The Wizard of the Golden Star

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The beast Gwaum emerged from the dark forest and devoured Arii’s family.
Arii fled into the forest. His uncle Nerza rescued him and raised him.
Under the tutelage of his uncle, the wizard Nerza, Arii worked hard to earn the staff and wand of the greatest of wizard orders. His magic quest took him to many lands. He endured many trials to learn the craft and lore required to complete his quest.. More

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About A. E. Mableson

Writer of both fantasy short stories and novels the bulk of A. E. Mableson's tales deal with the magical realm of Island World. The epic adventure fantasy series Tales of Island World relates the history of this unfortunate world. Island World lives under the curse of the evil creature Gwaum.
Born of fire in the ancient realm of Napoli, Gwaum grew in power until he became stronger than his master, the Wizard Darnay. His first meal was to devour an unfortunate young woman. This fueled a desire for the taste of human flesh that consumed the monster.
The epic fantasy adventure series Tales of Island World begins with the novella, Wizard of the Golden Star. Arii was the greatest Wizard of the Golden Star of all the ages. He arises in the forests of Island World as the monster Gwaum holds sway over the land. As a young boy he watched, horrified, as Gwaum devoured his family as he picked red berries for his mother to turn into a delicious pie.
His uncle, sensing a premonition that something was wrong, finds the young boy hiding in the forest. He adopts Arii and teaches him wizard craft. Thus begins the epic struggle as Arii seeks to destroy the monster that destroyed his family.
The first phase of the history of Island World continues with the next three tales of this series. These include The Rise of Gwaum, The Promise of the White Rock and The Covenant. Bound together in a single novel, these novellas form The Tale of the White Rock.
The Tale of the White Rock is the beginning novel in the series Tales of Island World. The series chronicles tales that which encompass the history of that faraway, mystical land.

J. R. R. Tolkien’s masterful Lord of the Rings books captured A. E. Mableson’s imagination. He then sought to create his own fantasy world. This culminated in the writing of Tales of Island World. Mossy Feet Books hopes that you will enjoy the epic adventure fantasy creations in the novels of A. E. Mableson.

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Review by: Norm Hamilton 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)

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