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.