My Review of Wanders Far-An Unlikely Hero’s Journey: Part of the Adirondack Spirit Series Book by David Fitz-Gerald.

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Blurb: 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 is the first installment in the Adirondack Spirit Series.

You might like this book if you like historical novels, westerns, supernatural thrillers, or books featuring distance hikers. If you like all of those, hopefully this book will be one of your favorites.

My Review:

Wanders Far is one of those novels that focuses less on the action and more the individual. Sometimes some novels don’t need action, being the heavy action-reader I am. This novel is unique in respecting Native American Cultures, which I don’t know about. I felt I was immersed in the time period. The amount of spiritualness and religion in this story is staggering and this is amazing.

The story itself has a more joint and vibrant mood. This is why I would say that in this novel, be prepared for less action and more story. Sometimes in that ancient period, some people did get to live the lives they wanted. That wasn’t the case for others. I liked all the characters, Big Canoe, Bear Fat who resembles a lot of mothers in personality and charm.

There are plenty of visions that will make you go, wow, did that really happen? How much time the author put into researching a novel like this is staggering. In a way, Wanders’s Far gift of storytelling and traveling is very similar to the Celtic Tribes, which placed an emphasis on their Bards to relay news and sing songs. There is also a vivid description of the houses, the landscapes, the forests, and since it is around 1192, you know that by the year 1492 the Spanish arrive in Mexico, and then Jamestown in 1607. It is a harrowing future, as you think that time is short for Mohawk tribe that Wanders Far is from, and you get a sense of this throughout it. The Aztecs had been receiving strange omens from their Gods heralding the arrival of strange men.

I do not know enough about the subject matter in detail to write more about the culture, but I loved this. It’s a nice, pleasant story that you can read to children, it is a story with less violence/action and its more realistic. It’s like real life. My rating is a 5/5.