The first reviews for SPFBO2017 are up, and while The Grey Mage was one of the first eliminated, Jared from Pornokitsch has left a nice review.
The Grey Mage by Aidan Hennessy. Aelzandar, an outcast elf, boldly escapes from slavery, and, at the point of recapture, is saved by a pair of wizards. They take him to their master – the Grey Mage. Cassian is the third-most powerful wizard in the land (I envision this like the old index card-based ‘ladder’ hinging in a school gym), and so-called because he refuses to join with either the White or Black mages, preferring to further his own ambitions. Aelzandar fits in with Cassian’s crew as a cook, steward and general dogsbody, giving him ample opportunity to observe and admire his master’s adventures. The initial set-up is a slightly false steer, as Aelzandar is largely a blank (he has his own Special Destiny woven in, and it has a role at the end, but he’s actually more interesting as a neutral observer). The magic system is pleasantly abstract, and has Lovecraftian elements that help showcase exactly how weird and unknowable magic can be. The Grey Mage is a quick read, and a light one.
Click here to see the post in full, along with the other 25 eliminated contenders, and the four semi-finalists.