Verdict: THE WIZARD'S REDEMPTION tells an interesting story with good characters, but really needs some assistance in order to live up to its full potential.
The story of THE WIZARD’S REDEMPTION begins with a prologue, a battle taking place many years before the main action. In the battle, the wizard Stanwick saves his people from an attacking army, but at the cost of his own sanity and ability to function. As the story moves on, we meet Lord Ethan of Edgemont, the younger son of Edgemont’s ruler, as he begins to find his purpose in life as a fighter and a leader; a shoemaker, Edwin, who must cope with the loss of his beloved wife; a disinherited nobleman named Bennett who makes a living as a tavern bouncer; and a young man named Tadley with strange abilities, offered training by a reclusive wizard. When their country is attacked by an overwhelming force led by a vicious and powerful wizard, each of these people must fight in their own way for what they love, in one final battle for the kingdom itself.
The world here is fairly well designed; it’s a pretty standard medieval fantasy world, with villages, a feudal monarchy, and magic. The characters are well-rooted in their world, each of them with a personal history and context that helps to shape them. They are also generally quite appealing people so it’s easy to want to get to know them better.
However, the book needs editing, and badly. Commas and apostrophes are misused or left out, and misspellings are common (the author consistently spells “surely” as “surly,” and frequently mixes up homophones – “pealing” for “peeling” and “axel” for “axle,” for example). Sentences are frequently incomplete, and the writing is generally clumsy (a character expresses his “pride with” his men, for example, rather than his “pride in” them). The book also spends quite a bit of time lingering over details, settings, and character development, and then comes to a sudden resolution at the end that feels too quick and too easy, leaving the reader feeling a bit cheated.
THE WIZARD’S REDEMPTION tells an interesting story with good characters, but really needs some assistance in order to live up to its full potential.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader.