Wizards of the Mound

Fiction - Fantasy - General
311 Pages
Reviewed on 05/03/2024
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Author Biography

Ray Clifford Martinez II served in the military for 22 years and relocated to Maine. Ray received his MBA from University of Phoenix. Spending much of his time reading, Ray has also been working on his next manuscript, a science fiction piece. As an avid fan of both fantasy and science fiction, Ray continues to create more material on the subject.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

In Wizards of the Mound by Ray Clifford Martinez II, in the continent of Cicpe, The Wizards of the Mound Academy is the most prestigious school for aspiring young mages to learn magic. Lazlo Redthorn, a former judge for King Owain and a powerful mage who previously taught at the academy, now teaches problem students sent by the academy at Bacre Stronghold. But when he learns of his former mentor Ebus Nordau's accidental death during a Spellduel contest, Lazlo suspects foul play. Along with this favorite student, Krazen Drita, Lazlo visits the Mound to investigate the matter. Tansya, a druid, helps Lazlo find the truth. However, an old friend turned foe has escaped from prison and seeks revenge. Lazlo, Krazen, and Tansya must stop him and a dangerous sorcerer before more lives are lost.

Wizards of the Mound is an absorbing tale full of magic, action, mystery, and intrigue. Akin to the Harry Potter series, Ray Clifford Martinez II's novel is set in a captivating fantasy world with a famous magic school. But instead of a student, the narrative follows the adventures of a multi-talented professor determined to right past wrongs. The author has crafted a wildly imaginative and highly immersive world featuring druids, mages, orcs, elves, and other magical creatures. Martinez provides backstories for his characters that make it easy for readers to discern their actions and motives and find them relatable. The characters' relationships are well-fleshed out, and each dynamic feels distinct and compelling. As a fantasy fan, I loved this book and hope to read more books set in this world. Highly recommended.