When I'm Not Writing by Daniel Walls
I’m an Art Director by trade. I love design and naturally spend much of my time designing and art directing. When I have downtime, I try to spend as much of it with my wife, two children and dog. We love biking, swimming and camping in the summer, and skating, sledding and skiing in the winter. My wife and I love to cook together. I cherish my “alone-time” and love to go for long runs with my three-legged dog. Public radio is almost always on in my home and office, whether it’s news, classical music or rock and roll, I listen to whatever suits my mood at the moment. I’m not a big TV person, but love well produced movies.
Paperback: 388 pages
Publisher: Two Harbors Press (January 3, 2011)
For as long as he can remember, Asher has possessed unexplainable abilities, which his widowed father has forced him to keep hidden. But when an elusive girl named Scar enters his village, Asher's life is forever transformed.
Bound by despair, the teens plot to run away. However, when a mystical medallion finds its way into Asher's hands, they soon learn that running is not an option, it's imperative. Asher is thrust into the pursuit of a legendary treasure, believed to possess the power to save the world from the prophesied apocalypse. And the key to unlocking this power lies within the secret of his curse.
While hunted by dark forces, Asher realizes that Scar has secrets of her own; she is not the girl he thought she was. Time is running out as he struggles to find the strength to let go of his feelings and summon the courage to embrace his destiny.
A chilling, heart-wrenching tale of colliding worlds and forbidden love, The Vyne reinvents steampunk-fantasy for a whole new generation.
Starting off a bit slowly, The Vyne won't grab your attention immediately. It starts off in a bit of a cliche' setting; a harbor village where main character, Asher Meadows, lives alone with his drunken father. But this book quickly picks up pace and will soon have you enthralled in it's sheer awesomeness. Daniel Walls brings components into this story that make it enjoyably complex and unlike any book I've read in quite a while.You think that this is just gonna be some other sixteenth century book where people struggle to live because of lack of food or bullying government that raises taxes every other week. But, no. This isn't anything like that.
So there are these medieval kinds of things like sword fighting and dragons, and then there are these futuristic like robots and suits that are kinda like those power suits on G.I. Joe. There are pirates, guns, and these furry forest-ninja dudes. On top of that there are many different humanoid creatures who live in the same aspect as humans. Angel-ish people, snake-ish people, spider-ish people, and people who I would describe as non-mean grindylows with legs. And I loved it all. For the first half of the book I was really trying to figure out what time period this book was set in, if there was one. And, finally, I came to a conclusion that I am sure nobody will understand since my mind obviously works very strangely. As I see it, this is a story that is in the Star Wars Universe. So many different species... living in an unknown and mixed time period... my first reaction to this incredible epiphany of mine was, "Wow. This is an incredible epiphany." Not the most original thoughts but, as I said before, my mind works in odd ways. Now, I wouldn't say that this book is in the Star Wars Universe. That's just how I explained it to myself as to understand it better. 'Cause I am pretty much the ultimate Star Wars nerd.
This book had great writing and great character development. I think Mr. Walls captures and explained the character's personalities and abilities greatly. The whole story came together very well and it was the people, good or evil, that made you want to read more. It had great villains who killed, deceived, and cut peoples heads off with swords that come out of the nub of their severed arm. It had just the right level of horrifyingness so that the bad guys weren't boring and you only lose a little bit of sleep at night. My favorite character? The ex-privateer, Lazlo. And if you are planning on reading this book (Read it) and you are one of those people who sees the book as if in a movie in your head, Lazlo is Johnny Depp.