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The Wand-Maker's Debate (Osric's Wand, Book One) (Osric's Wand series 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jack D. Albrecht Jr. , Ashley Delay
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A semi-finalist for the 2012 Best Indie Book of the Year award at thekindlebookreview.net

Warning: This is not your typical talking animal fantasy.

A world of magic in it's infancy....

There is a time when history begins; a time when those who live feel the need to write their story, for those who come after them to read. When recollection of events of importance cannot be left to one's offspring alone, but must be shared with all.

Then there is a time where history transcends into legend; when strongly held beliefs are tried by fire, and traditions are questioned. There are beginnings that truly are beginnings and those that were only thought to be.

This is that world; this is truly their beginning. What they thought was knowledge, was only a foundation. They will delve into a depth they have never known, discover things they never thought imaginable, and struggle to uphold the truth rather than be consumed by it. With magic in its infancy, and a world in turmoil, an endless chain of possibilities lie dormant. Rousing them has the potential for paragon or chaos, and only time will tell.

Just as Leonardo da Vinci has mapped out the human body, and the world has begun to discover the mysteries within, so it is on Archana. With the rudimentary structure in place, they now have what it takes to discover what magic can do; both the mundane and the divine. Lore begins in these days, and mythology will forever echo their names.

The Well of Strand (Osric's Wand, Book Three) is now available!

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 940 KB
    • Print Length: 205 pages
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005JQ9D8A
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #152,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I read this book today in several hours and initially found it a little hard on the reading. The authors do a great job of describing the scene, but perhaps the descriptions are a little *too* in depth, as an avid reader sometimes I like to imagine structures and scenes using my own imagination and I found constantly changing my own interpretation in my mind to fit the descriptions supplied exhausting ... But I digress ...

    I love how the book is pitched to appeal to a varied range of ages, this book could be read to children or read by an adult and would offend no-one, a hint of a love story mixed in with dragons, talking animals and magic? Who wouldn't enjoy it???

    The story, whilst unique has a CS Lewis type feel to it. I don't mean in the religious connotations sense, I mean in the strong use of descriptive language and the way the story is told. As a first attempt both authors should feel very proud of their work.

    I can only see their storytelling and editing skills improving, there are a few errors in the story, but nothing memorable.

    I look forward to reading more about Osric, the maid of Unicorn and Gus.

    For note though, the name Kenneth really grated on me and I didn't feel that it suited the fantasy style story.

    A solid 4 stars, this is worth anyone's money.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good. Highly Recommended. 19 Dec. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Book Review: Osric's Wand - The Wand-Maker's Debate by Jack D Albrecht Jr & Ashley Delay
    Reviewed by J Bryden Lloyd

    Writing Style - 4.5/5.0 (Excellent)
    Albrecht and Delay are certainly a couple of authors to keep an eye on. The smooth structure and the flowing narrative work to augment the scene building and characters brilliantly. I was pleasantly surprised that the dialogue was not thrown into the archetypal olde-worldy English that seems to haunt this genre from time to time. Instead, although considered, the dialogue felt free and light and worked well.
    I equally liked the way the characters were drawn to `feel' different. A mark of careful and thought-out writing.
    Occasionally I felt the descriptive felt restricted by the narrative, making the characters far more important than their surroundings, but this did not detract from the read.

    Character Development - 4.0/5.0 (Very Good)
    If I were to blinker my observations slightly, the characters were very creative, intelligently thought-out and very, very nicely placed and brought together.
    Gus and Pebble are a refreshing surprise within the dynamic of the group, and Osric and Kenneth are typical of the genre, in that it is they who provide both the subject of the central storyline, and the majority of the responsibility within it, regarding the travel and protection of the group.
    From the outset, the fantasy genre is stamped onto the piece, with animals and races of beings (both real and mythical) joining together - not just with their own realms and environs, but also with the ability to openly communicate across the species. For me, this was perhaps the only `issue' I had with the non-human elements within the tale, as it seemed that no translation was ever required.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    By Brian
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I read this book but I finished it in a few hours, so I thought it was a bit short but it didn't bother me that much. I wanted to know more about Osric and the other characters and the world Archana they exist in. Besides that I found the story fascinating and the way the writers have managed to create this unique and imaginative world, The characters captured me with their humour and the way they had conflict but still got along, like Osric and Gus. And the potential romance they've included in the story between Osric and Bridgett.

    I was disapointed to reach the end of the book because I wanted to know more so I can't wait for the next book. This one was worth the price I paid for so I'm keeping my eyes open for the next book.

    Cheers
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Magical! 19 Jun. 2012
    By Julfie
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I am not an avid reader of fantasy, as I don't think many authors can capture the imagination and take me to their world. This however, is very different and one I am happy to have stumbled across. The world they describe is remarkable and the way they approach magic to my surprise is very innovative. The first few chapters are very descriptive but you can feel the bulk of the story coming and once your over that it really does capture you. The author's of this book are extremely creative so I can't wait for what they have up their sleeves for the sequel, which I eagerly await!
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