Author: Mackenzie Flohr

Narrator: Chris Walker-Thomson

Length: 6 hours and 57 minutes

Series: The Rite of Wands, Book 1

Publisher: BHC Press

Released: Sep. 24, 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever.

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.

But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

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Mackenzie is a multi-award-winning author of the YA Fantasy series The Rite of Wands, published by BHC Press, which has caught the attention of Doctor Who and Harry Potter fans worldwide. Readers agree that Mackenzie has crafted a robust tale of secrets, mystery, and uncertain destiny that rivals the works of Tolkien, Lewis, and Rowling.

A storyteller at heart, she loves to inspire the imagination. Mackenzie makes her home in Mount Morris, Michigan, where she is currently penning her next adventure.

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Narrator Bio

Chris Walker-Thomson is a versatile British actor, voice artist and impressionist based in Chelmsford, Essex. He is most known for his highly-acclaimed portrayal of Doctor Who actor Patrick Troughton in various productions – as well as being a well-established character actor. Chris is also an exceptional impressionist, voice over artist and comedy performer.

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The Rite of Wands began when Lord Kaeto entered his soul, though he did not know exactly what would happen. What he was about to see was a mystery, but, how he endured would determine his fate. When Mierta stared into Lord Kaeto’s golden amphibian eyes, they were not frightful like he expected. Instead, they appeared old and sad, as though he already knew what he was about to see. This sent a chill down Mierta’s body. Lord Kaeto could see what Mierta’s heart desired. There was both good and evil inside him, caused by a deep hurt that had yet to be mended. Please, do not curse me to a life without magic, Mierta begged.

 

If your parents were warlocks and your grandparents were warlocks, wouldn’t that mean that you too would be a warlock? Not necessarily, according to the Rite of Wands. Those who are born warlocks are forced to take the Rite of Wands once they reach a certain age. If they pass, they get to proceed with their magic, but if they fail–magic is taken from them. What a horrible way to live life, knowing that you could have done something great but it was stripped away because of some choices you’d made early in life. The wisdom sets in the older you get, but these youths are forced to take the test none-the-less to see if they can handle their destiny. Flohr has an entertaining and action-packed young adult fantasy novel that will engulf readers into a new world.

 

Mierta McKinnon has pass his Rite of Wands, only to be dreadfully concerned about the plague that kills him and his family as a young adult. He knows that Lord Kaeto’s warning to start researching apothecary using his father’s potion book is the right way to go, but he finds himself running into hardships in order to get there. Unable to stress the urgency of what was shown to him through his Rite of Wands, his father is reluctant to grant him access for fear of unleashing his own secrets. Within a neighboring kingdom, another warlock has been accepted by the king as his new soothsayer out of respect for his mother. He foresees the king’s untimely death, but is not believed and the story continues to follow both warlocks through their fascinating, yet harsh life of friendship, poison, death, and dishonor. Can both warlocks find a way to fight against the destinies that had been shown to them in their Rite of Wands in order to save their people and kingdom?

 

Flohr has a fantastic story, filled with creativity, world-building, and originality. The pace is a bit slower in the beginning and quickens throughout the read. This is typically due to the fantasy content and consistency of world-building elements. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator was phenomenal with his voice relay. The scenes were vivid for the imagination and characters were entertaining along with the corresponding background noises. This is the first installment in the Rite of Wands Series; therefore, you can jump right in. If you are interested in action and young adult fantasy, this may be a perfect fit.

 

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr.

 

These characters are only for imagination purposes from the author’s perspective. These images were taken from Google and not used directly for profit or reselling.*

Mierta McKinnon Mortain McKinnon Lochlann McKinnon
Ciaran Hrodulf Princess Anya Prince Deor
Orlynd O’Brien

King Francis O’Connor

 

 

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