Soldiers of Avarice

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Aiden Wainwright was the son of a wagon maker in a small country town where nothing interesting ever happened, until a chance encounter with a strange relic changed him forever. His resourcefulness and courage are put to the test when he travels to a nearby town and finds the place on the brink of disaster. Aiden must marshal his limited resources to aid the town and uncover the villains. More
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About Stephen L. Nowland

I was one of those kids who daydreamed his way through school. All the little adventures I'd concoct in my mind were far more interesting than math or tests or sport. Somehow, I passed the important bits (art and english) and moved on, but always with a creative perspective to my life.

It was around 1992 when the magic of reading really sunk into me, for it was then I discovered fantasy novels. Feist, Salvatore & Eddings showed me worlds that fired my imagination, and from that point on I knew I wanted to write the stories that flitted around the recesses of my imagination.

Unfortunately, I spent most of the next fifteen years dealing with poor health, including resultant chronic fatigue syndrome which interfered with my life immeasurably, but gave me ample time for thought. An abortive attempt to create a story happened around 1996, but I look back on such things as stepping stones on the road to where I wanted to be.

My first complete novel was actually done back in '03, but it was a derivative work based on elements from other stories, something I didn't realise until after I'd written it. The mind can do funny things if you don't keep it on a tight leash! Still, there were some unique points to the story I kept, so I scrapped the rest and began a completely new for Neverwinter Nights, that RPG video game thing you may or may not have heard of.

The story was so successful (filled with rich, creamy character development) that I lamented that only people playing the game would ever see it. In 2009, with my health improving, I resolved to novelize the stories I'd written, in addition to developing the world in which they exist as the basis for a new fantasy series.

I consider those stories to be merely the first iteration of the saga, for my novels have evolved far beyond the original scope, in terms of detail, plot and character building. Looking back on it now, I can see my style has evolved a very long way from those humble beginnings indeed.

Oh, I also paint. You can expect to see more cover art with each title, becoming more technically sophisticated each time.

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About the Series: The Aielund Saga
The saga of Aiden Wainwright, a young man swept up in grand and perilous events to prevent the destruction of his home kingdom of Aielund.

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Reviews of Soldiers of Avarice by Stephen L. Nowland

Fajriy Arunna reviewed on Feb. 19, 2018

This book hooked me from the beginning. Forbidden forest, mysterious gem, the land of the ruins, intriguing dream, and a dangerous adventure. This book is a complete package of a fantasy novel. Although having some minor issues, this book is a highly enjoyable read for fantasy fans.
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John H. Carroll reviewed on Aug. 16, 2012

Have you ever read one of those books where you're instantly interested in the main character? Yeah. This is it. It starts with a prologue of an incident in the Aiden Wainwright's youth. Chapter 1 begins with him as an adult who has been defined by that incident. The city they're in has been shut down and someone has to get through for supplies.

A number of characters join him along the way. Each one of these people have their own personality and are given the time to develop to the point where the reader is invested in what happens to each and every one. My favorite is the cleric, Nellise. (I have a thing for beautiful clerics, but . . . ) Actually, my biggest complaint about these books is that Nellise's life is going to suck. I'm certain it will end badly. *sigh*

The dialogue has humor scattered throughout, the battle scenes are vivid and intense, and the characters make you like or hate them. For the first time in a long while, I found myself staying up late, not wanting to put the book down.

I truly recommend this to anyone who likes high fantasy. At over 200,000 words, it's a tale of epic proportions that reads fast.
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Marisa Brown reviewed on July 19, 2012

I love the fast-paced story; it's almost like reading a video game without all the hassles of having to beat the bosses yourself! This author was recommended to me by another author, and I am very greatful for that. It took a little getting used to the writing style, and there were a few things that bothered me at first, but once I got into the story, it made more sense, and it stopped bothering me. Great job, keep up the wonderful storytelling!
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Flatline Construct, Sr reviewed on March 14, 2012

Excellent adaptation of the NWN saga by the same author... It's high in action, fantasy and heroic/adventuring. Plus it begins a massive socio-political and magical plot. Characters of varying alignments and backgrounds add great flavour.
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Amanda Loo reviewed on March 12, 2012

It is really really great that I stumble upon this one and read it.Now, I am impatiently waiting for the sequel.It really is fast paced book and sometimes, I feel pity for the wearied heroes.
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