Forever Boy

Forever Boy

by Lita Burke

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Life is dirty, difficult, and all too short for the dogs digging up the deadly mandrake roots that wizards animate with minor demons. A pup named Go Fer has an odd magical talent. He does not die from the fatal screams of newly-unearthed mandrakes. Go Fer’s master, a prideful minor magician, sees Go Fer’s talent as a fluke saving him the cost of replacing dogs killed by the mandrakes’ cries.

One morning, a young Wizard Kadmeion and his half-elf assistant Bright watch Go Fer at work. This mandrake extraction goes horribly wrong, and Go Fer runs away during the hubbub. After seeking out the wizard, the dog’s life is not the same. In fact, Kadmeion discovers Go Fer is no longer a dog.

An exciting life as the wizard’s familiar awaits Go Fer. Bright built clever clockwork men who pilot Kadmeion’s wonderful airship. Go Fer would have a new name, a new boy appearance, and he would fly with his new master between islands that float above the sea.

But Magic Guild law makes the mandrake harvester Go Fer’s master, and Kadmeion will not go against the guild. Go Fer must return to the dog-murderer, lose his wondrous boy form, and dig mandrake roots until he dies. Which will be the very next time, unless the clever clockwork man and the kindly wizard can get him out of this fatal mess.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015890082
Publisher: Lita Burke
Publication date: 10/27/2012
Series: Clockpunk Wizard , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 879,420
File size: 125 KB

About the Author

LITA BURKE is an indie fantasy author. She is an avid reader and enjoys downloading titles by new writers onto her Kindle. Lita works a day job and writes novels early in the morning before the day clutters up her brain.

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Forever Boy 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers' Favorite Forever Boy (Clockpunk Wizard Book 1) by Lita Burke is the story of a young dog named Go Fer whose purpose, and that of his fellow dogs, is to dig up the deadly mandrake roots sought by wizards to invoke demons. However, all is not as it should be as Go Fer is led to dig up a mandrake, and the dog runs away. But his life will never be the same again, and it seems he is no longer just a dog. He becomes the familiar to a wizard and his world changes forever as he takes on a new identity and has a life mission to travel to places unknown. This is my first reading of Clockpunk.  At first I was unsure of the world the author, Lita Burke, had created. The work dives straight into the main story without preamble or setting, but once I adjusted to the style I began to settle into the book. It made me realise that a story can work without the traditional expectations of character development or description. It also has the advantage of moving the work along at a greater pace. The dialogue fits the story well and is used to develop the characters rather than descriptive words. This is a fantasy world with hints of magic and demons, and it was only after some way through that I realised there was an airship piloted by the wizard. Being used to a story unfolding, it was slightly surprising to read in a somewhat topsy-turvy order, but what I did find was that by the end I had taken to the characters and would be interested to read more.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite When the magician, Kadmeion, and his Metal-man assistant, Bright, witness an event at a mandrake plant, they discover a Go Fer dog capable of producing magic in Forever Boy by Lita Burke. After rescuing the animal and bringing it to their ship, then bathing it, and cleaning its wounds, Kadmeion and Bright are dismayed when the Go Fer dog escapes. But after the dog, who it turns out can speak (and is something more than just a dog), discusses the matter with the ship’s Machine, the dog returns to the magician and his assistant. There, he learns his true identity and is named Furgo. Upon discovering that he must return to, and be released by, his former master before he may join up with Kadmeion and Bright for good (and as a wizard’s familiar), the three come up with a plan for dealing with the evil pellar who would have allowed Furgo to die at the mandrake plant.  Forever Boy is a very short read. While it resolves the immediate issue of Furgo’s identity and sets the stage for future stories, it is not a work that will engage a reader for many hours. Even so, for those looking for a quick getaway, Forever Boy fits the bill. Lita Burke has created a “clockwork punk” world (like a science fiction tale in an earlier period with fantasy elements) that is both unique and inhabited by unusual characters. If you are in for a different sort of tale that includes some traditional fantasy principles, take a look at Forever Boy.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Forever Boy is Book 1 of Lita Burke's Clockpunk Wizard steampunk fantasy series. Kadmeion is a newly trained wizard whose companion, Bright, is a Metal Man, a seventh son and of Elfin heritage. They've gone to witness a mandrake root being animated and freed. In this crude procedure, the dog handler uses a dog to pull the root out of the ground, thereby releasing a demon-animated homunculus. The demon usually kills the dog who freed it, but this time something different happens. The root runs past the dog and kills the handler instead. Kadmeion blames the pellar's faulty magic for this occurrence. When the pellar removes the rope from the dog's neck, the dog growls and bites him; then he runs away. Kadmeion and Bright return to their airship where the dog is waiting for them. Lita Burke's steampunk fantasy short story, Forever Boy: Clockpunk Wizard, Book 1, is fabulous and filled with magical adventure. Kadmeion is a gentleman wizard, just setting out on his career, with Sir Bright at his side, and their partnership, though quite new, is a marvel to behold. I had some concerns when I began this book as the thought of dogs being murdered is too awful for this devoted companion of animals to imagine, but I was soon relieved when the handler met his just deserts. Go Fer's sudden assimilation of language made the story glow even more for me. Burke's characters are marvelous and beautifully developed, and I soon felt at ease in the world she's carefully constructed. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in her Clockpunk Wizard series and finding out more about my new favorite steampunk adventurers. Forever Boy: Clockpunk Wizard, Book 1 is most highly recommended.
DemelzaCarlton More than 1 year ago
Ticking away like precision clockwork...or clockpunk This was my first clockpunk story and I was very excited to receive a free copy from the author for an honest, non-reciprocal review. The whole story ticks like clockwork - from the writing style to the plot to the technology. Well crafted from start to finish, it was like the first episode in a series, ending at just the right point so I know I'll be happy to