The Master of Whitestorm

The Master of Whitestorm Korendir s name was the stuff of legend Man of mystery deadly mercenary obsessed adventurer From a life of misery chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai Korendir contrive

  • Title: The Master of Whitestorm
  • Author: Janny Wurts
  • ISBN: 9780586210680
  • Page: 432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Korendir s name was the stuff of legend Man of mystery deadly mercenary obsessed adventurer From a life of misery, chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai, Korendir contrived an escape against impossible odds, only to gamble his hard won freedom against the world s most dangerous threats Even Haldeth, fellow captive at the oar anKorendir s name was the stuff of legend Man of mystery deadly mercenary obsessed adventurer From a life of misery, chained as a galley slave under the whips of the marauding Mhurgai, Korendir contrived an escape against impossible odds, only to gamble his hard won freedom against the world s most dangerous threats Even Haldeth, fellow captive at the oar and his only accepted friend, can not understand what drives Korendir to repeated risk But the hazardous tasks serve a madman s hope, to build an unbreachable citadel Yet, can any fortress wall be enough to disarm the inner nightmares that ride the Master of Whitestorm with the cruelty of a death wish

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    1. I've begun to realize that reading fantasy** has given me a superpower. It's not generally considered a superpower per se, but it IS a power I've received from my reading ventures. And maybe it's not necessarily a power, but it is a skill and really that's all superpowers are right? Cool skills. **Quite possibly reading fiction in general, but I like to think it's just fantasyFine, okay, but Batman's a superhero and has no superpower so maybe it fits in there, somewhere.Does this have a point? [...]

    2. This is a refreshing fantasy book featuring a complex adult main protagonist dealing with his fears and an original, psychological story crafted with the trademark rhythm and style of Janny Wurts.At the beginning of the story both Korendir and Haldeth, the other main character, end up as slave oarsmen in the same nightmarish pirate galley that have captured them, but over the course of the book they evolve very differently. Haldeth, the eldest, reveals his painful experience while Korendir, litt [...]

    3. This standalone fantasy had the all the building blocks for a good story. The world building was good, the plot was interesting, and the characters were intriguing and far from perfect. Unfortunately Janny Wurts writing seemed a bit distant to me and as a result I failed to engage on an emotional level with the plight of the characters or any of the happenings. A shame really as this had the potential to be a great read. Korendir spent years in silence chained as a galley slave under the brutal [...]

    4. As Master of Whitestorm starts off, Haldeth, a blacksmith turned galley slave, gets involved in an escape attempt by his mysterious and silent bench mate—a man who quickly proves to have surprising skills and hidden depths. The two companions strike out together after their escape. The mysterious man, whose name is Korendir, takes on a number of mercenary missions. It quickly becomes clear that Korendir is, to put it mildly, very focused on gathering enough money to build an impregnable fortre [...]

    5. 2nd DNF book this week for me. This is my first Janny Wurts book and I'm really disappointed. I think I just picked the wrong book to start with. This one starts out interesting - on the slave galley where the two main characters are trying to escape, but then it just ended up being a bunch of short story adventures that get more and more outrageous. There's no plot really. I got about halfway through and quit. This book reminds me of playing an MMO and just reading a bunch of quest text. The ma [...]

    6. This was a good, stand alone fantasy novel. The hero is complex & very tough. The descriptions of horses & especially sailing scenes are especially well done. The author's obvious familiarity with these two subjects shines through.The story line is excellent. While not indicated by sections, there are distinct parts to the hero's life, each one building to a climax & logically leading to the next. The suspense never ends in a world that is complex & dangerous.The cover art was ex [...]

    7. 3.5 stars for this stand-alone epic fantasy complete with wizards, bloody butchery, and a touch of bittersweet romance. I had never read Janny Wurts before, but based on positive reviews, decided to give it a go. She's a whiz with words, that's perfectly clear. A masterful writer. She also crafts some very clever plots — particularly the tricks the hero Korendir uses to defeat various über-powerful banes. Most of the book portrays Korendir fighting various evils that imperil the eleven kingdo [...]

    8. I was introduced to Janny Wurts by first reading The Curse of the Mistwraith and totally loving it, so was hooked. Being my compulsive self, I couldn't stop reading until I finished that series before working my way backward through her earlier works. This book tells the story of Korendir, first introduced as a galley slave. He's a 'typical' Wurts hero in that he's tough, defended, smart, prickly (extremely), and underneath it all, a total cream puff. Having been introduced to this sort in the M [...]

    9. Janny Wurts is one of my favorite authors. Her stories are always interesting and her voice refreshing. Master of Whitestorm was no different. I had been spoiled by the Empire Series, as I consider it to be one of the best SciFi/Fantasy series I’ve ever read, but that aside, Master of Whitestorm delivered a solid read. The protagonist, Korendir, was a solid, if perhaps too typical character. In a sense he was predictable to where you knew what he would do, and yet, he was a strong enough chara [...]

    10. Technically this wasn't my first exposure to Janny Wurts. I read the Empire trilogy she wrote with Ray Feist back when I was 13 or so; I remember enjoying it, and not much else about it. 13-year-old me had questionable taste in many ways, though, and I've learned not to put too much stock in his opinions.I also know her from /r/Fantasy, where Janny consistently addresses complicated and difficult questions with thoughtfulness and wisdom, frequently enough that any time an interesting question is [...]

    11. An enjoyable stand-alone fantasy from Janny Wurts, who is becoming one of my favorite authors.The Master of Whitestorm, Korinder is an interesting character. He seems to be emotionally dead at first glance, but as the story progresses we see more deeply into his personality.The tragic scenes that he has to deal with are very effective. I don't want to go into that too deeply and spoil anything, but there are a few scenes in this book that will stay with me for a long time.As far as the accomplis [...]

    12. 'The Master of Whitestorm' is fantasy as classic as it comes. Beautiful writing, a gifted, headstrong, tortured hero, vicious monsters, a mysterious love interest and a fascinating approach to magic. The book is episodic, each episode dealing with a different threat to Korendir, our hero, and each episode raises the stakes just far enough on the preceding to be new and exciting. The sheer imagination on display when it comes to the monsters is staggering.If there's something that makes this book [...]

    13. For most of the book, I wasn't sure how I felt about it. Master of Whitestorm is written well, and it has some interesting ideas, but I think that mainly just didn't like the style of the storytelling. The third-person point of view used here combined with the personality of the characters made it so that I just didn't care about them. I never really knew how they ticked, and the one point in the story where we get more of the Master Whitestorm's back-story, it didn't make me like him more. He h [...]

    14. I tried so hard with this book, I really did. The general concept was ok, and there were some cool creatures like wereleopards, but due to the mini-plots/quests that made up the story they never really developed. The writing itself isn't horrible, but the characters felt flat and the disjointed mini-plots within it meant that side characters got no development before they were killed off, or became irrelevant. The individual quests really suffered from poor development plot-wise. For example the [...]

    15. Janny Wurts’ The Master of Whitestorm is a stand-alone high fantasy that, like the author’s other work, differentiates itself from other fantasies published in the late 20th century that feature a medieval-style setting. The book has recently been produced in audio format by Audible and is read by British actor Simon Prebble, a highly decorated audiobook narrator and someone whose name I’m always happy to see in the credits. As expected, he does a wonderful job with The Master of Whitestor [...]

    16. This book proved to be a good introduction to the author. I had never read any of Janny’s books previously and was hoping to take to this book. I did it gripped me from the first page, I liked the driven nature of the hero and the way that the novel without wanting to create any spoilers had an ending that was logical and did not create a sense of incredulity. I kept asking myself did I want the main character to be more fleshed out, on a certain level, I did, the literary snob in me, but that [...]

    17. This is probably my favorite stand-alone book by Wurts, although her Empire trilogy with Feist is up in my favorites as well. Korendir, who becomes the Master if Whitestorm, stays true to his core beliefs throughout the book.gardless of whether those beliefs prove a strength, like in the beginning of the book, or a weakness, like in the end.well, not necessarily a weaknessbut Korendir's stubbornness and commitment to his beliefs provide a very understandable, and poignant end to a remarkable boo [...]

    18. The book has that serial-adventurer format which reminds me of old Conan stories (& etc) but more sophisticated/emotional/psychological.The writing has a definite fairy-tale feel which recalls Patricia McKillip -but it also has that epic-fantasy-tale aspect which Wurts does so well.Good book!

    19. This is a new release from Event Horizon EBooks, an e-book reprint of the original 1992 ROC printed edition. Note that the rating is posted by the publisher.

    20. Loved it, the main character reminded me of Arithon from the mistwraith series. Very Janny Wurts in style a great read. Also a good standalone novel didn't feel hurried or compacted.

    21. A somewhat strange book. Describing it it seems to be like a RPG game, where our protagonist completes tasks, each getting harder and more implausible as it continues. We start the story from the viewpoint of a slave on a ship where he is shackled beside our hero. Apparently he's been a slave for five years at this point and from here the adventures begin. It is a rich and detailed world and as a this book is a standalone it is almost a shame that there are not more stories to come from it as I [...]

    22. A decent book that was ruined by the author's misguided sense of poetic justice.This is a standalone fantasy novel that is very episodic in nature. Although the stories tie together and are told in chronological order, each is like an episode in the series. It revolves around one man's obsession for more and more challenging quests and adventures. His goal is to build his own impregnable fortress somewhere that no one can ever threaten or assault him. Many of the stories in the sequence are actu [...]

    23. A sword and sorcery novel. I finished it, but didn't like it. I listened to it as an audiobook, so maybe the language was too complex for me.Main protagonist is very closed person who doesn't talk much, and when he does talk he does so in gruff voice. At least the narrator made it so, well half of what he says in unintelligible.The characters decide to go to new places that never were mentioned before or to meet somebody they apparently know, but the readers are unaware of it (which happen in su [...]

    24. I loved this book, it had everything! The picture of Donald Sutherland on the cover was a bit disturbing, though

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