

From a life of misery, chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai, Korendir contrived an escape against impossible odds, only to gamble his hard-won freedom against the world's most dangerous threats. Even Haldeth, fellow captive at the oar
Paperback, 413 pages
Published 1992 by Grafton
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Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I've begun to realize that reading fantasy** has given me a superpower. It's not generally considered a superpower per se, but it IS a power I've received from my reading ventures. And maybe it's not necessarily a power, but it is a skill and really that's all superpowers are right? Cool skills.

**Quite possibly reading fiction in general, but I like to think it's just fantasy

Fine, okay, but Batman's a superhero and has no superpower ... so maybe it fits in there, somewhere.

Does this have a poin
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
This is a refreshing fantasy book featuring a complex adult main protagonist dealing with his fears and an original, psychological story crafted with the trademark rhythm and style of Janny Wurts.

At the beginning of the story both Korendir and Haldeth, the other main character, end up as slave oarsmen in the same nightmarish pirate galley that have captured them, but over the course of the book they evolve very differently. Haldeth, the eldest, reveals his painful experience while Korendir, litt
Nov 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This standalone fantasy had the all the building blocks for a good story. The world building was good, the plot was interesting, and the characters were intriguing and far from perfect. Unfortunately Janny Wurts writing seemed a bit distant to me and as a result I failed to engage on an emotional level with the plight of the characters or any of the happenings. A shame really as this had the potential to be a great read.

Korendir spent years in silence chained as a galley slave under the brutal
Feb 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
As Master of Whitestorm starts off, Haldeth, a blacksmith turned galley slave, gets involved in an escape attempt by his mysterious and silent bench mate—a man who quickly proves to have surprising skills and hidden depths. The two companions strike out together after their escape. The mysterious man, whose name is Korendir, takes on a number of mercenary missions. It quickly becomes clear that Korendir is, to put it mildly, very focused on gathering enough money to build an impregnable fortress ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-own-it, dnf, fantasy
2nd DNF book this week for me. This is my first Janny Wurts book and I'm really disappointed. I think I just picked the wrong book to start with. This one starts out interesting - on the slave galley where the two main characters are trying to escape, but then it just ended up being a bunch of short story adventures that get more and more outrageous. There's no plot really. I got about halfway through and quit. This book reminds me of playing an MMO and just reading a bunch of quest text. The ma ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1paper, fantasy, 2fiction
This was a good, stand alone fantasy novel. The hero is complex & very tough. The descriptions of horses & especially sailing scenes are especially well done. The author's obvious familiarity with these two subjects shines through.

The story line is excellent. While not indicated by sections, there are distinct parts to the hero's life, each one building to a climax & logically leading to the next. The suspense never ends in a world that is complex & dangerous.

The cover art was excellent & done b
3.5 stars for this stand-alone epic fantasy complete with wizards, bloody butchery, and a touch of bittersweet romance. I had never read Janny Wurts before, but based on positive reviews, decided to give it a go. She's a whiz with words, that's perfectly clear. A masterful writer. She also crafts some very clever plots — particularly the tricks the hero Korendir uses to defeat various über-powerful banes.

Most of the book portrays Korendir fighting various evils that imperil the eleven kingdoms.
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
I was introduced to Janny Wurts by first reading The Curse of the Mistwraith and totally loving it, so was hooked. Being my compulsive self, I couldn't stop reading until I finished that series before working my way backward through her earlier works.

This book tells the story of Korendir, first introduced as a galley slave. He's a 'typical' Wurts hero in that he's tough, defended, smart, prickly (extremely), and underneath it all, a total cream puff. Having been introduced to this sort in the M
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janny Wurts is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always interesting and her voice refreshing. Master of Whitestorm was no different. I had been spoiled by the Empire Series, as I consider it to be one of the best SciFi/Fantasy series I’ve ever read, but that aside, Master of Whitestorm delivered a solid read.

The protagonist, Korendir, was a solid, if perhaps too typical character. In a sense he was predictable to where you knew what he would do, and yet, he was a strong enough charact
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Technically this wasn't my first exposure to Janny Wurts. I read the Empire trilogy she wrote with Ray Feist back when I was 13 or so; I remember enjoying it, and not much else about it. 13-year-old me had questionable taste in many ways, though, and I've learned not to put too much stock in his opinions.

I also know her from /r/Fantasy, where Janny consistently addresses complicated and difficult questions with thoughtfulness and wisdom, frequently enough that any time an interesting question is
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Janny Wurts fans; any fantasy fans
An enjoyable stand-alone fantasy from Janny Wurts, who is becoming one of my favorite authors.

The Master of Whitestorm, Korinder is an interesting character. He seems to be emotionally dead at first glance, but as the story progresses we see more deeply into his personality.

The tragic scenes that he has to deal with are very effective. I don't want to go into that too deeply and spoil anything, but there are a few scenes in this book that will stay with me for a long time.

As far as the accomplis
R.j. Davnall
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Master of Whitestorm' is fantasy as classic as it comes. Beautiful writing, a gifted, headstrong, tortured hero, vicious monsters, a mysterious love interest and a fascinating approach to magic. The book is episodic, each episode dealing with a different threat to Korendir, our hero, and each episode raises the stakes just far enough on the preceding to be new and exciting. The sheer imagination on display when it comes to the monsters is staggering.

If there's something that makes this book
Mar 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a solid fantasy read.
Jun 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Book!!!!!!
Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom
Great book!! I need to get off my @$$ and review it.
Brandon Zarzyczny
For most of the book, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Master of Whitestorm is written well, and it has some interesting ideas, but I think that mainly just didn't like the style of the storytelling. The third-person point of view used here combined with the personality of the characters made it so that I just didn't care about them. I never really knew how they ticked, and the one point in the story where we get more of the Master Whitestorm's back-story, it didn't make me like him more. He h ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
I tried so hard with this book, I really did. The general concept was ok, and there were some cool creatures like wereleopards, but due to the mini-plots/quests that made up the story they never really developed. The writing itself isn't horrible, but the characters felt flat and the disjointed mini-plots within it meant that side characters got no development before they were killed off, or became irrelevant. The individual quests really suffered from poor development plot-wise. For example the ...more
Kat  Hooper
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Janny Wurts’ The Master of Whitestorm is a stand-alone high fantasy that, like the author’s other work, differentiates itself from other fantasies published in the late 20th century that feature a medieval-style setting. The book has recently been produced in audio format by Audible and is read by British actor Simon Prebble, a highly decorated audiobook narrator and someone whose name I’m always happy to see in the credits. As expected, he does a wonderful job with The Master of Whitestorm and ...more
Oct 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book proved to be a good introduction to the author. I had never read any of Janny’s books previously and was hoping to take to this book. I did it gripped me from the first page, I liked the driven nature of the hero and the way that the novel without wanting to create any spoilers had an ending that was logical and did not create a sense of incredulity. I kept asking myself did I want the main character to be more fleshed out, on a certain level, I did, the literary snob in me, but that m ...more
Courtney Schafer
Excellent standalone fantasy adventure. I'm a sucker for prickly, difficult characters who wall themselves up in all kinds of emotional armor, and protagonist Korendir is a perfect example of the type. Plus, as a climber myself, how could I resist a book that mixes mountaineering and magic? Wurts writes some great heart-pounding scenes involving ice climbing and high alpine travel, not to mention some badass magical monsters. The book is a great read, and one I'd heartily recommend to anyone who ...more
Walter Herrick
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is probably my favorite stand-alone book by Wurts, although her Empire trilogy with Feist is up in my favorites as well. Korendir, who becomes the Master if Whitestorm, stays true to his core beliefs throughout the book...irregardless of whether those beliefs prove a strength, like in the beginning of the book, or a weakness, like in the end....well, not necessarily a weakness...but Korendir's stubbornness and commitment to his beliefs provide a very understandable, and poignant end to a re ...more
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book has that serial-adventurer format which reminds me of old Conan stories (& etc) but more sophisticated/emotional/psychological.
The writing has a definite fairy-tale feel which recalls Patricia McKillip -
but it also has that epic-fantasy-tale aspect which Wurts does so well....

Good book!
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
but wait, there's more endings, almost discreet short stories of a hero's life
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it, the main character reminded me of Arithon from the mistwraith series. Very Janny Wurts in style a great read. Also a good standalone novel didn't feel hurried or compacted.
Thomas Knowles
Nov 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a new release from Event Horizon EBooks, an e-book reprint of the original 1992 ROC printed edition. Note that the rating is posted by the publisher.
3 / 5

The Master of White Storm, by Janny Wurts, is a stand-alone fantasy novel that mostly recounts the adventures of Korendir, said master of White Storm. The novel has a rather episodic feel to it, and even though the adventures are kind of related and sequential, they seem as not to affect one another.
To be honest, I was really surprised to find out that this novel was published (written?) at 1992 as it felt much older, and I don't say that in a good way. If they told me that this book was w
Barry Mulvany
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat strange book. Describing it it seems to be like a RPG game, where our protagonist completes tasks, each getting harder and more implausible as it continues. We start the story from the viewpoint of a slave on a ship where he is shackled beside our hero. Apparently he's been a slave for five years at this point and from here the adventures begin. It is a rich and detailed world and as a this book is a standalone it is almost a shame that there are not more stories to come from it as I ...more
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A decent book that was ruined by the author's misguided sense of poetic justice.

This is a standalone fantasy novel that is very episodic in nature. Although the stories tie together and are told in chronological order, each is like an episode in the series. It revolves around one man's obsession for more and more challenging quests and adventures. His goal is to build his own impregnable fortress somewhere that no one can ever threaten or assault him.

Many of the stories in the sequence are actu
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book started off strong but soon became a repetitive, dry slog. Someone comes to the MC with an impossible request, smith friends begs/argues/reasons with MC not to go, MC goes anyway and succeeds in the task. By the third or fourth time, there was no sense of danger or anxiety about whether he would complete the task, because of course he would. The writing itself felt very distant so I couldn't connect with any of the characters, which also didn't help. Then the ending has the most depres ...more
Vadim Pulver
A sword and sorcery novel.
I finished it, but didn't like it. I listened to it as an audiobook, so maybe the language was too complex for me.
Main protagonist is very closed person who doesn't talk much, and when he does talk he does so in gruff voice. At least the narrator made it so, well half of what he says in unintelligible.
The characters decide to go to new places that never were mentioned before or to meet somebody they apparently know, but the readers are unaware of it (which happen in su
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Janny Wurts is the author of War of Light and Shadow series, and To Ride Hell's Chasm. Her eighteen published titles include a trilogy in audio, a short story collection, as well as the internationally best selling Empire trilogy, co authored with Raymond E. Feist, with works translated into fifteen languages worldwide. Her latest title in the Wars of Light and Shadow series, Destiny's Conflict, c ...more

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