Forever Boy

Clockpunk Wizard Book 1

Fiction - Fantasy - General
51 Pages
Reviewed on 01/29/2015
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Author Biography

I am LITA BURKE, an indie fantasy author. As an avid reader, I enjoy downloading titles by new authors onto my Kindle and reading during my commute on the train. I work a day job and write my fantasy stories early in the morning before the day clutters up my brain.

“Forever Boy” is a fantasy short story about a dog that flees his cruel master, befriends a wizard, and discovers his shapeshifting magic.

I wrote Forever Boy as an introduction to the world I call Clockpunk Wizard. It uses traditional fantasy elements like wizards, spell casting, and dragons. Unlike its related genre of Steampunk, Clockpunk stories are set much earlier in the 1600s, when renaissance thinking is in full bloom. The technology features Leonardo da Vinci, and mechanisms are powered by clockworks instead of steam.

I hope you enjoy Forever Boy. Just watch your step when you board young Wizard Kadmeion’s airship.

    Book Review

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.

Jane Finch

Forever Boy (Clockpunk Wizard Book 1) by Lita Burke is the story of a young dog named Go Fer whose purpose, and that of his fellow dogs, is to dig up the deadly mandrake roots sought by wizards to invoke demons. However, all is not as it should be as Go Fer is led to dig up a mandrake, and the dog runs away. But his life will never be the same again, and it seems he is no longer just a dog. He becomes the familiar to a wizard and his world changes forever as he takes on a new identity and has a life mission to travel to places unknown.

This is my first reading of Clockpunk. At first I was unsure of the world the author, Lita Burke, had created. The work dives straight into the main story without preamble or setting, but once I adjusted to the style I began to settle into the book. It made me realise that a story can work without the traditional expectations of character development or description. It also has the advantage of moving the work along at a greater pace. The dialogue fits the story well and is used to develop the characters rather than descriptive words. This is a fantasy world with hints of magic and demons, and it was only after some way through that I realised there was an airship piloted by the wizard. Being used to a story unfolding, it was slightly surprising to read in a somewhat topsy-turvy order, but what I did find was that by the end I had taken to the characters and would be interested to read more.

Patricia Reding

When the magician, Kadmeion, and his Metal-man assistant, Bright, witness an event at a mandrake plant, they discover a Go Fer dog capable of producing magic in Forever Boy by Lita Burke. After rescuing the animal and bringing it to their ship, then bathing it, and cleaning its wounds, Kadmeion and Bright are dismayed when the Go Fer dog escapes. But after the dog, who it turns out can speak (and is something more than just a dog), discusses the matter with the ship’s Machine, the dog returns to the magician and his assistant. There, he learns his true identity and is named Furgo. Upon discovering that he must return to, and be released by, his former master before he may join up with Kadmeion and Bright for good (and as a wizard’s familiar), the three come up with a plan for dealing with the evil pellar who would have allowed Furgo to die at the mandrake plant.

Forever Boy is a very short read. While it resolves the immediate issue of Furgo’s identity and sets the stage for future stories, it is not a work that will engage a reader for many hours. Even so, for those looking for a quick getaway, Forever Boy fits the bill. Lita Burke has created a “clockwork punk” world (like a science fiction tale in an earlier period with fantasy elements) that is both unique and inhabited by unusual characters. If you are in for a different sort of tale that includes some traditional fantasy principles, take a look at Forever Boy.