Returner’s Wealth by Paul Stewart

Returner's WealthReturner’s Wealth by Paul Stewart

From the creators of the internationally bestselling Edge Chronicles comes an epic story of dragons!

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 to sell for a bounty. With the riches such an egg will bring—returner’s wealth—Micah can go home to a life of luxury, and win the hand of the girl he loves. But the wyrmeweald is a treacherous place, and Micah quickly finds himself in mortal danger. When a tracker named Eli rescues him, Micah is forced to prove his worth, and together he and Eli defend a rare wyrme hatchling from kith bandits intent on stealing and selling wyrme eggs.

As Micah soon discovers, this hatchling has a guardian already—the beautiful, brave, and dangerous Thrace. Micah and Thrace make the worst possible match: Micah is a would-be bandit, and Thrace is a wyrme rider-assassin, devoted protector of the wyrmeweald. Yet their chemistry is undeniable, and soon Micah and Thrace join forces to protect the rare wyrme and battle the evil forces that encroach on their native habitat. But is there anything left in the devastated wyrmeweald to be saved?

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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 thought added credibility to his character.

There were a few points in this book where I felt there was an overabundance of information that could have been thinned out a little to make the story flow a bit better. The story itself is really good and enchanted me enough to keep reading.

I was a bit surprised by the amount of violence and gore in this novel. From the cover I had assumed this was for younger audiences, at perhaps a mid grade YA level.I would definitely not recommend this book for the younger end of the YA audience.

The secondary characters were okay. I did get the opinion on a few occasions that they were a bit flat and black and white. What you see is what you get. There really was not a lot of character profiling going on for the reader, they were either evil or they were good with little explanation.

For the most part, this book kept me entertained and was interesting and well written enough that I would be curious to see how the other books play out.

If you are looking for a fantasy novel that will invite you into a new world, this may be just the thing.

This review is based on a digital ARC from Netgalley and the publisher, Open Road Media.


5 thoughts on “Returner’s Wealth by Paul Stewart

  1. I really like series where the hero starts out weak or inexperienced, so he or she has to grow into the role. It feels more nature and believable. I think it also helps an author maintain some level of weakness and vulnerability as the character progresses.

    That cover does look like one that wouldn’t have so much gore and violence.


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