Book Review – Pool of Knowledge (The Hidden Wizard Book 1)

There are things that I absolutely love about this world, but too many things just happen to fall into place (ie: seem contrived). I gave the author the benefit of the doubt several times, but things got more contrived as things went on. So, what is an example that I can give you that doesn’t contain any spoilers? Hmmmm. Let’s just say that whenever something is needed the puzzle pieces are already there. You might be informed that a long lost relative (or sometimes one much closer) just happens to fill that role perfectly so that we don’t have to seek anyone out. There don’t seem to be any struggles whatsoever. When the main character goes to try magic, he doesn’t flounder once. Each and every time he attempts something with magic, it works perfectly. This character is so one dimensional that I’m hoping that there is an underlying plot hiding in there somewhere. Yet, I don’t think readers should be expected to wait until the end of book one to be given more than a hint of something like that. So, I shall chalk it up to my hoping in vain.
I give it a 3 out of 5 stars. While it wasn’t perfect, it did help inspire me to add some more creativity to my own worlds. This book is a good reminder that there are considerably more pieces to a book than its plot and world building. In today’s competitive market, if you want to keep the readers your readers for the long run, you better get most things right.
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