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Wyvern

(1988)
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Publisher's Weekly
Fans of adventure yarns may relish this blend of fantasy and historical fiction if they take to the author's baroque, tinted prose and lush imagination. Jaki Gefjon, son of a native Borneo woman and a Dutch sea captain, starts life as witch-doctor's slave and apprentice. Later kidnapped by pirates, he befriends his captor, Trevor Pym, famed for his dreaded man-of-war, the Wyvern. Jaki falls for Lucinda, the headstrong daughter of Pym's arch-rival, Captain William Quarles. Crammed with intrigue, pirates' battles, curses and visions, this seafaring saga takes Lucinda and Jaki from the South Seas to India to the New World. Various plot strands interweavethe encroachment of colonialism on the world of spirits, Jaki's hard-won self-acceptance after abandoning the role of European gentleman, the clash of duty versus romance as Lucinda defies her father. But the cardboard characters defeat the book's epic and historicl pretensions. Attanasio's previous novels include Radix , a Nebula Award nominee, and Arc of the Dream. (September)

Library Journal
Seventeenth-century adventure awaits readers in Attanasio's ( Radix ) novel. Jaki Gefjon is a half-breed, raised among headhunters of Borneo and trained as a ''soul catcher'' (medicine man). Drawn by the mystery of his Dutch father into a European way of life, Jaki joins pirate captain Trevor Pym under the fearsome serpent banner of Wyvern to combat the mercantile empires exploiting Asia. Jaki's saga is laced with mysticism as he struggles to understand the meaning of his life, buffeted by competing cultures. His mother, his mentor, Jabalwan, the pirate Pym, and his English wife help him to progress to self-knowledge. This solid adventure/fantasy is recommended for popular fiction collections. William C. McCully, Park Ridge P.L., Ill.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 1989 : UK Hardback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 0-246-12860-7 / 978-0-246-12860-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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August 1988 : USA Hardback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 0-89919-409-5 / 978-0-89919-409-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ticknor & Fields
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September 1988 : Hardback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 5552440641 / 978-5552440641
Publisher: Ticknor & Fields
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : USA Paperback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 1-4701-2782-2 / 978-1-4701-2782-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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June 1990 : UK Paperback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 0-586-06915-1 / 978-0-586-06915-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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March 1990 : USA Paperback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 0-06-100011-6 / 978-0-06-100011-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harpercollins
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March 1989 : UK Paperback
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
ISBN: 0-246-13496-8 / 978-0-246-13496-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Grafton
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Audio Editions

June 2016 : USA Audio edition
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
Publisher: A.A.Attanasio
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June 2016 : UK Audio edition
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
Publisher: A.A.Attanasio
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Kindle Editions

December 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Wyvern
Author(s): A A Attanasio
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