Early Review: A Meddle of Wizards (Fledgling Magic #1) by Alexandra Rushe

January 8, 2018 Review 0

Early Review: A Meddle of Wizards (Fledgling Magic #1) by Alexandra RusheA Meddle of Wizards by Alexandra Rushe
Series: Fledgling Magic #1
Published by Rebel Base Books on January 9, 2018
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 342
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

Welcome to Tandara, where gods are fickle, nightmares are real, and trolls make excellent bakers . . .

Raine Stewart is convinced she’ll die young and alone in Alabama, the victim of a chronic, mysterious illness. Until a man in a shabby cloak steps out of her mirror and demands her help to defeat a bloodthirsty wizard.

Raine shrugs it off as a hallucination—just one more insult from her failing body—and orders her intruder to take a hike. But the handsome figment of her imagination won’t take no for an answer, and kidnaps her anyway, launching her into a world of utmost danger—and urgent purpose.

Ruled by unpredictable gods and unstable nations, Tandara is a land of shapeshifters and weather-workers, queens and legends. Ravenous monsters and greedy bounty hunters patrol unforgiving mountains. Riverboats pulled by sea-cattle trade down broad waterways. And creatures of nightmare stalk Raine herself, vicious in the pursuit of her blood.

But Raine isn’t helpless or alone. She’s part of a band as resourceful as it is odd: a mage-shy warrior, a tattered wizard, a tenderhearted giant, and a prickly troll sorceress. Her new friends swear she has powers of her own. If she can stay under their protection, she might just live long enough to find out . . .

While enjoyable and fun, A MEDDLE OF WIZARDS had its issues. At times it felt derivative and overly complicated, like the author was trying a little too hard to make it Serious Fantasy. Still, I liked reading it, and I am curious about the next book in the series.

What I think was done best in A MEDDLE OF WIZARDS were the characters. Raine, Gertie, Bree and Mauric were all interesting, with complex backstories and layers to their personalities. For being pulled into a situation/world she didn't know existed, Raine does an excellent job of coping and I liked her for her fearlessness, while also remaining realistic - she missed warm baths and modern conveniences like I think anybody would!

There were scenes that felt a lot like other fantasy books, however - like when Raine was shopping for her wizard's stone, it felt like I was reading the wand scene from Harry Potter. And there were times when the world building felt like there were plot points being thrown in to make things a bit more complicated. The names were slightly ridiculous and I expected the whole thing to be slightly more light-hearted and humorous than it was. Not that it wasn't funny at times, but it just wasn't what I was expecting.

Overall, A MEDDLE OF WIZARDS is a fairly good opening salvo for the Fledgling Magic series, and I know that I'll be picking up the next volume when it comes out.

Series Titles:
  1. A Meddle of Wizards
  2. A Muddle of Magic
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