Act of Will

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Macmillan, Mar 3, 2009 - Fiction - 334 pages
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Act of Will is a boisterous fantasy adventure that introduces us to Will Hawthorne, a medieval actor and playwright who flees the authorities only to find himself inextricably bound to a group of high-minded adventurers on a deadly mission. Will travels with them to a distant land where they are charged with the investigation and defeat of a ruthless army of mystical horsemen, who appear out of the mist leaving death and devastation in their wake.

In the course of Will’s uneasy alliance with his new protectors, he has to get his pragmatic mind to accept selfless heroism (which he thinks is absurd) and magic (which he doesn’t believe in). Will must eventually decide where his loyalties really lie and how much he is prepared to do--and believe--to stand up for them.

 

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User Review  - quiBee - LibraryThing

This was a book where the protagonist was so annoying and his persistent inability to learn from his life experiences meant that this was very much a two star read for a greater percentage of the book ... Read full review

Fast paced, excellent read

User Review  - D.Davis - Borders

Well, the book may have been named Act of Will, but it didn’t take one to read it. But let me elaborate. Act of Will is a novel by AJ Hartley. It’s about an actor and playwright that gets forced into ... Read full review

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Contents

Translators Preface
11
Show Business
13
Making an Exit
21
Desperate Times
27
A New Problem
31
Things Can Always Get Worse
34
The Gatehouse
41
No Virtue in Almost
48
The Elixir of Sensenon
184
Romance
187
The Ritual
191
The Hopetown Road
196
Investigations
202
Time for a Beer
207
The Razors Edge
211
Watching
218

The Wheatsheaf
52
The Road East
60
Improvisation
63
Of Gorse and Wild Thyme
70
The Desert
78
The Party Leader
86
The Hide
95
The Cormorant
101
Consequences
106
A Kind of Welcome
112
Harsh Realities
116
A Council Meeting
121
Beacons of Honor
130
Stories
135
Opening Moves
139
Glimpses by Firelight
144
Questions
147
Seaholme
150
The Light house
155
The Convoy
159
Chaos
162
The Fallen
171
Ironwall
174
More Consequences
179
The Assassins
226
Rest in Peace
230
The Farm house by the Woods
235
One of Them
240
The Raid
243
Flight
250
Harvest
257
Alone at Last
263
The Secret of the Caves
267
Adsine Again
272
Implications
278
A Decision
287
A Different Road
290
Back on the Horse
295
The Gathering
297
The Enemy
302
Desperate Times
306
Desperate Measures
310
Casualties
315
Realism
322
The Curtain
329
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
335
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About the author (2009)

British-born writer A.J. HARTLEY, author of the New York Times bestselling The Mask of Atreus and On the Fifth Day, is the Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As well as being a novelist and academic, he is a screenwriter, theatre director, and dramaturge. He is married, with a son, and lives in Charlotte.

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