Worldwalker Book One (The Worldwalker Saga)

Fiction - Magic/Wizardry
505 Pages
Reviewed on 07/03/2023
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Author Biography

Andrew Christian has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since childhood. He is a Computer Scientist who spent twenty years in the technology sector building internet solutions for the Financial Services sector. Given his Computer Science background, he was unfulfilled with many modern fantasies that rarely explain their physical rules, leading to implausible miracle saves that feel artificial.

Magelord was written as a fusion of magic fantasy and science based rules, governed by logic and modernized by near future tech. Magelord explores themes of power, conflict, intrigue, maturity, romance, betrayal and paradox. Andrew Christian is a fan of anime, motorcycles, tattoos, and computer gaming. He is currently working on the next volume of the Worldwalker Saga, with an expected release date of early 2024. He lives in the US with his family.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Magelord is the first book in The Worldwalker Saga by Andrew Christian. Devon had some pretty big shoes to fill. With Alexander Mason as his greatfather, Devon knew he had his whole life before him just to prove his worth. That did not mean he was not ready for the challenge; he just chose to stay away from the politics and the chaos it created. Alexander, the Magelord, was prepared to test Devon and his cousin Corinne and their abilities. Devon and Corinne succeeded in impressing Alexander and showed how together they could be the most powerful beings in all of Anion. But power attracts enemies, and soon they will realize how vulnerable they could be if they don’t stick together. While their bond provided them with power, it also restricted them. As the perfect pair to take the Throne, Devon and Corinne would have to fight the enemies and come out of the ordeal victorious.

An epic fantasy with plenty of action, adventure, and entertainment, Magelord was the perfect weekend novel. Author Andrew Christian ensured his readers enjoyed Magelord with plenty of plot, character development, and believable story arcs. The narrative style is very comfortable yet very entertaining at the same time. I had an adrenaline rush just by reading. I loved the characters and their incredible journeys. At first, I thought Devon was running away from his responsibilities, but that changed as the author gave more insight into Devon’s mind. Corinne, on the other hand, was the sure one. She knew what her bond and connection with Devon meant and was almost always ready for what was about to come. The descriptions were transportive and almost sensory. I felt everything Andrew described and felt like a part of the universe. The background building was incredible, and it was remarkable how everything felt so real! I cannot wait to see what happens next, especially after that ending!

Stephanie Chapman

The fantasy novel Magelord by Andrew Christian, which is narrated by Devon Mason, follows his development into Northridge's Magelord. Devon and his cousin Corrine are being tested to summon the Veil of Chaos, an ability to traverse across the five known worlds. After Corrine’s test, Devon is stunned by how aggressive his great father becomes. Later, the Provus explains his action. Many question Devon’s ability to become a Magelord, and he learns he isn’t the only one who the Provus is considering as his successor. As an important deadline lurks in the future, Devon has to prove whether he is capable of the heavy responsibility as a leader. He also has to prove to his challengers that he can be their superior.

Andrew Christian built intense suspense with unpredictable twists in Devon’s story and I was in awe of Earth’s technological advancements. AVA, the name of the artificial intelligence system, made me wish for its efficiency in housework. Harold, an AI attachment Devon wore, was funny when it states that Devon appeared to be talking to himself since nobody else could hear Harold. The connection Devon had with Corrine grew into something I had never expected. Every description of the supporting characters was vivid. I had no problem envisioning the obese Filbert the Fleet, Malkin Mason, and the terrifying Lynette. When Devon faced several unsettling issues, any allies he had were questionable. The shocking conclusion of the book left it open for a sequel that I am eager to read. I recommend Magelord to readers who enjoy reading suspenseful fantasy books with magic and technology complementing each other.

K.C. Finn

Magelord: Worldwalker Book I (The Worldwalker Saga) incorporates fantasy, magic, and adventure. The work is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by Andrew Christian. In this atmospheric and immersive series opening novel, we are introduced to a world of politics, magic, property, and battles when the heir apparent to the powerful title of Magelord is suddenly challenged. Devon did not set out to contest the throne with Malkin when he accidentally invoked the Veils of Chaos, but once he had brought such powerful forces to the fore, he became the target of a whole load of trouble.

Andrew Christian presents an original and intriguing concept for this work that will immediately hook readers into an exciting plot filled with death threats, adventure, power politics, and mysterious magic. One of the standout features for me was Lord Devon’s journey of growth and self-discovery, which takes center stage as he’s put to the test by danger from every angle. I liked the balance of dialogue that helps the world to stay pseudo-historical and in keeping with the fantasy of it all. It is also smooth and accessible with a modern attitude and humor underpinning the exchanges between the characters. As a fantasy epic, it packs a punch with a lot of content. The work also flows with a speedy pace, broken up nicely with plenty of variety between exposition, suspense, all-out action, and personal dramatic moments. I would not hesitate to recommend Magelord to fantasy fans everywhere, and I cannot wait to see where this saga leads.

Jamie Michele

In Magelord by Andrew Christian, Devon is the great-grandson of a line of Magelords, who unexpectedly summons the interdimensional Veils of Chaos during a magical festival, challenging his half-brother Malkin's ambitions for the throne. Devon's power lands him on Earth but it is a place where technology reigns over magic. Devon juggles romance with his cousin Corinne and other women and tackles a conspiracy around another brother's death. Faced with political unrest, romantic entanglements, and challenges to his power, Devon steps into his role as the future Magelord, hiding the supposed death of Corinne. His rule after Provus's death is marred by power struggles and deceit, leading to a dark revelation by the Timeweaver.

Andrew Christian's Magelord offers an intriguing reading experience, often taking me by surprise with its unpredictable storyline. I got a chuckle out of E-cigarettes in a fantasy – a genre notorious for medieval fare - and in Devon's exploration of life on Earth Christian gives some unexpected dashes of recognizable mod-cons. Magelord has romance that is sexually heavy with explicit descriptions of women's bodies that blur the lines between standard adult and something a bit more risqué. No erotica but sizzle aplenty. Magelord is book number one in The Worldwalker Saga and the story ends on a monumental cliffhanger. However, if Christian proceeds with the same high level of imagination as he has here, given what was revealed, the next book should be even better.

Asher Syed

Magelord by Andrew Christian is the first book in The Worldwalker Saga and begins as descendants of Magelord Alexander Mason, Devon and Corinne, unexpectedly harness the family's realm-traversing power. Devon, identified as the Provus's potential successor, lives on Earth, struggling with diminishing magic but adapting to technology. Devon uncovers a conspiracy and is wrongly accused of fratricide after his brother Jonus's death. He investigates alongside the Provus and clears his name, but faces a duel with half-brother Malkin to determine the next Magelord. Devon and Corinne consider making Earth their permanent home, but after Corinne disappears, Devon must mourn while still navigating his legacy and political obligations. From beginning to end, Devon transitions between several relationships, and love becomes almost as large an obstacle as all else. When Devon becomes Magelord after a grave loss, trouble mounts, and he is faced with an onslaught of threats, including treachery from Malkin. In a surreal landscape, a final revelation leaves Devon up against the potential for the most horrific outcome yet, and a cliffhanger ending leaves readers gasping for more.

In Magelord by Andrew Christian, the transformation of Devon from a regular participant in the Examination Festival to the Magelord of Northridge is really well executed. Despite his initial struggles with diminished magical abilities, his adaptation to Earth and subsequent return to Anion is a sign of a solid growth arc and feels organic in the time given and the trials he goes through to evolve. This extends to the way Christian weaves threads of magic, power struggles, and complex relationships into a fully engrossing narrative. I wasn't super thrilled by the romantic aspects because they did diminish Devon's likeability as a character and the consideration toward the women, and in particular Daphne, could have been handled more delicately and realistically. That said and especially with regard to Daphne, Cynthia, and Corinne, the women are essential to Devon's journey. The world-building of Earth, Anion, and Janis, with their unique systems, culture, and magic, serve as vital backdrops to an already dynamic story. Overall, Magelord is a solid debut to Christian's series and I am sure those who enjoy speculative fiction will agree.