Tuesday, January 26, 2010


By Otto Scamfer
Publisher: Custom Books Publishing; 1st edition (July 1, 2008)

Language: English
ISBN-10: 1438234910
ISBN-13: 978-1438234915

Drinkwater is a tale of medieval times. About a young man who is a drunkard. Befallen by a soundrel who attempts to take over his birthright by first murdering his father and making it appear to be him that perpetrated the deed, to the "accidental" death of his mother. It is a tale of friendship. Of love. And of a boy, turned man, who struggles to bring himself back from the brink of alcoholism. Insisting on drinking nothing stronger than water, he becomes known as "Drinkwater".

I found the writer starting off a bit naively. His writing raw and unskilled. But by the half-way point of the text, he had matured greatly, and his skill was becoming apparent!

I was highly impressed with the writer's dialogue. His written conversations among the characters were some of the most realistic I have ever encountered. And his use of detail in not only the description of medieval life, but of tasks, and especially of sword play, was remarkably well done.  [Does Scamfer harbor a talent for swordmanship? Hmmm]

By the end of the book, I was wanting more!

I would rate this book a 5-star. And I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

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