I knew nothing about the alchemist John Dee until one winter’s night in Prague when I met the ghost of a barber.
My name is Sylvia. I was just a burnt-out teacher with a subversive sense of humour. Then my mother gave me a magic ring made in the Prague workshop of John Dee.
I’ve never been the same since.
Rating: 3.5 stars
Publication Date: 1st July 2019
Page Count: 284 pages
How the world loves to snip and trim us, she thought…
Published last year, Wizard Ring is a brilliant start to the Wizards series. Extremely well-written, it is jam-packed with mystery and self-discovery. I believe both plot and character development to be balanced – each element is wonderfully descriptive and keeps you engrossed from beginning to end. The characters are fleshed out quite well and their interactions are deeply enjoyable.
Moreover, it is refreshing (for me, at least) to read a book of this genre, where the protagonist falls outside of (what I deem to be) the usual niche. Out of the several books I have read in the same genre, most use a protagonist within the teenager to young adult range. It is nice to see a protagonist who breaks away from such tropes I am accustomed to – Blanchard’s wonderful protagonist, instead, being a middle-aged teacher and mother of a fifteen-year-old son.
Overall, I really did enjoy Wizard Ring and look forward to see where this series goes.
About the author
Originally from the North Yorkshire coast in England, Clare Blanchard spent half her lifetime in Czechia in Central Europe, where her books are mainly set. Inspired by noir fiction, her settings are often like another character in the plot. She writes crime mysteries and dark urban fantasy with a historical twist.Clare loves beautiful landscapes and architecture, cross-country skiing, the wine of South Moravia, and of course Czech beer. When she’s not being literary she knits funky socks.
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