Read from January 27 to February 14, 2014
Synopsis: They thought they knew what magic could do….
In the much anticipated sequel to The Wand-Maker’s Debate, Osric continues his quest for answers to an ever lengthening list of questions. Separated from his companions, each day it seems the mysteries of magic and intrigue grow.
Osric must discover who is instigating a war, what secrets the unicorns are hiding, and what his increasing power and abilities might mean. With his hometown in chaos, Osric is forced to abandon his people in an attempt to save them.
Driven by destiny and thwarted by prophecy, will his new gifts be enough to secure his victory? Can his friends find a way to help him when he needs them most? Will Osric find a way to unlock magic’s true potential and prevent history from repeating itself?
Bookish things: 236 pages. This adventure tale has a stunning cover. I have adored all of Jack’s book covers.
Where to buy: Amazon on kindle for $3.96 or paperback for $8.99
Book #2 in Osric’s tale, The High-Wizard’s Hunt leaves off where book #1 finished.It had been a little while since I read book 1, so it did take me a few pages to get back into the swing of things, but the story progressed pretty quickly from the opening scene.
There was a lot of intrigue and veiled threat in this book, that I believe could have been left out, the uncertainty of who was causing things to happen and Osric having to figure it all out got a little old by the end of the story.
I felt that Osric became too powerful, too hard to kill or stop or whatever, that it was a lot of action for the sake of action.
The story did have some good points, Pebble was delightful again, and with less of his ‘speech’ so it wasn’t too much to read. He was able to interject a feeling of youthful playfulness into the most grave situations.
I quite enjoyed some of the different types of magic, wielded by both sides, the lion battle scene was a bit sad, but quite interesting.
All in all, I liked the book, but I don’t think it needed to be that drawn out, it could have been culled quite heavily and added to the end of book 1 and/or the start of book 3.
**Note: I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review**