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- Publication Date: May 6, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y57DTTL
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Synopsis (from the author): An estranged son. An adopted heir. A magical attack that forces them to work together.
The disappearance of Auric Spellsmith’s mother has strained his relationship with his father to the breaking point. Now, after five years away at the Magicians’ Academy, Auric returns home, determined to prove himself to his father and claim his birthright.
Apprentice Jericho Carver has held Spellsmith Manor together in Auric’s absence. Now his master’s son is back, and if he can’t get rid of Auric, Jericho will forfeit his career and lose all hope of wooing the master’s enchanting daughter.
Neither man intends to back down.
But then Master Spellsmith vanishes into the mysterious Fey Lands. With Fey magic threatening the mortal realm, Auric and Jericho must work together to save the man they both see as father.
What I liked: I enjoyed the interesting was magic was cast in the story. The story also showed a stark contrast between old and new ways of spellcasting (both have their advantages and disadvantages), and the use of Fey energy was cool. There were many underlying storylines in the book, which kept me entertained. Jericho and Rill’s romantic chemistry complemented the story nicely and set the stage for much of the rivalry between Jericho and Auric. Despite their rivalry, the two magicians set all aside to rescue Auric’s dad, giving the story its quest element and action. All in all, Spellsmith and Carver: Magician’s Rivalry was a good read!
What I didn’t like: There were a couple of things I didn’t like about the book. First, the cliché strained relationship between Auric and his father was too predictable. Secondly, the rivalry between Auric and Jericho seemed contrived. Other than that, no complaints from me and both were minor.
Overall impression: I liked the storyline, the underlying conflicts, and unique spellcasting. The journey into the Fey lands had enough twists and surprises to hold my attention and the book was well-written. I would recommend this one to any fantasy fan!
My rating: 4.5 Stars (rounded to 5 stars)
(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4.8 -- Plot is engaging from start to finish. Has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Lots of things to love about this book. Magic (and very solid, creative world-building), complicated family dynamics, adventure, friendship, romance, sacrifice, and a happy ending. It's great, and while this story is certainly complete on its own, I'd love to read more.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. Great characters, and the complexities of their relationships are fantastic. We definitely get to know Auric and Jericho, learning where they come from and how they think. And though there's not quite as much about Rill, Hedward, Iris, or Janus, they are all complex, dynamic characters. Love the healing and growth in all of them.
Mechanics and Writing: 4.9 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<8/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Intelligent use of POV. Skillful writing that adds to the story. Errors include: compound word confusion, mild punctuation issues and minor typos. POV alternates between Auric, Jericho, and (to a lesser degree) Rill.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though there is some shaky ground. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. Some kisses between Rill and Jericho, and fantasy-type violence as our heroes try to stay alive in the Fey world. Mention of Jericho's abusive, drunken father, with emphasis on Jericho's protective attitude towards his mother, even when he was a young boy. Themes of friendship, sacrifice, and learning where people come from from and what they've experienced before judging them.
Personal Enjoyment: 5 -- I loved it. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. One I'll definitely read again.
The characters are engaging. Burke has an excellent grasp of using dialogue for characterization. The plot is an interesting twist of inter-realm dependency and travel versus the half-fae savior of the world.
While I didn't guess every twist (kudos to the author for that), I did shake my head at some of the harrowing escapes and almost-too-good-to-believe saves. Although it isn't a YA book, it is perfectly appropriate for that audience.
A few problems: sudden changes of heart for most of the characters without adequate build-up and the incredible power of a relatively novice magic user once in a different realm (and while explained by the circumstances it still seemed like a reach).
I'll be thrilled to read the next installment. Burke is one of those authors whose writing improves with every book and who isn't afraid to push beyond genre expectations.
If you like sarcastic characters, unlikely heroes and major magical intrigue, you'll want to read this book.