REACTION TO "WIL DEFT" FROM AN AMAZON.COM CONTEST REVIEWER
Beginning with the narrator's pitch perfect storytelling "voice", I was quickly captivated and constantly lured on….I loved the author's choices of people and place names - 'Fishtown' for the village, Wil Deft for the hero. This author manages to coax poetry from every descriptive turn of phrase….
REACTION FROM A SECOND AMAZON.COM REVIEWER
It started with a terrific hook - who can resist a talking cat sent to deliver a message? It starts off strong and just continues that way.
COMMENTS FROM AMAZON.COM CUSTOMERS
… wonderful scene-painting: mundane Fishtown, the cobblestoned streets, the glow seeping through closed shutters, and above all the sinister bulk of the imperial ship blocking out the lights of the neighboring town, all spring into reality before us. Impressive work.
This brilliant story snags and tickles our feelings as we try to figure out its large and small mysteries. We like this lonely kid with a decent heart, a distracted brain, just a few coins, and a battered old boat….
—Santa Fe, New Mexico
…charming well-balanced prose, unexpected and delighting imagery (his hair needed a licking, determined the cat), perfect pacing and immediate suspension of disbelief…. The character's names are easily pronounced, creating instant association, and their personas are shaped almost invisibly with an expert choice of few words. I want MORE...and I want it NOW!
—Long Beach, California
Any writer who can suck a reader into a fantasy with convincing characters and bizarre situations that seem perfectly normal has a true gift….Yet, it is the language with which the story is written that sets it apart….Move over your treasured copies of Tolkien and C. S. Lewis and make room for Wolkomir.
The story is exciting and leaves you wanting to know what will happen next….I enjoyed the suspense of thinking the imperial constables might catch him at any minute!
From the very first sentence I was hooked….The characters were instantly real—how many writers can do this?—inside a single sentence. Even the cat and the dog were instantly real, the cat being a cat through and through in spite of speaking, and the dog a dog through and through.
—Albany, New York
I'm amazed at how very quickly I was drawn into Wil Deft's mysterious world… a milieu of uneasy distrust and ominous foreboding. (Ah, but the barmaid offers hope!) I was completely intrigued….
…a world as believable as Tolkien's. I read the first chapter last night and woke up thinking about the characters and their world. I loved what the dog says—we all know that's what dogs would say, if we could only hear them…Publish this one—the movie folks will want to do something with it.
—Albuquerque, New Mexico