Zahid's Tale

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Zahid Irsinmantal is a wizard running out of energy. In order to recharge himself, and to gain new powers, he agrees to explore the Isle of Dreams, a deadly place with many entrances and no known exits. Travelling with him are two old friends who harbor an ugly secret which will threaten their mission and bring them close to death again and again. More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 105,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465759351
About Randal Doering

Randal Doering has a B.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an M.A. in anthropology from Cal State East Bay. He has published a couple dozen short stories in token markets and semi-pro magazines and has won honorable mention in the "Writers of the Future" contest. Recently he won a finalist slot in the San Diego Book Awards, for his fantasy novel "Pax Azteca."

Randal has a web site at Here you can find out more about his other novels and collections of short stories. His email address is: You can let him know what you think about his stories.

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Review by: Alan Tucker on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Zahid's Tale is a sure bet for lovers of high or epic fantasy. Doering has crafted a detailed world in which the energy and emotions of memory power the forces of magic.

Zahid is a wizard whose desire for a more pastoral life led him away from the Academy where he'd spent the majority of his life studying magic. He has a new wife and home in a small village, and is respected by the community. Zahid and his wife wish to start a family, but a recent raid on the village has cast doubts in his mind regarding his ability to defend the family he desires.

The Academy draws Zahid reluctantly back, with the help of a precocious friend, Kalan, and the promise of enough power to keep his family safe from harm in the future.

The story is alive with magic, friendship, political intrigue, and action. Doering has written characters full of life and complexity that draw the reader in to the experience. His writing style is smooth and detailed, bringing each scene into sharp focus. I look forward to more work from him in the future!
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)

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