I’ve found a new favorite author – John Bierce.
Choosing a new audiobook is always stressful. Many things run through my mind.
What if I don’t like it? It sounds good…but it probably won’t be as good as _______ (insert title of last favorite listen). How long do I need to ‘give it a try’ before I can quit listening? ……. etc.
You know. All those sorts of “normal” questions any avid listener/reader asks themselves when desperately searching for their next great escape.
Well, I took the leap and tried John Bierce’s Mage Errant series. I got lucky. I found my new favorite series! I actually enjoyed this even more than Twinborn Chronicles by J.S. Morin (which I enjoyed immensely). Mage Errant moves a bit faster and has a more focused plot (fewer characters and minimal sub-plots.) All-in-all, it made for a great listen.
So if you liked Harry Potter or Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series, you might want to check out Mage Errant by John Bierce.
This book will be added to my “favorites” list. The well-developed characters, the humor, and the themes/values in the story make this a worthwhile read.
P.S. I forgot to mention that this makes it in my Top-10 list!
Sensitive Reader Alert / A Note for Parents:
There are many great themes in this book like:
- overcoming your fears
- learning you don’t have to face your struggles alone
- loyalty and friendship
- recognizing your own value (self-worth)
- not being afraid to be different
- learning that just because you are different doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you
- and many others…
However, there are a few things parents should be aware of if they are letting their younger children read it. The third book (A Traitor in Skyhold) contains a few innuendoes, which are by no means vulgar compared to stuff on TV, and references to “contraceptive cantrips” (spells). Also one of the main characters is a homosexual. He is a loyal, friendly, patient, courageous, and caring individual. However, if you have not discussed same-sex attraction with your children, this book will raise questions as the third book deals a little bit with him and his relationship.