- Hardcover: 310 pages
- Publisher: Late Nite Books (October 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982949545
- ISBN-13: 978-0982949542
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 374 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,697,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1 Hardcover – October 26, 2011
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About the Author
Last updated 11/14/2011.
Brian Kittrell is a speculative fiction writer who enjoys telling stories of people and places faraway. His adventures in publishing books began in November, 2009, with the release of the first Survivor Chronicles book. He decided in October, 2011, to remove the books from sale and instead release them as free editions from his website.
He is a communications officer with his local police department, having begun his career in law enforcement in 2006 as a detention officer. He intends to continue writing and publishing while serving his community in the capacity of an E911 police and fire dispatcher.
He was married to his wife Elizabeth in 2009, and they have a daughter together, Alice, whom Brian refers to as his "first born and most prized accomplishment".
His current series, Mages of Bloodmyr, debuted on October 26th, 2011, in the form of the first book, The Circle of Sorcerers.
Publications include: The Dying Times (2010, Late Nite), The War of the Dead (2011, Late Nite), Prisoner and Survivor (2011, Late Nite), and The Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1 (2011, Late Nite).
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The disappointing stuff: The story in Circle of Sorcerers is sound, but slow to develop. More text is spent getting the hero to his master than on the the battles which take place. The author relies heavily on somewhat stilted dialog to move the story along. Little elaboration of appearance is given beyond the the first time they're introduced, so that at the book's end, all you know about most characters is their role.
The tale shows much promise, but I was disappointed. I've reached the end of the book, but am not sure it's worth the trouble of buying the next book to find out what happens.
Brian Kitrell's Circle of Sorcerers is one such example. It's readable enough, with fairly transparent pose, but nothing scintillating. The plot conforms to Campbell's archetypes with dreary uniformity, but has no logic to it whatsoever. At least Ben Kenobi's death at the hands of Darth Vader has a good explanation, with Vader being a former student. The protagonist's mentor's death, however, feels like it was inserted to conform to the Campbell archetype.
As easy reading, the book's great. However, it's a lot like eating empty calories: when you're done you feel like you wasted your time. Fortunately, the book's free, so at least you haven't wasted your money.
Not recommended. Play a video game instead of reading this book.
The primary issue for me with the novel, however, is disjointed dialogue. There are too many inelegant lapses in the dialogue that make conversations feel like data dumps instead of organic character development. For example, Marac says, "I'm Marac Reven, heir to the fortunes of my father Bordric and his holdings. Ours was the first family to settle this land, and I can't let my family down." This line may have worked if spoken to a stranger, but it is actually spoken early in the opening of the book to his best friend and the story's main character, Laedron. And even then, it may have made sense if the conversation was about some weighty matter of honor, but it's really just two teenage boys discussing why Marac refuses to marry Laedron's sister.
If you aren't a stickler for dialogue like I am, you probably will either gloss over this or not notice it. This is an otherwise solid addition to the fantasy genre. For me, it became difficult to get into some of the characters because the dialogue felt forced and unnatural. I still enjoyed the book and plan on adding other books in the series to my TBR list. But the dialogue did detract from my enjoyment of the story.
It's a coming-of-age book, in some ways, of a 16-year-old boy from a rural village who goes to learn magic, only to have his teacher massacred in front of him. Then, filled with the need to avenge his illustrious teacher, he joins a group of soldier-knights to fight for All that is Good and Right. Somewhat trite in many places, and a little too heroic for this rather jaded older reader, it's still an adventure-filled story that will segue into the next book seamlessly--since this one didn't end, it merely stopped with an ad for the next in the series.
I'm not sorry I read it. But I won't be looking for the next one. There are too many other books out there (and waiting on my Kindle)!
This is a good, but young author. Life will create depth in his novels. Both his characters and his presentation of the story will have more depth as a result. But, this book is not there. the story is ok, lt just doesn't carry the depth of writing I want. I believe this would make a great youth book,but I have not been a youth for several generations. :)