Topaz and the Evil Wizard

Rated 4.33/5 based on 7 reviews
Fairy and Elf children have been disappearing from the peaceful Kingdom of Knownotten. Topaz, an unusual cat with special conjure powers is determined to find out why. He's joined by friends who want to help him solve the mystery. But it's up to the big cat alone to learn how to use his untested abilities to protect the future of the kingdom and its inhabitants from harm. More

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About Pat Frayne

About the Author:
Pat Frayne, a native of Philadelphia, is a grandmother, writer, and retired registered nurse. She lives in a small town in Northern Arizona with her husband, Ron and their adopted black lab, Charlie. Pat writes fast-paced adventure mysteries about an unusual cat with unique magical powers. Although written for entertainment, there is a strong emphasis on the value of friendship and loyalty. Her books are enjoyed by parents, grandparents, and children alike.

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Review by: MaryAnn Koopmann on Aug. 29, 2013 :
The plot is simple, with the story always having a happy ending, such as they lived happily ever after. What a charmer! A decidedly diverting novel with plenty of action and . . . laugh-out-loud reading pleasure. I highly recommend this book! Not just for the younger audience, but adults as well; and my Aunt (who is quite a few years my senior) enjoyed them as well. This book will make you wish you too could share in the fantastic world of the enchanted Topaz brings. I would give this book a ten if I could!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: annette vellenga on Aug. 28, 2013 :
This is a book written for children, so as I read it I kept that in mind, would I want my son to read this book? And if I did, what questions might I want him to have. I received this book free in order to give my honest thoughts on it.

I found myself overall interested in the story.

It is a book about a cat with special powers, who is a friend of the king, who discovers children are going missing in the kingdom. As he finds out why they have gone missing he learns that their evil nemesis has somehow made a return and needs to be defeated again. The animals and fairies need to work together to defeat the evil wizard Dominance.

Would I recommend this book to others to read?

I don't know. It may just be me but I wasn't overly impressed. I read the book because I promised that i would do so, but if it had been one borrowed from the library I most likely would have just returned it unfinished. I didn't feel captured by any of the characters and really didn't care to know how it finished. (It does finish with good triumphing over evil).

Morally, a good story. Teaches the value of team work, shows how one needs to grow into their abilities and then USE them, that sometimes one needs to realize you are put into a position for reasons beyond yourself and you need to then step up to the plate. I have to say that there are a lot of positives in the book... and it's not a bad story. It's more for me that the style of author didn't mesh well with me. :)

Perhaps the style will suit you more, so go out, borrow a copy from the library and see what you think. Perhaps you'll discover a new favourite author! :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Write On! Publishing on Jan. 31, 2012 :
This young adult - pre-teen - novelette is great reading. I enjoyed it immensely, and I'm far from being a teen. The plot was very well thought out, the characterizations were fun, and the turns and twists were unexpected.
I highly recommend this book and all its successors.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: paula carpenter on Jan. 07, 2012 :
Although Topaz and the Evil Wizard is more for tweens and older children I loved this book too. I also enjoyed Ms. Frayne's first book, Tales of Topaz, and I think she's on the right track with this inventive story. Showing that we can find the courage and strength within ourselves to fight fair the evils in our world whether they are inside us or are others around us is something we should all learn.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ronny Herman de Jong on Jan. 01, 2012 :
Topaz, the last big cat in the Land of Knownotten endowed with magical powers will undoubtedly capture the imagination of children of over 8 years old. However, I can recommend this book to adult readers as well: pick it up when your child puts it down!
Topaz shows adult readers important things about themselves disguised in a cloak of harrowing adventures. It is essential in life to have friends who stand by you. It is important to focus on overcoming fear and guarding yourself against evil; to believe in yourself and to have faith in the inner power that is in each one of us to change the things we can change for the better.
Ronny Herman de Jong, Author of Rising from the Shadow of the Sun.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Donna Piscitelli on Dec. 18, 2011 : (no rating)
Delightful! Pat Frayne’s Topaz and the Evil Wizard is a fun children’s story that allows children to immerse themselves a world where fairies, elves and animals work together to fight evil. Set in mythical Knownotten, Topaz the conjurer cat must save the fairy and elf children from the evil wizard Dominance. A terrific story about the power of good. - Donna Piscitelli, Award Winning Children's Author.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Jim Whitt on Nov. 28, 2011 :
I really liked this book. The version I read was not complete from an editorial standpoint; it still had some rough spots to polish up. I really liked the friendship between Topaz and Otis. I had trouble with the violence level of a couple scenes, but I am very sensitive to that sort of thing. It likely won't bother today's children at all. Besides, Topaz is my wife's and my birthstone. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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