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Hemlock and the Wizard Tower (The Maker's Fire Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

B Throwsnaill
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Book Description

How is power gained, retained and exercised; and what happens to a power structure when a young girl with magical abilities hacks and slashes her way into the very core of its apparatus?

In a magical city that travels through multiple dimensions, a young girl named Hemlock has risen from being a lowly cutpurse to discovering that she is a powerful fighter. Under the guidance of an aging freedom fighter named Safreon, Hemlock battles to keep the peace in her run down district, while across the City the upper class Elites enjoy peace, prosperity and freedom.

The Wizard Tower looms in the center of the City, casting a long shadow over its affairs. The Wizards rule behind the scenes, dictating and controlling the use of magic. Hemlock instinctively feels that the Wizards are her enemies, but Safreon will not discuss openly opposing them, as he seeks to methodically mentor Hemlock, and advance his own cryptic plans for the City.

Hemlock makes a decision to make a bold attack on the Wizard Tower alone, convinced that she can destroy or undo whatever method the Wizards are using to control and ration magic. As the novel opens, we join Hemlock just after she has infiltrated the Wizard Tower, learning what happens through a narrative interspersed with flashbacks to events leading up to the attack.

Look for the next volume in the series scheduled for release in spring 2012!

Product Details

  • File Size: 862 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C44GF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Power hungry wizards beware February 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Hemlock and the Wizard Tower follow Hemlock a former thief with a certain sensitivity to magic who has turned vigilante. The story takes place in a magical city that actually moves from realm to realm having only a few regions permanently attached to it. Hemlock lives in the Warrens, which is the run down part of town. She spent most of her life being a thief until she tried to steal from Safreon, the original vigilante. These two team up to help keep the Warrens safe for normal people to live.

Magic permeates the city all of it rigorously controlled by the Wizards Guild (headquartered in the Wizards Tower). Hemlock's sister is sick and will die without magical aid. However the magic of the Warrens is on the decline very quickly. Thinking that the wizards are somehow siphoning off the power from the Warrens for their own terrible plots Hemlock decides to break into their tower and do something about it. Using her special power she actually manages to succeed where no one has and penetrates the terrible defenses of the tower. Once inside she meed Merit (who for some reason is my favorite) a mechanical and magical blend clockwork gnome. Merit gives her some information and she uses it to get further into the tower. I will leave off saying that thing do not go as planned at all.

If you check out the sample of this book it almost seems like the story is finished when the sample ends. Nothing could be further from the truth. I was surprised and pleased with the way the book developed especially how italicized flashbacks were used to really explain where the characters came from. The only thing I did not really enjoy was Falignus head of the Wizards Guild.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They shouldn't have ticked her off! February 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this story tremendously - it's filled with great detail and descriptions, contrasted wonderfully with a sweeping scope and epic adventure, painted with human and not-so-human emotional challenges and growth, all in a structure of logically evolving plots, conflicts, and resolutions.

Hemlock is initially portrayed as the reluctant heroine driven to reach beyond herself when she finds herself in a desperate predicament: her sister lies helplessly ill and the magic that might save her is fading. Blaming the wizards in the Tower, she sets out against all odds to find and remove whatever is causing the magic to fade. The story follows her adventures and growth as she learns the complex truth and consequences of her actions.

Hemlock's predicament, her response, and her growth, are all very plausible and emotionally satisfying, as well as the characterizations of the other main players in the saga. I would have liked to see her kick more action butt at the end but that's just the Hollywood in me; the way she actually pulls through is far more in character and believable. There are no broad clumsy B&W strokes of 'cookie-cutter' good-guys vs. bad-guys, but rather well positioned conflicts of intersecting interests.

The range of scale, scope, and conflict in the story is huge, from personal internal emotional conflict to army-sized brew-ups and sieges. The contrasting of these different scales and viewpoints is well balanced and keeps the pace moving rapidly along.

The tricks, traps, and magic Hemlock encounters on her journey (especially in the Wizard's Tower of course!) are very creative and fun. I was challenged to put myself in her situation to see how I'd measure up (alas, I would've died, several times over...).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Whoever said infiltrating a Wizard Tower was easy? June 14, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Hemlock and the Wizard Tower follows the exploits of a talented thief, Hemlock, living on a magic-laden world controlled by the all powerful Wizard Guild. Sneaking into the heart of their operation, the Wizard Tower, Hemlock attempts to learn why the magic that normally would help her ailing sister has recently been failing. Blaming the wizards (wizards be damned!), she uses all her extraordinary skills to infiltrate their Tower, something no one has ever been successful in accomplishing. With the aid of her mentor, a renegade wizard, and even a mechanical golem, Hemlock is swept up in the battle to break the Wizard Guild's regulation of everyday magic.

I truly enjoyed this story. Character development was good. I liked how Hemlock went from rooftop vigilante to a very believable heroine whom people looked up to. I liked the author's use of italics to portray flashbacks. What I really enjoyed, though, was how everything flowed so smoothly. The inner circles of the Wizard Guild, the different sections of the city, the outlying lands, etc. One critique I had was about the main antagonist, Falignus. There were times when I wasn't sure if he was truly evil, or if he had underlying motives causing him to behave as he did. Fortunately, it didn't distract from the story in the slightest. I was hoping for more history about Merit, but maybe in a sequel?

Speaking of sequels, I thought I saw somewhere that the author was working on a second book. I sure hope so! To anyone out there that loves fantasy, this is a fantastic book! Be sure to check it out!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars

Published 11 days ago by james hartzog
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a awesome book. It keep coming back for more
It was a awesome book. It keep coming back for more. I look forward to reding the second and third book.
Published 1 month ago by jennifer clair
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I choose five stars because this is written in such a way that you can not put it down. B Throwsnaill has a style that keeps you captivated. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A book that could have been much more.
This book drags at first and then the main character really starts to come out of her shell. That's when this book takes off. Well imagined world with cool sorcery. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Hemlock and the Wizard Tower
I thought this was a good one, i liked the flashbacks. They provided backstory and helped to move the book along. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jarrette Lairson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 5 months ago by April Prados
5.0 out of 5 stars good
this is well written and has a very good plot. I really enjoyed reading this book, it keep my interest during the whole book.
Published 6 months ago by Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent effort
A good effort, overall. This book doesnt have the glaring issues that many of the free ebooks have, but it did become somewhat flat at times. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Book was a little long in tooth for ( excessive descriptions bore me ). I read this on my iPhone. So I. May have got the next in the series. I tend to just get the free books. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written
Well written. Fantasy meets comic book superhero. Hemlock humanity appears to be her only weakness. The only drawback was the vast number of conveniences along the journey.
Published 15 months ago by Chelsie Finger
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More About the Author

B Throwsnaill cut his teeth on the classic works of fantasy and science fiction by authors such as Tolkien, Moorcock, Herbert and Gibson.

Writing a novel length work had been a lifelong ambition, and has now been realized with the release of Hemlock and the Wizard Tower.

The author's goal is to write fun and creative fiction that is grounded in personal experience and observations about the real world and its history.

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