Review: ‘Wizard of Ends, Book One’ by Vanessa Finaughty

“Wizard of Ends, Book One” by Vanessa Finaughty

To Be Released on: 9 October 2014 (Added: Buy this Book on Smashwords or iBooks)
I received this ARC free in exchange for an honest review.

Description: When Lashlor Leaflin offers to escort Queen Narraki Dragonsbaneto the Jeltar Woods, he’s unwittingly caught up in a magical adventure of the type he would rather not have.

The sorceress Assassa believes the Land of Ends to be rightfully hers, but King Lanaran refuses to hand over his crown. In retaliation, the sorceress conjures creatures of darkness to hunt the queen and end her life. Lashlor helps where he can, but it isn’t easy with the Guards of Ends who protect the queen constantly accusing him of being a fake wizard.

A confrontation with Assassa will be the death of him, Lashlor is certain. However, the king insists on his help and it soon becomes apparent that he may have no choice.

Review: This story is a little tough to write a review for, or at least figure out a proper rating.

Here’s my initial and overall thought: this story would have been REALLY AWESOME…if it had been about twice as long. Now, anyone who reads my Author Ego’s books knows that I don’t write long books and I like quick resolutions, so I’m generally the last reviewer to come down on someone about this, but I can’t avoid it here.

The story starts off in the action from the first page, but then lots and lots of things happens very close together in a short span of pages. It’s just all so much and so fast. We don’t get as much time as I’d like for the characterization that really makes a story epic, but the basics were all there. Lashlor was a good character (even if he was obnoxiously passive at times) and the others were good too.

The king and queen come across as rather rash and naive, but the rashness could just be because of how fast the story goes.

But…it’s well written, the basics of good characters and good plot and fun setting and magic are all there. But it’s just way too much too fast, and would benefit from being notably longer, and yet…despite that, I did enjoy it a lot. So…I guess better too fast than too slow. I’m going to give this 4 Fireballs, because I did like it. If it had been longer and still as gripping, it would’ve gotten a 5.

4 Fireballs

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One Response
  1. Thanks for the lovely review; I appreciate it and am glad that you enjoyed the book overall :)

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