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Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske

 Blog Tour Review - A Power Unbound by Freya Marske Secrets! Magic! Enemies to. . .something more? Jack Alston, Lord Hawthorn, would love a nice, safe, comfortable life. After the death of his twin sister, he thought he was done with magic for good. But with the threat of a dangerous ritual hanging over every magician in Britain, he’s drawn reluctantly back into that world. Now Jack is living in a bizarre puzzle-box of a magical London townhouse, helping an unlikely group of friends track down the final piece of the Last Contract before their enemies can do the same. And to make matters worse, they need the help of writer and thief Alan Ross. Cagey and argumentative, Alan is only in this for the money. The aristocratic Lord Hawthorn, with all his unearned power, is everything that Alan hates. And unfortunately, Alan happens to be everything that Jack wants in one gorgeous, infuriating package. When a plot to seize unimaginable power comes to a head at Cheetham Hall―Jack’s ancestral fam

Blog Tour - The Accidental Wizard

 Blog Tour Review - The Accidental Wizard by Kimberley Pauley

Twig is the last surviving apprentice of the great wizard Ripplemintz, which, as a job, is just as terrifying as it sounds. Oh Ripplemintz always means well, but for a wizard of such high regard he really does make an awful lot of mistakes. And who's always left to clear them up? That's right - Twig.

So when Ripplemitz's most powerful spell is let loose on the world, off Twig goes to catch it. And catch it he does, except... not quite in the way that he intended. Because, instead of catching it in an enchanted jar, Twig sort of... well... catches it in... HIMSELF.

The Accidental Wizard is a lot of fun! It's a fun, magical fantasy with lovely characters and thrilling spellcasting in a fascinating new fantasy world.and one I enjoyed immensely.

Poor Twig, the only (surviving) apprentice of a really not very good wizard accidentally ends up as the most powerful wizard in the world. And as fun as this sounds, it's not something he really wants to celebrate. I really liked how the first implications of his new power are an endless succession of people wanting favours and things for free, much like how lottery winners suddenly find out about so many long lost family members. Twig is a very endearing character and I love seeing how his optimism and compassion is tested from the start. I love the different ways he copes with everything that gets thrown at him. 

The other main characters are also superb. I particularly love Vile, the young hag who is far too pretty to be a hag. Her character and spirit and story arc are just brilliant, and the interactions between her, Twig and Glimfinkle the gnome are often hilarious.

Beyond these three, there's a wonderful mix of spellcasting types. We see other wizards of various different types and power levels, witches, hags and a most intriguing Oracle. There are so many different regions and kingdoms and spellcasters referenced that it feels like there's so much I'd love to see explored later on in the series. 

Wizard duels and tournaments have been done several times before, but they're always something I love to see. The Accidental Wizard handled it really well, with a thrilling and funny tournament that had me gripped.

There were also some really thoughtful aspects of the book, about what makes us who and what we are, that I really enjoyed.

My proof copy had what looks like unfinished sketches of the illustrations by Jason Cockcroft, but these still looked lovely, ranging from border design flourishes to full page illustrations and I'm sure they'll add a lot to the finished book.

The Accidental Wizard is fun fantasy with a lot of heart and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I'm giving it four and a half moons.


The Accidental Wizard is written by Kimberley Pauley with illustrations by Jason Cockcroft. It is published by Scholastic. I was given a proof copy in return for participation in the blog tour and an honest review.


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