on Aug. 6, 2013 :
Accidental Sorcerers was an easy, enjoyable read, something I could pick up and read a scene or a chapter during work breaks or before bed. It’s short, the first in a series of novellas, and I look forward to reading more about Mik and Sura in the next books.
As far as plot goes, the book reads like a series of connected short stories, which I liked. It reminded me of The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman in that regard. My favorite chapters (without giving anything away) were toward the end of the book, when the main characters get to visit with other young apprentices. I love the magic-school setting, and I hope to see more interaction between the apprentices in future books.
The characters are interesting, and the romance between Mik and Sura is sweet—and though my prudish sensibilities have me squirming at twelve and thirteen year olds talking about sex, I know that it’s realistic, and I commend the author for not shying away from that.
I really loved the magic in the story, especially how the sorcerers only did the hand-waving and chanting with their spells because that’s what the common folk expect of magic-users. Also, the author did a good job of creating a magic system that wasn’t bogged down with too many rules, yet still had limitations.
All in all, it was a good read, and I really look forward to reading the next book Water and Chaos.
(reviewed 7 months after purchase)
Helen A. Howell
on Feb. 6, 2013 :
I had the pleasure of first meeting these characters when Larry Kollar showed them in a serial on his website. So I was extra pleased to see them come together in this novella.
We join Mik, just an ordinary boy, when his homeland is being invaded by an enemy army. Mik along with his friend Robi decide to use the words from a children’s rhyme to attempt to wake an Ice Dragon and get it to help make the invaders retreat. Not only is he successful he actually survives the ritual, and it agrees to help him. Mik has become an Accidental Sorcerer. What he doesn’t know though is that he’s suppose to put the dragon back to sleep when its task is finished, and more than that, he has no idea how to do it. His failure to do so would result in the dragon’s death so the dragon threatens him with the loss of his own life if he cannot do it. The young lad goes with the dragon in search of the Sorcerer Bailer the Blue in the hopes of he can help him find the right spell. Mik learns what is needed and dispels the dragon. Bailer sees in the boy a talent for magic, and takes him on as his apprentice along with his own daughter Sura. So begins the adventure….
I’ll not tell you anymore, so as not to spoil the tale. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens next.
Larry Kollar has created some believable characters in this story. He weaves their lives expertly together as they journey through their different adventures and meet the challenges they must face, in order to learn and grow both as people and as sorcerers.
Kollar has written a story that captures your imagination within the world of these characters, where magic is part of the everyday life, but not to be used lightly. He has us join Mik and Sura the two young apprentices as they both come of age and experience friendship, first love and a sense of allegiance to their mentor Bailar the Blue.
Accidental Sorcerers is a coming of age story. For the hero Mik it’s about finding himself and his purpose in life but also it’s about friendship and loyalty and those first twangs of youthful love.
I see this as a great book for fantasy lovers. If you like Sorcerers, Ice Dragons, and adventure, then this is a book for you.
(reviewed the day of purchase)