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The Wizard of Kharathad Paperback – January 24, 2015
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If you like epic fantasy in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, then do I have a book and writer for you. If you like that feeling of being totally immersed in a wonderful world of long, long ago when life seemed simpler, but at the same time more wondrous and full of magic and adventure, then pick up a copy of The Wizard of Kharathad by Matia ben Ephraim. Matia ben Ephraim lays out the story and the world it happens in beautifully. The writing is exquisite and you want to savor every word. Like all great epics, The Wizard of Kharathad is a quest, a titanic struggle between good and evil.
The protagonist is a very likable young man that I came to admire. Dogalas is a good boy, the son of Howais and Gerdith, a happily married couple who would be considered "salt of the earth" in any culture. The book opens with Dogalas heading off to wizard school, and let me say here that the portrayal of the teaching of magic in The Wizard of Kharathad is the best I have ever read. Seriously. If his training had not been abruptly interrupted, I feel that I would have learned some magic just reading about it. I realize I haven't told you much about the story itself, but that is on purpose. The Wizard of Kharathad is full of twists, turns, and surprises. I would be doing the author and readers a disservice to spoil any of them.
- Ray Simmons, Readers' Favorite
The Wizard of Kharathad by Matia ben Ephraim takes the reader on an adventure that can by all rights be called epic (take note authors who call their 200-page novel "epic"). The Wizard of Kharathad is like a gem with many different facets. It's not a novel for people who like fast-paced action, overdone romance, or flat characters (you'll find neither here). It was a relaxing read, yet also exciting in parts. To me, a wonderful combination, and the kind of book you want to sit under a tree with on a lovely day.
- Kim Anisi, Readers' Favorite
In The Wizard of Kharathad: Tales of Dogalas, the young author Matia ben Ephraim provides her readers with an engrossing and absolutely intriguing story of fantasy fiction that will have them reading way longer into the night than they had ever planned. I loved The Wizard of Kharathad. Loved. It. How's that for a review? Well, it's truly how I felt about this book. It's hard to believe that this amazing story was written by such a young author, and it's obvious that this young woman has a lot to offer the literary world. I highly recommend The Wizard of Kharathad, and will definitely be keeping my eyes out for more from the incredibly talented author Matia ben Ephraim. With talent like hers, it's unlikely that she will remain undiscovered for long!
- Tracy Slowiak, Readers' Favorite
In an epic new read by a young and obviously talented new author, The Wizard of Kharathad is a book that will suck young readers in almost from the very first pages. Matia ben Ephraim has done a great job in creating characters that her readers will relate to, connect with and care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her world creation abilities are simply second to none, and coming from such a young voice in the genre of fantasy, this is really saying a lot. I am pleased to highly recommend The Wizard of Kharathad, and hope that author Matia ben Ephraim is already hard at work on her next book. If it's anything like this one, it will absolutely be worth the read.
- Chris Fischer, Readers' Favorite
Weighing in at a little over 750 pages, this book delivers an encompassing fantasy world that follows in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien and George R.R. Martin. Ben Ephraim's kingdoms are full of magic and mystery, and she does an admirable job of constructing multiple cultures with different languages, foods, belief systems, and traditions. The author is at her best during her first contact stories, such as when Dogalas encounters the gyontar and must survive an unusual feast. Dogalas is a likable protagonist, and his unknown (though surely promising) parentage and background present a tantalizing enigma.
From the Back Cover
Raised on a farmstead situated a few miles outside the town of Kharathad, Dogalas was a young man solid and true, just like all Kharathidian men were brought up to be. It was a common practice that lads between sixteen and eighteen springs of age would go to train under the wise Wizard of the Tower, in order to become semizards; men who would travel the world for a year on their Journey, helping others and gaining fame through use of their magical abilities - until they would gain the zardor and become true wizards, to settle in a town of their own and train new semizards in their place. Dogalas, forever curious as to the detailed workings of magic, intended to follow in their footsteps and find out for himself what it meant to be a semizard. Little did he know the perils that awaited him on his path, the secrets that abounded in his own past...and the hidden destiny of his future. Enter a world of mystery and magic, replete with incredible creatures (from gnomes to dragons and beyond), enchanting characters, diverse locations, and unlock the door to the magic within with The Wizard of Kharathad - the book that keeps on living.
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The story had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book.
The book description says it all; ‘Raised on a farmstead situated a few miles outside the town of Kharathad, Dogalas was a young man solid and true, just like all Kharathidian men were brought up to be. It was a common practice that lads between sixteen and eighteen springs of age would go to train under the wise Wizard of the Tower, in order to become semizards; men who would travel the world for a year on their Journey, helping others and gaining fame through use of their magical abilities - until they would gain the zardor and become true wizards, to settle in a town of their own and train new semizards in their place. Dogalas, forever curious as to the detailed workings of magic, intended to follow in their footsteps and find out for himself what it meant to be a semizard. Little did he know the perils that awaited him on his path, the secrets that abounded in his own past...and the hidden destiny of his future. Enter a world of mystery and magic, replete with incredible creatures (from gnomes to dragons and beyond), enchanting characters, diverse locations, and unlock the door to the magic within with The Wizard of Kharathad...’
This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a spellbinding journey! It should be noted that this is not a fast paced fantasy tale. It has almost 800 pages, consequently making this quite a meaty read. What’s even more astonishing is that it was authored by a 17-year-old!
It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader!
I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Matia ben Ephraim in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.
Dogalas aboard his horse Sandstorm were on the way to the Wizard’s Tower.
There Dogalas would attend wizard school.
Haber Bertraimbe (stout innkeeper) greeted him at The Crown & Bole inn.
Dogalas finally had arrived in Kharathad at the Wizard’s Tower & was greeted by Master Găbriel (wizard).
His 1st. task pulling weeds & hoeing soil.
He began his academic studies & laundry must be added to his chore list.
Master Găbriel’s strong advice; discipline & tackle the obstacles that will lie ahead of you expecte/unexpected.
At the Harvesting Festival, he met the majority of the town folks.
They were all delight in the feast, drink & competitive festivities such as: Skillman's Games & Team Trials that were being held.
Later the techniques of magic were finally taught to Dogalas.
The Day of Gratitude would be held & next Allamundág (All Men's Day).
The 10 Keys to Haven the sacred oath was taught to him next.
Dogalas’ & Sandstorm (horse) journey & adventures, & the villagers he would meet throughout the land would now begin.
King Dorshukalf Walberdorym (Protector of the Fortress, Majesty of Harfang) had also given his blessing to the young lad.
Some of the King & Queen of Kharathad & Alphaeria & Prince Caelein’s staff are: Olisandre Cavonil Royal Advisor, Finneian Riolley resident tutor, Treymaine Cleorik history tutor), Rossone Beyirdel music instructor), Mistress Seihana NeVinne chamberlain), Gallagher Durreloni butler), Colede Keney attendant), & Orinwin Deiscel attendant).
The other Elgaenor Manor staff are: Derri O'Shaye bath maid), Tulliea Murnette laundress), Jenetta, Erraine kitchen maid), Orinwin kitchen maid), Aurinda table ward), Lunder gardener), Gallagher gardener), & Diylon Belifor stable hand).
The Renéotadlia (book) was getting quite worn/tattered from reading.
What does the future hold for Dogalas?
Journeys take a lot of words in a book. Maybe a little long, but I stuck with it.
The cool hand drawings & maps should have been turned the other way. Color would have been nice but I understand expenses.
A huge complete descriptive list of the characters at the end would have been appreciated.
J.R.R. Tolkien's books were mind boggling to me. Not sure I grasped any of them. There will only be 1 of him ever!
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own.
A very awesome book cover, cool hand drawings & maps, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written fantasy book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge, huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great fantasy movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. To be continued? Even with my -, I’m not going to take off points. That said I will still rate it at 5 stars.
Thank you for the free Author; PDF book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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