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Returner's Wealth

(Wyrmeweald #1)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  489 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted - and Micah may never return alive, let alone a hero...

He soon finds a chance to prove his worth when he meets with Eli, a veteran tracker,
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Doubleday
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Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
Returner's Wealth was a bit of a mess for me. With poor pacing, a weak plot, a weirdly inconsistent structure and generally boring characters, even the presence of dragons couldn't save this one.

my biggest issue with this one was that I found it boring. It honestly took me almost a month to read this one because I kept getting bored and starting other books. One problem was that I felt like I was thrust into the middle of the story without any background knowledge. Then there were the alternati
Feb 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book made for people who want a sense of adventure and something to keep them on their toes.when i first read this book i was amazed at how much action there was.This lead me to read the whole series and i don't regret it one bit.The language in this book is very complex and i constantly had to reach for a dictionary.The only problem is that if you don't read carefully you can miss details that will help make the rest of the story make sense.i highly recommend this book/seri ...more
Angela Oliver
Aug 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Paul Stewart definitely has a way with words.

I love his use of language - the way he throws around words that don't exist, but should exist and are easy to figure out the meaning of - words like "hackdagger" and "shatterrock". I love the way in which he creates his world as you journey through it, introducing you to its detailed and intricate nature as you join the heroes on their intrepid adventures.

Throughout, the lyrical text is illustrated with Chris Riddell's unique and utterly endearing (i
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
I have been a fan of Stewart & Riddell since my early teenage years when I feel in love with the characters and creatures in The Edge Chronicles. So when I saw this on Netgalley I nearly brokemy
mouse bashing the request button :D

It's a tale of kith and kin, friends and foe to the dragon like creatures who inhabit the WyrmeWeald. kin are soul mates to their fire breathing counter parts. When the dragon sheds its first skin the kin will wear it like a second skin that provides a shield against the
Sep 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-juv

Returner's Wealth (by Paul Stewart and illustrated by Chris Riddell) introduces a well-built fantasy world in Wyrmeweald and a congenial and goodhearted protagonist in Micah. Initially, I thought it would be a great adventure for ages 10-12, but the further I read, it became evident that an older audience would be better. In spite of the occasional violence, Stewart has created a grand adventure.

Weald in Old English has two meanings: 1) forest and 2) power, authority. Wyrm or wyrme in Old Englis
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love powerful storytelling, fantasy, action, adventure and sensational world-building quite unlike anything that has been written, and you adore and are as engrossed and taken away by the breathtaking artwork of Chris Riddell, well buy this book.

I know that Stewart and Riddell are known by many and will often turn to Paul's and Chris's The Edge Chronicles- their most famous of books, in a long range of trilogies culminating into a 13 book series- when acknowledging their credits is their
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bookworm Speaks!

Wyrmeweald: Returner’s Wealth

by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Series: The Wyrmeweald Trilogy (Book 1)
Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween; Reprint edition (September 3, 2013)
Language: English
Subject: Fantasy


The Story: The wyrmeweald is a hostile place, an arid wasteland where man is both hunter and hunted, and where the dragon-like wyrmes reign supreme.
Seventeen-year-old Micah enters the wyrmeweald intent on stealing a wyrme egg
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Returner's Wealth is a wonderful fantasy that is fast-paced, themed around wyrmes (my favourite fantasy creatures), has vivid characters that have clear motivations and gory detailed action scenes (a word of caution- for those who don't like blood and are young, this book may not be for you). The author Stewart and Riddles are cunning in the method of making wonderful twists and disturbing ironies such as Micah and his brother. Another great feature of the book is its fluidity. The book flows sm ...more
Sam Whitehouse
Another brilliant, richly imagined series from the creators of one of my all time favourite series The Edge Chronicles. Packed with brilliantly drawn characters and epic world building, complete with Riddle's mesmerizing line drawings, this is a must read. The plot is a bit thin, but this is only the first of a trilogy.
Highly recommended.
I really wanted to like this book. I love a good Dragon book. But I really struggled with this one.

I actually picked up Bloodhoney in the Charity shops recently and on getting it home realised it was a book two. Luckily my local library had Returner's Wealth on the shelf so I got it.

The first 100 pages of the book for me was so disjointed. You had Micah, in the present, who you realised was new to the Wyrmeweald and seeking the Returner's Wealth, in between, you had back flashes to explain why M
Elisabeth McButterson
I liked this book, especially considering it's not the kind of book I usually choose to read (my personal preferences err more towards flowery and fantastical). It had a bit of a slow start and it took a while for me to get used to the constantly changing perspectives, but after it stopped flashing back to Micah's life before he left home, it got a lot more interesting for me. I liked how fleshed out the world was and I'm a sucker for anything dragon themed, so I was down for all the different d ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
With poor pacing but actual potential, the pages of this book had all the wrong things in all the wrong places. That is to say, the author(s) neglected the unique aspects and creations of their world and the potential for character depth and detailed villains, instead focusing on a ridiculously extended exposition and no true plot explanation/development until about 70% through the book. Two stars for the ideas, however lacking in depth they were, and for the illustrations.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Before climbing into the harsh landscape of the Wymeweald, Seventeen-year-old Micah only knew life on the plains as a poor plow-boy. He’s was often punished for daydreaming about his liege-lord’s daughter instead of focusing on his work. The girl even returned his affection until she found a rich suitor and tossed him aside. Determined to win the girl back and prove that he is more than a lowly plow-boy, Micah set off into the Wymeweald, a dangerous territory full of savage dragon-like creatures ...more
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read it a long time ago. Could be that a reread could bring down the score, but I remembered it was a pleasant surprise and kept me wanting to read the second book.
May 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Just wasn’t for me, I found the style a bit plodding and boring.
P Powrie
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is so easy to read and immersive the characters are well constructed and you feel the balance or not which I really enjoy why are these not on Netflix !!!!
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good stuff:
- Stewart and Riddell wrote a whole series I didn't know existed!
- the illustrations
- the world building
- multiple tragedies in the book giving depth of emotion
- the moral messages about greed, about empathy towards living creatures
- the ending... you know there will be more to come!

Not so good stuff:
- the pacing was a bit odd, it plodded then picked up then plodded and then picked up. It felt a little over the place.
- the instant romance
- the violence, it was sedate enough for a c
Blog Post: Wealth (Wyrmeweald #1) Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Fantasy YA
1 out of 5 Stars

Seventeen-year-old Micah, enters the wyrmeweald full of hope to return home having made his fortune. But this is a land where wyrmes, fabulous dragon-like beasts, roam wild and reign supreme. In Wyrmeweald man is both hunter and hunted - and Micah may never return alive, let alone a hero... He soon finds a chance to prove his worth when he meets with Eli, a veteran t
Wyatt Packard
I was thrilled to see this trilogy was finally being released in the United States as Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell are my FAVORITE childhood authors. I believe I've read through the ten book Edge Chronicles series at least three times in it's entirety and just thinking about it makes me want to start again. Returner's Wealth is a wonderful return to the authors' imaginations and I greatly appreciated the more adult tone of this novel.

Micah enters the Wyrmeweald on a quest for wealth in the hopes
Jul 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
This review originally published n Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

This particular book has been in my 'to read' queue for a couple of years and I finally decided I just needed to read it and get it off my list. Part of the reason it was in the queue for so long is that no matter how many times I looked at it or opened it to read the first three chapters, it just didn't hook me. Having gone through the whole book now, I'm still not hooked.

Returner's Wealth follows the journey of teenager
Aug 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the first time that I'd read a book by these authors and I was pleasantly surprised. It is a YA but maybe not suitable for the younger readers, i'd say from mid to late teens and onward as some of the violence conveyed in the story struck me as a bit too raw and gory for the younger teens.
Wyrmeweald is set firmly in the fantasy genre with the dominant race being the Wyrmes, a dragon type race that come in all shapes and sizes. The Wyrmes are described in imaginative detail and in some ca
Kathi Wallace
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an e-copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for this review. No money changed hands.

Wyrmeweald sucked me in immediately. Within the first paragraph, I knew I was going to like this book and I was right. This wasn’t a complete love fest though – there were several things about the book that I found mildly annoying.

Be advised – some spoilers ahead.

First, EVERY animal seemed to have some variation of wyrm in its name. I kept thinking, argh! If this was a snake, it would be called
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was amazing from beginning to end! I have never read any books by Paul Stewart or Chris Riddell but I can say I will be checking out some of their previous works for sure now. This book grabs your attention from the very beginning and hold it hostage. I started this book with the intention of reading a few chapters and ended up reading the whole thing all day long. I couldn't put it down. I was in Wyrmeweald with these characters and felt their joy as well as their pain. Eli is by far ...more
RETURNER'S WEALTH offers a unique take on dragons. These aren't your cartoon dragons that can be cuddly while they train; they (and their riders) will take down the humans that hunt them. This book is full of glorious, sometimes overwritten detail; clearly the author spent some time world-building. There are several points of view, including those of dragons, which can be confusing. This could be a good thing, though, because it presents the alien thoughts of the wyrmes.

The wyrmeweald is a hars
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book begins interestingly enough and progresses rather quickly into a tale of magic, mystery and fantasy much like the Pern series. If I had to guess, I would say that the author loosely modeled this book after the Pern books, as many of the elements were similar.

I liked the main character very much. Micah is the type of character that doesn't start out as the strongest person in the book, but you get the opportunity to watch him grow and become something incredible along the way, which I
Dawn Teresa
I started my reading of this first book in a series very curious and hopeful that good things were in store. And the authors kept my interest — for a time, anyway. At the book’s beginning, the tone and language combine to make a moody, mysterious, and ominous presence. They establish a dangerous but beguiling world. And within it, they place Micah, a likeable lad. We meet him pining over a girl who breaks his heart, determined to become a wealthy hero by venturing into the wild, untameable wyrmw ...more
Michelle Moore
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell are best known for their Edge Chronicles, a set of fantasy books which appeal to many age groups from young to old.

They have now returned with a new trilogy, described as a frontier-fantasy, with Returner’s Wealth being the first part. The story starts with a young pioneer called Micah, who is trying to find his fortune. It’s a harsh world, with violence and killing, and Micah must learn who to trust and how to survive.

The most interesting part of this world are th
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: monsters, young-adult
Wyrmeweald is essentially the Edge Chronicles for older children. It is pretty violent and gory in places and there's even some mild sex references. The story see seventeen-year old Micah head into Wyrmeweald to make his fortune so that he can take it back to the love of his life. Typically things don't go as well as planned and Micah faces all sorts of terrible danger.

Much like the Edge, Wyrmeweald is a fantastic fantasy world. It is inhabited by Wyrme's, which are essentially dragons. These a
I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Honestly, I only requested it because the cover was pretty and dragons. Except they're not called dragons here. They're called Wyrmes. Okay, I guess I can get behind that. They're eggs? Called wyves. Um..okay. I guess. I always have issues with books renaming things or changing the spelling slightly just to look different. I guess it's a pet peeve of mine. I kind of got used to it here, since wyrmes don't seem to be exactl
Karl Orbell
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fantasy,dragons
The first of a new series from Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell and unsurprisingly, of their usual standard.

Their books are usually quite graphic and gory, in the way that mid-age children really like, which can make the books seem quite adult at times. This book seems aimed at a slightly older crowd than they usually do, there is a strong love/lust element to the book, nothing salacious, but emotional and intense. The setting is harsh and bleak, so the friendships and bonds stand out all the more
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Paul Stewart is a highly regarded author of books for young readers – from picture books to football stories, fantasy and horror. Together with Chris Riddell he is co-creator of the bestselling Edge Chronicles, which has sold more than three million copies and is available in over twenty languages. They have also collaborated together on lots of other exciting books for children of all ages. The F ...more

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