Young Adult Fantasy: THE FIRST DARK SORCERER Book Review
An awkward wizard. An aspiring ballerina. And a dark god with a wicked vendetta.
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About The Book:
Title: THE FIRST DARK SORCERER
Author: Abby Arthur
Pub. Date: August 22, 2022
Publisher: Abby Arthur
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
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Clyde Blitzkurr is devastated. Rejected by every reputable magic academy in the realm, this seventeen-year-old aspiring wizard resolves to make his sister’s dream come true. But things take a turn when a demon tries to kill him. Aylee Blitzkurr’s deepest desire is at hand. Accepted to the most prestigious dance academy, this sixteen-year-old ballerina is a breath away from becoming a principal dancer. But when her brother’s life is threatened, and ghosts start leaving cryptic messages, fighting for Clyde’s wellbeing takes precedence. The siblings begin to uncover dangerous secrets connecting them to a vengeful god. Neither is safe. Clyde must grasp the untapped power he possesses. Aylee must discover the courage to face her darkest fears. If they do not, they will lose more than their lives … they will miss their destiny. And the realms are counting on them. Phantom of the Opera meets Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel in this young adult epic fantasy! Escape to a world imbued with magic and the paranormal. Find mermaids, demons, dragon shifters, elves, wizards, sorcery, and a healthy dose of fantastical ballet. This exciting book for teens is for boys, girls, and everyone in between.
A selection of comments left by Amazon reviewers. "This is a must read for any fantasy lover!" "A well-written page turner full of unexpected twists" "You will enjoy the magic, demons, and epic battles with swords and sorcery." "I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!!!! The style of this book is out of this world. I love that I was able to picture myself in the book while all of this happened." "I can really appreciate how well this book was written. The characters are interesting and intriquing, and the plot keeps you guessing." "The world is very magical, and it's the perfect beach read." "The descriptions and world building were dynamic. The dialogue was great. The characters bounced off each other. I recommend this to fans of anime and epic fantasy." "It is very well written book. Character[s] come to life right off the page." "I loved the steampunk vibe to this book [...] enjoyed the magic, demons and epic battles with swords and sorcery." "Seriously, the author did a great job creating a super interesting setting."
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I give THE FIRST DARK SORCERER ⭐⭐⭐1/2!
This book is lively and a fun combination of Steampunk with fantasy. The story is told through Clyde, and his sister Aylee. Their parents are both gone, one died in the ghost wars and the other is still serving, which means Clyde raised his sister and supports her dancing career. He's a sorcerer that has trouble casting spells and has been rejected from all the magic schools. This dynamic and relationship between these two siblings are interesting to me because it reminds me of Manga storylines, where you question how close their relationship really is.
The action happens within the first two chapters where we meet many characters and learn about how dangerous it is to live in their world, which is full of demons who hunt them at night. I loved the wide range of characters and discovering each new realm.
While I enjoyed the story and epic battles there were some slow spots in the book that was tough for me to get through. But that could just be me. Also, I felt Aylee's character was a little cliche to me, a ballet dancer, who relies on her big brother to care for her. I wanted Aylee to be a little stronger, maybe use some of those dance moves to karate chop some demons. Maybe that's coming in book 2.
Overall, this was a great story with unique, interesting characters set in a beautiful world.
About Abby Arthur:
Abby Arthur is absolutely obsessed with writing teen fantasy and mildly enjoys sleeping, eating, and breathing. She spends the majority of her time lost in an imaginary world of glowing magic and dastardly dragons.
When she’s not writing, she’s illustrating characters and watching Asian shows or Marvel movies.
Abby’s books combine magic, action, swords, and dragons with a healthy dose of sarcasm.
She started winning writing contests and getting published in newspapers when she was just sixteen.
Her magic portal is located in a small town in Iowa, protected by herself, her husband, and their son.
For more info on Abby and her books check out her site: abbyarthur.com
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