Hexult

Rated 4.10/5 based on 23 reviews
When the seas rose and the world froze, much knowledge was lost. Mysterious twins, Jacob and Elya, shipwrecked in Hexult, discover their superior understanding of science is mistaken for magic by the superstitious islanders.
With the aid of Aulf the mailman and his fiery crewmate, Ingar, the twins must overcome terrible tragedy and danger, to save their reputations and their lives. More

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About Perry Aylen

Perry lives in the New Forest in southern England (a small country on the edge of Europe that used to be famous.) He says he couldn’t live without trees, which makes him a hypocrite as he also wants to chop them down to make his books. He has two sheds, a wife, three children and a dog. Perry likes all food and dislikes adverts that tell you they care.

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Review by: PT Pearl on June 05, 2013 :
What an exciting book. I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It is a story in which prejudice and judgement rises it's ugly head. Only the young people can help the adults to learn how to be kind to each other. If you want a great story, then this is it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Ritter on April 22, 2013 :
Hexult is more of a sci-fi novel that takes place in a ice world setting. There are a bunch of islands in this world and some of the islands fighting for superiority.

Two 15 year old twin children turn up and create quite a stir by showing people their new "magic" which is really science.

I think this would be a good book for younger male readers.

The ending of the book left things quite open for more to be written about this world, and questions myself, as a reader, would enjoy finding out the answers to those questions.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: pclr52 on April 16, 2013 : (no rating)
Hexult is a story for young adults, but will be enjoyed by adults who like fantasy books.

In the distant future, Hexult is an ice-covered land of islands surrounded by frozen seas. Aulf is the young mailman who sails his boat with his helper Ingar delivering the mail to the islands. Aulf and Ingar find twins Jacob and Elya shipwrecked on the ice, rescue them, and become friends. Jacob and Elya are from a land across the sea that no one from Hexult has ever visited or even knew existed. Their land is one of science and the four young people join together to bring that science to Hexult. Unfortunately, the islanders of Hexult are filled with suspicion and mistrust and view the science as magic.

The book is an enjoyable read--danger, science, wizards, prophecies, conflicts between the islands, raiders--everything needed for a good adventure story. The story is somewhat simplistic and I kept wondering why we didn't learn more about the land that Jacob and Elya came from earlier in the book. No one seemed to be interested in asking them, which seems unlikely. It was a quick read and by the middle of the book my interest was caught enough so that I am looking forward to reading the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Dennis Brown on March 30, 2013 :
Hexult by Perry Aylen, this is an Enjoyable, quick read by a new author. This book is marketed to the young adult crown but even adult will enjoy this book. This adventure take place around two remarkable young people who has lost their father, Elya and Jacob, 15 year old twins, Aulf and Ingar find the twins and they adventure begin. This book is a book that I would think would be a good added to summer read for those in the 5th thru 9th grade. dMb
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dennis Brown on March 30, 2013 :
Hexult by Perry Aylen, this is an Enjoyable, quick read by a new author. This book is marketed to the young adult crown but even adult will enjoy this book. This adventure take place around two remarkable young people who has lost their father, Elya and Jacob, 15 year old twins, Aulf and Ingar find the twins and they adventure begin. This book is a book that I would think would be a good added to summer read for those in the 5th thru 9th grade. dMb
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dennis Brown on March 30, 2013 :
Hexult by Perry Aylen, this is an Enjoyable, quick read by a new author. This book is marketed to the young adult crown but even adult will enjoy this book. This adventure take place around two remarkable young people who has lost their father, Elya and Jacob, 15 year old twins, Aulf and Ingar find the twins and they adventure begin. This book is a book that I would think would be a good added to summer read for those in the 5th thru 9th grade. dMB
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: sunbeemama on March 28, 2013 :
Hexult, by Perry Aylen, is an enjoyable, quick read by a promising author. This would be an ideal fit for young readers, perhaps in the 10 to 13-year-old range. However, teenagers and older will find the characters a bit too undeveloped and darker themes glossed over in favor of a fast-paced story that only skims the surface of prejudice, superstition, political instability and war. The frenetic pace did not allow any kind of rapport to develop between the reader and protagonists. Key points in their back-stories, such as the questions of how and why the twins ended up so far from home, were not addressed early enough in the story and led to a sense of incredulous disbelief that none of the other characters thought to ask a single leading question for 28 chapters. Yet we are to believe that they invited them into their homes to live with them? A mature reader will be bothered by this lack of character development and bemoan the fact that no one grows or changes at all through the course of the story. However, the adventure and imaginatively envisioned world are a safe choice for children who are still cocooned in a world where good guys always win and nothing really bad ever happens.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: He Le on March 21, 2013 :
. Hexult by Perry Aylen is marketed as a young adult book, but don’t be fooled. While it took some time to orient myself in this new and chilly world, the world has much potential. Reading this book is like browsing in a foreign market; colorful and filled with a variety of remarkable people.
When a boat crash kills their father, Elya and Jacob, 15-year-old twins, are stranded in Hexult, a loose federation of island city-states on the brink of civil war. The two of them try better communication and new devices to reduce tensions between the islands.
The part I liked best in this book was the ice itself. Hexult is unique from other worlds; a series of islands set in oceans of ice. While there are many things that the reader is expected to take on faith (for instance, all he islands are heated from below) it has beautiful descriptions of the terrain. Moreover, the place has a personality, a “soul”, some of the characters considered it to have a name: Vajra.
I thought the ending was abrupt, perhaps not a cliffhanger, but certainly didn’t wrap up the problems completely. Perhaps this is to leave room for a sequel. Alternatively, like in real life, there always will be another adventure waiting. People who like the realms of Diana Wynne Jones and enjoy reading about enterprising young people taking on the problems of their world would certainly find Hexult a good read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Megan Chambers on March 14, 2013 :
I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this story. I think a sequel is in order, and I would definitely recommend this book to others. I was reading it to my 5 year old and he enjoyed it as well
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Amy Townsend on March 04, 2013 :
At first, I wasnt sure what to think because of the weird names - Aulf and Ingar. But, the story was quite captivating.

Jacob and Elya are found by Aulf and Ingar amidst their ruined ice craft. From faraway across the Ice Plain, Elya and Jacob have "magic" that has never been seen before. A compass and flint/steel. They try to fit into their new world, despite a crank "magician", a prophecy and other troubles.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: carmen on March 03, 2013 :
as you can see i really loved this book. will be looking for the sequel. So original and exciting. I was racing to turn the next page to see what was next..even had a feel good ending.thank you ( )
carmenmaranda
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Laurel Hounslow on Feb. 09, 2013 : (no rating)
Hexult is a story of adventure in a world of ice, where much of science and technology has been forgotten. This perhaps looms in our future. The characterization reflects many all-too-human foibles as the four main characters Ingar and Aulf and the twins Jacob and Elya take on the always formidable task of overcoming evil with good intentions, youthful enthusiasm and creativity. Jacob and Elya's arrival in the islands brings change and challenge. There is underlying curiousity to be satisfied as we are prompted to think about geothermal activity, the making of steel, how flint and steel works, how compasses work and how Morse Code and other symbolic systems form the basis of communication. This is a good read for young readers and adults can be well entertained. The world Aylen has created is interesting and engaging. The society that inhabits it is simple with room for more development as the different islands of Hexult navigate the rocky waters of a new treaty and try to track down proof of evil doing. I, for one, look forward to further books in this series. It does us no harm to be reminded of a world where it is hard to start fires and where there is excitement in the creation of a small case for our flint and steel. There is room for further character development and a number of dramatic tensions to be resolved. While I don't think this will turn into an epic we must remember the initial shallowness of Robert Jordan's Conan and the ultimate complexity of the Wheel of Time. I truly appreciate an author creative enough to create a new world without internal inconsistencies.

The story may well be post-apocalyptic if you choose to view it that way but I certainly didn't find it dystopian nor did I think it should be categorized as fantasy, at least to this point. There is no evidence of magic, just superstition ns a little basic science. It is quite well written and I found very few editorial errors. Suitable to its target audience. A good read without disconcerting sensationalism, sex and ugliness. Commendable!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Madame Diotte on Feb. 12, 2012 :
An original premise, good character development, and lots of action make this a truly enjoyable read! You will love getting to know Aulf, Ingar, Jacob, and Elya in this unusual adventure! Great for teens and adults alike!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: killie81 on Jan. 04, 2012 :
"Hexult" by Perry Aylen is an enjoyable adventure story with the shadings of a post-apocalyptic and dystopian tone. It is firmly aimed at the earlier end of the young adults market although I believe that even younger children will also enjoy having this light and easy going story read to them. The genre of this story was am interesting aspect as I had to decide on if I would call this Science-Fiction or Fantasy. However, as the premise appears to imply the story is set in the Earth at an undefined future date I decided just to lean towards classing this as a Science-Fiction novel.

The story is set on a world where the temperature has dropped substantially and is now mainly covered in ice and people now use boats adapted to slide across the ice rather than sail upon water. On this world there is the land of Hexult which is a collection of islands that poke out of the ice, the islands are kept habitable thanks to the heating effects of various elements of geothermal activity.

When, Aulf a mailman and his crew member, Ingar discover a wreck on the ice they find two survivors, mysterious twins named Jacob and Elya who claim to have come from a land far across the frozen wasteland. These two youngsters have an understanding of science far beyond that of those on the islands and this science is soon mistaken for magic by a people who have forgotten much of the knowledge that may have been known in the past. Very soon, the twins find themselves the centre of fearsome prophecy and their attempts to save both their lives and reputation leads them on an adventure across the frozen wastes to all corners of the Hexult island chain.

I have to admit that I am well past the target age group for this novel but I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it as the plot was engaging and moved at a decent rate. The world that has been created by the author is imaginative and exciting although I will say that it was a shame that it felt like the surface has only just been scratched. I now hope that in the proposed sequel we get to uncover even more about this interesting place and the people who live there.

One element I really appreciated was the various utilisations of knowledge and technology thrown into the book regarding things such as compasses, steel, ice lenses, mirrors, etc. I can actually envision children reading this novel and then asking their parents or teachers more about the interesting elements contained. I myself actually went and read up a little bit more on steel production and its history after reading "Hexult". Any book that can inspire the search for more information and knowledge in either me or others is a great thing in my opinion.

I found the main characters to all be rather endearing and there was an innocence present that was quite nice to behold. It really helps to draws you in so that you actually care about them and wish them on to succeed in their various endeavours. However, it did feel like there was something lacking a little in the characters to make them feel fully rounded. Basically, the large amount of innocence present within the various people in the story meant that it was hard to see any other elements personality, especially in regards to charisma. Even some of the various leaders in the isles just seemed to be missing a spark that I would have expected to see. It doesn't spoil the story but it just meant that the characters feel slightly unreal to me.

Overall, this was an enjoyable and interesting adventure story that should appeal to most young readers. I fully intend to read it with my own children when they are old enough to understand it and hopefully it will inspire some interest in the science and technology utilised in the novel. If you are a younger reader who wants to read something different form the current trend in vampires, zombies, etc. then you should give this a try.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Carol Brannigan on Nov. 18, 2011 :
This was an enjoyable read. The genre is only very loosely science fiction (I would hesitate to even call it as loosely). I would describe this as a YA fantasy adventure with suggestions of post apocalyptic and dystopian tones. Even though it wasn't the genre I was expecting, I enjoyed the story very much. I think this would be a great read for children as it should keep their attention but would also provide some very important lessons.

I was happy about the message but also pleased that the author created believable characters that were fairly well developed. It was also nice that the ending wasn't wrapped up in a nice tidy bow- yes the story took care of the bulk of loose ends but not specifically with an unrealistic "happy ever after".

How was this relatively short book able to encompass tones of dealing with politics, superstition, irrationality, science and prejudice all wrapped up in an adventure story? Well- to find out that I would recommend reading it.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Cindy Spangler on Nov. 04, 2011 :
There are several great descriptions of the story on here. I will add that it is a lovely epic for early teens. I have to add that I really enjoyed the story and it would make a good "chapter" book, as each chapter added something to the story. I look forward to seeing more written in the Hexult world.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: John Hutchinson on Oct. 22, 2011 :
Earlier reviews give a good plot summary. I will simply add that I would be very happy for my tween children to read Hexult. It would capture their imaginations without leaning toward inappropriate topics. A great read!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Leanne Bell on Oct. 03, 2011 :
After much kindle trouble I finally got to finishing this book and a big thanks to the author for the endless patience! A big big thank you goes to Perry Aylen (actually two very clever people working on the same novel!) for asking me to review this book.
To kick my review off here's the Goodreads synopsis to give you a brief introduction:

'When the seas rose and the world froze, much knowledge was lost.
Mysterious twins, Jacob and Elya, shipwrecked in Hexult, discover their superior understanding of science is mistaken for magic by the superstitious islanders.
With the aid of Aulf the mailman and his fiery crewmate, Ingar, the twins must overcome terrible tragedy and danger, to save their reputations and their lives.'

I love a good fantasty novel, especially as I'm one of those people who can imagine themselves in the places described in a book and I had no problems in doing so with this one. The text is so richly descriptive and highly imaginative that I found I could picture everything with clarity, from the Varja Crevasse and on to the wonderfully named Islands of Orking Do, Quayven and Pelago (among others!).
With regards to this, perhaps the only issue I had with this novel was that there was a lot of new terms and places to absorb and at first I found myself struggling to take it all in, but by the time I was further into the novel and place names and people had been repeated I found that it had all sunk in, so much so that even with the huge gap in reading this book due to my broken kindle, I was able to remember names of places and people with ease when I went to finish it.


For those who love your adventure and magic (erm science, I mean) this is also an adventure story with a twist and I found myself laughing on occasion at the citizens of Hexult who, in the bigger part, drove me nuts with their superstitions, and I found myself wanting to yell at them all.
One of the things that I quickly came to wonder was if the seas did rise and the world froze over and people forgot about science and common sense, would we go back to believing such things as magic, prophecy and judging people on such things? Or would we at least retain some of our knowledge? To me it would feel like a step backwards, but reading this book, it makes complete sense, because it would be quite easy in the absence of knowledge to revert to a very medieval attitude.


All that aside, the trips across the ice coupled with the fights, the raiding and the fantastical buildings that are created captured my imagination with ease and had my heart racing in some instances and I was left fascinated by some of the ideas and by the simple thought that it only takes a small group of people to change the world, even in the face of so much adversity and superstition.
Character wise I loved the twins and how they dealt with the situation they were dropped into despite everything that was against them and I got rather attached to Aulf and Ingar too so I will definitely be reading the sequel to this to find out what happens next.

If your looking for something different to read give this a go, you won't be disappointed.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donalisa Helsley on Sep. 24, 2011 :
What a exciting change from the vampires and werewolves I have been reading lately. This book was a wonderful and entertaining adventure. Hexult is the story of two teens who are shipwrecked and saved. They are brought to a land where they are very different from the people around them. They are attacked verbally and physically due to fear and ignorance. The teens bring with them knowledge and information on how to build helpful items that are considered "magic".

I am always looking for a lesson learned and this story has a few. Perry expertly weaves in a lesson about predjudice. We learn along with the characters that just because someone or something is different doesn't make it "bad". Secondly, there were bits of science woven throughout the story. I found myself wanting to build an ice tower!

This story is aimed at ages 12-15 but I believe that it can be read aloud to younger children. Even adults will like it. Although it took me a chapter or two before I "got into" the story once I was in I didn't go to bed until I finished the book!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sift Book Reviews on Sep. 06, 2011 :
Hexult is an adventure story aimed at tweens and while it will certainly appeal to middle grade and young adult readers, it is an enjoyable read for adults too; 5 out of 5 stars.

The author sets the drama of the shipwreck quickly and maintains a high level of adventure throughout the story in the form of raiders, an ill-tempered wizard, and islanders hardened by death and war. I liked how the unlikely, yet very strong, friendship between mailman Aulf and runaway/fighter/outcast Ingar was established from the start; it made me invested in them as characters and also in their relationship.

The other two main characters, twins Jacob and Elya, are equally as endearing and effective at capturing the reader. Their knowledge of science, or magic to the islanders, was very entertaining and drew some interesting parallels to mankinds continuing fear of things we cannot understand.

The writing style of Hexult is very clear and concise and a great level for a book aimed at tweens; it will sharpen a younger reader's vocabulary but is not too inaccessible.

I have no real criticisms of Hexult. It has a real childlike innocence and sense of wonder about it that make it a great book, especially for its younger target audience.

Hexult is an exciting tale of adventure from beginning to end and leaves the reader knowing that good trumps evil anyday.

Review by: Erica of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: LE Olteano on July 20, 2011 :
What a refreshing idea! Literally, refreshing. With the heat tormenting me, reading about a world of ice made it all better, at least for my mind.
I’ll be honest, I’m quite torn between a 3 and 4 butterflies rating. I’d give it a 4 for originality, age-appropriate tale-like structure, content and characters, but a 3 for the chemistry I had with said characters. Admittedly, I am well above it’s target; so, to make up my mind what rating I’d give it, I thought, if I had a kid, would I give him/her this book to read? And it’s a definite “YES”, something I wouldn’t quite say for some titles out there. But my reading experience does point more to the 3 segment, therefore, I rate Hexult a 3 (and a half) out of 5.

The atmosphere is very much tale-like, if a bit…chilling. A world engulfed in ice, where some knowledge truly does set you apart – that setting got my full attention right from the beginning. I loved the description of the environment, it is both built and presented beautifully.

The characters are interesting, especially the twins. As I kept reading, I had these flashbacks of an animated series I used to watch when I was younger, I’m not sure I remember the name, but it was about these twins traveling together, and when they’d hold hands they did some sort of Magic thing; anyway, I really loved the series, and I’ve been since a big fan of twins. It was a great pleasure for me to follow twin adventures, if I may call them so.

The plot itself is quite engaging, and I could definitely see a successful movie made based on Perry Aylen‘s work, I believe it would translate into a big time success. If I could have had something different about it, I think I would have liked the characters to be a bit more…charismatic? There’s something endearing about some of them, the twins especially, but maybe someone could have been just a tad more edgy perhaps, but that’s a very personal aspect of course.

As usual, I can’t keep from commenting about the cover. I love the cover, I mean, just looks at it; it’s beautiful!

All thing considered, I find Hexult to be a very charming tale, that I do recommend with a dear heart. It has that sprinkle of fairytale charm that we find so little of lately.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sonny- Literary Junkie on July 17, 2011 :
The world is covered in ice. The only way to travel in Hexult is by boat.
Aulf is the mailman between the islands in Hexult and Ingar is his crew. One day on their way to deliver mail, Aulf and Ingar find a boat which has perished. Inside were twins Jacob and Elya; their father dead from the crash. When Aulf and Ingar take the twins in and help them, the four of them and the whole of Hexult dives into a world of adventure.
Raiders are around every corner, ready to jump on unsuspecting prizes. The islands are in shambles from the lack of trust and communication. Jacob and Elya seem to be a beacon of light in the ice covered darkness. They have brought with them the knowledge of science that is put into use to help the islands. But, the islands are not making the twin’s arrival welcome. They are suspicious people.
A small feud begins to breakout between the local wizard, Gabriel, and the twins. Because of Jacob and Elya’s strange knowledge science make the locals believe that they are new wizards. And Gabriel only fuels their flames to be back on top.
Finally, the islands begin to trust the strange newcomers, and with this trust comes a jump into the future. They people of Hexult that had once found the twins to be suspicious are now looking to them as almost saviors of their way of life.

My Thoughts:
First off, Hexult is not at my reading level or my particular taste in books. This book is more geared toward children and the middle school age group.
With that information out of the way, I do find the world of Hexult to be imaginative and enticing. Although, it did take me quite a few chapters before I was able to get the gist of the story and indulge in the characters. As the story went on and the more interesting Hexult started to become, the easier it was to lose myself in Perry Aylen’s words. But, I think that the world of Hexult could have been deeper, more exciting.
Aulf, one of the main characters is sweet and energetic. He captivates the audience with his never-ending generosity and love for Hexult. Ingar was just as equally interesting.
All in all, Hexult was an okay read. But, do not hesitate to pick this one up for your children. They adventure and the magic of an unknown world will be sure to captivate a young person’s mind.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Joo on May 31, 2011 :
Not normally my type of book, but I'm so glad I tried it. I was totally immersed in the world to the extent I'd be feeling cold just reading it.
It seemed like it was the start of an epic set of adventures, I hope so.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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