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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
I liked The Sorcerer’s Quest by Rain Oxford. As the title implies, it is a traditional quest adventure with magic and all the fantastic beasts and other elements you can expect in this kind of tale. I am a big fan of magical stories so I am always looking for a new writer with a fresh angle on this genre. Rain Oxford is such a writer. I am also on the lookout for new takes on Merlin and the Arthurian legends. Merlin as a wolf certainly qualifies as new. Though this story is not strictly speaking an Arthurian tale, Merlin looms large in a fresh and interesting representation. I liked the contrast between an older and wiser Merlin, and the young and very naive Ayden. They make a pretty good team.
The Sorcerer’s Quest is the first book in a series called The Sorcerer’s Saga. Rain Oxford lays out a very unique world with its own rules and labels concerning magic, and how magic works. I found the tone of The Sorcerer’s Quest refreshing. Though the situation and the plot are serious, there is a strong element of light hearted comedy and irony throughout the book. The characters were done well. The plot keeps the story moving along and the conclusion is not as predictable as you might at first think. Rain Oxford has a light, deft touch, and the writing flows along at a pace perfect for this kind of story. The Sorcerer’s Quest is fresh, and I look forward to following this exciting new series.