A Wizard's Forge

A Wizard's Forge

by A. M. Justice


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A Wizard's Forge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
HouseValerius More than 1 year ago
When she heads out on her first trip as the youngest ever Logkeeper, Victoria expects to be tested. But instead of the questioning and doubtfulness she anticipated, she is taken captive and eventually sold into slavery to a nobleman who intends to break her will to his own. The character of Victoria is the core of the novel and she goes through quite the evolution before the finale. Beginning as a precocious teenager, her relatively sheltered upbringing is thrown into sharp relief when she is captured, sold and comes into the possession of Lornk Korng. Rather than just putting her to work for him or something similar, his approach is much more insidious. This is what I believe is the most disturbing aspects of the book, and also the best handled. Korng uses Victoria’s physical reactions to him in an attempt to make her both desire him and become dependant on him. This experience forms a combination of Stockholm Syndrome and PTSD which continues to haunt her long after her escape. It also adds impetus to her future career as a soldier but not without causing some problems. The degree to which this mixture of feelings is explored without falling into triteness is exemplary. Another of the elements that I particularly enjoyed is the history of this world. While the majority of the novel stays within traditional fantasy outlines, there is also some sci-fi trappings underlying them. Rather than be native inhabitants, the human civilizations are descended from the crew of a starship and some, like Victoria’s people, have been waiting for the day they can rejoin their people, while others treat it as nothing more than legend. There is some evidence of the remnants of that technology, such as machines that allow instantaneous transport from one location to another and an intelligent insectoid species that makes an appearance in the latter third of the novel, but for the most part, most of this remains in the background of the world. If I had one reservation about A Wizard’s Forge, it was that the ending seemed a bit abrupt to me. But, since this is the first book, that may be less of an issue once I can get my hands on the second. In any case, that’s not enough to stop me recommending it wholeheartedly.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deepak Menon for Readers' Favorite A Wizard's Forge - Book One of The Woern Saga by A.M. Justice is something new! A wondrous tale of many aspects of a personality changing, woven with delicate fibers into an enchanting tale of passion, loss, fear, injustice and courage. The cover of the book is exciting and glows with radiating energy, certainly attractive. The formatting of the book is good, and if there are any errors in syntax or grammar, they are unnoticeable. The length of the book is just right for the multi-scenario novel of science fiction and fantasy it is, while the flow of the story is seamless, even as it creates new visions as it zips along. The story is set in the future where, many years before the events described therein, a gigantic spaceship, the Elesendar, carrying human settlers through hyperspace to settle in another planet, is damaged. Three thousand years pass, but the Elesendar’s disabled drives cannot be repaired and it continues orbiting the alien planet while its passengers and crew migrate to the planet, looking for ores and settle there. A.M. Justice has created well defined, strong and memorable protagonists. The principal protagonist is a young woman named Victoria, who has just qualified as one of the youngest ever Log Keepers of the town of Ourtown where the Ore-seekers had settled in the northern steppes. There were big cities in the south by then. The high seas are ruled by the dreaded Caleisbahnin—merciless pirates and slavers. Vic's fortunes change and her destiny takes her to a new land against her will, a terrible enslavement to the horrific Lornk Korng, his clueless son, Earnk, and an incredible escape. Vic meets extraordinary people like Ashel, who had given himself to music, and Bethniel, the princess, and Geram, who communicates silently by mind-speech. Vic sees great cities like Traine, which is gorgeous to behold. The tale carries her to lands of magic, war and battles with incredible situations, leaving a reader breathless. Vic acquires fantastic skills that carry her to an awesome finale to exact revenge on Lornk, who still rules some inner part of her being in a psychological sexual enslavement. A Wizard's Forge is thrilling and well written in a style calculated to rivet the attention of the reader. A shining 5 stars is what this book deserves!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite A Wizard's Forge by A.M. Justice is the first book in The Woern Saga and tells the story of Vic(toria), who has just finished her training to become a log keeper. The story takes place on a planet very much like Earth, but far away. There are two different belief systems: one group believes that a spaceship called Elesendar crashed on the planet and the people on the planet are the descendants of the crew. The other group believes Elesendar to be some sort of god and that everything else is just a myth. Vic is part of the first group, and her job as a log keeper would have been to preserve the log of the Ancients. But before she can start with her duties, she is kidnapped and sold as a mistress to a man who keeps her in the room of a tower. She is not allowed any clothing, and her master tries to seduce her mind and body to make her fully his. When she manages to escape through a rather fortuitous event, she finds herself in a position where she soon gets the chance to walk the path of revenge. It is a path that leads her down a challenging road on which she develops into a stronger woman and discovers that she has special powers. Powers that can ruin or heal the society she lives in. Reading A Wizard's Forge by A.M. Justice was a very interesting experience because it wasn't quite predictable what Vic would do next. And why. Her soul has been damaged to an extent that is hard to understand unless you've ever been in a similar situation, but the author does a good job of getting the internal conflict in various situations across. Vic does not often react in a way "normal" heroines would do. The world of this novel in itself is interesting as there is a clear conflict between people who believe in Elesendar as a spaceship and the ones who believe in a god and see the stories of Elesendar the way we see Aesop's fables and the myths about the Greek gods, for example. I enjoyed getting "lost" in the world of Vic and, thanks to the writing style, this was an easy thing to do. It is an excellent read, with a good amount of exciting passages, some plot twists, interesting characters, and plenty of enjoyment.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite A Wizard's Forge by A.M. Justice is the first book in The Woern Saga, a fantasy that has elements of a thriller and sci-fi beautifully knit into its fabric, a compelling tale of war, kidnapping, revenge and redemption. Many years ago, a crew of explorers got stranded on a faraway planet and formed a civilization of their own. Over the years, there have been wars, marauders, slavers and warriors. The young Logkeeper, Victoria, falls prey to kidnappers who sell her into slavery. As a slave, she experienced all forms of torture, including sexual abuses and other forms of psychological trauma. She was named Kara by her ruthless Master, Lornk Korng. When she successfully escaped, she did so with a vow to avenge herself. Would she get her chance for revenge? A Wizard's Forge is a masterpiece and readers will love the way A.M. Justice explores his characters. Victoria is very compelling. Her experience of slavery completely transforms her and she develops a powerful zeal for revenge. But there is something else that happens to her — she loses the courage to love because she is continually haunted by the gruesome experience of being held prisoner and violated. Her decision to save the prince when he gets captured is an act of bravery that marks a turning point in her journey towards self-giving and inner freedom. This is a wonderful tale with a mesmerizing setting and a fantastic plot. The author has a powerful imagination that brings to life actors that readers can easily relate to. There is a lot of action throughout the story and it reels with great intensity. The complex, intricate plot will have the reader turning the pages. This is one of those books that keeps readers awake into the late hours of the night. It is spellbinding.
CM2Writes More than 1 year ago
Absolutely WONDERFUL read....beautifully crafted saga with rich characters who's backstories affect the course of their lives. AM Justice creates an amazing, complex and intricate world with some interesting and unexpected twists and turns as the protagonist, Vic transitions from scholar to slave to warrior to wizard. The author's words take you on an adventure where you can see and feel the adventure, the emotion and the tension. I highly recommend this book... I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't put it down (and fantasy/sci fi is not typically I genre I prefer, but after this.....I'm a fan!)
KittyKat4 More than 1 year ago
*This book was received via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review* This was a really enjoyable read with a fast paced plot, unique and well-developed characters and interesting relationships between the characters. I really liked Vic as a character and enjoyed reading about her transformation form scholar to mistress to warrior and finally wizard; her relationship with Lornk was quite twisted and the after effects of her treatment at the hands of Lornk were awful. The way she moved on with her life, however was quite amazing and a testament to the fact that recovery from traumatic events is possible although it may be challenging and life-altering. Although the book spanned several years, it was well paced and didn't seem to drag. The world building was quite good however I think that the plot took precedence over this so it would be good if either there was more world building within the book or a prequel which introduces the reader to Knownearth and Unknownearth so the plot makes a bit more sense and the story can be fully appreciated. I was really upset about the cliffhanger ending as things were just getting really interesting # Team Ashel and because of the new development of Vic's magic of which the audience and Vic herself don't know the limits of. Overall, this book was a great read that had interesting characters, an interesting plot and that left me wanting more. The only criticism I have is about the world building that was at times lacking.
CathrineLake More than 1 year ago
***I would like to thank Netgalley and Wise Ink Creative Publishing for providing me with “A Wizard's Forge” for free, in exchange for a honest review*** A. M. Justice carved out a jewel from her work in A Wizard's Forge. This story is a twist of Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty works and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern works. We get darkest from certain characters; however, they don't believe what they are doing is wrong. When things get to hard it moves to a lighter topic. Victoria but Vic to her friends is a strong female character you are rooting for from the start. Everything that is thrown at her just makes her stronger. This book kept me wanting to know more. I couldn't get enough of it. Even at the end, cliffhanger that it was, I wanted to read it again just because I could.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"A Wizard's Forge" is the story of Vic who is captured and sold into slavery where she is psychologically manipulated before finally escaping and then joining the war building against her captor. The whole thing takes place on a planet settled by people from Earth a long time back with a different set of terms and languages unique to their new planet. The world sounds fascinating but was not built enough to be able to understand most of the terminology. Vic is sold as a mistress, which is a type of sex slave that wears a leash and no clothes. Her master wants her love and devotion and does this through weird torture. I was surprised that she began to actually like him- I didn't quite get the Stockholm element there. His son also has some psychological issues, and their relationship was equally as baffling to me, but he is the catalyst of her escape. From there, Vic becomes even more disoriented and almost directionless- the things which she would have seemed to value (e.g. learning and reading historical books), she turns down opportunities for. I could get that her priorities change, but this change is not clear. Vic was also a little hard for me to understand/like in general, and this might just be a personal thing which led to me not really getting her story. I found it overall confusing. I am giving 2 stars because I think there's a lot of promise, but as this book contains so many new concepts in a rather fascinating world, the length is too short to give me the education about it I would need to follow the storyline well (and without being able to follow it easily, it's a confusing/difficult read). Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.