Item description for Windmaster's Bane: Book One in The Tales of David Sullivan (Deitz, Tom. Tales of David Sullivan) (Deitz, Tom. Tales of David Sullivan) by Tom Deitz...
David Sullivan, a Georgia teenager, enjoys reading Irish myth. When he develops Second Sight, however, the reality of the Faerie world proves as dangerous as it is fantastic. When David'ss brother is stolen and his uncle felled by Faery magic, David enlist
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2006
Publisher Ingalls Pub/High Country
ISBN 1932158723 ISBN13 9781932158724
Availability 0 units.
More About Tom Deitz
Tom Deitz is a noted writer of speculative fiction whose many books include The Gryphon King, Bloodwinter, Warautumn, and the Soulsmith series.
Tom Deitz currently resides in Yound Harris, in the state of Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Windmaster's Bane: Book One in The Tales of David Sullivan (Deitz, Tom. Tales of David Sullivan) (Deitz, Tom. Tales of David Sullivan)?
Magic in the mountains of Georgia! Dec 17, 2006
I've known Tom Deitz for a year and a half now, taken two of classes, and had him read a bit of my own work. He's been a mentor and a friend ever since I've met him. I had already bought a copy of the original publication of this book, but I was given a copy of this updated text as a present. I feel that I should highly recommend this work to any fantasy reader, Georgia resident, or to anybody who can appreciate a finely crafted story.
Let's talk about the few cons of this book. First of all, this new edition has been given extra topical references to try and help it work better for modern audiences. This sounds like a sound idea, but Deitz's references are often poorly chosen. Younger generations should get a laugh out of them every now and then. Second, the interaction between the main characters is either slightly dated or unique to Deitz's imagination. The characters are too often talking about what they feel about each other and how they can tell each other anything. It's just a bit too much, too often. The third con of this book is Deitz tendency towards corny humor. The playful banter between the kids often falls flat. On the positive side of that note, though, if you read long enough, the sometimes corny sense of humor becomes a source of charm as well.
Now the positive: the plot of this book is pretty stellar. It's very solid, and it keeps you turning pages well on into the late hours. Dynamic action is how I would characterize the latter half of this book.To compliment this well thought out plot: Deitz's research is incredibly strong, and he uses it to create a strong antagonist and other faeries. While we're discussing the faeries, I would like to point out that I doubted the ability of any writer to set a fantasy in my home state of Georgia. What Deitz manages to do is take his pride for his rural North Georgia country side and really bring us the possibilty of magic within that setting. I found myself remembering magic I've experienced in the back woods of my home, and after I spent this last summer doing theatre on a beautiful Appalachain mountain, I found that I genuinely understood this novel. I saw the tracks of power through the woods as if I had been there myself. I remembered mountain overlooks and the beauty of a similar location to his Lookout Rock that I had been. There is magic in the mountains of Georgia. It may not necessarily be in the literal sense of Celtic faeries, but it's in the beauty of its natural habitats and the charm of its colorful peoples.
This book meant a lot to me after all. I had been hesitant to read it, afraid I wouldn't like it and therefore lose respect for a very admired friend. However, I have only gained appreciation for the unique talents of the man and mentor I have ome to know so well. Please get a copy of this book and give it a chance.
A wondrous high fantasy adventure, filled cover to cover with magical charm and challenges. Nov 5, 2006
Originally published in 1986, Windmaster's Bane is a beloved fantasy novel for all ages, now updated and lightly rewritten by author Tom Deitz in a new collector's edition. When a chance occurence gifts an ordinary teenaged boy with the Second Sight, he learns that the world of Faerie - one that he knew only through Irish myths - is dangerously real. When his brother is stolen and his beloved uncle is struck down by faerie magic, he and his two closest friends must band together in a quest to save lives. A wondrous high fantasy adventure, filled cover to cover with magical charm and challenges.
Windmaster's Bane Oct 3, 2006
I found Windmaster's Bane to be an incredibly unique, entertaining story. A fantasy novel set in Georgia is definitely something that I don't come across every day, and I appreciate the originality of this setting. The cross of Irish and Southern cultures was also interesting. I also liked that as the story progresses the faerie characters get stranger and stranger, (a horse with fins instead of hooves) which definitely makes for some vivid, exciting imagery. In my opinon, this is exactly where I want a fantasy novel to take me. The journey of the three Georgia teenagers into Tir-Nan-Og is reminiscent of J.R.R. Tolkien. I would definitely recommend reading Windmaster's Bane.
Fantasy, with a little bit of Southern flavor. Jun 14, 2004
I bought this little paperback while I was attending the University of Georgia back in the late 1980s. The book immediately captivated me. It's a mixture of fantasy, with a little bit of southern flavor. The story is about the adventures of young David Sullivan and his friends, all high school students living in a rural area of the Georgia mountains. Not your typical rural teen ager, David's interests tend to focus on legends, myths, and magic. He spends a lot of his time trying to learn as much as he can about the mystical, while at the same time, doing the things that most boys his age do. The adventure begins when David accidentally makes contact with the Sidhe, a people with magical powers who live in some sort of parallel world.
I met Mr. Tom Deitz back in 1987. He was working at the University of Georgia main library at the time. Mr. Deitz was kind enough to sign my copy of the book.
One of the best fantasies I've read. Apr 8, 2003
Tom Deitz became one of my favorite fantasy writers when I read this book, and he has only amplified that standing with each of his successive novels. Since then I've never failed to buy his new books as they come out, and I've read six of the novels in this series, which I'll call the Sullivan's Cove novels. In this one, his very first book, Deitz introduces us to the high schooler David Sullivan and his friends, as stalwart a band of adventurers as there ever was. David, a fantasy and medievalist fan, stumbles across a rare book called The Secret Commonwealth. He buys it, and when he takes it home, he accidentally casts a spell he finds inside. The resulting ability he receives is to see the Golden Roads of Faerie that crisscross the Blue Ridge Mountains. This leads him to Tir-Nan-Og, the land of the ancient faerie gods of Ireland. A frustrating geas of secrecy placed upon him by these warriors creates dramatic tension in a tale where his little brother is swapped for a Changeling, and in which he adventures both within the borders of our world, and beyond.