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

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Length: 419 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1271 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C44GF0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,881 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By bookblogger on 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 By Chandler Driggs on 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 By J.M. Poole on June 14, 2011
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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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