Melanie Moon at Reader’s Favorite has posted a new review for The Grey Mage:
The Grey Mage by Aidan Hennessy pulls you in immediately with the pursuit of an escaped elf, Aelzandar, by his Qardleean slavers. Though a short read, The Grey Mage isn’t lacking in action, well-defined characters or interesting plot developments. It’s a novella you could read in one evening and want to read again.
Check out the full review here.
Review for The Grey Mage from Esmerelda Weatherwax Report.
I liked this one, it’s a nice short story that was a welcome change from a few doorstoppers I’ve just finished. It was part of Pornokitsch’s grouping and has been eliminated already.
There’s a bunch of reviews in that link, The Grey Mage is in there though.
I also really like this cover.
Bingo: Self Published, Non Human Protagonist
The book opens with the main character running from slavers, he’s an elf who’s been captured after being thrown out of his country by his father. His father has disowned him because he’s unable to use the Art which is this worlds magic system.
He ends up being employed by The Grey Mage who’s exploring an archaeological dig looking for ancient relics, they end up finding secret passage ways and ancient things people haven’t seen in generations.
There’s also a war going on between the White Wizard and the…
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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.
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