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Winemaker of the North

Rogues of Magic, Book 1
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Rogues of Magic, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
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Forsaken to be a killer and sent to be a destroyer, Sviska must choose his own path.

Sviska is a man of the shadows, an assassin without any one place to call his own. But in the Far North, he discovers a secret. Magic, long thought lost to the world, is alive. The genocide to destroy every elf, wizard, and sacred being of old is not yet complete. Sviska's masters work the strings of the world and he has been sent for a task he does not even fully understand yet. 

When at last he feels he has what he has always wanted, darkness falls upon the world. He must rise to face an enemy more terrible than any he has ever met. 

Fate will force him into a terrible choice.

©2015 J.T. Williams (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Walter
  • 24-04-2019

Ho Hum

Thank God for Tim Gerard Reynolds otherwise I would have stopped. just seemed like it was written based on some sort of D&D gaming sessions the author played in his teens.

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  • Tommy
  • 30-04-2019

Featured Reviewer lost credibility.

I don't know LRC but unless that was the nicest thing written in that review, I must disagree with the take.

I wanted to like this book. The storyline was appealing and the setting for this protagonist's redemptive story also sounded intriguing. In short,the booked seemed to do nothing. It opens with the main character engaged in his original assassin business and a deal gone bad - that was a fine opening. After that, the plot unfolds in a very plodding and predictable fashion. There simply wasn't much to the story as a whole.

Exacerbating the problem was the absolute lack of context. More specifically, the character development was minimal. Back stories and subplots were virtually non-existent. The attention to detail was sparse. (Don't think any spoilers follow but definitely details.) For example, the title of the book and the cover story for the assassin is that of 'wine maker'. The extent of the protagonist's knowledge of such matters appears to be limited to childhood experiences. 'Appears' is a purposeful word because the backstory isn't provided in total and it doesn't appear to be kept in mystery for any larger purpose of the plot. The details one might expect to encounter of a wine maker are lacking as there is just ingredients, machinery and time discussed as the elements of the process in the book. The wine he is asked to create in the north is magical in nature. So obviously there are magical ingredients that must be procured. The retrieval and addition of those items is simplistic like in an RPG side-quest. There is just nothing of interest developed. Character A goes to place B and retrieves item C. He goes to place D and retrieves item E. You get the idea . . .

It was a nice book but too superficial and too light to be anything that kept my attention. I think a 13 year old with limited fantasy novel experience might really enjoy this as a starter but if you like Renshaw, Rothfuss, or even someone like Sullivan then you may find this one too basic to be enjoyable. The ingredients are all correct and the recipe was good, but this was a sheet cake instead of the multi-tiered dessert I was hoping for. TGR was the best thing about this and probably saves it from a two star review (for the record I am not extremely critical and generally go with 4* for most stuff).

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