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This is an alternate-cover edition for B00OPBURQC. When a young boy Syrdan arrives to a mythical city of Averot’h, everything seems perfect. Both humans and wizards live here in peace and harmony, four Spires shine brightly high in the skies, wizards cruise the air on their tephirs and an Arena, a place of a magic tournament, is just amazing… But within the City of Mages, so This is an alternate-cover edition for B00OPBURQC. When a young boy Syrdan arrives to a mythical city of Averot’h, everything seems perfect. Both humans and wizards live here in peace and harmony, four Spires shine brightly high in the skies, wizards cruise the air on their tephirs and an Arena, a place of a magic tournament, is just amazing… But within the City of Mages, something is badly wrong. What was meant to be a brief trip turns into a battle to save his brother, his new love and his own life from the most powerful of mages… An entertaining young adult novella from a unique fantasy world is just the first book of the Averot’h saga.


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This is an alternate-cover edition for B00OPBURQC. When a young boy Syrdan arrives to a mythical city of Averot’h, everything seems perfect. Both humans and wizards live here in peace and harmony, four Spires shine brightly high in the skies, wizards cruise the air on their tephirs and an Arena, a place of a magic tournament, is just amazing… But within the City of Mages, so This is an alternate-cover edition for B00OPBURQC. When a young boy Syrdan arrives to a mythical city of Averot’h, everything seems perfect. Both humans and wizards live here in peace and harmony, four Spires shine brightly high in the skies, wizards cruise the air on their tephirs and an Arena, a place of a magic tournament, is just amazing… But within the City of Mages, something is badly wrong. What was meant to be a brief trip turns into a battle to save his brother, his new love and his own life from the most powerful of mages… An entertaining young adult novella from a unique fantasy world is just the first book of the Averot’h saga.

30 review for The City of Wizards

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    This would have been a much better book if the author had not tried to contain it all in so few pages. I am not usually one to recommend padding but in this case so much was left out! The result was that the reader was left short changed by the world building and that the main character went from being an ordinary child to an incredibly talented wizard in the space of a few minutes. I even felt the need to check that my Kindle was not malfunctioning and leaving out whole chapters. So basically th This would have been a much better book if the author had not tried to contain it all in so few pages. I am not usually one to recommend padding but in this case so much was left out! The result was that the reader was left short changed by the world building and that the main character went from being an ordinary child to an incredibly talented wizard in the space of a few minutes. I even felt the need to check that my Kindle was not malfunctioning and leaving out whole chapters. So basically there was a good story,interesting ideas and some entertaining characters but all of them insufficiently developed. The ending was a cliff hanger regarding one of the main characters but I am not sure that I will pursue it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nelou Keramati

    I only read up to page 71 of this novella, and the following opinions are reflected upon those pages only: First and foremost, I want to commend the author's imagination. There was a lot of color in this novella, and surprisingly, I was most taken by his descriptions of edibles. I loved how they were similar enough for the reader to almost be able to taste, but different enough to put a fresh spin on some favorites. It definitely made me feel like this sort of food exists in a world of magic. I al I only read up to page 71 of this novella, and the following opinions are reflected upon those pages only: First and foremost, I want to commend the author's imagination. There was a lot of color in this novella, and surprisingly, I was most taken by his descriptions of edibles. I loved how they were similar enough for the reader to almost be able to taste, but different enough to put a fresh spin on some favorites. It definitely made me feel like this sort of food exists in a world of magic. I also liked the feelings the book incited. I felt the magic. And when the protagonist was speaking of a public square clock, I immediately envisioned Prague from my trip in 2013, and later found out the author is Czech, so kudos on that! Now onto some critique, which I sincerely hope will help the author and the narrative: This should not have been a novella. 120 pages is far too short for a fantasy genre where world-building is essential. And a novella concerned with magic definitely requires the magic system to be explained, which I felt was not done, or was inconsistent. For example, the protagonist goes from thinking he is an ordinary human, to suddenly snapping his fingers and being bewildered by the outcome. It made the protagonist appear as a consequence of other people's actions and of circumstance, not his own convictions. I.e. he was rendered passive, which made him hard to root for. Far too many complicated words: (De'ren, Ka'tan, li'eree, Cid'rel, Ol'wen, akkar, Gokhor, Troggyr, Rotah, Averot'h, Tor'lak, Jigra... And these are only some of the words I came across in only one chapter. And I still don't know what a Tephir is. Just that it flies. And I think it's alive.) Words that are very difficult to pronounce, and even harder to remember. Words attributed to things, places, and concepts which were indistinguishable because none were fleshed out. Half the time, I had no idea whether I was reading about a person or a thing; who the person is, or what the thing does. And when introducing something in a book, I feel it should be described/explained right away if the author is to make countless more references to it. Characters: For one thing, far too many of them. More than the Game of Thrones, and keep in mind, this was a novella, 68% of which I read. Characters, like the protagonist's brother, were focused on far too much (although the right amount in absolute terms. Everything else should have been far more fleshed out than the brother). I could envision him way better than the protagonist, even though he isn't a consequential character and but a vehicle to commence the story with. Also, far too many characters were introduced and done away with within paragraphs. There is no way a reader can keep track of all these people, nor should they, because they vanish as soon as they came. POV: the story is told from the protagonist's perspective, who is new to the world of magic, and supposedly knows little of it. And yet, when he is speaking to the readers about what he sees, his POV appears omniscient, referring to strangers by their first name. And he also assumes the readers know who and what he is talking about when he does refer to them. Setting: There were references made to modern culture which confused me as to what era this book is based in. The dialects are old-world English, and yet there are far too many contemporary slangs/idioms you'd expect of modern teenagers. Protagonist: I had no idea how old he was. Not a clue. I assumed he was younger than his brother because he was following him around everywhere, which turns out he isn't. Based on this thoughts and way of speaking, I had assumed him to be 13, which brings me to my next point: Sex/intimacy: sinceI was under the impression that the protag is a young teen, the sudden nudity and sexual inferences completely threw me off. Furthermore, the characters have literally JUST met (as in hours), and they are declaring their love for one another for no apparent reason. And not infatuation either; we're talking 'The Notebook' kind of love, which requires simmering. Contrivances: The protag realizes things he cannot possibly know, whenever it's convenient to the plot, while he appears incredibly naive for the remainder of the story. Writing style: Inconsistent. Tag-lines rarely are attached to the person speaking, which meant I often had to guess. It's okay to omit tag-lines if a conversation is flowing, but pressing 'enter' and then writing the tag line is incorrect, and misleading. Some descriptions were very poetic, and I really liked them quite frankly, but then the next sentence is written as though for a preteen audience. Also, certain words were italicized at some times, and not others. It made me confused as to whether they represent plurals now, etc. etc. I could go on, but that would be nit-picking. I didn't intend on writing a review which is predominately critique, but I did so because I feel the author has a fantastic imagination. I'm not sure if the novella was written in English initially, or whether it was translated, but I do think this book could really benefit from multiple rounds of editing. I think it has great potential, and I would like it to be longer so that the confusion can be eliminated. When a creative and imaginative author writes, it can be hard to know how much of what the reader needs to know is implied, and how much of it needs to be explained. So I do hope the author will consider changing this novella to a novel, and if not, to eliminate some of the confounding/confusing info so that the readers are not overwhelmed. I give it 4/5 for creativity and potential, and 2.5/5 for execution.

  3. 4 out of 5

    A.I. Winters

    A highly imaginative and unique fantasy novella in the vein of Games of Thrones/Lord of the Rings. You feel like you're a part of the story from the beginning. The City of Wizards is a very easy and pleasant read. A highly imaginative and unique fantasy novella in the vein of Games of Thrones/Lord of the Rings. You feel like you're a part of the story from the beginning. The City of Wizards is a very easy and pleasant read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Aleksandra

    I was encouraged to read the book by the author, who informed me that it is now free on Amazon. How could I resist such a temptation? At the beginning of the story I thought it was something for children. Really! And it was because of the style of writing - imaginative descriptions like in a tale and the fact that we meet two youngsters who are heading for a tournament in the city where humans and wizards live side by side. BTW, this idea is brilliant, I really liked it that unlike in other stor I was encouraged to read the book by the author, who informed me that it is now free on Amazon. How could I resist such a temptation? At the beginning of the story I thought it was something for children. Really! And it was because of the style of writing - imaginative descriptions like in a tale and the fact that we meet two youngsters who are heading for a tournament in the city where humans and wizards live side by side. BTW, this idea is brilliant, I really liked it that unlike in other stories about magic, they are able to cooperate and live in peace. But it turned out to be slightly different. Meh... And the other thing I find exceptional is how you tell somebody is a wizard. It was cool. But back to the topic! How incorrect I was about it. Here we have Tephirs who are fed with human flesh and a lot of death. Later on we receive more action and combats, but also lose that imagination, infantility and loveliness I adored. But letting our imagination run wild is not always a good thing to do. I had a feeling that Syrdan is too powerful to be real. He defeated many Ka'tans, which was quite untrustworthy, because just few days earlier he discovered he is actually a wizard and it was just few days he practised magic. Nonetheless, The City of Wizards was a good read and I enjoyed most of the story. Too bad, it was so short, I couldn't befriend protagonists. Sorry for all grammar and vocabulary mistakes ;'D

  5. 4 out of 5

    Emsy

    I'm sorry but, no. The ideas are there, I can see them. But everything else is just not worth it. I didn't understand half of what I was reading, I know it's a story about wizards but I didn't know you had to use magic yourself to understand the story! Too fast, too little explanation, too many things left unsaid for the reader to fully appreciate what is going on. I think it could have been an interesting book, if only it was unfolded better: 100 pages to introduce a fantasy world, characters, h I'm sorry but, no. The ideas are there, I can see them. But everything else is just not worth it. I didn't understand half of what I was reading, I know it's a story about wizards but I didn't know you had to use magic yourself to understand the story! Too fast, too little explanation, too many things left unsaid for the reader to fully appreciate what is going on. I think it could have been an interesting book, if only it was unfolded better: 100 pages to introduce a fantasy world, characters, history, and actually make something happen are clearly not enough. And please, Syrdan and Elisa have known each other for 1 day and they are already madly in love?

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosemary Standeven

    This book has the potential to be great. All the main fantasy themes are there: wizards; magical creatures; cure-all herbs; tournaments and trials; a young adopted farm boy with a hitherto unsuspected destiny to fulfil; a beautiful maiden for love interest; constant peril … The back story of the world is that the two distinct races, wizards and humans, have coexisted in peace in the magical city of Averot’h since their alliance to destroy the dragons, who were laying waste to both their communiti This book has the potential to be great. All the main fantasy themes are there: wizards; magical creatures; cure-all herbs; tournaments and trials; a young adopted farm boy with a hitherto unsuspected destiny to fulfil; a beautiful maiden for love interest; constant peril … The back story of the world is that the two distinct races, wizards and humans, have coexisted in peace in the magical city of Averot’h since their alliance to destroy the dragons, who were laying waste to both their communities. Every four years a tournament of magic takes place there. Wizards and enchanters can try their luck in the truels (duels for three), and the ultimate winner is offered a place on the ruling wizard council, conditional on passing the perilous Trial of the Three Elements. The hero (and narrator), Syrdan, accompanies his brother, Lokmi, to Averot’h, where Lokmi hopes to find success in the tournament, despite having minimal magical talent. Of course, the peace of Averot’h is not all that it seems, and Syrdan must discover who and what he really is to escape the machinations of the evil behind the facade. The relationship between the two brothers is very believable and well developed – actually all the relationships between the main characters are excellently portrayed, in particular the burgeoning love affair between Syrdan and Elisa. The city and the surroundings are well described and leap into life. The magical creatures, the tephirs, who transport the wizards around are a wonderful invention – a real improvement on broomsticks or magic carpets. In fact, each little facet of the story is very well crafted. The problem is that the little sections just don’t hang together very well. The action jumps precipitously from one situation to the next without clear linking. I can cope with a young wizard suddenly acquiring the magical skills and duelling experience of a top sorcerer overnight, but I need to know by what device this has happened. Often the “how” is missing, and sometimes the “why”. There is so much going on in this story, and it needs a lot more space to do it justice. It could easily fill a tome of at least three times the length. Despite these niggles, this is a fast paced, action-packed fantasy adventure with likeable and noble heroes, and enough twists to keep you on your toes.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: City of Wizards Author: George Mazurek Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I was asked by George to take a look at this book when it was free on Kindle. First off, wow, George is great at creating a sense of adventure. I found myself flying through the book and was just hooked on the world that City of Wizards created. The descriptions were just wow and it just really threw the reader into the world. I could just picture the events in my head. This book should not have been a novella. There is just w Book: City of Wizards Author: George Mazurek Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars I was asked by George to take a look at this book when it was free on Kindle. First off, wow, George is great at creating a sense of adventure. I found myself flying through the book and was just hooked on the world that City of Wizards created. The descriptions were just wow and it just really threw the reader into the world. I could just picture the events in my head. This book should not have been a novella. There is just way too much going on for 123 pages to cover it. At times, it felt really choppy and that there was just too much. This book could have easily been 300-400 pages. I normally do not say this, but there just was not enough time to a proper world building. I think that with some more pages, this would have been a five star book. Keeping with the trend that it was too much for so few pages. While I did like the characters, there were just too many. It was really difficult for me to keep them all straight. Number one, it is really hard to develop this many characters in so few pages. I really do get that. Number two, the fact that the names were so hard to remember, made it next to impossible for me to remember who was who and what their role was in the story. Plus, the main character was really passive. He just seemed to act like the reader should know what is going on without really talking about it. The creative nature of the writer is what save this book from getting a lower rating. Everything is here to make a great fantasy novel. It just need to either be longer or have some things cut from it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mike Siedschlag

    I was offered a free ecopy of The City of Wizards by George Mazurek for review. Brilliant person that I am, I downloaded the book on the wrong day and wound up paying for it (I rarely pay for it). Fortunately for all concerned, The City of Wizards was worth it. As the title implies the story is tale of magic. Not sword and sorcery because... no swords! Even with out swords there is plenty of action in this fairly short quick read. There is also romance, troubled of course. There is even a Wrestle I was offered a free ecopy of The City of Wizards by George Mazurek for review. Brilliant person that I am, I downloaded the book on the wrong day and wound up paying for it (I rarely pay for it). Fortunately for all concerned, The City of Wizards was worth it. As the title implies the story is tale of magic. Not sword and sorcery because... no swords! Even with out swords there is plenty of action in this fairly short quick read. There is also romance, troubled of course. There is even a Wrestlemania style magic competition (Wizardmania?) The City of Wizards is a nice story if you don't feel ready to commit several days to a longer book. It moves quickly to ARGGHH! a cliffhanger ending! There are obviously more installments to come, and I for one am interested in how the main story is resolved. Lovers of magic, action, romance, intrigue and justice will not be disappointed by The City of Wizards. The disappointment (and it's minor) for me comes from the length of the book. Many important details are glossed over; the history of the main character for one, and, the city of Averot'h itself. It felt like a lot was sacrificed for brevity. Advice for author George Mazurek, slow down. You have a good story here, take the time to flesh it out more. Both for the characters, and the world you're creating. I'm confident your audience will stick with you through a longer work. I know I will. Enjoy! Mike

  9. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne

    This was a lot shorter then I thought it was going to be and I think the story suffered for it. Everything felt quite a bit rushed and I felt that a lot of details were missing. There was so much information wrapped up into this little package and my head is swimming with all of it. Despite that the details that were given regarding the magical world this book takes place in were very imaginative and fun. It was a fun quick read but it didn’t leave me with much of a lasting impact. The main char This was a lot shorter then I thought it was going to be and I think the story suffered for it. Everything felt quite a bit rushed and I felt that a lot of details were missing. There was so much information wrapped up into this little package and my head is swimming with all of it. Despite that the details that were given regarding the magical world this book takes place in were very imaginative and fun. It was a fun quick read but it didn’t leave me with much of a lasting impact. The main character was interesting, but I had a hard time rooting for him because I don’t think I ever got a feel for who he really was. His circumstances changed so quickly through out the story that it almost felt like everything he accomplished was handed to him on a silver platter. It made him feel a bit like a Gary Stu (male version of a Mary Sue) to me. I plan on reading the next book, eventually, because I am curious to see what happens. Hopefully I will have more invested in the characters because they will have grown on me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Woodman York

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book has a good foundation to be a great book. Good story line potential. However, I felt that much of it was a bit rushed. In one paragraph, the main character is trapped in a tunnel and sees a crack in the side. And in the next paragraph, the character has already made it back to his inn, washed, acquired new clothes, and meeting with another character. More detail would have made this a very good book. Also, could have used a bit of proof reading, as there were grammar and punctuation mi This book has a good foundation to be a great book. Good story line potential. However, I felt that much of it was a bit rushed. In one paragraph, the main character is trapped in a tunnel and sees a crack in the side. And in the next paragraph, the character has already made it back to his inn, washed, acquired new clothes, and meeting with another character. More detail would have made this a very good book. Also, could have used a bit of proof reading, as there were grammar and punctuation mistakes, that unfortunately, my brain picks up on. Entertaining overall, in it's simplicity, but because it left me wanting more in the way of the story, I only gave it three stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Krystal

    I tried, I really tried. The story is there but the writing is so terrible I was forcing myself to read it. If the author is a child this is a decent effort but this is a great example of why I don't recommend self-publishing. Once again I feel pretty awful giving such a terrible review when this was a free copy in exchange for an honest review. But I am honest, and I could not read more than halfway. I was initially intrigued by the blurb and by the short word count, assuming I would finish it I tried, I really tried. The story is there but the writing is so terrible I was forcing myself to read it. If the author is a child this is a decent effort but this is a great example of why I don't recommend self-publishing. Once again I feel pretty awful giving such a terrible review when this was a free copy in exchange for an honest review. But I am honest, and I could not read more than halfway. I was initially intrigued by the blurb and by the short word count, assuming I would finish it in a matter of days. (This review is about a month overdue so my sincerest apologies for that.) Unfortunately the word count is bad news for this story; there's far too many ideas (and characters) for a story of such a short length. While things happen quickly, so much could have been omitted to make room for a stronger storyline and greater characterisation. I liked the ideas and the creativity is certainly there but I lost interest after barely a page of bad writing. There is so much more to writing a novel than just having good ideas, and I think that's a mistake many who self-publish make. I think it's good to be rejected by a publisher or two, because it makes you humble, and go back and refine your work. Beyond the story itself, I get the sense that the author has a limited grasp of English grammar so if he intends to continue writing I'd recommend he either write in his native tongue and get a professional to translate or take a course in basic grammar. My major issue was all those ellipses - completely unnecessary. If this was the creative writing assignment of someone 8-10yrs old, I'd be giving it high marks because it is creative and some pretty cool ideas. But it has obvious cliches and stereotypes and seems far too amateur to be considered publishable. As a novella, I can't give it more than one star but I do hope the author continues to refine his style and overcome these obstacles because the imagination is certainly there.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Drishti

    When I picked up this book, the first thing that struck me was the writing style. It was too... childish? I don't know if it was because this book is a translation (?), but I have read other translations. And never has the writing style put me off in such a way! Then there was the insta love. All it takes for Syrdan and Elisa to fall in love is one meeting! Even though all Elisa did was be irritated at Syrdan during this meeting! I felt like some things in this book were very inconsistent. An exam When I picked up this book, the first thing that struck me was the writing style. It was too... childish? I don't know if it was because this book is a translation (?), but I have read other translations. And never has the writing style put me off in such a way! Then there was the insta love. All it takes for Syrdan and Elisa to fall in love is one meeting! Even though all Elisa did was be irritated at Syrdan during this meeting! I felt like some things in this book were very inconsistent. An example: I started this book thinking it was for a YA audience. The writing style spoke otherwise, so I thought that perhaps this book was for preteens. But then, the sex scenes threw me off because, of course, you don't find them in middle grade books, do you? Conclusion: I'm still confused about the target audience of this book. Now on to the world building aka the most important part of any high fantasy book... Most of the world building in this book happened in info dumps. IMHO, info dumps are something authors should steer clear of because these are a big turn-off for many readers (me included). The characters... too many of them were introduced and done with within the course of a few paragraphs. What I would have liked was for the author to flesh them out and let the readers understand them. Because that's what we readers love! To be honest, this book has a lot of potential. It definitely has. But what it needs is some editing to help it realize the said potential.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelle Perry

    The City of Wizards is a story of wizards and humans of the city of AveRot’h. It is about a young farmer named Syrdan who has come to the city to watch his foster brother compete in a wizard tournament. While there he meets a young woman who opens his eyes to what is really happening in the city and helps him unravel the mystery of his parentage, giving him a chance to claim his destiny. I enjoyed getting to know the world of AveRot’h. The complex relationships throughout the tale were a challeng The City of Wizards is a story of wizards and humans of the city of AveRot’h. It is about a young farmer named Syrdan who has come to the city to watch his foster brother compete in a wizard tournament. While there he meets a young woman who opens his eyes to what is really happening in the city and helps him unravel the mystery of his parentage, giving him a chance to claim his destiny. I enjoyed getting to know the world of AveRot’h. The complex relationships throughout the tale were a challenge to keep up with. The mounting division between wizards and human was matched only by the internal politicking of the wizard factions. The tournament provided an appropriate background to the real battles taking place in the dark places and high towers of the city. I do think that perhaps some things moved a bit fast. The love story might have benefitted from at least a few more days of heating up and Syrdan coming into his own was not surprising except that one day he was a human farmer and the next he the wizard nemesis of dark wizards that all powerful wizards and humans feared and was quite capable without any training at all. All in all, I will definitely look forward to the sequels to see where Syr’Dan’s adventures take him.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gustav Tarras madsen

    I was so lucky to get a free copy by on amazon. Well my first impression was really good, it was a fine introduction, and the storyline was overall really good. It was one of the shorter stories i have read over the years, and maybe therefore, i hoped that it was longer when it was done. The descriptions of characters and the different scenes and landscapes was not overwhelming, but not that detailed either, which i missed a little. Syrdan is a nice characters with an original background story, I was so lucky to get a free copy by on amazon. Well my first impression was really good, it was a fine introduction, and the storyline was overall really good. It was one of the shorter stories i have read over the years, and maybe therefore, i hoped that it was longer when it was done. The descriptions of characters and the different scenes and landscapes was not overwhelming, but not that detailed either, which i missed a little. Syrdan is a nice characters with an original background story, and of course born with special powers that he develop when the story moves on. But it went to fast, he learns to use them over what is days, from a surprised farmer boy, to the world’s most powerful wizard (warlock). The universe is nice, and the creatures are both original and some total new. Well now I’m just waiting for the next one.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tomas Grizzly

    Better 4. Very quick read. Story of a young man that has a hidden magical talent and needs to save the world from a war between humans and wizards while learning what is happening on the go. Due to the short length, it all happens quite fast. For those wanting a quick read, this might be good one.

  16. 4 out of 5

    E.M. McIntyre

    The City of Wizards by Czech author George Mazurek is an enjoyable and unique fantasy novella. The city of Averot'h, the main setting of the story, is governed by four bodies, each represented by a spire or tower. This creates a complex battle for power, which the citizens seem to be unaware of. This work is full of imaginative characters and original ideas and I look forward to the next step in Syrdan's path. A good Sunday afternoon read for young adults and up. The City of Wizards by Czech author George Mazurek is an enjoyable and unique fantasy novella. The city of Averot'h, the main setting of the story, is governed by four bodies, each represented by a spire or tower. This creates a complex battle for power, which the citizens seem to be unaware of. This work is full of imaginative characters and original ideas and I look forward to the next step in Syrdan's path. A good Sunday afternoon read for young adults and up.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ian

    A decent enough story but there is enough here for a five hundred page saga, not a 100-odd page novella. That means that things inevitably feel rushed, the hero goes from zero to powerfully competent in the blink of an eye, love is instantaneous, deaths occur in next to no time and the climactic battle feels perfunctory. Honestly it's quite decent with traditional sword and sorcery ideas and feel, but it could have been so much more. A decent enough story but there is enough here for a five hundred page saga, not a 100-odd page novella. That means that things inevitably feel rushed, the hero goes from zero to powerfully competent in the blink of an eye, love is instantaneous, deaths occur in next to no time and the climactic battle feels perfunctory. Honestly it's quite decent with traditional sword and sorcery ideas and feel, but it could have been so much more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wende

    Some books start off with bang and halfway through it fizzles out. Not this book. It was fast-paced and it never gave you a chance to catch your breath. Syrdan was a young farmer that had a surprising bloodline he knew nothing about. He had magic coursing through him. He meets Elisa (the one thing I didn't like) and they almost instantly fall in love. I will admit the ending is a cliffhanger so not my cup of tea. The book though is a wonderful blend of fantasy and the world building is great. Some books start off with bang and halfway through it fizzles out. Not this book. It was fast-paced and it never gave you a chance to catch your breath. Syrdan was a young farmer that had a surprising bloodline he knew nothing about. He had magic coursing through him. He meets Elisa (the one thing I didn't like) and they almost instantly fall in love. I will admit the ending is a cliffhanger so not my cup of tea. The book though is a wonderful blend of fantasy and the world building is great.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marcia Whitley

    Good reading I truly enjoy a good fantasy book and this is one of them. From the first page you have a chance to meet many characters, then the balancing of each one's position and part are formed. It has a quick storyline, but you don't loose track of it. I have to look up the others in this series, because I'm very interested in seeing this through to the end. Good reading I truly enjoy a good fantasy book and this is one of them. From the first page you have a chance to meet many characters, then the balancing of each one's position and part are formed. It has a quick storyline, but you don't loose track of it. I have to look up the others in this series, because I'm very interested in seeing this through to the end.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dionne

    This was a great book. I enjoyed reading it. In fact, it was one of those books I couldn't put down until the end. I loved the main character. He really works for this story. Great imagination and all. This was a great book. I enjoyed reading it. In fact, it was one of those books I couldn't put down until the end. I loved the main character. He really works for this story. Great imagination and all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stefani

    I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Very promising start and interesting world even though some part were a little too complicated. I'd definitely be interested in reading the next books...especially after that ending. I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Very promising start and interesting world even though some part were a little too complicated. I'd definitely be interested in reading the next books...especially after that ending.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Elisa Panjang

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading the book. It was an easy read, managed to finish it less than 3 hours. There were few pages sounded a little bit dull, but overall the book was good. Four stars.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cheré

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Some of the grammar in the book is off, but considering Englsh is not George's first language, and the fact that despite the grammatical flaws I still could not put the book down, I was pulled into the story and was disappointed when I suddenly read "the end" - I want more! Some of the grammar in the book is off, but considering Englsh is not George's first language, and the fact that despite the grammatical flaws I still could not put the book down, I was pulled into the story and was disappointed when I suddenly read "the end" - I want more!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Denisé

    it's very interesting! it's very interesting!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Dionne

    This was a great story. I look forward to reading more along with reading this story over and over again. It was that good.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Kathleen

    Fun, fast-paced and easy to read. I only wish it was longer so some of the story lines could have more development and natural progress. Free on Amazon until January 25! Go check it out!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Megadethine

    It's not a bad book or a good one either. Just everything happens so fast. In less than hundred pages, a guy from nowhere without nothing get the girl, the power and the whole city. It's not that badly writing but everything it's so predictable we can get bored easily, and it's getting disapointed somehow. And seriously three books for the whole story? Stop with trilogy, here it's definitely pointless It's not a bad book or a good one either. Just everything happens so fast. In less than hundred pages, a guy from nowhere without nothing get the girl, the power and the whole city. It's not that badly writing but everything it's so predictable we can get bored easily, and it's getting disapointed somehow. And seriously three books for the whole story? Stop with trilogy, here it's definitely pointless

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kir

    This book, this story, needs way, way more pages (!!!) The pace of the story itself is just too fast which means the characters end up being somewhat... unrelatable, which is a shame. I genuinely think it good have been a great story - it just needs more space to unfold!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Magda Żmijan

    That was a strange story. Short read, barely 128 pages, but it’s full of excitement. The speed in which the story progresses is both good and bad. The good part is that you can finish it fast and not get bored. The bad is that I wish I had some slower moments to take a breath, get to know the place and the characters and I’m not getting a chance. I kind of wished I liked this story more. I was approached by the author through Goodreads and asked to read and review the book. It was an Amazon freeb That was a strange story. Short read, barely 128 pages, but it’s full of excitement. The speed in which the story progresses is both good and bad. The good part is that you can finish it fast and not get bored. The bad is that I wish I had some slower moments to take a breath, get to know the place and the characters and I’m not getting a chance. I kind of wished I liked this story more. I was approached by the author through Goodreads and asked to read and review the book. It was an Amazon freebie at the time, so I thought “why not”. Plus the story has some good reviews, so maybe I just read it at a wrong time? Anyway, when I’ve started reading it seemed like nothing special. At about 30% the story started to be… well I could describe my reading experience in emots at this point or shoutouts. It went pretty much like this: [eyroll] – I actually did that, even though I was reading in a train [whaaat?] [righ, because you didn’t know that’s comming] – that was a sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it [eyroll again] [well, obviously!] [oh, no she didn’t!] [SERIOUSLY?!?] [riiiight… of course he loves you, after all, you know each other for almost 3 FREAKIN’ DAYS] I could go on like this, but I think you get the idea:/. At this point, I’m starting to think I should’ve written a separate post for this review… This story has a potential, but it seems like it doesn’t use it. Yes, there were many things that bothered me here, like the instant love and sudden coming to power and the many unexplained world elements and… anyway, it had also some good parts, I’d really like to know a bit more about this magic system because it seemed quite interesting. The more I think about this story the less sure I am why so many people liked it and I haven’t? Maybe you could read it and tell me your thoughts? check my reviews at https://maginibooks.wordpress.com/201...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    The City of Wizards was a very entertaining read. It combined all the elements of classic epic fantasy, action, adventure, and romance into a story of only one hundred pages. Mr. Mazurek has a very vivid imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed the world building evident in each page of this novel. He hits on the elements of politics, history, and even social matters. Syrdan was a good main character. I like the first persona narrative because it was easier for the reader to tag along for the journey a The City of Wizards was a very entertaining read. It combined all the elements of classic epic fantasy, action, adventure, and romance into a story of only one hundred pages. Mr. Mazurek has a very vivid imagination. I thoroughly enjoyed the world building evident in each page of this novel. He hits on the elements of politics, history, and even social matters. Syrdan was a good main character. I like the first persona narrative because it was easier for the reader to tag along for the journey as Sydran learns more and more about the city of Averot'h and himself. Overall, the only thing I didn't like was the length. With such a rich foundation and so much to explore, I feel like more time could have been spent on setting the up scenes. I would've liked to see Syrdan grow into his powers instead of them becoming instantaneous. This easily could've been a coming of age story, and as the series continues I hope the author puts more focus on Syrdan's internal struggles. That way he appears more real to the readers. If you're looking for a lite, fantasy read that is quick to drawn you in, this would be it! Thank you to the author for giving me chance to read this book! This review and others are posted on my website megandentnagle.com

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