Pyromancer: Mancer Series Book One by Don Callander

PYROMANCER
Pyromancer: Mancer Series Book One by Don Callander
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (259 Pages)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

A firemaster wizard’s young apprentice must quickly learn the ways of pyromancy before the dreaded Ice King turns the world into a wasteland as cold as his wicked soul…

The sign nailed to the twisted, rickety gate in the broken-down wall read:

APPRENTICE WANTED

to learn the MYSTERIES and SECRETS of WIZARDRY in the Discipline of FIRE from a MASTER MAGICIAN, SUPREME SPELLCASTER, WONDERFUL WIZARD AND PRESTIGIOUS PYROMANCER!

I require a bright, obedient, well-witted lad of at least ten summers and at most sixteen winters to assist me and learn the ART and SCIENCE of PYROMANCY. Must be neat, prompt, well spoken and have a LARGE BUMP OF CURIOSITY.

Also should be able to read, to write a fair manuscript, and not snore except when asleep on his back. Signed… The Wizard Flarman Flowerstalk

INQUIRE WITHIN

Douglas Brightglade needs work. His father was lost at sea five years before the start of this story and his mother has entered a nunnery. Douglas must now make his own way. He decides to answer the sign nailed to the gate of a rickety fence. He enters through the gate and applies for the position of apprentice to the Wizard Flarman Flowerstalk. Once Flarman decides to accept him, Douglas is introduced to a very strange and wonderful household, run by a big, blue teakettle.

Don Callander has written a magical fantasy novel filled with a large variety of interesting and well-developed characters. As Douglas’s education progresses, he learns that there is a war developing. The wizard Frigeon is trying to take over the world and turn it into a wasteland. Those on the side of good must fight and must win, according to Flarman. “We can never entirely destroy evil. The best we can do is expect it, face it squarely, and fight it. To do otherwise is to let the Dark and Frigeon win, don’t you see? Well, we will win!”

There are so many wonderful characters in this story that it is hard to pick favorites, but the bronze owl is not only magical, but very smart and witty as well. There are also fairies and dwarves and various other species and each is described in rich detail as are their homes so that I really felt as if I were in the middle of this world.

The action is fast and well-paced. I found that the pages just flew by and I had a very hard time putting the book down. The suspense grows as Douglas and Flarman have to complete their traps for Frigeon, and time is running out. I enjoyed my trip through the various locations in this world, whether it was the dwarves’ caves or the undersea world of the Sea Fire. And all through the various events there was the underlying mystery of whether or not a way could be found to defeat Frigeon, and once the plan was conceived, was there enough time to carry it out.

Lovers of fantasy set in magical worlds are sure to enjoy Pyromancer, and I for one have already picked up the two other books in this series because Douglas’s adventures are definitely not to be missed.

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