The Great North

The Great North Dwyn is a young man in the small isolated town of Manicouga son of the Minstor who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks time Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north

  • Title: The Great North
  • Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
  • ISBN: 9781548105204
  • Page: 417
  • Format: ebook
  • Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks time.Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land s End.Both are trying to find their way in a post apocalyptic world When the two meet, their love and attraction may chanDwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks time.Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land s End.Both are trying to find their way in a post apocalyptic world When the two meet, their love and attraction may change the course of history.

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    1. The Great North is a somewhat mythological love story about Dwyn, the local Minstor's son and heir to the rulership of his town, and Mael, one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic snowstorm that decimated his village, causing him to flee to warmer climes. It's been a couple hundred years since the Reckoning, an event that effectively ended today's known world. People live in a simpler world without electricity and running water, leading a mostly agrarian life where farming is an effort taken on [...]

    2. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure I would like this book; I’m so glad I read it. I really enjoyed this story and couldn’t put it down. The story is fast-pacedthe characters intriguing, and a fascinating world created by the author. All of the elements to a great story can be found within these pages. This is the first book by this author I have read and it certainly won’t be my last. I received a copy of this book from the author, my review has been voluntarily submitted.

    3. This is a fairly quick read, both in terms of length and pacing. I was able to finish it in just an afternoon. It’s enjoyable, and the characters are likable. I ended up with some mixed feelings, but overall, the positive outweighs any hesitations.What I loved: The setting. The reason I agreed to review this is that the author is outstanding at world-building. Everything is flawless. It’s not hard to understand the context, right from the beginning, and there are no long, dull expository pas [...]

    4. Rounded up to 4 stars.I’ve always thought that in a post-apocalyptic Earth the likelihood of large, relatively well-organised societies a la Hunger Games is rather remote. We’re far more likely to devolve into small, enclosed communities almost mediaeval in their feudal isolationism and—because man is always looking for proof that he isn’t to blame but someone else must be, and religion is always handy to provide good targets—tending to fundamentalist beliefs. J Scott Coatsworth eviden [...]

    5. The Great North is a post-apocalyptic novella. It's been a hundred years since the world fell apart "The Reckoning" It's typical dystopian as far as what you'd expect with society collapse. No TV, no electricity or running water. None of the luxuries we've come to rely on. Humanity has fallen back to a time many years back. Farming and living off the land are the way now.Dwyn is the heir to what is the current leadership/government and Mael is a survivor, only survivor, of his town. These are th [...]

    6. For such a short story this novella is chock full of quite an incredible world.When we meet Dwyn I was not impressed. In fact I never love him, but I do grow to see what Mael sees. Their entire relationship is taboo in Dwyn's world, but love is love, and their love may be able to save the world.Insta-love (yay), tons of judgy McJudgertons (boo), a crashed wedding (yay), a world destroying storm-perhaps the work of a vengeful god (boooooooo). The story was a bit over the top, yet the parallel sto [...]

    7. Post-apocalypse meets pastoral in The Great North by J. Scott Coatsworth. The story has bits and pieces of the modern world sprinkled in, laid waste by the idiocy of man, of course, that highlight the fact the world has changed in the future. But the majority of the story reads much like a tale you'd expect from the past when farming held sway and a single storm could decimate a people. What I really liked about The Great North was the way the new reality shaped the cultures of the people, and h [...]

    8. 4.5 out of 5 starsDescription ~Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks' time.Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land's End.Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic world. When the two meet, their love and attraction may change the course of history. Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of [...]

    9. (Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews. Rated 3.5 out of 5.0 Love Bytes.)I’m not sure where to start on this one. I really liked the premise and the characters were interesting, but the story read as kind of prelude to more stories down the road? I think that is probably true since this is labeled as A Legendary Love #1. My problem with it was that it introduced me to characters I really want to know more of, and now I have to wait until I get more.The premise of the story, as I said, was [...]

    10. Original review on Molly LollyFour and a half stars!I adored this story. It was sweet and completely fascinating. I enjoyed the way the story was set in a real place but in a future time when things are completely different. Mr. Coatsworth weaves a story that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go until the very last page. I enjoyed how it was based on a Welsh saint and corresponding legend. It was fascinating seeing the story in a completely different way. I’m eager for the next book in th [...]

    11. 4.5 starsOne of the things I love about J Scott Coatsworth’s writing is his world building. The Great North didn’t disappoint. Set in the future after an apocalypse, I enjoyed the attention to detail such as subtle language changes and how individuals had warped religion for their own purposes. Sadly the latter shows that despite what has happened in the past, the human race repeats its mistakes, something SF stories have long reminded us of. The societies of those in the Circle Lake communi [...]

    12. Title: The Great NorthAuthor: J. Scott CoatsworthPublisher: Mischief Corner BooksISBN: Bo712TL6HBuy Link: jscottcoatsworth/bookReviewer: Teresa Fallen AngelBlurb: A Legendary Love 1Dwyn is a young man in the small, isolated town of Manicouga, son of the Minstor, who is betrothed to marry Kessa in a few weeks' time.Mael is shepherding the remains of his own village from the north, chased out by a terrible storm that destroyed Land's End.Both are trying to find their way in a post-apocalyptic worl [...]

    13. This was a mixed read for me, I think the novella length didn't help either. It is a lot to cover building an accurate picture of two societies in a post apocalyptic world, cover some of the story of the apocalypse as well as the romance arc plus the drama arc. I feel I only dipped my toe into the water rather than immersing myself in the story but I'm very interested to read more books in the series based on this first one.The world building was beautiful and detailed, it was incorporated well [...]

    14. This story is a mixture of fantasy and dystopian and science fiction all mixed into one story seamlessy. This is the story . It takes place in Northern Quebec after a cataclysmic ordeal . It is set about a couple hundred after the incident . The story is based around a young man named Dwyn and his friends . Where his father is a minister of the land and the laws are strict . When Mael and his band of survivors show up on their travels . Will Dwyn and Mael be able to have a relationship or will t [...]

    15. Going into reading this I was a bit hesitant. From the synopsis, it doesn't sound like anything I would really pick up and read, much less absolutely love!So this is my first from this author I can even go so far as to say I've never even heard of the guy (and that saddens me!)The world building in this book is amazing! I hardly find books that I can actually see the world being built inside my mind while I'm reading this, but while reading this I had it all imagined out and the characters were [...]

    16. A Joyfully Jay review. 4.5 starsI really loved this tasty fantasy. There’s a bit of the supernatural here, between the Old Ones making their wishes known and Dwyn’s visions of life at time of the nuclear holocaust. It was interesting and haunting, the small snatches of our culture superimposed on this desperate landscape. I found myself charmed by the colloquialisms that survived 300 years of “Telephone” in this new oral-history society.Dwyn and Mael are sweet and kind men who forge a ne [...]

    17. This novella is set in a post-apocalyptic world with lots of references to the time before The Reckoning which helped me connect to story. Dwyn is the son of the Minister of Manicouga, a small and very puritan village. Mael is the leader of a small band of survivors from Land's End forced to flee their village up north after a devastating winter storm. The two groups agree to help each other, the group from Land's End will build a fence in return for supplies from Manicouga. When Dwyn and Mael m [...]

    18. This is a post apocalyptic book about survival. Dwyn is living in a village where he is betrothed to someone else and he has the responsibility to breed to help repopulate the Earth. Mael is from a different group who had to relocate due to a storm. These 2 meet and have a connection but Dwyn's village would not approve of a relationship between 2 men. It serves no purpose, so there is no reason, in their eyes. I really enjoyed their journey and look forward to reading more in this series.

    19. This is the first book in the A Legendary Love Series. I found the story and characters interesting. The characters were well developed and thought out. Dwyn and Mael are the MC’s of this book. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. There was humor, bad storms, farms, wagons, village, destruction, a price, gods and so much more in this book. I can recommend this as a good read. I voluntarily read an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

    20. What legends and lessons survive beyond the end.Seriously though what permanent lessons are to be found. If nuclear war or other awful circumstances happened? Would you be one to lead others with kindness or fear? I would prefer to see a future of the former myself. Unfortunately logic and kindness don't always win. May the future not be cursed with the prejudice of the past.

    21. A sweet adventure full of mystery and romance. I enjoyed the tale along with the characters themselves. It was a thrilling story and the romance was sweet making me smile.I voluntarily reviewed an arc from the author.

    22. this was a really interesting book. not my usual book i read. its about a young man who must marry a woman he doesnt love . he wants a young man who he cant have or is permitted. how far will they go to keep it a secret? you must read to find out.

    23. This novella is set in a post apocalyptic village that has been overtaken by a homophobic religion. Dwyn is the son of the village chief and therefore is the most keenly aware of the repercussions of being gay. But when he meets Mael, the attraction is instant. Dwyn and Mael struggle to balance a developing relationship with the demands of the both of their villages.I liked the used of idioms that have lost their meaning in the post apocalypse society sand how bits and pieces of the part were st [...]

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