The Dan k is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths Wulliam s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work Wull dreads it And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over Then the unthinkable happensThe Dan k is a wild, treacherous river, and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations clearing it of ice and weed, making sure boats can get through, and fishing corpses from its bleak depths Wulliam s father, the current Riverkeep, is proud of this work Wull dreads it And in one week, when he comes of age, he will have to take over Then the unthinkable happens While recovering a drowned man, Wull s father is pulled under and when he emerges, he is no longer himself A dark spirit possesses him, devouring him from the inside In an instant, Wull is Riverkeep And he must care for his father, too When he hears that a cure for his father lurks in the belly of a great sea dwelling beast known as the mormorach, he embarks on an epic journey down the river that his family has so long protected but never explored Along the way, he faces death in any number of ways, meets people and creatures touched by magic and madness and alchemy, and finds courage he never knew he possessed.
Riverkeep The Dan k is a wild treacherous river and the Fobisher family has tended it for generations clearing it of ice and weed making sure boats can get through and fishing corpses from its bleak depths
A truly extraordinary, rich and vivid debut Martin has built a world and concocted a story you can get lost in this is one of the most engrossing books I ve read this year, and I loved every second of it One for fans of Pratchett and Gaiman.
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review A coming of age adventure in a world that is both threatening and full of wonders, following a boy who embarks on a journey to save his father after Wulliam witnessed his dad being possessed by a river spirit, he decides to take his only parent to the sea, hunting down a legendary beast whose fluids are rumoured to have many healing properties And even if it means abandoning his duties as the keeper of the river, [...]
As I mentioned earlier, I have decided that I am not able to finish reading Riverkeep I gave the book 100 pages and almost the entire time reading it, all I could think of was other things which I wanted to read I adore the cover of this book and it sounded like an awesome premise to me However, I just couldn t lose myself in this book like I wanted to Riverkeep tells the story of Wulliam, who is set to inherit the job of Riverkeep upon his 16th birthday in a week or so The job entails keeping t [...]
super torn This would have been awesome except for the world building problem Rivers only flow one wayEmory Blummell s face was found at the boathouse The boathouse is upriver from Canna Bay where the Mormorach ate the rest of him Wull rows with the current from the boat house to Canna Bay to hunt the Mormorach How the heck did the face get to the boathouse or all the dead bodies from the city, for that matter It was like a super distracting fantasy Zen koan and was the only thing I could think [...]
This story was so beautiful and it made me feel all the feels At times I had a few good laughs, at others I shed some tears Parts made me all warm and fuzzy inside, while others freaked me a bit out with their weirdness and their gore.It took me a while to get into the story, with the first 100 pages or so being a bit slow, incoherent and confusing But when things start to get together and you see of this wonderful world, you can t help but love it Wull and his father meet some weird and unique [...]
Didn t finish it abandoned after a few chapters The boasts on the cover of the proof copy I received were enough to annoy me initially, and the book really didn t live up to them It was a slow start, and Wulliam Really The third chapter was a little better, but not enough to keep me reading Onto better, less egregiously marketed books.
This richly detailed debut novel by author Martin Stewart is very well done I enjoyed the thick Scottish brogue all the characters had, which was incredibly and brilliantly narrated by James Cosmo, the actor from Game of Thrones, etc seriously, kudos to Blackstone audio for getting him to narrate this novel As I adore movies and tv shows from both England and Scotland, listening and understanding the author and the narrator was no big deal for me Though I do have to mention that at first, the wo [...]
It took me a while to get into this book I found the first 30 pages or so a bit of a slog It doesn t help that the proof copy is emblazoned with comparisons to Neil Gaiman, Philip Pullman and Ursula Le Guin those kind of comparisons make me deeply sceptical and prejudice me against the book from the get go But then, on page 33 we meet Tillinghast and the whole thing lifts off In one of the funniest yet grossest fight scenes I ve ever read, he bests two muscle bound bruisers and cheekily insults [...]
I received a digital copy of this title via Netgalley.Categories YA, fantasy, death and dying DNFed at 11%Comments It felt like I read a lot than just 11% of this book That astonishingly lovely cover drew me in, along with the blurb, with promises of a boy whose job it is to drag corpses from a river, but I just couldn t get my head around the world building The main character wasn t particularly charismatic either, and I felt like his confusion and despair became my own Early on I got the sens [...]
3.5 starsThis debut novel features on the 2017 YA Book Prize shortlist, and there was much to enjoy and admire in it It s one of those quest adventure novels in which the son gradually takes the place of his father, in this case, as Riverkeep of the Danek river At the beginning of the novel, Wulliam known as Wull is nearing his 16th birthday the official transition point for handing the Riverkeep responsibility from father to son Wull longs for adventure, escape, anything but the dark, cold and [...]
Fifteen year old Wulliam has grown up with the knowledge he will be eventually be expected to take over his father s work as a Riverkeep, looking after the river and fishing out bodies to give them a dignified delivery from its liquid embrace But one night, when his father reaches over to pull a corpse into his boat, his own body is taken over by a sinister spirit So when Wull discovers that a great sea beast, a mormorach, might possess the cure for his father s affliction Wull sets off down the [...]
cross posted from fox and fictionIt s been a long while since I ve read a good, entertaining adventure tale Riverkeep by Martin Stewart was like returning to a familiar and comfortable territory, and a delightful new experience, all at once There are so many things to love about this book It has a reluctant and unwittingly hilarious protagonist, Wulliam, and the wonderfully named and very amusing cast of characters he picks up as he makes his way downstream The world itself is fascinating, with [...]
Fifteen year old Wulliam is dreading taking up his family s mantle of Riverkeep, tending the river and fishing corpses from its treacherous waters But then everything changes One night his father is possessed by a dark spirit, and Wull hears that a cure lurks deep within the great sea beast known as the mormorach He realizes he must go on an epic journey downriver to find it or lose Pappa forever I have been given an ARC by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.I m now several chapt [...]
A rich, gothic fantasy about Wull and his father who keep the river free from ice in the winter but whose lives are overturned by the arrival upstream of a mormorach, a huge, magical creature that causes all sorts of other long dormant magic to awaken, including the terrible bohdan which takes possession of Wull s father.Stewart s writing positively seethes with raw talent and imaginative power but his structure is slightly ramshackle He has a tendency to move the plot on by generating an endles [...]
I really, really wanted to love this book, the comparisons to some of my favourite authors had me clapping my hands with glee, but sadly there were bits of it that just didn t work for me It is in parts beautifully written, the use of language is utterly lovely but somewhere in the telling the story just gets lost Too many characters, too many different points of view and too much flitting from scene to scene leaves the reader bemused and a little lost as to where we are supposed to be.There was [...]
Didn t love it Full review is on my blog.It had plenty of action and adventure, but it felt rushed and by jamming so much into such a short time frame, it seemed like everything was glossed over.
The heavily accented dialogue combined with the graphic description of water logged bodies isn t working for me.
This is my first book review on Okay, maybe it is not a book review.These notes were written by Mace the first level cleric, third level warrior I had wanted to do some fishing, so I was interested in a boat trip Avandra, the Luck Goddess, booked me into this excursion I knew something was wrong when I felt the harsh winter breeze and saw the old boathouse Wull came out to greet me and soon I was inside looking at his father The two obviously needed help Wull was not quite sixteen His father had [...]
3.5 stars A slow and a little bit confusing, but I actually liked that beginning for an overall really nice book I only wish it had 50 pages and that some characters had been developed further you will know who I am talking about.Still, the language is beautiful, the descriptions vivid and the characters surprisingly funny It felt like The Wizard of Oz stumbling into The Witcher s world, which is basically the recipe to steal my heart I m looking forward to Martin Stewart s next work
DNF Usually, if I don t really like the book that I m reading, I will still try to read as much as I can But, with this book, I finished chapter three and I can t read any I was so bored and a bit confused The characters all felt the same so it was very hard to tell them apart I was expecting much because this book sounded amazing But maybe, I will find the courage to start this book again when I feel like it From what I ve read so far, I give this book 2 5 stars.
DNF at ten pages Sad, I know But dialect and a really odd writing style is just not working for me If I have to struggle to read and pay attention, that is not something I can do right now I wish I had sampled this before I picked it up but with everything in such a whirlwind at ALA, I wasn t able to do that Will probably be passing this on to someone it is suited for.
A stunning debut set in a thrilling, original world Exciting, evocative, and absolutely gripping Moby Dick meets Neil Gaiman.
Extreme weirdness punctuated every so often by sex jokes And the names for people and things bothered me mostly he just added a letter and boom it s a fantasy name Lazy.
Riverkeep tells the story of Wulliam, fifteen coming sixteen, and soon to take over the role of Riverkeep from his father As Riverkeep, it is their job to tend it they keep its guiding laterns lit, they stop it icing over and the they have the dubious pleasure of fishing out the corpses of the drowned This is a role Wulliam is physically and mentally unprepared for And things take a turn for the worse when Wulliam s father is attacked and possessed by a demonic sea creature Knowing that his only [...]
I read about 20% of this book, and it was really hard to read for than a paragraph without my eyes glazing over It feels so much like a first book like the author is trying so hard to be clever We have seulas basically seals or sealions can t call them that though We have ursas basically grizzly or polar bears can t call them that though We have half the writing attempting to be some crappy pseudo middle English, look, I m Chaucer bullshit random misspellings, random doubling of random letters, [...]
This book has such a dark tone throughout that, in my memory, at least, all the scenes seem to take place in the long, cold winter nights of the story The characters are eccentric, twisted, arcane Each of them is in a dire and dangerous situation, where their only hope is to pursue a dangerous, magical beast wreaking havoc at the river s meeting place with the sea For a couple of them, there is a resolution of sorts The fate of the others becomes a loose end Will there be another book Well writt [...]
I recieved an ARC from my local library, who I assume got it for free for an honest review If they were paid, they didn t pass it on I expected of an epic from Riverkeep It s written in dialect, which makes it difficult to read as I never got into the swing of it You meet a lot of characters, they ll have POVs several chapters in advance and then they ll appear to the main cast I kind of couldn t care about most of them, and there wasn t properly built suspense for the other ones, so I didn t e [...]
Just not my cup of tea I feel like the author tried to pack a lot in and it just didn t work for me The story jumps around between a lot of stories and do come together at the end but are very hard to keep track of while reading For it they just didn t all mesh together and made me lose interest very quickly.
I hate when books are nothing like they say they would be This turned into some psycho babble that helped people cope with death and dying Pissed me off when the book is advertised as wizard of oz.
Originally reviewed at mythoughtsaboutbooks.A coming of age, fantasy adventure in a magical, Scotland infused world swimming with threats and danger, magic, wonder and myth We follow Wulliam, son of the Riverkeep and soon to be Riverheep himself, who embarks on a dangerous downriver journey to save his beloved Pappa when he becomes possessed by a river spirit The Riverkeep s job is to tend the river, keeping the waterways free of ice in the winter and removing and administering to the dead when [...]