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on July 29, 2013 :
In The Wizard of the Golden Star A.L. Mabelson has created a fantasy world and characters that lend themselves to a series of books. In fact, that is what has happened.
The Island World is threatened and the youngster, Arii, must learn the magic and mystery of the Wizards of the Golden Star in order to fulfil his dream of conquering the evil beast Gwaum.
Sounds pretty simplistic doesn’t it?
It isn’t. The story draws the reader into a world rife with conflict and situations to overcome. Relationships are created and grown. The arc of the main protagonist, Arii, is believable and exciting. The legend builds as the narrative unfolds.
In my view, there was room to develop the characters and their relationships further, but the way the book is written moves the story along quickly. I would have liked to see more information on the training that Arii was given for his tests.
This truly was a fun book to read. I look forward to reading the others parts of the novel, The Rise of Gwaum, Promise of the White Rock and the final installment in the series, and The Covenant. I love the way this book left me wanting to grab the next.
The only negative comment I have is in regards to the proofreading, or lack thereof. There were several stypos or errors along with a few mistakes in the consistency of the text.
That being said, there was nothing that would cause me to dissuade anyone from reading The Wizard of the Golden Star. As a matter of fact, for those who enjoy this kind of fantasy work, I recommend it.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)