The Master Returns

I’ve mentioned before that my all-time favorite book is Master of the Five Magics by Lyndon Hardy. I have the trilogy still sitting on my bookcase, but it’s behind glass unlike my other collected books. I’ve looked for other works of his but eventually gave it up after years of fruitless findings. Clearly, I didn’t learn from Alodar… I gave up my quest too soon. Something unexpected happened recently:

Lyndon Hardy commented on my blog!

At first, I didn’t believe it. “Who’s being a wiseguy?” But really, he’s getting back into writing and he found my original post about his work and he reached out. I’ve never had that feeling before. Star-struck, excited chills, laughing for the sheer awesomeness of it. I was truly taken aback. He has a blog of his own up now at www.alodar.com and I was able to learn a little about him.

So where has he been? Apparently trapped in one of the seven realms teaching physics. Immediately, that made sense to me. What always drew me to his work was the scientific feel and connectedness of his stories. The logic of the five magics, the creative alternate realms, and a secret sixth magic all fit within bounds of reason. I never was a huge fan of magic for magic’s sake. It should be part of the world with limits and rules just like physics has limits and rules. I stray away from stories where the wizard suddenly conjures up a massive dragon to wipe out an army and save the day. Because why didn’t he just do that first?

I wrote back to Lyndon Hardy regarding his comment on my blog and we’ve had a few awesome exchanges. Amusingly, he comments on his blog about a fun plot line and so I obliged by providing him one.

His original trilogy is long out of print so no one can get it anymore unless you’re good at scrounging around — and I still won’t loan you mine. He has done some work on the stories and they have fresh covers now (which, admittedly, I have to get used to after all the years of looking at the originals) and he has made some updates to the stories. When he told me about some of the changes he made, I was beside myself with excitement. More thaumaturgy? Yes please!

I’m over-the-moon to open the new volumes and delve back into Alodar’s journey. It will be like the fey making tweaks to their thought-bubble realms, improving upon the journey within.

If you love fantasy and science, go grab a copy of the updated stories, then write your own reviews on amazon.com and help spread the word through your own contacts and friends on social media. And give Lyndon Hardy a shout-out while you’re at it. You never know… he could have a fourth book idea in mind.

Magic by the Numbers Trilogy:
Master of the Five Magics (2nd edition)
Secret of the Sixth Magic (2nd edition)
Riddle of the Seven Realms (2nd edition)

Book Review: Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera

Available on Amazon and Kindle

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Picture yourself stumbling across a special camera that brings to life the object you photograph. What would you do with your camera? What would you take pictures of? Where would you go? And what would you learn along the way?

Leanne Gelish recently released her first children’s book, Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera. The story follows Audrey Terralucci, an eight year old girl whose repetitive days are less than inspired. She comes across a special camera and the whole world opens before her eyes. 

Audrey’s tale is an imaginative journey set in New York City. It mixes in just enough fantasy to allow for the extraordinary events to develop, though the story itself is grounded in realism. Audrey deals with her mom, kids at school, and some important life lessons along the way. Kids will relate to Audrey’s choices and situations, and adults will appreciate the underlying message of the story.

It’s a quick read overall, which is fantastic for the kids who will undoubtedly fall in love with it. They’ll be able to relive Audrey’s adventures whenever they want and they can dream up their own uses for the magical camera. 

Grab your creative side and snap on over to Amazon to grab your print copy or give it a click and download it to your Kindle. 

Book link: Audrey and the Extraordinary Camera

Review: Vibrations by P.E. Padilla

My Rating: ♦♦♦♦◊

All in all, Vibrations is a good story with a magic system based on the science of vibrational energy from atoms. I appreciated the scientific basis and the connections discussed throughout. Meditation techniques and fighting strategies were also explained clearly as part of Sam’s training.

The journey takes some time to get going, but along the way the reader gets a good feel for the characters and their growth. Settings and scenes are well-described and help the reader to envision what is taking place. There are some instances of repetitiveness and over-explanation, but not excessively so; it suggests the story is more geared for a ‘new adult’ audience, to coin a relatively new term in the industry.

There are some surprises and intrigue which keep the story moving along. Some things that surprise Sam don’t necessarily surprise the reader, but it is still interesting to live with Sam’s view on the world around him.

I enjoyed this story and would recommend it for those who like to grow and learn with the characters and are willing to partake in numerous training sessions with Sam and the rest of his group. The action picks up in the second half with a satisfying conclusion. I would pick up book two.

Find Vibrations here.