FIVE STAR REVIEWS FOR THE WALLS OF WOODMYST
Wow! What a wonderful work of fiction! The action starts right in the first chapter, when a feast in the Great Hall of a peaceful and almost pastoral village of Woodmyst gets interrupted by an appearance of a hooded figure near its walls. The hooded figure turns out to be a savaged body, which sends a clear message to all the habitants: we’re coming for you. And soon they do…
Hooded creatures invade the nearby forest ready for an attack, but why? Something about them brings horrifying memories to one of the villagers, Richard’s, mind. Something that happened a long time ago, and what brought revenge upon his village now.
The action is fast-paced and the plot is so engaging, that it kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t put this one down and read it literally in two days! Special thanks to the author for bringing the characters to life by using humor in their dialogues, I love it when a story sounds very real, and this one certainly did! Amazing book! Looking for more works by the author.
Ellie Midwood Author of “The Girl From Berlin - Standartenführer's Wife”
Inside the walls of Woodmyst, the villagers gathered in the Great Hall to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season. Unknown to them, however, just outside the protective walls that surrounded the village, deadly enemies were lurking in the shadows, waiting for the right moment to launch their well planned attack. Warning signs of impending doom started when the village leadership discovered a gruesomely mutilated body. Gripped with fear and with no knowledge of who the enemy was, the village readied itself for the battle. A dark cloud hung over the whole of Woodmyst as the villagers prepared for the worst. The leaders started to gather clues in a desperate attempt to identify the mysterious enemies, but the more clues they found the more afraid they became. When the attacks started, cunning monsters came at night and vanished without a trace when day broke. With each night bringing fresh waves of terror, will the wisdom of the leaders and the dedication of the brave men of the village be enough to defeat the merciless enemies? And was the chief's decision to put the rest of the villagers in the Great Hall a wise one?
The Walls Of Woodmyst by Robert E Kreig is an exceptionally well crafted story guaranteed to give readers an amazing thrill. Robert E Kreig's excellent writing at times had me reading certain scenes more than once, not because I needed to, but simply because they were that compelling. The story perfectly captures the spirit of the villagers and their solid resolve to be each other's protector no matter what. The way they fought was simply admirable, their determination never wavering even when there seemed to be no hope. The serene camaraderie and genuine love shared by the close-knit community was something to behold and it was utterly heartbreaking when this was interrupted by the enormous tragedy that hit the village. The carefully placed humor blended in perfectly and it helped soften the story a little without making light of the tragic events.
Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite
Wow! I just finished reading The Walls of Woodmyst, the second book by the very talented author Robert E. Kreig, and my first thought after finishing the book was simply "Wow!" This story had me hooked from the very beginning, a creepy beginning at that. A mutilated body is found, and the inhabitants of peaceful Woodmyst are shocked. Not sure who might be attacking them, the men of Woodmyst take up arms and guard the wall, prepared to fight these strangers, even unto death if necessary to protect their families and their way of life. But what will they find upon the wall? Who are the strangers, and what do they really want? You'll need to read the book to find out.
I so enjoyed The Walls of Woodmyst. Author Robert E. Kreig has done another great job at creating an exciting, adventurous and absolute page turner of a read. I was lucky enough to be able to read the author's first book, Long Valley, which was also a great read, but I must say that I liked The Walls of Woodmyst even more. With a book that's grounded both in reality and in a fantasy world, readers will be able to connect easily with the characters and the storyline. The main advice I have for any reader who loves fantasy, action adventure, or just a great read of fiction in general, besides being sure to read this book, would be to leave yourself enough time to read it in its entirety. You just won't want to put it down. Author Robert E. Kreig's prodigious talent has shown through again, and his work is likely to become a favorite of any reader who picks it up!
Tracy A. Fischer Author of 'The Sort of Life of Julie Winterfeldt (The Julie Winterfeldt Series)'
The first chapter of The Walls Of Woodmyst by Robert E Kreig is a great example of how to set the scene and atmosphere of a book. You are introduced to the general setting - the village of Woodmyst - and at first, it all looks rather peaceful. You feel quite comfortable as you meet the characters and learn a little about their everyday lives. But then everything changes. A mysterious cloaked figure is waiting outside the walls, and what hides behind the cloak suddenly turns the atmosphere from nice and cosy to disturbing. It shows how life can change from one moment to the next without any warning. And a lot changed for the population of Woodmyst; however, nobody knows why and who is behind the scare tactics that happen at night.
The Walls Of Woodmyst by Robert E Kreig is told in a way that is not quite usual for your average fantasy novel. In this case, you initially feel like someone is telling you about history (in a way) as there is no single main hero or main character that you follow most of the time. After a while, some characters start to stand out and, by the end of the book, you kind of understand why the author chose this way of telling the story. I found the idea of a mysterious enemy interesting, and often felt a bit worried about what was going to happen. There was quite a bit of suspense going on, and this is one of those stories where you wonder whether anything could possibly count as a happy ending.
It definitely was an interesting take on telling a fantasy story and while I would have liked to have seen more developed main characters (but that is just my personal love for character driven stories), I would generally like to read more books in this style.
Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
WRITING FOR WOODMYST
With two books in the series available, another two about to be released any time now, the world of Woodmyst seems to be ever expanding and entertains me as much as anyone who picks up one of these books to read.
I have to admit that writing for me is a way to escape the everyday life. Some choose television, movies or video games to vacate normality for a brief period. I have also dappled in these, and still do from time to time, but writing is my constant. It's as if I'm drawn to it.
Writing for Woodmyst is addictive. It is a place I like to visit. A realm that is so unlike what my life is. I think that's why we gravitate to worlds of fantasy or science fiction. It may also be why we like to read about romance, monsters, violence and intimacy.
Perhaps these are lacking in our lives, so we seek them out in the pages of books or on the flickering screens of cinemas and flat screen TVs.
My hope is that people who pick up any of the books I've written, particularly those of the Woodmyst Chronicles, enjoy them almost as much as I did when I wrote them.
The series starts with The Walls Of Woodmyst.
I would like to say I went into this one with a plan. I kind-of did, but it fell apart about a third of the way in, diverting sharply to another place that I wasn't expecting. I'm so glad it did.
My characters developed in a way that I simply can't explain. I found myself laughing and crying at moments, thinking to myself; You stupid idiot. You're the author of this thing and you're getting emotionally involved with your own creation.
My editor was slightly taken aback when one of her favourite characters, and one of mine also, sadly met his demise. But it was where the characters were leading me and it would have been wrong to not go down the roads they wanted to take.
I further explored this phenomenon, allowing characters to dictate their destinies, with the follow-up book, The Sons Of Woodmyst.
This one took me down some very dark roads. Some very dark, shadowy and unpleasant roads.
Still, it was the way the characters developed through that pain and hurt that built a world that I was able to bring to life. The story became so thick with content that I had to split it into two books.
Continuing directly on from the second book was The Heir Of Woodmyst.
My intent was to end the series here. But they wouldn't let me. The characters wanted to carry on.
For the time being, I've decided to take a break from Woodmyst in an attempt to write something a little different. A little challenging.
But I can hear the horns of Woodmyst calling me back.
I think this series will continue for some time.
The Robert E Kreig Collection So Far
Hi. I'm Robert E Kreig and I make stuff up.
Since beginning my adventure in writing, I have managed to publish three books, currently available as ebooks through a number of good online book stores. I have also written another two awaiting publication and I am now working on my sixth.
I've launched my own web site (www.robertekreig.com) and, through social media, I have been able to make contact with many great independent authors who have offered some terrific advice and written some amazing books that more people really do need to pay attention to.
Just go to readersfavorite.com or www.goodreads.com and look into preferred genres rather than favourite authors and you just might be surprised what and who you discover.
I recently discovered a couple of excellent writers through my contacts on social media, and by digging behind the big publishing house titles. If I could recommend just a couple, I would start with Ellie Midwood who is a fantastic writer. Her Girl From Berlin series of books are sublime.
Another I have uncovered is Lewis Stanek. His short story, The Haunting of Reuversweer was as creepy as horror can get. A very nice twist at the end.
I would also recommend people try Tim McBain & LT Vargus.
Definitely check out Nathan M. Farrugia. Another Australian author who writes a pretty mean thriller.
The list goes on and on. I'm still uncovering and discovering some wonderful and exciting treasures out there in the independent world. Some of which I can honestly say are of a much higher quality than many of the main stream books I've read of late.
It almost appears that many of the big name publishers are only willing to invest in the already established authors with recognisable names. But they are definitely missing out on a rich resource of narratives written from the heart, filled with passion and topped with fresh, creative minds.
Do an independent author a favour and buy one of their books. After you've read it, and you will enjoy it, go and leave a review at Amazon.com and iBooks, or any other online bookstore that their novels are for sale in.
THE SONS OF WOODMYST GOES LIVE
I'm Robert E Kreig and I make stuff up.
Exciting news this week.
The Sons Of Woodmyst: Book Two Of The Woodmyst Chronicles went live this week.
It's the third book that I've written and released. It's also one that I am extremely proud of.
The Sons Of Woodmyst was a hard book to write, touching on issues that I found confronting and even questioned as to whether I should include in the book.
I'm glad I did.
The inclusion of some dark themes allowed the characters to develop in the stories that follow on from Book Two of the Woodmyst Chronicles.
I'm not sure how the reader will perceive the concept of physical and mental abuse in this narrative, but I found it quite upsetting.
As the writer, I became totally invested in the characters. They were, and are for lack of a better description, my children.
Their emotional plight was mine also.
I was so concerned by the experience that I informed my editor about my inward struggles. She pointed out to me that Woodmyst and the land it resides in is a dark place. The inhabitants of the world I created are neither good nor evil. They are what they are and they do what they must to survive or advance.
As people of a so called "civilised world" we can easily turn our heads and see only what we want to see. Averting our eyes from the things that challenge our senses.
The Sons Of Woodmyst doesn't do this.
I have written an adventure story with sword-play, strange creatures and magic. But beneath it all are themes that we see and hear in the every day news, so much now that it almost seems the norm.
Abuse, whether physical or mental, should never be the norm.
Hopefully, I was able to convey this through my attempt at confronting this issue through The Sons Of Woodmyst.