Wanders Far

Blog Tour and Review

Wanders Far
by David Fitz-Gerald

Publication Date: May 11, 2019
Outskirts Press
eBook, Paperback, AudioBook; 197 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

 

Wanders Far lived in dangerous times and was faced with one difficult challenge after another. He was a skinny, quiet boy who was raised on the banks of a tributary of New York State’s Mohawk River, hundreds of years before colonists arrived. One lifetime was not enough for Wanders Far’s old soul.

From a very young age, his wanderlust compelled him down one path after another. No village could contain him.

He was happy living a simple life in the physical world during challenging times. The spirit world had other plans.

A wise, enigmatic shaman mentored Wanders Far and helped him cultivate the supernatural visions that haunted him. His guide could only help him so far.

He set out to become a runner, carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. He ended up fulfilling a much greater destiny than he ever imagined.

“This engrossing, well-written novel tells the story of a pivotal moment in Iroquois history through a well-traveled protagonist.” – Kirkus Reviews

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This book was received as an ARC from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

Thank you to Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours and the Author,

Wanders Far-an Unlikely Hero’s Journey – Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series

David Fitz-Gerald, has written a thought provoking early American historical fiction. The story spans from the year 1125 through about 1192. Rich in Imagery, the author has given us a glimpse into life among the the native people of North America, hundreds of years before Europeans Colonist reached its shores. An intriguing storyline with well developed characters. Wonderful atmospheric details, that catapult you into the struggle and hardships of the natives. The setting takes place in what is now the Adirondack’s mountain range, in upstate New York.

Wonders Far, is name given to the main protagonist in the story. In the beginning of the story we are introduced to this precocious young boy who has been with gifted talents that he will use throughout the book. His mother is the tribal leader, Bear Fat.

It is a traditional matriarchal family with his mother at the head but with all members working together in unity. Wanders Far, has wanderlust and curiosity that will send him down many different paths. He become a runner early carrying important messages across the lands of his people and their enemies. Encountering the elements along wild animals. This is a coming of an age story we see him grow through trials and tribulations to marriage and his spiritual beliefs.

An enjoyable well crafted novel of early American historical fiction that I really enjoyed immensely.

Captivated and enduring characters, that you can easily feel connected to, and they kept me engaged throughout their struggles. The heartwarming sense of family and enduring family ties. The author has done a great job in making the characters well fleshed out. I was completely captivated and fully immersed in adventures tale.

Fitz-Gerald, has an intriguing written an engaging and thought provoking story, that gives a glimpse into the traditions, culture of the people, their crafts. I enjoyed learning about the others tribes and their sophisticated government as well.

There are some dramatic scenes, and tribal warfare, along with great adventures that made for a non stop read and had me glued to the pages. The author has meticulously blended historical, spiritual, along with adventurous elements. I am highly anticipating the next book in the this series

If you enjoyed the stories about Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse or Geronimo, then Wanders Far is a definite must read for you.

Thank you @hfvbt for the spot in this tour.

The Iroquois Confederacy was comprised of the Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca tribes it had sophisticated governments and societies.

The Mohawk were Kanyengehaga, or “people of the place of the flint.”

The Oneida were Oneyotdehaga, or “people of the standing stone.”

The Onondaga were Onontaga, or “on the mountain.”

The Cayuga were Gayokwehonu, or “where they land the boats.”

The Seneca were Onondewagaono, or “great hills people.”

About the Author

After a chaotic day as a business person, Dave enjoys getting lost in the settings he imagines and spending time with the characters he creates. Writing historical fiction is like making paintings of the past. He loves to weave fact and fiction together, stirring in action, adventure, romance, and a heavy dose of the supernatural with the hope of transporting the reader to another time and place. He is an Adirondack 46-er, which means he has hiked all of the highest peaks in New York State, so it should not be surprising when Dave attempts to glorify hikers as swashbuckling superheroes in his writing.

Wanders Far—An Unlikely Hero’s Journey is the first in a series of books in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, September 2
Review at Historical Fiction Reviews

Thursday, September 5
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Monday, September 9
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Tuesday, September 10
Interview at Jathan & Heather

Monday, September 16
Review & Interview at Jorie Loves A Story

Friday, September 20
Feature at Coffee and Ink

Monday, September 23
Review at Nursebookie

Wednesday, September 25
Review & Excerpt at Just Another Reader

Friday, September 27
Review at Red Headed Book Lady

Monday, September 30
Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, October 4
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books

Wednesday, October 9
Excerpt at Maiden of the Pages

Monday, October 14
Guest Post at Passages to the Past

Thursday, October 17
Review at Chicks, Rogues and Scandals

Monday, October 21
Review at Jessica Belmont
Excerpt at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Saturday, October 26
Review at Reading is My Remedy

Monday, October 28
Feature at CelticLady’s Reviews

Giveaway

Giveaway
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of Wanders Far and a $50 Amazon Gift Card! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on October 28th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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