Title: Wizard of Time
Author: G.L. Breedon firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Wizard of Time is an excellent and fascinating young adult fantasy, and is an especially great read for anyone with an enquiring mind or anyone who wants something very different. G.L. Breedon has created a unique world of time travel and alternate universes using a combination of science, history and philosophy. I urge you all to support this Indie author. I love it when I find one I can rave about.
Thirteen-year-old Gabriel Salvador has dreams about the future and his dreams always come true. When he dreams one night that he will drown, he knows upon waking it is only a matter of time before his dream becomes reality.
Plucked from the timeline of history at the moment of his death, Gabriel becomes an apprentice time mage and part of an elite team of wizards who travel throughout history to fight the War of Time and Magic.
Victorian London, the Aztec temples of 1487, the Greek island of Samos in 320 BCE, Scotland in the Middle Ages, and the battle fields of Alexander the Great are only some of the adventures in time that await Gabriel as he learns to become a time mage and joins the battle to protect the timeline of history in THE WIZARD OF TIME.
I loved the central character, thirteen year old Gabe, because he thought about things, asked questions and worked things out for himself. He also grieved for his lost family, acted without hesitation when he needed to and questioned peoples’ motivations, which was extremely smart in the circumstances. Add to that humility and human vulnerability and you have a rich and inspiring character. The supporting characters were also very alive, as were their relationships with each other.
I especially liked how different the bad guys were to each other and how three dimensional they were. No cardboard cut outs here. Even though they were all on the same side, each one had their own ideas, desires and philosophy, some crude and obvious, others subtle and thought provoking.
The story moves along with never a dull moment and with unpredictable twists and turns. The detailed snippets of history that the author has chosen to incorporate give a richness and poignancy to the book, and the concept of a primary continuum of time with branches creating alternate realities has been extremely well thought out. I can’t find any flaws in this book.
The story has no romance, just the potential for some in further stories, and is suitable for all ages from about 8 years up. But don’t think of it as a young book, because the vision of time and the philosophical questions the story raises are very sophisticated. Adults will enjoy the concepts and younger children will enjoy the story, which is never dull. I give it 5 stars and recommend it for all fans of young adult fantasy. If you like Harry Potter, you should love this.
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