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From Long Island University Magazine
MOVE OVER HOBBITS
The people of Nadae live under a shadow - a prophesy fortelling the birth of a child with magical talents
who will unleash the powers of an evil necromancer upon the land. Part fantasy in the tradition of
"The Lord of the Rings", part coming of age story, "Nomadin" is the tale of Ilien, a young boy who
hasn't a clue about his true lineage and the startling role he is destined to play in determining
the course of history. A refreshing new voice in young adult fiction, Shawn Cormier is a natural
storyteller, constructing a magical realm of wizards, giants, NiDemons and grolls without ever lapsing
into fairy tale cliches. In Cormier's world, as in ours, the lines between good and evil are often
blurred. The characters are well drawn, and the dialogue sparkles with wit in this enchanting new novel
about moral ambiguity set against a Tolkein-esque backdrop.
Review from Book and Magazine Collector, England, December 2004, Issue No. 249
One 2 Watch - New Collectables: Nomadin by Shawn P. Cormier
Have you ever wished you'd had the foresight to acquire a copy of the original self-published (Paolini International) version of Eragon before prices soared into orbit (currently selling for 500+ British Pounds, or $922)? Well, unfortunately, I cannot turn back time. However, I can recommend a book that certainly has the potential to emulate Eragon.
Sixteen years in the making, Nomadin is the first novel by American Shawn P. Cormier. Although the book was written in a mere thirteen months, the ideas and characters had a gestation period longer than the age of most of its readership. In between the author's full time jobs of running the family jewellery store and being a family man, Shawn has produced a very impressive first outing. Aimed at the Young Adult market, Nomadin tells the story of a twelve-year-old apprentice wizard's unwitting journey of self-discovery through Nadae, a land filled with magic, mystery and malevolence.
The novel was self-published through the author's own publishing house, Pine View Press, in July 2003. The first print run constituted just 1000 paperback originals. This was quickly sold-out, resulting in a second print (1000 copies) and a recent third print (1000 copies). Although the second print is not marked as such it is easily distinguished by two major changes: the addition of a map to the reverse of the Contents page and the correction of 'Printed in the Canada' on the Copyright page. Note that although the author is a native of the U.S. the book was printed in Canada for financial reasons. The third print is clearly identified 'Third Print' on the title page. At the time of the writing, the third print can still be obtained through the author's website (www.pineviewpress.com). As well as promotional posters depicting the front cover, pencils have been produced printed with spells from the book (the significance of which becomes apparent when reading the novel).
Nomadin is the first book in a planned trilogy. Fortunately we don't have to wait sixteen years for the second installment, entitled NiDemon, which is due for release in the spring of 2005. The final chapter in the sequence, Necromancer, will follow in 2006.
What sets Nomadin apart from the majority of self-published novels is the sheer quality of the prose, the careful plot construction, and the well balanced pace. Overall the book has the feel of an established author plying his trade through a major publisher. No doubt this is why an undisclosed major publisher currently has Nomadin under consideration. Although the vast majority of the Pine View Press first prints were sold, mainly in the U.S., I can confirm that a number have made their way to our shores. Signed, dated and inscribed copies of the Pine View Press first print were initially being advertised at 100 British Pounds ($184.56). However, prices have recently begun to increase rapidly. If you can pick up a copy at a reasonable price, Nomadin could well constitute a very solid investment.
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