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"The Grabber is just a fright tale."

Former street kid Jarka was born with a crooked foot and uses a crutch, but that no longer matters now that he's an apprentice Wysman, training to advise the king. When poor kids start to go missing from the city's streets, though, Jarka suspects that whatever's causing the disappearances comes from the castle.

Now he needs to watch his s
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Paperback, 300 pages
Published June 27th 2020 by Inspired Quill
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Lu
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
First of all I wanted to thank Inspired Quill for the chance to read this book in exchange of an honest review.

TW: abusive behaviour, beating, death

Jarka is a former street kid, born with a crooked foot, but with the peculiar ability of reading the Wind. He's able to have vision, interpret them and,in doing so, helping the king, since he's training to advise him, under Adrya's, the King's right hand woman, supervision. Away from the hard street life, Jarka finds himself involved again in it when
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Annemieke / A Dance with Books
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, fantasy, 4-star
Thank you to Inspired Quill for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.

Earlier this year I read The Wind Reader and enjoyed it. Recently the publisher reached out to me to ask if I wanted to read and review the sequel to it. And of course I wanted that.

The Wysman follows Jarka, one of the side characters of The Wind Reader, after the end of the previously mentioned books. Jarka is an actual wind reader and for that reason he has been taken on
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Ilana Costello (patel)
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is a fantastic tale! It includes the struggles of both the poor and the royalty, an interesting form of elemental magic, entrancing characters, and more! I definitely suggest this for those looking for a touch of adventure.
Anne Goodwin
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
With a finely-crafted story, an endearingly flawed central character – and extra points for featuring someone with a disability – and pitch-perfect prose, it’s a lovely novel to escape into for both young readers and … not so young.
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Cristina
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Inspired Quill for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jarka is a wind reader- he has the ability to use elemental powers to receive feelings, or visions, from the wind by using a special runed box. For this ability, the former crippled street kid has been taken into the castle as an apprentice Wysman, one who will help advise the future king.
We meet Jarka during his apprenticeship, and the book opens with him getting a vision about something bad happening to a child. Ever the
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Meredith
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book for an honest review on behalf of Inspired Quill.

As a middle school educator I strive to find books with a-typical characters and furthermore, characters that my students' with all their struggles and imperfections can relate to. I was delighted the author chose to make the main character, Jarka, disabled and has grown up with his fair share of struggles. Yet, despite these struggles Jarka is resilient and does not let his past or his disability stop him from achieving what
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Kelly
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A huge thank you to Brigid at Inspired Quill for the Advanced Release Copy in exchange for my honest review.

I am a very avid reader. Okay, serious addict is probably more accurate. Out of all the books that I read in a year, very rarely do you get a main character that has a physical disability. Generally they are the trusty sidekick or the best friend but never the main character. As someone who has had a physical disability that has impacted my walking my entire life, this was such a refreshin
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Kelley Shaffer
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Inspired Quill for the Arc in exchange for an honest review.

This was a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The hero of our story, Jarka, was extremely likable, even as a poor, handicapped boy he retained compassion for others. After Jarka was elevated to a position of power in the castle, he didn’t forget the children still living on the streets.

I love the concept of Wind Reading! This book had mystery, suspense, a castle and a tale of a Grabber after the street children. I wou
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MagicReads
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book for an honest review on behalf of Inspired Quill.

I found this book an enjoyable read. It was a little bit slow at the start but it did pick up. The story covers the struggles of both poor and royalty. I loved the elemental magic that was included, I enjoyed getting to know the different characters. It was also refreshing to read that the main character had a disability. I recommend this book if your a fan of fantasy.
Lightening
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This story is wonderful! It’s got fantastic world building, suspense, royalty and magic. The characters are very engaging and you can’t help but root for them. I love seeing disabled characters, I feel like it’s very powerful to see someone that isn’t whole or perfect. The female characters are also so amazing in their own way. They’re so strong and powerful. My favorite part was that it was a stand-alone. I feel like there aren’t enough YA fantasy stand-alone books. It’s a wonderful, easy to ge ...more
Samantha
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In a time of kings and advisors, Jarka must figure out who is harming children in the castle while maintaining his duties to become a Wysman. This fantastic tale kept my attention and had me puzzled until the end. With a mix of magic, determination and compassion, this book is very much worth the read.

The world needs more books with main characters who are fierce like Jarka, but also human in that they have disabilities. A story in which the reader can relate is a story that they will carry wit
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Erin Hohol
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I first learned of this book I was pleased to see that the main character is a character with a disability. It’s nice to see a main character that isn’t the stereotypical hero.
I really enjoyed the plot line and twists the story took and found I didn’t want to put it down!
This is a great story with characters that have depth to them, subtle morals with realistic thoughts and challenges, all mixed into a fun fantasy. I definitely recommend this book!
WriteRenee
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book
I was supplied an e-ARC of this book by the publisher for an honest review.

Review may contain light spoilers

Quick Overview: The book is okay. Not good, not bad, but an okay read for the intended audience. A hard to follow protagonist, but not a harmful one.

Full Review: I wanted to like this book; I really did. The premise was right up my alley and I have a few middle-grade stories that continue to hold a home on my shelf.
So, it was disappointing when I didn’t.

It is not a bad book – I’ve
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Rebecca
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
An Unexpected Protagonist: The Wysman by Dorothy Winsor

*** Thank you Inspired Quill for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.***

Just the facts:
Overall Rating: 3 Stars
Addiction Level: I read it when I had spare time. (I ignored the hubby and puppies during the last few chapters.)
Believe-ability: The setting is believable.

I was looking for a different read when the opportunity to read The Wysman by Dorothy Winsor came up. I was intrigued by a differently abled protagonist, so I said to yes to
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Dana
Just one of the positive words I’d use to describe The Wysman is “refreshing.” Winsor provides a lot of unique plot points in her book, right from Jarka’s unique abilities to his disabilities. And on that second note I found myself really appreciative of Winsor’s work. Often – especially in movies, but plenty of times in books – a character can be injured or have some condition that’s only their nominally, without having any meaningful impact. As someone who has a disability of her own, I really ...more
Ashley Aolani Salisbury
Wysman is a compelling piece full of mysteries, intrigue, court scandals, love triangles, and suspense.
The main character is very relatable and one you can’t help but root for. A wind reader studying to become a Wysman, who has a heart of gold and cares for those around him, especially his loved ones, Jarka is fierce and bold when he finds a cause worth fighting for, a supporter of the weak and down trodden, and empathetic to those less fortunate.
Backed by amazing friends: Ellyn, a girl with a
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Boston Burton
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all I want to thank Inspired Quill for the early read of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The books main character is Jarka, he is a wind reader and has the ability to use elemental powers to receive feelings, or visions, from the wind by using a special runed box. Due to his ability, he is taken into the castle as an apprentice Wysman, one who will help advise the future king. The book first introduces us to Jarka during his apprenticeship, and the book opens with him gettin
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Lynn
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
4-4.5

I very much enjoyed The Wysman and Winsor's writing. The description says that this book takes place in the same world as The Wind Reader but reads as a stand-alone, and this is very much true; at no time did I feel like I was missing something by not having read the previous book (but I enjoyed this one quite a bit, so I will be going back to see what I missed in The Wind Reader.)

I will say that the magic in this book is light, and although magic runs through the story and major plot poin
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Dina E
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jarka, the protagonist of the story, is a former street kid, born with a crooked foot and the ability to read the wind. He's in training to become the king's advisor by interpreting the winds, like his mentor Adrya, the king's right woman. When street kids start disappearing Jarka involves himself in the harsh life of street kids and is determined to find the culprit. Even if it means losing his position.
I really enjoyed reading this book. The protagonist is disabled and is impossible not to lov
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Ambrosia Blasier-McCollum
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-arc
This is such a phenomenal book! The story was engaging from start to finish, with a mystery that keeps you guessing. The world is beautifully developed, and the magic system unique. What really impressed me, though, were the characters. Jarka, the hero of the story, is a young magic worker with a disability. I can think of very few YA fantasy books that center around a disabled main character, and none that handled it so skillfully. I don't know what it's like to be a young man with a club foot, ...more
Sharon
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book Release Date: June 17, 2020 Read/reviewed as ARC

The Wysman is a young adult fantasy with a who done it plot line. The main character is an older teenager who walks with a crutch due to a physical limitation. He is in training as an apprentice to become the next King’s advisor. I really enjoyed this read. It read fast, with the story and plot moving at a steady pace. The first few chapters are used to understand the world’s background, character traits of the main players and give the reader
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Chantel (The Mommy Bookworm)
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I want to thank Inspired Quill for the chance to read this title in exchange for an honest review.

Jarka is a disabled teen who has the incredible ability to read the wind. In doing so, he is given information that is meant to help him in the future. This has given him the chance to hold a position in the castle walls working for the king. After discovering that two children have gone missing from the refuge go missing, Jarka takes it upon himself to find them and in the process finds much more t
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Laura
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was sent this book for an honest review on behalf of Inspired Quill.

Jarka is a former street kid with a crooked foot who serves as an apprentice to the King's advisor. So when street children begin disappearing from the city, Jarka is immediately concerned and suspects the danger is coming from the castle. Balancing his duties as a Wysman's apprentice, Jarka begins investigating the disappearances and discovers a dark secret. There's much more to the castle and it's guests than meets the eye.
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Eml
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: quarantine, fantasy
I got sent an Arc of the Wysman. The publisher is @inspiredquill.
This book was a little difficult to get Into but when I was a quarter into it I really started to enjoy it.
I would recommend this book to people who want to get started into fantasy because it’s a quick and easy read.
The story is told from the perspective of Jarka, a boy who was granted a change to get off the streets. Jarka is now an apprentice. He uses a crutch due to being born with a crooked foot.
People start to go missing
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Heather
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free e-ARC of this book thanks to Inspired Quill in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

This book is a fantasy that contains magic and mystery. This is a classic fantasy, in a time where kings and lords reigned and alliances were instrumental. We follow main character Jarka as he seeks to uncover who is using magic for evil and we are taken on many twists throughout the story.

I enjoyed following along with Jarka and joining him in the search for
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Kabeyen
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Adventure! Whodunnit! Suspense! Fantasy! Romance! Those are just some of my descriptions that aptly define this YA book.

The main character Jarka is a former street kid, born with a bent foot. He comes from an abusive background and has beaten the odds by becoming an apprentice Wysman. Jarka possesses inner strength and a level of wit against obstacles. Obstacles that come in two forms: those who underestimate and/or mistreat him and the ominous issue at hand. Several characters are introduced,
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Tima (yaaddicts)
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
*3.5. I was sent a copy of this on behalf of the publishers for an honest review. This book was a pleasant combination of magic and mystery. I liked the disability representation as well as the other topics such as abuse and classism that were explored. There was a good balance between the heavy topics and more lighthearted ones.

The protagonist, Jarka, was refreshing as a main character. He was caring, courageous, made sacrifices that enhanced his character, and was unapologetic in his opinions—
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Wendy
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a Wysman in training, 16-year-old Jarka uses his gift to read messages from the wind. When he receives a frightening vision of The Grabber taking a child, Jarka knows he must act quickly. The problem is, Jarka has no idea who The Grabber is or who the next victim will be. Will he be able to stop The Grabber in time before a child is hurt? The Wysman is a palace mystery with well-rounded characters and a storyline that kept me on my toes until the very end.

Dorothy Winsor has a knack for leadin
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Angela Stanley
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First I want to thank Inspired Quill for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down. The book follows a poor young man with a disability who is training to become a Wysman and hopefully one day advise the king. When strange things start happening in the castle and village, the main character named Jarka uses his talents as a former street kid and now wind reader to help. The author’s words were so vivid that they jumped off the page
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Reagan Lassiter
Jun 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thanks to Inspired Quill for giving an ARC of the book for an honest review.

This book is perfect for fans of traditional fantasy like Tamora Pierce and Cinda Williams Chima. The Wysman was a fun and easy read that entrances the readers with the mystery of it— you never completely know what is happening with all the characters at any given moment. The twists keep the reader interested and reading until the very end.

Jarka is a fierce and loyal main character who never gives up on what he believe
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Dorothy A. Winsor is originally from Detroit but now lives near Chicago. For about a dozen years, she taught technical writing at Iowa State University and served as the editor of the Journal of Business and Technical Communication. Before that, she taught for ten years at GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering). She's won six national awards for outstanding research on the communic ...more

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