Alfred Angelo Attanasio lives in Honolulu, and writes most of his science fiction and fantasy while inside a volcano: Koko Crater, a botanical garden near his home. His novel Radix was nominated for the 1981 Nebula Award for “Best Novel” and was followed by three other novels, comprising the acclaimed ‘Radix Tetrad.’ A native of New Jersey, A.A. also writes nonfiction under the name Adam Lee.

aaA.A.’s 1988 Wyvern, a novel of seventeenth-century adventure, tops today’s Buffet. Jaki Gefjon is a “half-breed,” raised among headhunters of Borneo and trained as a soul catcher, or 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 battle the mercantile empires exploiting Asia. This book was exotically spellbinding when first issued in hardcover in 1988, and remains so today.

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Action & Adventure > Historical Fiction
Author: A. A. Attanasio

Headhunters, sorcerers, pirates and Indian princes thrive in this exciting and poetic tale of a young outcast in Borneo. Born in 1609, son of a native woman and a Dutch sea captain he never knew, Jaki Gefjon grows up in the jungle as a sorcerer’s apprentice. Later kidnapped by pirates, he befriends his captor, Trevor Pym, notorious for his dreaded man-of-war, Wyvern.

The scientific marvels on the European privateer become the young soul-catcher’s passion—until he falls for Lucinda, the headstrong daughter of Pym’s sworn enemy. Propelled by intrigue, pirates’ battles, curses and visions, this seafaring saga takes Lucinda and Jaki from the South Seas to India—and to a bold, unforeseen destiny in the New World. Join the journey!