The Circle of Sorcerers: A Mages of Bloodmyr Novel: Book #1

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When Laedron Telpist's sorcery training is interrupted by a knock on the door, what once seemed a proper profession must now be hidden. In a world where priests and mages vie for the limitless power of the elements and a new Grand Vicar has sworn death to all sorcerers, Laedron is tossed into a nightmare which would see his destruction at every turn. More
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About Brian Kittrell

Brian Kittrell is a speculative fiction novelist and storyteller. Publications include the Mages of Bloodmyr series, consisting of The Circle of Sorcerers (2011, Late Nite) and The Consuls of the Vicariate (2012, Late Nite), The Immortals of Myrdwyer (2012, Late Nite), and The Mages of Bloodmyr Omnibus (2012, Late Nite); and the Survivor Chronicles second edition forthcoming in 2012.

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Review by: crpgnut on March 09, 2014 :
Why read this? This book has a lot of magic use, so this book is best for those who love spells being flung around and can forgive the main characters falling in with just the right people, every time, to make their quest succeed.

Pretty good book, although strangers seem to trust everyone way too quickly in the book and there isn't enough struggle between acts. It's not easy to get a ship, for instance, when a war is about to start, yet the first ship boarded is the perfect one, the fastest at the harbor, etc.

The female, Val, at the end of the book is falling for the main character, with almost zero reason to do so. While the book is fantasy, there really is no sense of building a relationship at all. Extremely weak in almost all areas of emotion but very strong in action scenes.

The book was free though and based on the cost this is 4 stars. 3 stars if you have to pay anything. Might be a good candidate for the $1.99 bracket.
(review of free book)

Review by: Dam Good Publishing on Aug. 05, 2012 :
This is a real toughie. On one hand, I loved it. Brian Kittrell has a beautiful writing style and a rich world full of interesting characters. However it’s less modern, more traditional fantasy. I would say if you like things like the original Hobbit or Lord of the Rings where it took some time before they even started the journey, then this might be for you. Today, books tend to move a little faster, but this book doesn’t. I read this book a little each day, trying to keep up with it. It was good, after all, simply slow. It started to speed up later in the book, and after it speeds up it does get good! You meet other situations like helping thieves and meeting old friends again. Taking it on with magic.
The magic for war actually reminded me of Final Fantasy. Where on their turn, a magic caster could cast magic on an ally to increase protection, or to help their ability in some way.

Overall, the book was good. The beginning set it up nicely, we got to see what kind of personality our hero had which, wasn’t as outgoing as the usual. I also REALLY loved his teacher. Oh, she was like a breath of fresh air in the story.

I am going to give the book a III since it was hard to keep going. I don’t know if I want to try the second book yet compared to how long the first one took. But, there is a chance, especially since I am guessing the slow beginning is over.

I received a copy of this ebook for review on April 3, 2012 in exchange for an honest review.
(review of free book)

Review by: Marilyn Velez on July 28, 2012 :
I received the second book in this series through members giveaway, and the author generously gave me the first book in the series. I liked the culture that the author presented in this series. The differences leading to war between the mages and the heraldans, and how that happened seemed well developed. The main character, Laedron, was well-rounded, but some of the minor characters could have used some more development. Some of the dialogue between the characters felt a little awkward, and the pacing of the book seemd uneven. Some of the action sequences happened much to fast, while other section seemed paced too slow. Overall, though, I did enjoy this world and its people, and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series.
(review of free book)

Review by: ilexx 011 on May 09, 2012 :
Wow- a gem of a novel! I read this in two nights- couldn't put it down. The dialogue is natural and the characters are believable. Kittrell has a gift for creating and fleshing out a storyscape in which his characters ebb and flow though both internal and external conflict. He maintains a great balance of *what* story and plot he is telling, with *how* he tells it. Many authors concentrate on the latter and we the readers end up drowning in a sea of adjectives. Not so here. I felt my perceptions of the protagonist shift from like, to distaste, to worry, and back to like again. I am beginning the sequel tonight- I hope he brings it like he did with this one! (I received this book via a LibraryThing giveaway in exchange for an honest review).
(review of free book)

Review by: rhonda laney on May 08, 2012 :
4 STARS
The Circle of Sorcerers is the first book of A Mage of Bloomyr
Novel. The second book is now out and I plan to read it next.
I enjoyed reading it and had a hard time not finshing it last night.
Laedron is 16 year old mage, who is from a small village. Laedron
is planning to go to get more training to be a mage.
Laedron's Mother is a mage and his sister Laren is practicing so she to can go to mage school.
Marac is his best friend, 15 and broke up with his sister who wanted to
get married but the parents wanted them to wait.
Mages get along and are welcomed in the land till a new Leader for
the church wants them all killed.
In just a few moments their world was changed and they went to war.
Laedron had only days training with his teacher. Their is so much he
does not know.
Its a exciting story but I am glad the next book is already out so I can continue
the adventure without waiting.
I was given this ebook from Librarything in exchange for honest review.
2011 PUB Late Nite Books
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Andrea on Dec. 29, 2011 :
I really enjoyed this fantasy novel. It is the story of 16 year old Laedron who is going away for mage training. He gets caught up in the beginnings of a war between the Sorbian mages and the Heraldan priests. I haven't read a fantasy in a long time and I quite enjoyed this one which I read in just 2 days. The storyline flowed so smoothly and the characters were well developed. I felt the background/landscape could have been described a little bit more. The book ended rather abruptly and has left me waiting to read the next book to see what will happen with Laedron and the Knights of the Shimmering Dawn. I received this book through a member giveaway program in exchange for a review.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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