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Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe

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Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe by James M. Ward
Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe
James M. Ward

Halcyon Blithe, is the youngest child of the respected Blithe Family. A respected household whose members have served in the Arcanian navy for as long as they can remember. Every child born to the Blithe’s has grown into their magical inheritance at the age of 12 except for Halcyon who was preparing for his life in the army when unexpectedly his abilities revealed themselves at the age of 16. Now he sets forth on his first tour as a capable but inexperienced midshipwizard on board the Dragon Ship Sanguine.

Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe is a well written tale that brings life in world of Arcanian to life for the reader. From the onset of the story you know that you are in for an adventure on the high seas as Arcania wages a defensive war against the Maleens who have already conquered many foreign kingdoms.

James M. Ward spins an tale of young wizards learning their skills on the high seas, where they sink or swim by their wits and magical abilities. The story begins and stays at a excellent pace with events transpiring one after the other from training, to intrigue to the final naval battle between the Sanguine and the Maleen warships. The only downside is that the climax is very short and most of the action being glossed over.

All together this book has the necessary components to be an excellent original story. However the choice to center the main characters around 12 and 13 year olds to match the target audience just screams unbelievable and seems to be an attempt to cash in on some of the Harry Potter audience. If the story was retold with more mature characters and with more intrigue and action between the Arcanian and the Maleen fleets. However if you have a young child that is just starting to read then you may want to consider picking this up for them.

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