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10 thoughts on “Riverkeep

  1. Noha Badawi Noha Badawi says:

    This will be DNF ed I’m almost a 100 pages in and the writing is giving me a headache and the plot is messy which ended up that i do not understand what’s going onSad i really wanted to enjoy this book

  2. Yzabel Ginsberg Yzabel Ginsberg says:

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest reviewA 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 Wull feels he doesn't have a choice either that or let his father wither and dieThere were uite a few magical poetic descriptions and moments in this book and I never found it hard to picture the characters' surroundings or to imagine the mormorach diving in the dark waters preying on ships and crews bent on taking it down Nor was it hard to imagine little Bonn or Tillinghast's strange body bodies?However I was a bit disappointed in the “adventure” itself for it was rather sluggish in than one place and some events and character arcs felt put on a bus after a while Most of the people Wulliam meets have their uirks and an aura of mystery from the undertaker to Tillinghast the man who's not alive from Mix and her strange tattoos to Remedie cradling her strange baby from the solitary scientist in the Deadmoor to the silent Mr Bent The problem is that some of those people were given their own adventure yet said adventures were never really concluded only Wull and Tillinghast seem to have an ending of their own as well as a few other characters but let's just say that their ending is a little uhm permanent As a result it felt less like an open ending and like the author wanted to get to Wulliam's ending mostly with his uest being a little on the side? I may be mistaken but that's how I keep on feeling about it now I still don't know why Mix doesn't eat or what happened to Remedie and BonnWulliam was also pretty annoying as a character On the one hand I could understand his desire to save his Pappa along with his underlying somewhat selfish reasons he wants to save him because he loves him of course but also because he doesn't know how to be the Riverkeep in his stead and wishes for his guidance some ; I could also understand how he'd come to be angry considering everybody seemed to hitch a ride and not lift a finger to help On the other hand well those characters helped in different ways Till does pay for the trip after all and Mix does have a knack to gather resources unseen and Wull after a while became the annoying tantrum throwing type than the rightly annoyed unfairly treated oneConclusion 25 stars out of 5 I liked the atmosphere the depiction of the river and of the places travelled in this novel Nevertheless the pace was rather uneven and unless it's the first book in a series and we're bound to learn in a second one not bringing closure to other characters' stories made me feel unsatisfied

  3. Robin Stevens Robin Stevens says:

    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

  4. Barb (Boxermommyreads) Barb (Boxermommyreads) says:

    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 the river flowing in the horribly cold weather and removing the dead when they are found Wulliam does not want the job but is forced to start early when his father is taken by the river late one evening only to return a few hours later as a very different person Add in a few sea legends and some monsters and it sounds like a great book and I am sure there will be many out there who will like it There were just too many issues for me I found the book to be long winded and boring There is a specific dialect used with the writing and I was just not focused enough to catch on or even care I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters and although I have it 100 pages when I decided to uit there was still over 300 pages still waiting and I just couldn't bear to go on I rarely DNF a book I think this is the third since 2011 It is not a decision I take lightly and even after it was made and I moved on to another book which I am thrilled to say I am really liking I still feel bad I will never know what happened to Wulliam and his father or if the sea monster was caught or killed I will just have to live with that though because there is no going back for me I am not providing a rating for Riverkeep because I think it would be unfair I do believe it holds an interesting story for some and hope others find it interesting and intriguing This was just the wrong book for meI received Riverkeep from the Penguin First to Read program in exchange for an honest review

  5. Kristin Kristin says:

    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 about through all the great dialogue fantastic fantasy names and humorand now you probably want to read it anywaywhich would still be a good choice if you don't mind about the river current issue #physicspeople #worldbuildingisimportant #booknerd

  6. Milou Milou says:

    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 goreIt 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 uniue people all with their own interesting story The creatures that inhabit this world are absolutely fascinating and all the magic is intriguing while not being too in your face complicatedWull is an amazing young man He is strong brave stubborn and with a great heart and a good set of brains He helps out where he can while not taking shit from anyone that prevents him from helping his dad even if that person is his dad himself You can't help but feel sorry for him and cheer him on even though he does not always make the right choicesOverall a wonderful and magical read Although the start isn't that promising I urge you to push through it Definitely worth picking up

  7. Bruce Gargoyle Bruce Gargoyle says:

    I received a digital copy of this title via NetgalleyCategories 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 sense that reading this was going to be like wading through molasses so I made the decision to put it down This one would probably appeal to those who like high fantasy and epic tales that reuire total immersion in a new world

  8. Beth Hall Beth Hall says:

    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

  9. Shorty Shorty says:

    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 word “current” was mistaken for a very naughty four letter word that begins with a “C” as welland I was very confused lol Once I realized my mistake it was funnyBut this novel Seriously for a YA novel it rocked my socks Tons of adventure wonderful characters throughout the novel fantastic and original creatures fight scenes vivid descriptions and even a few jokes thrown in here and there I was fascinated from the very start and couldn’t wait to get back to listening to it during the day If you give this novel or audiobook a try PLEASE stick with it You will be happy you did I enjoyed the hell out of it4 stars and recommended for lovers of huge imaginations riverkeeps sons and fathers and adventure

  10. Karina Karina says:

    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 them all the while on his way to steal something invaluable from their terrifying shadowy employer This is a gleeful mashup of the Wizard of Oz Moby Dick and scores of other influences all while being resolutely and hilariously itself

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Riverkeep ❮Download❯ ➹ Riverkeep Author Martin Stewart – Thomashillier.co.uk The Danék 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 W The Danék 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.