Review: Book: A Reluctant Wizard- A. A. Warne

Title: A Reluctant Wizard

Series: Standalone

Author’s Name: A. A. Warne

Publisher: A. A. Warne

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 458 Pages

ISBN: 978-0648525394

Author or Book Website: Writer | A. A. Warne

Link to Amazon purchase page: The Reluctant Wizard: Warne, A. A.: Books

Link to Goodreads: The Reluctant Wizard by A.A. Warne | Goodreads

Release Date: N/A

How I Got the Book: Review Copy

Summary of the Book:

By day, wizards rule the world. At night, warlocks seek to destroy it. Now, one boy will challenge them both.

Eli never wanted to be a rebel. All he wants is an end to the famine and war threatening his community. To save his mother and baby brother from marauding warlocks, Eli is forced to make a heartbreaking decision. He must travel to Terra Magicae, the mysterious land of the wizards, to study magic. In exchange, the wizards will protect his family, but this protection comes at a price: once Eli enters the Grand Wizardry Academy, he may never come home.

Full of lush landscapes and magical marvels, Terra Magicae is more wondrous than Eli ever imagined… and more dangerous. At first, Eli’s struggles to fit in at the Academy seem ordinary. But the more he questions the wizards, the more he suspects a sinister purpose behind their bizarre rules and tests. For a dark secret lies at the heart of this mystical land, one so terrible it threatens not only the students at the Academy but the lives of everyone Eli loves.

To save them all, Eli must step into the midst of the battle between the wizards and warlocks and defy both sides. He must become the rebel he was always meant to be.

My Personal Review: I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I have read a lot of books that are set at magical academies, but there was something about this one that seemed different. It was gritty and dark. It is about a 12 year old boy that sacrifices almost everything he knows, wishes and his own freedom to keep his family safe. He goes off to a wizardry academy. The more he does to pass the tests and live by there rules he feels there is more going on then he knows. He knew that everything comes with a price and is there times when the price might be to high. Even as an adult I really felt for Eli with each new dark secret that came to light.

My Rating of the Book: 4 Stars

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