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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Ephraim's Curious Device is Book 2 of Lita Burke's epic fantasy series, The Clockpunk Wizard. Kadmeion, a young wizard, and Sir Bright, his Metal-Man and companion, have been summoned by Lord Hissallumieon of Mevil City. When they get there, the lord and his wizard, Nob, inform them of the quest Lord Hissallumieon needs them to complete. They are to retrieve for him the legendary Ephraim's Curious Device. Kadmeion tries to decline the task, explaining that the device is no more than a myth, but the lord is adamant that his guest take on the job. When Kadmeion learns that Furgo, his cyanothrope, is being held hostage, he reluctantly agrees to the quest. Hissalumieon provides the pair with a map created by Ephraim himself to guide them to the Device.
Lita Burke's epic fantasy novella, Ephraim's Curious Device: Clockpunk Wizard, Book 2 can be read on its own, but I strongly recommend that readers new to this series start with the first book, Forever Boy. The Clockpunk Wizard series is a marvelous and magical melding of steampunk with epic fantasy that is fresh, original and really quite exciting. Kadmeion and Sir Bright are the consummate questing companions, and their exploits in search of Ephraim's Curious Device bring them into close contact with an inspired array of mythological beings, including the Fraus Oracle that demands sacrifices in exchange for information, but would really rather converse about kittens, dragons and a fearsome tribe of harpies. I was enchanted when I read the first book in this series, but was quite thrilled to discover that the magic, camaraderie and adventure just gets better. Ephraim's Curious Device: Clockpunk Wizard, Book 2, is most highly recommended.