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The Wizard's Son Paperback – November 28, 2009
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About the Author
Kathryn L. Ramage has written for a variety of publications. She wrote essays and reviews for the Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, fiction for Storylandia and two anthologies: "Chase and Other Stories" and "The Tagger and Other Stories." More of her work can be found at www.WapshottPress.com
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And it's a quite well done novel of a boy's coming to age (first major part is set when the protagonist is a young boy, next half is set when he's a older teen, then there's a short afterwards when he's a young adult), the story of a boy who loses his mother at a young age, then is swept off to live with his powerful father. The boy goes from a waterfront slum to a huge castle, slightly reminiscent of Gormengast.
The characters are realistic and well done, with deep and well crafted emotions and conflicts. There's romance, loss, love, reconciliation, anger, and much more.
It's set in a alt-hist world of Norman England, a world where magic, rather than technology rules. This reminded me of the Lord Darcy series a little.
And yes, the Father is a great and powerful wizard (he reminds me a bit of Elric), and Orlan, his son (the protagonist) has great magical potential. We see part of Orlans magical training, and a few instances where his father wields his magical power.
But- there's no dragons slain, no princess rescued, no epic battle scenes, no worlds saved from a Dark Lord. Thus, this may be a very good book for those tired of the "same-old, same-old" and who would like a good novel that has a fantasy setting.
I have rcvd a copy for review.
Dragons are the first image that I think of when I hear the word wizards, but unfortunately there were no such characters in this book. Not that it made it any less exciting and mythical. There may not be any fire breathing dragons, or life altering momentous jousting fights, I still found it quite an interesting read with its coming of age tale between the Wizard and his son as he becomes of age into a lifestyle he never thought he would find himself in.
The Wizards son did not know he was the wizards son or that his future held training and preparation for a life he never saw in his future.
The theme and the book plot was not as entertaining as the characters themselves. I was not as interested in finding out the end of the story, but I was more invested in the characters themselves to find out what was going to happen between them.
I give this book a rating of 3/5
The story is fairly unique in the genre of Fantasy, neither being an Epic adventure such as the Lord of the Rings nor exactly a story of learning such as Harry Potter, despite having elements of apprenticship and learning within it. It is a coming-of-age tale, with a well written non-linear structure that allows Orlan, the wizard's son, to move from childhood to adulthood without the narrative being required to jump between interesting points. The setting of the story, primarily the wizard's home and a nearby city, are described sufficiently well, but certain characters have the potential to be much more developed, particularly ones that are introduced near the end. This is especially true of one of the main character's love interests, whose loss results in a major decision for Orlan. The reader is not as in love with this character as we should be, and so it is harder for us to understandt that decision.
The story, despite being well written, doesn't seem to have any one particular story-arc, except the emotions and feelings of the main character. This is what sets it apart from other fantasy works, and although the idea could seem unappealing to some readers, it is a book that is well worth reading. Although it doesn't have a great physical struggle between good and evil, it discusses the issue in great depth, through the different types of magic and the tumultuous opinions of Orlan, in a way that few authors can do. In addition to this it looks at the themes of self-restraint and human nature, both difficult topics that are incredibly well approached.
While not the most addictive book that I've read, it was a highly interesting and enjoyable read, and I look forwards to reading more of the author's work.