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Osric's Wand: The Wand-Maker's Debate, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged

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  • Audio Download
  • Listening Length: 8 hours and 32 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Jack D. Albrecht Jr.
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Oct. 2012
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YQ11BS
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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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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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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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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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