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Pandragon Reviews - A Mage's Power by Brian Wilkerson

 

(ERRATA - This was incorrectly labelled as a A Mage's Tale at first. I have corrected this mistake in this blog.)

 

Brian Wilkerson has been a HUGE supporter of my work for a while, having given me two great reviews on both Trapped on Draconica and Legacy of the Dragonkin – and even created a TV Tropes page for both of them. To return the favour, I offered to give him a review of his novel, A Mage’s Power. It took a little while, mainly due to IRL commitments and other things, but luckily I finished the book – and enjoyed it!

 

Now, Brian was kind to give a considerate and well thought out, critical review of my work so I’m going to try and give him the same courtesy by giving him a review that I think this book deserves. So sit back and read as we enter the world of A Mage’s Power.

 

 

About The Author

 

I didn’t get a bio about the author per say, but you can check out his blog (and his writing/reviews) at the following links and purchase his book via Amazon.

 

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Blog

 

 

Cover

 

It's a nice, colourful (if maybe a little dark) cover. It’s certainly eye catching, which is a good thing. Looking at it, you may be expecting to be prepared to read a traditional Epic Fantasy – but you may be pleasantly surprised.

 

On a side note, it also has a map inside of the world, drawn by my friend Brenna Albert. Great to know that she’s getting more work!

 

 

Overview

 

So the plot of A Mage's Power involves a young man named Eric, a down-on-his-luck loser that just sucks at life and everything goes wrong for him. His life takes an “interesting” turn when he’s met by Tasio – a Trickster from the Fantasy world of Tariatla (think of him as the equivalent of Loki from Norse Mythology – or even the Thor comics). Deciding to take it upon himself to “help” Eric, he sends him to the world of Tariatla.

 

Now, the first thing that struck me is that the world of Tariatla is as somewhat “deconstructed” (as Brian says on his blog) world. As well as having traditional Fantasy elements like magic, monsters, elves, orcs, etc – there are also real world elements, like a job centre, diners, television, even an X-Factor type reality show for wizards! It kind of feels like Earth if it suddenly got invaded by Fantasy monsters. Now, the idea of combining Fantasy with real world is an idea that has been done and in this book it mainly works. But sometimes, the ideas seem to clash with each other and it’s almost like it can’t make up its mind as to whether the world wants to be Fantasy or not. For the most part it works, but there are times when it felt like the suspension of disbelief was stretched.

 

Trapped in this strange world, Eric tries to adapt to his new surroundings and eventually gets recruited into the Dragon’s Lair as a mercenary, learning to use magic and make money. His team consists of Nolien (who’s like the resident bookworm and slightly socially awkward member) and Tiza (the tough, take no prisoners kick ass chick). For the most part, I actually quite liked them – even though I wanted to slap Tiza in a few places! But Balisard, their leader, I thought was pretty awesome. He kinda reminded me of Master Splinter in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, albeit with a bit more attitude and wit.

 

The crux of the story involved Eric and his mercenary group going on missions to collect money, learning teamwork along the way. It’s the same sort of theme that we’ve seen in shows like Naruto and the like, but it works well. In actual fact, there isn’t really one set plot – but a number of stories. The book actually reads like a cartoon series on Toonami (which Brian admits on his blog that the shows he watches are a major influence), with each part of the book feeling like another episode in the series, or maybe a better example would be like an RPG game and every part of the book is another quest they must complete. The problem with this is that sometimes the story feels a little undirected and at times doesn’t know in what direction to go in. At other times, the story just seems to shift from one action to the next without any natural progression – which can be a little jarring at times.

 

Luckily, all these threads do come together in the end – but I won’t give any spoilers. The final scene with the villain is a little “James Bond” like, where the villain gives away his master plan, but I won’t be too hard on this as it does explain what could have potentially been some holes in the plot. But I do have to the honest, the ending I felt was like a slap in the face after everything Eric went through.

 

With all the above being said, I will say that this is certainly a fresh new look on the Fantasy genre and gives it a whole new look. It takes elements from other Fantasy stories and tries to do something different with them – so you don’t feel like you’re reading the same story over and over again. And it is well written, with plenty of humour and action to keep the reader interested. There were a few typos in my copy, but I’ve heard that has since been corrected so I won’t give too much of a hard time on this one.

 

 

PROS (magically amazing):

  • World is unique and has some interesting takes on the Fantasy genre.
  • Feels like reading a cartoon series.
  • A lot of humour and fun to be had here.

 

CONS (tricked you!):

  • The “Real-world” Fantasy land occasionally feels a little bit out of place in some parts.
  • Story a little undirected in places.

 

 

Summary

 

A Mage's Power is a book that you will need to really give a chance. It takes time to get going, and you will need to have an open mind with the Fantasy world it’s set in – but if you settle into it, I think you’ll find an exciting Fantasy adventure that’s just waiting to be read. I’ll definitely be waiting to read any other books in this series when they come out.

 

FINAL SCORE: 4/5

 

 

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Legacy of the Dragonkin on Trickster Eric Novels

I'm pleased to announce that the advanced copies of Legacy of the Dragonkin are doing the rounds - and we have our first official review for the book! Head over now to Tricker Eric Novels to check out what reviewer, Brian Wilkerson thought of the novel. He gave Trapped on Draconica a good review - did Legacy of the Dragonkin meet his expectations?

 

Go click on the link below to find out.

 

TRICKSTER ERIC NOVELS

 

A huge thanks to Brian for taking the time to read it and for once again having me on his blog.

 

 

 

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Day Six of the Trapped on Draconica Blog Tour - The Geography of Draconica

Sorry for the late posting guys! Pulled an all-dayer at work today so only just had a chance to post this!

 

Well, we are nearing the end of the Trapped on Draconica blog tour - man has this week gone quickly! But it's been amazing fun this week and I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have!

 

Today we have something VERY special planned. The creator of the Trapped on Draconica TV Tropes page Brian Wilkerson (who also gave Trapped on Draconica a positive review) wanted to ask a few questions about the world of Draconcia itself. It's a rare chance that I get to talk about the world my book is set in so I jumped at the chance. Check out this link to see what we got up to.

 

 

THE GEOGRAPHY OF TRAPPED ON DRACONICA

 

 

And as an added bonus, why not check out the Trapped on Draconica TV Tropes page. I'm sure you'll agree that Brian did an amazing job putting it all together and the links he made are well thought out and perfectly matched.

 

 

TRAPPED ON DRACONICA TV TROPES PAGE

 

 

Don't forget, there is still a chance to catch the Ultimate Prize pack! Deadline is 26th November so get your entries in quickly! You can find the link in previous blog posts, so go check it out and win yourself some amazing prizes!

 

Check back tomorrow for the last post in the Trapped on Draconica blog tour - where we visit my good friends Read2Review for a very special post.

 

 

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UPCOMING BLOG TOURS:

 

  - 5th December - Interview with Sasha Summers

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