Book 2 – The College of Sorcerers Trilogy
***** Non-Stop Magical Adventure ——–Review by Rox Burkey
Louis Sauvain’s three apprentice sorcerers find themselves in their first year of college, unlike any college most of us might attend. The growing boys earn long, harsh hours of kitchen duty, cultivating defense expertise and meeting their missing compass point, the prince. These coming-of-age lessons are delivered with precision by the college staff. The determined young men’s curiosity takes them into perilous situations testing their conviction and honor. These young men grow in different yet positive ways as they face the challenges in a world ripe with fantasy, greed, vengeance, evil, and magic. Thaddeus, Rolland, and Anders have unique skills and personalities to create a resounding impact in this magical epic.
With strong character development and realistic dialogue, Mr. Sauvain’s strength is seconded only to the world he created with sounds, visions, tastes, and smells that evoke every emotion and sensation. Each situation the young men encounter peels back another layer of information testing their skills, bonding, and commitment to learning their craft. The twists and turns during their journey, both inside and outside the college, immerse readers in the tale. Donkey or not, Asullus is still one of my favorites, with his sagacious advice and sassy insights into daunting situations. The cast of players is brilliant to continue this epic fantasy.
Fans of Fairy Tale Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, and Lore shouldn’t miss this tale—the non-stop action, adventure, and witty situations vests readers in the story. The world Thaddeus exists within allows him to mature in ways only hinted at in book 1, Thaddeus of Beewicke, learning about unimaginable capabilities, challenges, and perhaps boundaries he will face. I highly recommend Thaddeus and the Master and can’t wait for the next adventure.
About the Author
Using my background in health care, I have always been interested in how people employ fantasy to escape their current circumstances; and sometimes, their pain. Before turning to writing full-time, I knew that such a distraction could help create an ability to tolerate what might be momentarily unbearable
As retirement loomed, there was finally time available to free creative juices that allowed my finger to flow, creating characters and scenes unfolding what I hoped would become epic stories. And as they flowed, the characters spoke up, guiding how they would respond when scenarios were created. The muse on my shoulder took the form of my high school English teacher who pushed me with her trusty red pencil and supported my creativity and love of words.
Now, writing epic fantasy, my books have become the salve for pain, relief and escapism to abandon, for the moment, this world and embrace, for a time, another. Sometimes it’s for myself…and always for those who are just looking for a worthwhile read.
Born and bred in the Midwest, I call Wisconsin home. My reveal: Most of my ideas come in the shower when I ask my characters, “Okay, where are you going to take me today?”
My challenge becomes…how to bring YOU…my readers…along so that you, too, can enjoy my path to completing each book’s storyline. To me, that’s gold.