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Nomadin
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Fantasy

Publisher:  Pine View Press ISBN-10:  0974015105 Type:  Fiction
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296

Copyright:  July, 2003 ISBN-13:  9780974015101


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Young Ilien knows nothing of the dark tales told around late-night fires, or of the legendary Nomadin Wizards and the prophesy that haunts them. But all that is soon to change. For a shadow touches the peaceful land of Nadae. An ancient evil is stirring. Already a NiDemon has crossed from the land of the dead. And now Ilien must run - from a monster of unimaginable cunning and power, toward a fate more frightening than that which hunts him. But he cannot run forever. Eventually he will have to make a stand. Sooner or later he will have to face what even the legendary Nomadin cannot ... himself.

"Pile it there - in that clear spot!" barked the dog, running back and forth between the trees. "A fire may keep them at bay!" Ilien stacked all the branches and logs he could find in the center of the clearing. The pile of wood grew taller than him. Thessien's black steed suddenly screamed. It threw its head and stomped about, the heavy scent of the wolves finally driving it mad. Ilien thought of unbridling it - freeing the big black of encumbrances in case of trouble, but the giant dog shouted out, "We need more wood than that! Follow me!" and Ilien left the horse to fend for itself. He had no doubt that it could. "Move!" shouted the dog. Ilien grabbed the Illwood sword where he'd left it, propped against a tree. He eyes the three sharp thorns on its end. It would make a deadly weapon in a pinch. He shuddered at the thought, then moved down the hill after the dog. They traveled only as far as they needed to fill Ilien's arms heaping with wood, then returned up the hill. The dog led the way, and thankfully so. Night had fallen quickly. But when they reached the woodpile, Ilien gasped and stumbled forward, dropping his armful of wood. The pile was gone. So too was Thessien's steed. The dog let out a low growl, and Ilien spun around. They stood surrounded by a jury of shining yellow eyes, peering at them from between the trees. The dog lifted its head to the deepening dusk. Its long howl shuddered the forest. The wolves stood unfazed, their grins only widening.      

  

     

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The Eternal Night Website of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horro
Steve Westcott

September 2003



The land of Nadae has been free from the clutches of Reknamarken, the necromancer, since he was incarcerated in a magically bound book by the Nomadin during the last war. At the time of his imprisonment he foretold that a child born of Nomadin stock would eventually free him and then would start the third and final war. Fearful of such bloody consequences, the Nomadin forbade a union between their kind and vowed that should the unfortunate happen, the resulting child would be slain.



As with most foolproof plans, this one failed. A son was born, to be squirreled away via magical means to be reborn to a peasant family, there to be raised as their own, unaware of his heritage. That is until Gallund the wizard decided to play a part in the child's education, although young Ilien turned out to be a pretty poor apprentice. Even the most basic spells proved almost too much, yet a spark within helped him to perform feats way beyond his capabilities without him realising how he had managed it. Could he be more than a wizard? Could he be Nomadin?



When news reaches Gallund of a Nidemon stalking the land, an indication that the power which holds the necromancer imprisoned is weakening, Gallund must set out to check the ward spells, Ilien in tow. And so starts a quest that will test the young man to his limits, and reveal Gallund to be more than he let on to be.



Nomadin is Mr Cormier's first published novel, which I could not quite believe when reading the book. The prose flows with an expert's hand and the pacing is excellent throughout. The characters are well rounded and not typical stereotypes of the genre, which would be an easy trap to fall into in a tome that sits comfortably with its peers in the YA market upwards. Mr Cormier scatters similes throughout his work to good effect, painting vivid pictures in the reader's mind, making the read thoroughly engrossing.



A liberal amount of humour is written into the book which serves to entertain the reader in this 'young boy coming to power' novel. It is this and the storytelling ability of the writer that keeps the reader wanting to read on. And, when the end is reached, wanting to read book two, which the author informs us is on its way.



The book ends with a few tangled webs still left to resolve. Usually, this would disappoint me, but Mr Cormier manages to end on a feel good note with all the major plot lines addressed while opening new ones for book two.



Nomadin is well worth a read and I would recommend it to all those that enjoy feel-good books. It is well written, holds a good plot and has enough hooks and twists to keep the most critical reader happy. Shawn Cormier is a welcome new talent in fantasy.



Synopsis

Young Ilien knows nothing of the dark tales told around late-night fires, or of the legendary Nomadin Wizards and the prophesy that haunts them. But all that is soon to change. For a shadow touches the peaceful land of Nadae. An ancient evil is stirring. Already a NiDemon has crossed from the land of the dead. And now Ilien must run - from a monster of unimaginable cunning and power, toward a fate more frightening than that which hunts him. But he cannot run forever. Eventually he will have to make a stand. Sooner or later he will have to face what even the legendary Nomadin cannot ... himself.





Gotta Write Network
Welcome to the land of Nadae. A land inhabited by fantastical creatures and magical beings, but in Nadae things are not always as they appear. Their peaceful existence is about to be challenged by an evil that has lain dormant, trapped within the pages of a book bound by Nomadin magic. Ilien, a wizard's apprentice, joins the wizard Gallund and Thessien, an Eastland soldier, on a journey to warn of the NiDemon's crossing from the land of the dead. When plans go array, he is forced to find the courage and strength to face his destiny. You will journey with Ilien on his quest of self discovery as he battles witches and wierwulvs, fights to rescue the princess Windy and save the land of Nadae from the evil Necromancer, Reknamarken.

Nomadin is a journey into the imagination, where anything seems possible. You will be thoroughly transported to a magical world with an intricately woven adventure that will capture the imagination of children and adults alike. Excellent, not to be missed!

~5 Out of 5 Enchanted Pencils
Dee Gentle, GottaWriteNetwork.com Book Reviewer
March 5, 2004


Long Island University Magazine
MOVE OVER HOBBITS
The people of Nadae live under a shadow - a prophesy fortelling the birth of a child with magical talents who will unleash the powers of an evil necromancer upon the land. Part fantasy in the tradition of "The Lord of the Rings", part coming of age story, "Nomadin" is the tale of Ilien, a young boy who hasn't a clue about his true lineage and the startling role he is destined to play in determining the course of history. A refreshing new voice in young adult fiction, Shawn Cormier is a natural storyteller, constructing a magical realm of wizards, giants, NiDemons and grolls without ever lapsing into fairy tale cliches. In Cormier's world, as in ours, the lines between good and evil are often blurred. The characters are well drawn, and the dialogue sparkles with wit in this enchanting new novel about moral ambiguity set against a Tolkein-esque backdrop.


Reader Reviews for "Nomadin"


Reviewed by m j hollingshead
Nomadin presents an engrossing tale of mysterious, enchanting characters catapulted by powerful motivations moving against a backdrop of richly drawn settings designed to pull the reader right into the narrative. Humor abounds as writer Cormier fits metaphor, pun and downright whimsical into the tale. Effective dialog carries the reader along on a breathless adventure as the three stalwarts endeavor to outwit the enemy. The reader is easily caught up in the account as Ilien faces danger and his burgeoning use of mysterious powers he never realized were his. Conflict is plentiful and deftly resolved. At every turn Ilien meets near catastrophe, adversity and heart rending upset before he learns that everything is not always as he had first thought. Hooks and twists to suit the most demanding reader. And, the best of all, book two is on it’s way.

Excellent book for classroom ‘free reading’ use, parent and/or teacher ‘read-to’ use and pleasure reading for the 11-16 group.

Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.

still waiting for the next in the series!!

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