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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Forever Boy is Book 1 of Lita Burke's Clockpunk Wizard steampunk fantasy series. Kadmeion is a newly trained wizard whose companion, Bright, is a Metal Man, a seventh son and of Elfin heritage. They've gone to witness a mandrake root being animated and freed. In this crude procedure, the dog handler uses a dog to pull the root out of the ground, thereby releasing a demon-animated homunculus. The demon usually kills the dog who freed it, but this time something different happens. The root runs past the dog and kills the handler instead. Kadmeion blames the pellar's faulty magic for this occurrence. When the pellar removes the rope from the dog's neck, the dog growls and bites him; then he runs away. Kadmeion and Bright return to their airship where the dog is waiting for them.
Lita Burke's steampunk fantasy short story, Forever Boy: Clockpunk Wizard, Book 1, is fabulous and filled with magical adventure. Kadmeion is a gentleman wizard, just setting out on his career, with Sir Bright at his side, and their partnership, though quite new, is a marvel to behold. I had some concerns when I began this book as the thought of dogs being murdered is too awful for this devoted companion of animals to imagine, but I was soon relieved when the handler met his just deserts. Go Fer's sudden assimilation of language made the story glow even more for me. Burke's characters are marvelous and beautifully developed, and I soon felt at ease in the world she's carefully constructed. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in her Clockpunk Wizard series and finding out more about my new favorite steampunk adventurers. Forever Boy: Clockpunk Wizard, Book 1 is most highly recommended.