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Reviewed by Karen Hesson for Readers' Favorite
The Wand Chronicles: The Prequel by Michael Ross sets up the context for all of the following full-length Wand Chronicles novels. It also includes an excerpt from each of the first three Wand Chronicles books. This prequel is set in the year 2087 on a post-apocalyptic earth. It explains how the earth and society that we know today were drastically altered by climate change. The earth is very close to being destroyed by humans altogether. Then we learn of an ancient Elvish dimension called Lanikeea, which has been watching humans and studying their way of life from the beginning. The elves and humans share many similarities and differences, but the elves are far more advanced. Soon the Earthen and Elvish dimensions will collide.
The Wand Chronicles Prequel was intriguing to read. It paints a concise picture of the worlds you will be entering should you choose to continue on and read the full-length novels. I also enjoyed getting a sample of Michael Ross’s writing style. His writing is clear, easy to follow, and filled with fantastic descriptions. It was easy for me to conjure up images in my mind of the magical beings described even before seeing the included illustrations at the end. The concept of The Wand Chronicles feels like a fresh and creative mix of post-apocalypse and fantasy. It’s not the same tired fantasy story that we’ve been told over and over again. The Wand Chronicles: The Prequel was a great way to pique my curiosity about the series, and I look forward to reading more.