A Wizard’s Forge

September 19, 2016
Votes: 7
GenreFantasy
Audience Adult
Word Count 100-120k (average/long)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Edited by Amanda Rutter
Cover design by Steven Meyer-Rassow
Published Through Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Reviewed at NetGalley
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The Rundown

“Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.”

Vic is the youngest log keeper in generations. This means that she memorizes the last recordings of the spaceship Elesendar, a craft from Earth that was stranded on her planet thousands of years ago. The people of this planet have descended from those left on the surface. What survives is a diverse culture spread across the surface of Knownearth.

But when Vic is captured and sold into sex slavery, things take a drastic turn. She is the mistress of the Remlord, Lornk Korng, held against her will and abused at his hand. He strips her of her name, her clothes, and her dignity. But when the brutal master leaves, his son flips the script, allowing Vic to roam the house and regain her dignity. He shows her a portal that eventually saves her life. But the life on the other side of the world, won’t be so easy either. In the new city and culture, Vic will once again remake herself and become the warrior that can take on her former master.


The Recommendation

This book has to be one of the best books I’ve read in the genre in a long time. The author is extremely skilled in all areas that make for a compelling story. The characters are realistic, likable (except for the evil Korng which is the point) and sympathetic. The plot is fast-paced, with no lag where I wanted to stop reading. The world building is very well done, coloring in all the areas that make each new setting feel real. Finally, her craft is excellent. Justice is obviously a skilled master with many years of writing under her belt and a good editor. Anyone who likes reading in the adult fantasy genre will appreciate this book. I do want to warn readers, however: anyone sensitive to sexual abuse should avoid reading this book. They might find Vic’s treatment very disturbing and upsetting. The situation doesn’t last that long and is necessary to build the character, but could upset some readers who find that sort of thing unreadable.


The Rating Reviewer Rating: 5 Stars

5 Stars (out of 5): Highly recommended. This book did exactly what it set out to do, with originality, style, and maybe even a twist. It stands out next to popular, traditionally published novels in its genre.

The Pros & Cons

Pros: Characterization, Emotional, Strong World-Building
Cons: Extreme Violence

The Comparisons

For readers who liked these books and authors: A Game of Thrones

The Reviewer

Katie French

Katie French is an Amazon best-selling author in Young Adult dystopian romance. She works as a high school English teacher, a job that she loves even when it exhausts her. In her free time she writes manically, reads great books, and takes care of her two beautiful and crazy children. She aspires to spend as much time in yoga pants as possible. You can join her mailing list at www.katiefrenchbooks.com and receive two free full-length novels. Contact her at katie@katiefrenchbooks.com.

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Author’s Summary

Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

On a planet far from Earth, descendants of marooned space travelers fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of this conflict until pirates kidnap and sell her to the sadistic tyrant behind it. He keeps her naked and locked in a tower, subjecting her to months of psychological torture. After seizing an opportunity to escape, Vic joins the fight against her former captor and begins walking a bloody path toward revenge.

As the Blade, Vic gains glory raiding her enemy’s forces, but the ordeal in his tower haunts her. Bitter memories keep her from returning the love of the kindhearted Prince Ashel, whose family has fended off the tyrant’s invading army for a generation. When enemy soldiers capture Ashel, Vic embarks on a quest to rescue him and, on the journey, discovers a source of spectacular power. With wizardry, Vic can rescue the prince, end the war, and wreak the vengeance she craves, but she might also destroy her only chance for peace.

Short Description

Victoria the Blade walks a bloody path toward revenge when the vicious tyrant who once enslaved her captures the prince who loves her. Vic finds the power to rescue the prince and wreak the vengeance she craves, but with it she may destroy her only chance for peace.

Catchphrase

Wizards are forged, not born.

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Awards and Notable Endorsements


Honorable Mention, Fantasy

– posted by AMJustice    

Finalist, Science Fiction

– posted by AMJustice    

Community Endorsements


Exciting story with strong lead character

A.M. Justice crafts a well-paced, riveting story with her "A Wizard's Forge." The lead went through painful trials to find her truest self, and the result is one amazing tale.

– posted by Kerry Elizabeth Blickenderfer Black    
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