KayKay #CRB5 Review #29 Wizard Rising by Toby Neighbors



My book reviews are written as a discussion of a book, and not as an advertisement.  Please be aware that there may be information that some would consider spoilers.  Continue on at your own risk!

A young wizard discovers his powers and ventures on a journey to discover himself, and possibly save the world.  This describes so many books I’ve read that I struggle to tell them apart.  Did Wizards Rising stand apart from the rest?  Here is what I thought….


A small group of wizards, called the Torr have killed all other wizards in the Five Kingdoms.  The leader Offendorl, has an evil plan to take over the world (which involves controlling all magic by killing all other wizards they discover).  The Torr senses Zollin discovering his powers and sends his 3 followers to retrieve him (or kill her, if they discover it’s a girl).  When the wizards arrive at Zollins village, they kill his friend, but Zollin escapes with his dad, his dad’s mentee and his dead friends wife (widow).  They make their way north to a village to hid out for the winter and end up killing one of the wizards in pursuit, and seriously maiming another.  Once they reach the northern village, Torr meets a sorcerer who can help him learn to use his abilities.  They also save the village from raiders and bullying miners.

I did enjoy the plot, but I found little uniqueness.

Plot Score: 3/5

World Building

The magic categories stack up like this:

Illusionist- can perform simple tricks

Herbalist- knowledge about plants and herbs

Alchemist- innate knowledge of minerals

Sorcerers- can not control magical objects themselves, but can manipulate and even control other magic users

Warlocks- have incredible power, but can’t control it

Wizard- source of magic themselves

Location Score: 3/5

Characters and Relationships

Zollin- The main character.  He seems to be able to figure out how to use magic pretty easily.  I thought it was a little odd that he doesn’t need spells or anything, he can just think of things and make them happen.  He is pretty much a traditional YA good guy- meaning he is always trying to do the right thing, but sometimes gets that teenage jealousy (and stupidity).

Mansel/Brianna/Quinn- Zollins crew, made up of his dad (Quinn)- a formers kings guard, Mansel, his dad’s apprentice (Mansel) and Brianna, his love interest (although he feels guilty that he was responsible for the death of her husband, his best friend, so he is working hard to deny those feelings).

Kelvich- The sorcerer teaching Zollin about magic.

Brancock- one of the three henchmen sent to get Zollin (he is seriously maimed in a battle with Zollin)

Like the plot, the characters are fine, but not exceptional.

Characters Score: 3/5

Life Lessons (fka Bigger Meaning)


Bigger Meaning Score:  0/5


Opening Quote:  “I sense a blossom opening”

There isn’t much meat here, just a standard wizard coming of age story.

Style Score: 3/5

Final Thoughts?

-Fight scenes are difficult, I rarely find them good enough to actually read them, I just want to skim through to get to the outcome.

Total Score and Recommendation

12/25- I bought the three pack, and I will read the next story.


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