The Wizard of Kharathad

Tales of Dogalas

Fiction - Fantasy - Epic
774 Pages
Reviewed on 07/12/2015
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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite

If you like epic fantasy in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, then do I have a book and writer for you. If you like that feeling of being totally immersed in a wonderful world of long, long ago when life seemed simpler, but at the same time more wondrous and full of magic and adventure, then pick up a copy of The Wizard of Kharathad by Matia ben Ephraim. Matia ben Ephraim lays out the story and the world it happens in beautifully. The writing is exquisite and you want to savor every word. Like all great epics, The Wizard of Kharathad is a quest, a titanic struggle between good and evil.

The protagonist is a very likable young man that I came to admire. Dogalas is a good boy, the son of Howais and Gerdith, a happily married couple who would be considered "salt of the earth" in any culture. The book opens with Dogalas heading off to wizard school, and let me say here that the portrayal of the teaching of magic in The Wizard of Kharathad is the best I have ever read. Seriously. If his training had not been abruptly interrupted, I feel that I would have learned some magic just reading about it. I realize I haven't told you much about the story itself, but that is on purpose. The Wizard of Kharathad is full of twists, turns, and surprises. I would be doing the author and readers a disservice to spoil any of them.

Kim Anisi

The Wizard of Kharathad by Matia ben Ephraim takes the reader on an adventure that can by all rights be called epic (take note authors who call their 200-page novel "epic"). The reader will follow Dogalas, a semizard, on his travels to become a proper wizard. Little did he know what he'd get himself into when he became a wizard's apprentice, and then is sent out into the world a lot sooner than the average semizard. Things become quite adventurous when he runs into a runaway elf boy, has to save the boy's parents, and goes on a journey to find out who his parents really are. There are dragons (you'll have to find out for yourself whether they're friendly or not), mischievous creatures, and of course one or the other dark character that is up to no good!

The Wizard of Kharathad by Matia ben Ephraim is like a gem with many different facets. It's not a novel for people who like fast-paced action, overdone romance, or flat characters (you'll find neither here). You will need a lot of time to read it. Some parts you might find too long, others you might find too short - but no writer can ever get it 100% right for every single reader. I found that most of the time I enjoyed the pace of the plot. It was a relaxing read, yet also exciting in parts. To me, a wonderful combination, and the kind of book you want to sit under a tree with on a lovely day. It is not a perfect book, but considering the age of Matia ben Ephraim, you don't expect perfect. I am sure there's a lot of good still to come from this author! Keep your eyes open!

Chris Fischer

In an epic new read by a young and obviously talented new author, Matia ben Ephraim, The Wizard of Kharathad is a book that will suck young readers in almost from the very first pages. Follow the story of a special young man, Dogalas, as he finds himself on a journey to become a 'semi wizard.' He is on the way from his town of Kharathad, where he was raised on a farm, to find the Wise Wizard of the Tower where he hopes to get the training he needs. But he has no idea of the danger he will face, or what his true destiny really is. If you want to find out, you'll need to dig into this fantastic read as soon as you possibly can!

I very much enjoyed The Wizard of Kharathad. Author Matia ben Ephraim has done a great job in creating characters that her readers will relate to, connect with and care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Her world creation abilities are simply second to none, and coming from such a young voice in the genre of fantasy, this is really saying a lot. Any reader, and especially young adult readers, who enjoy a great work of fantasy, should absolutely give this book a chance. I am pleased to highly recommend The Wizard of Kharathad, and hope that author Matia ben Ephraim is already hard at work on her next book. If it's anything like this one, it will absolutely be worth the read.