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Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State's Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far's old soul.

From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after anoth
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Paperback, 198 pages
Published May 11th 2019 by Outskirts Press, Inc
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Nursebookie
Wanders Far: An Unlikely Hero's Journey (Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series).

I thoroughly enjoyed this amazing book by David Fitz-Gerald, Wanders Far - An Unlikely Hero's Journey. Reading this book felt to me like I was reading an epic adventure story, yet is told so brilliantly in just 187 pages. The genre of this book is Historical Fiction but has definite elements of the supernatural and also some suspense and mystery within the story. Though this is an Adult Fiction, those who enjoy Young
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Jessica Belmont
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wanders Far was a pleasant surprise for me. I chose to read it because the Blurb was intriguing and the cover was striking. I am so glad I gave this one a shot. A quick and enriching. Historical fiction has captured my heart in 2019 and I’m happy to add this novel to the list.

The characters are absolutely brilliant. David Fitz-Gerald has not only written well-rounded characters, but he brought them to life. I love the descriptions, the lives of every day Native Americans in the mid-1100s. It was
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Paul Bennett
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Iroquois Confederacy - comprised of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca tribes was just one example of the sophisticated governments and societies practiced by these so-called savage peoples who had called the "New World" home for thousands of years. In Wanders Far the author has created an intriguing look at a time and place prior to the European 'discovery', and settlement. A coming of age tale of an enigmatic, and precocious boy, who plays an important role in the founding of ...more
Amy
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
David Fitz-Gerald’s talent shines through in his Wanders Far-An Unlikely Hero's Journey. I really enjoyed this well written and easy to read story. I really felt like I was right there living among the native people. I loved getting to Wanders Far and his family.

Wanders Far-An Unlikely Hero's Journey gets a well-deserved five plus stars from me. I hope to see more books from Mr. Fitz-Gerald in the near future. This one is a keeper.

I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my
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Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is the first book in the new Adirondack Spirit series and it is definitely an eye-opener, I thought when I came into this book that it would be a basic historical fiction with a bit of a supernatural feel, but oh, boy was I wrong, there is a really strong fantasy and supernatural elements within it, plus intrigue, suspense and mystery, you are probably thinking that it’s all a bit much for one story especially one that is pretty short, but it all falls together really well and comes togethe ...more
Lori
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I give this book 5 stars simply for the historical aspect of it.
The writing is slow but we learn how it was for the Indians.
I liked being in the Indians' camp and listening to them tell stories. They have families just like we do. I felt like I made friends with them.
Life has everyday challenges for Wanders Far. But then life does for every single person even in today's world.
I enjoyed learning about Wanders Far. His life's journey was fascinating. How interesting it must've been to live back
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Melanie Matulonis
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s difficult to categorize the genre of Wanders Far – adventure, mystery, historical fiction. It’s really all of the above. The author brilliantly describes the characters, emotions, challenges and events in this novel in a way that transcends time. The themes of family, adventure and societal expectations are as relevant today as they were in 1,125. As a woman with Canadian Indian ancestry, I felt a special connection with Wanders Far: An Unlikely Hero’s Journey. It is apparent that the locat ...more
Xerxes
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wanders Far is one of those novels that focuses less on the action and more the individual. Sometimes some novels don’t need action, being the heavy action-reader I am. This novel is unique in respecting Native American Cultures, which I don’t know about. I felt I was immersed in the time period. The amount of spiritualness and religion in this story is staggering and this is amazing.

The story itself has a more joint and vibrant mood. This is why I would say that in this novel, be prepared for l
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Jacqui Huntley
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
A lovely story book about a native American family back in the 12th century and particularly the son,Wanders Far. It is an essentially matriarchal family with his mother at the head but with all members working together, mostly in harmony. The descriptions of their lives is fascinating and feels realistic. In the first half-ish of the book each chapter is a standalone story and this sort of continues later but with more of a follow-on thread. A very nice way to write. Each chapter has some event ...more
Elizabeth Bell
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a celebration of nature and family. I really enjoyed learning about daily life among the native people of North America, hundreds of years before Europeans reached its shores. This felt like someone telling a story around a campfire, although a couple things interrupted the "narrative dream" for me. One was the narrator's voice in the audiobook. It didn't *quite* work for me. This is probably going to sound weird, but I found it too cheerful. I would have preferred a deeper voice wi ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was received as an ARC from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

Wanders Far-an Unlikely Hero's Journey - Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series
David Fitz-Gerald, has written a thought provoking early American historical fiction. The story spans from the year 1125 through about 1192. Rich in Imagery, the author has given us a glimpse into life among the the native people of North America, hundreds of years befo
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Just another reader
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wanders Far is an amazing multi-genre tale, panning several decades. It's has elements of a historical fiction, an adrenaline-throbbing survival thriller, and a racy adventure, all brilliantly woven together. Spotlighting the years from 1125 through 1192, the story takes us through the life of Wanders Far, a remarkably brave and self-righteous protagonist who would stay in our minds for long after we finish the story. With tribal wars and clash of the clans as its primary theme, David also gives ...more
Kate Eminhizer
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Like the title tells us, this book is a journey. It encompasses elements from historical fiction, adventure, romance, and spiritual genres. This book is a quick read but that in no way diminishes its impact on the reader. This is a tale about a boy named Wanders Far. The author describes the world of the Native Americans so brilliantly that you will feel transported back in time. As Wanders Far grows he learns more about himself and the tribes surrounding his own family. He becomes aware of his ...more
M. Apple
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful YA historical novel

As a fellow Adirondacker and outdoor enthusiast with a passion for history, I was intrigued by the premise of this story, and it did not disappoint. I would have liked the middle chapters related to the Great Peacemaker and Hiawatha legend to be cut into a couple of smaller chapters, to keep the consistency of the first part of the book. And the main character seemingly can do no wrong from day one. But the characters in general are sympathetically presented, and the
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Mike Smith
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story

I read it in one day. The story moved and was moving. The tale of Wanders Far and his people and their village lives enveloped me and kept me reading to the very end.
Vicky Peplow
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book and an amazing story that kept me hooked but for some reason, it felt like it was missing something.
Linda
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unseen but perfect ending to this hero’s journey

A beautifully written tale of Native people in what will become the US.
Wanders Far is an energetic and gifted young man with an old soul.
I found only 2 grammatical errors, and those were in the last few pages of this tale.
Ari Maayan
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book for me as I am American Indian. I'm from a southern tribe so I learned a lot. I would say that this was a sweet book. I really liked it.
Debbie Tremel
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Lovely Story

This is a well told, gentle story. It does not have the fast paced racing of so many books, but winds it's ways through memorable characters and intriguing events. Indigenous living is well depicted and believable. The author tends to skip around at times with the point of view of different characters in a scene, but at least is clear on whose eyes we are seeing through.
Robert
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very nice read. Historically beautiful scenery along with relatable characters.
Jeannie Zelos
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wanders Far-An Unlikely Hero's Journey, Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series, David Fitz-Gerald

Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre: Historical Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

I love stories about other cultures, and was drawn to this one.
Its a wonderful, gentle story, showing snippets of how life was for the Native Indians.

I really enjoyed the day to day aspect, learning about the long houses, Bear Fat's matriarchal group, and of course the journey Wanders Far's life takes him on. There
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CECILE G
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a pleasure to read David Fitz-Gerald’s historical novel, Wanders Far: An Unlikely Hero’s Journey. The story opens with Wanders Far’s mother, Bear Fat—matriarchal leader being distracted from her proposal to relocate the three clans to ensure good food supply and continued well-being. Her thoughts return often to the moment she saw her baby girl being snatched while she was digging for tubers a short distance away. As her meeting concludes, her young son runs up to her to tell that her fathe ...more
S Roeser-Butler
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wanders Far – An Unlikely Hero’s Journey – is a beautifully written tale of a special man and the loving family that surrounds him. The story centers on Wanders Far – a gifted and sensitive soul whose journey from child to elder, from runner to seer, is filled with adventure, courage, wisdom, an abundance of love, and more than a little bit of magic. As enjoyable as it was to spend time with Wanders Far, I was equally entranced with his family and friends – Bear Fat, Gentle Breeze, Seeks Wampum, ...more
Cindy
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Wanders Far in particular was a delight to follow as he grew from child to man to runner and seer. The Indian culture as told through this book showed the hardships while accentuating the strong family ties.
Coleen Dailey
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
I listened to this book and was a little disappointed. The initial part of the story was really good, but once Wanders Far got married it seems that the author ran out of story. I was really looking forward o a story that dealt with the early part of the Iroquois confederacy. I enjoyed the part of WAnder's Far family, his youth and his coming of age. At times I thought I was listening to a book for a younger reader but that part wasn't too bad. I just wish we hadn't skipped 50 years in such a sh ...more
Chelsie
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was written with the story line in the life of Wanders Far, but yet each chapter was like its own story within the storyline. I could almost feel myself sitting around a fire listening to someone tell these folklore tales, that could have been passed through each generation. I would definitely read more of these. It would be interesting to read about some of the siblings or even Somersault.
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