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Book Title: The Wizard Test|
The author of the book: Hilari Bell
Date of issue: June 1st 2006
ISBN 13: 9780060599423
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 737 KB
Read full description of the books The Wizard Test:One thing that Hilari Bell does really well is worldbuilding. It's super prevalent in Fall of a Kingdom and books two and three of the same trilogy, but even in her other fantasies, it's there and amazing. I was kind of wondering how a hundred-and-sixty-page standalone fantasy would work, but... I thought it was done really well.
The book follows Dayven, a thirteen-fourteen year old boy who wants to be Guardian - or, really, anything but a wizard. But when the day comes when he takes the Wizard Test... he finds out that he most definitely could be a wizard.
Honestly, I would read a book that was three or four times this size about this world and these characters - especially Vadeen, he was the best - but even in this tiny little book, the worldbuilding and the characters are done really well. I got such an amazing picture of the world and how everything worked, religion and culture and everything - it's done so well. I was honestly really blown away by how much worldbuilding could be packed into a tiny little book without dragging it down.
I would honestly be up for, if not a sequel, then like a companion novel or something, because I am seriously intrigued with this world. It's right up there with the Europe-like world of Knight and Rouge and the Persian-like world of The Farsala Trilogy... and both of those had more than a hundred and sixty pages to lay it all out for you.
Overall, this book is short, but it's well done and the world is masterfully created.
Also, Vadeen was awesome and I adored him almost immediately after meeting him. I'm such a sucker for those types of characters, and Bell creates the best ones.
Read information about the authorAs far as writing is concerned, I call myself the poster child for persistence. Songs of Power, the first novel I sold, was the 5th novel I'd written. When it sold I was working on novel #13. The next to sell, Navohar, was #12, and the next, A Matter of Profit, was #9. The Goblin Wood was #6, and the first Sorahb book, Flame (later renamed Farsala: Fall of a Kingdom), will be #15. You get the picture.
My reviews: Mea culpa! I got onto Goodreads years ago, and haven't been reviewing--but I now mean to start! I should add that as writer, I tend to read a bit more critically. Or at least, when I think a book is going off the rails I usually see technical, writer problems with it. In short, any time a book stops working for me, that author becomes an honorary member of my writing critique group--whether they want to or not! So I apologize in advance for any technical critiques my fellow writers may recieve.
Biography: My personal life? I was born in Denver in 1958—you can do the math. I'm single and live with my mother, brother and sister-in-law. I used to be a part time reference librarian for a mid-sized public library, but in the beginning of ’05 I achieved a writer’s dream and quit the day job. Librarian turned writer is a very schizophrenic state—when I try to urge people to buy my books, I have to beat down a lifetime of professional reflexes demanding that I tell them to check them out at the library instead.
I enjoy board gaming and fantasy gaming, both table top and live. But my favorite thing to do is the decadent version of camping my mom and I practice. We have a pop-up trailer with a fridge, a sink, a stove and (if electrical hookups are available) a space heater, heating pads and a toaster. Our motto is "No unnecessary work." We don't cook, we don't wash dishes, we don't...you name it. What we do is spend all day, every day, reading and hiking and reading some more. Camping is the only time I can get in enough reading. Well, I take that back—when it comes to reading, there's no such thing as enough.
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