Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers
By Radi Radev
My overall star rating -- from 1-5
About the book:
The protagonist Marcus was born an outsider. He could not cast even a single spell. People like him are one in a thousand in his home kingdom.
People of no magic are declared to be outlaws, whereas price is put on their heads.
The main character is rejected by his beloved Melissa, who was born a witch, just like almost everyone else in the Kingdom of Balkh. On top of that, he is banished from his birthplace, that is his village.
Marcus is determined to become a wizard at any rate.
Therefore he is bound to go through numerous battles and adventures.
Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters --10
-- Cover & title --10
-- Editing -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
My 5 point review:
-1- A short book, but a very good one
-2- Loved the story of a man who was an outcast in his own land
-3- A story for those who don’t fit in.
-4- A story of searching and determination
-5- This is a writer with talent.
What's it like to be a man of no magic in a place where others commonplace to magic? Miserable, that's what it is. You have to be stronger in other areas. This is the life of Marcus. You must be good at swordplay, and fighting; for you may have to fight often. Battle magic with brawn. And in the beginning of the book, brawn wins. Even over a stupid, drunk warrior who didn't know better but to stop while he was ahead. He didn't know well enough to be wary of Marcus.
But then the village turns on him in the night. Branded and exiled, and he must always be on his guard, unless he can remove the brand they put on him. So determines his quest. A quest to become a magician, and erase the burned in word from his forehead.
The book is short, but quite good, and very enjoyable; showing the writer's talent. A writer to follow.
Genre -- fantasy, paranormal, science fiction
Age recommendations --15 and up
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- moderate