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The Toy Sorcerer (The Ancient Knowledge Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Hart , Robin Silcock
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Trapped as a mortal in a dimension where human dreams become reality, Alice Towers endures a journey of unmerciful persecution and excruciating self-discovery. Guided by an extraordinary realm creature named Shammerwack, she must find Magog; a boy imprisoned for over three centuries who holds the key to her release.

Unaware that her incarceration heralds the dawn of the Final Prophecy; Armageddon, Alice is pursued by an ancient being that plagues humanity with relentless nightmares, until the world hovers on the brink of insanity and self-annihilation.

Alice’s only earthbound ally, Leona, is also an antediluvian soul who has lived and reincarnated as a human for thousands of years. As one of the Ancient Coven and practitioner of the old knowledge, Leona summons shadows to protect Alice’s slumbering body and Magog’s timeworn effigy. But Leona’s maleficent sister, Lillian, another of the ancients, is equally as determined to capture Alice; the vessel by which the Demon Lord of the Realms intends to escape the confines of his nebulous world.

A bloody battle ensues on Earth as Lillian’s underworld demons and Leona’s defensive forces tear lives apart, whilst an increasingly insane world creeps inexorably closer to the Final Prophecy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 840 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Lobo Publishing; First edition (4 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006I2RY6W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Format:Paperback
This review is based on a review copy I received as one of the British Fantasy Society review team.

14 year old Alice Towers is the survivor, along with her father, of an horrific car crash, which took the lives of her mother & younger brother. She is not coping well.
They move from London to Devon, where Alice meets Leona Heggarty, local midwife, who just happens to be a witch of the Coven of Immortal Souls and has been around for a very long time, along with her canine familiar, Black Jack

Leona needs Alice's help to bring back her apprentice, Magog, who has been trapped for over 300 years in the Dream Realms.

Leona's evil sister Lillian has other plans for Alice. She want to use her to bring back something very nasty indeed. The fate of the real World depends on the outcome of Alice's quest.

It's a very well-written & gripping book for the most part. I had one small problem, however.
When Alice first begins her travels in the Dream Realms, she has several encounters which seem to be set up specifically so the author can put across her views on certain issues involving mankind's treatment of wild life, the environment & each other. It's not that I didn't agree with all the points made... I certainly did & the issues are relevant to the plot, but it got a little tiresome & preachy for a short while.

Don't let that put you off though, as she moves on very quickly & when the narrative does pick up again, it becomes an absolute page-turner.

I should mention here that the Dream Realms are very heavily influenced by Lewis Carroll (naming the heroine Alice was no coincidence) with maybe a little L. Frank Baum & C.S. Lewis thrown into the mix.

Do not, however, by any means assume that this is a children's book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic fantasy 2 May 2012
By Alyssia
Format:Kindle Edition
The first and best word I can think of to describe this book: epic.

When authors attempt to self-identify as writers of "epic fantasy" I generally scoff - but this book succeeded. I enjoyed it quite a bit.

This read like a mixture of Alice in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia, with some heavy archetypes, some wonderfully bizarre and original characters and a moving plot that, you know, mattered.

It was refreshing to read a book where the "love" was understated and tentative, but still obviously sincere. Also, where love did not equal triangle. It was nice to see that the epic-level of the plot was not made to bow to some cheesy, too-quickly fashioned obsession. It was cute without being THE THING THE BOOK WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR. Because we've had enough of that lately. This was a refreshing change.

The first 2/3 of the book went quite quickly. I could see from the numbers on my kindle that the book was "long" but it didn't "feel" long. The story was engaging, the characters interesting, the writing beautiful - and I am always into a good traditional pagan story with witchcraft that hasn't become all stupidly twisted by modern paranormal obsession.

Shammy. Loved Shammy. Just. Loved. Shammy.

And Merlin. Wasn't sure, but then it grew on me. It's always tough to bring in so many archetypal ideas - the representations of Goddesses, Magic, Dreams. These are hard things to mess with and still be successful. But Hart manages, with gusto.

The dreams. The dream realms were interesting, but the dream segments that occur later (when the Ancients are testing Magog and Alice and challenging them to confront their deepest selves) were just beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic Fantasy Tale 1 April 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Toy Sorcerer is a grand epic of a story. If I had to pigeon-hole it, I would say it's Narnia meets Alice-In-Wonderland meets Tolkein. I'm full of admiration for anyone who can pull off such an ambitious project, and Laura Hart has done it very well.
The writing style is accomplished and smooth. The language is extremely rich, meaning I would recommend it to stronger teen readers and adults. At times it surprises the reader by suddenly snapping to graphic depictions of horror or violent events in the dream realm, making it a rollercoaster ride.
The tale switches between Alice in the dream realm and her supporters in the real world, intertwining to an exciting climax. Before that, the heroine has many fantastic adventures courtesy of Laura Hart's incredible imagination.
If you like epic, fantasy adventure, you must try this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars At times it's as if she is painting with words. 28 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book contains spells, potions, incantations, gods, goddesses, elementals, talking animals, flying horses, witches and, of course, witchcraft; the religious sort of witchcraft with gods and elementals, not the fantasy sort of witchcraft with wands and brooms.
There are so many aspects to the book that it's a wonder that the author managed to stitch it all together. But she did, and she did it well.

As a result it took me a while to write an adequate review of this book.

The main thing that struck me about The Toy Sorcerer was how beautifully written it is. It's what attracted me to it in the first place. The use of language and imagery really sucks you into the story, at times it's as if she is painting with words.
Laura also has a knack of making you really feel for and care about the characters, which makes you really root for them.

There are many characters woven into this tale, some of them are from Myth, some are from the Wiccan religion and some are masterful creations of the authors very own.

The author is very adept at inventing worlds for these characters as well as describing the world around her.
The real world is painted so vividly as ordinary that is seems a very strange to have something as extraordinary as a fully fledged witch and her familiar running around, fighting demons and casting spells.

On the flip side the dream realms allow you to encounter strange lands and even stranger locals that at times seem more real than the real world.

This is a steadily paced, well thought out book that I would recommend to anyone. Although there are a few minor expletives so perhaps not for very young children, unless parents are prepared to edit.
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