The Circle of Sorcerers: The Mages of BloodMyr #1

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Summary:

When Laedron Telpist’s sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn.

From the home shores in western Sorbia, through the Cael’Brilland heartlands, and even across the seas to the great city of Azura, Laedron finds himself embracing old friends, consorting with unlikely allies, and confronting potent enemies. As he struggles to train himself in spellcraft, Laedron must face that he lives in a time when the utterance of a simple spell could be the signature on his death warrant.

Review:

If you ask a regular person to describe fantasy literature, you’re probably going to get one of three answers: a) Game of Thrones b) something out of Tolkien or c) something not unlike this book.

Laedron, a (soon-to-be-Chosen one type) sorcerer in training and a young man coming of age, witnesses the murder of his teacher and sets out on a quest to avenge her death and take down the evil that ordered it. It’s a plot we’ve seen a million times before, but without anything new brought to the stage.

This book is the definition of generic fantasy. The magic is a typical wand/incantation kind of system. The world doesn’t deviate too much from the world we know, down to the characters eating quiche. Our villain is the new head of the church for this world. The author is trying to comment on corruption and hypocrisy within the church, but it all just feels shallow and underdeveloped. It isn’t so underdeveloped as to be offensive, but I do kind of wish that the author had chosen another direction.

Also generic is our hero Laedron; who for most of the novel seems like a decent enough kid, but then seems to snap in the last twenty percent of the novel when one of the twists occurs. It’s kind of justifiable, but still seems out of no where for  character that has been pretty calm-headed over the rest of the tale.

Generic fantasy like this can still be an enjoyable read; especially for fans of the genre. When it comes to recommending this book to others, I have to look at this way: based on what I read, do I want to continue reading? I don’t. Thus, there can only be one verdict.

Verdict: Skip it. There are just too many other good fantasy novels out there to recommend this to anyone but the most die-hard fantasy fans.

Availability: Available now. Note as of 1/5/2014, the Kindle version of this book is free for all (not just Prime users). I got it for free back on 12/13, so it may not be a limited time deal.

 

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