Osric's Wand: the Wand-Maker's Debate

Osric's Wand: the Wand-Maker's Debate

by Jack Albrecht, Ashley Delay

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ISBN-13: 9781466269477
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/21/2011
Pages: 204
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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Osric's Wand: the Wand-Maker's Debate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Amys_Bookshelf_Reviews More than 1 year ago
In the beginning ... Everything has a beginning, even time, and with that knowledge, a simple baseline, it expands from there. Magic and mystery, this book is very intriguing, and entering the world of witches and wizards. Sometimes when there is more than one author, there is writing style discrepancy, but not with this book. This book captures something within the readers, and even its authors. I love a good fantasy book and this did not disappoint. It's a creative and inspiring story, which may gather some readers and dissuade others. I always give the story a chance to take off and soar, and this one does that for me. There is a little bit of romance, magical and mystical beings, and secrecy. It's a well balanced story.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The chaos began on Archana when the world leaders gathered to sign a treaty for peace, something that has never been achieved. Tragedy strikes, leaders die and answers must be found. Who did this? With a worldwide war in the offing, Osric must journey far to stop the inevitable from happening. In a world filled with magic, unicorns, enslaved dragons and unknown powers to be revealed, Osric sets out with his best friend and fellow soldier, the world’s greatest Wand-Maker, snarky, but knowledgeable creature and a beautiful magical Maiden of the Unicorn, whose calm and angelic features may be stealing Osric’s heart. Their fates lie in an ancient prophecy, but only their bravery and the gifts bestowed on Osric will keep them safe. Travel on the back of a flying dragon, meet huge eagles, survive the visions that have been seen and witness the birth of the powers of magic. Osric’s Wand by Jack D. Albrecht Jr. and Ashley Delay is a journey into the realm of magic and fantasy written for younger readers that brings the flight of a dragon to life, where the honor of the characters feels real and the dangers they encounter are something only the mind can truly see. Wonderful descriptions bring each scene to life, as all types of creatures speak, perform magic and learn to work together as allies. Some characters are quirky, some have sharp tongues and some are the quiet heroes that make fantasy and history breathe. A wonderful look into another world, a magical journey and a quest for the good of all that couldn't succeed without friendship and trust. I received this copy from the authors in exchange for my honest review.
MN-Dmari More than 1 year ago
Most books I like well enough; sometimes there are few I don't care for, even fewer that I outright dislike, less than those that I hate and even less than those that I hate .... are the books that just WOW me. What wow'ed me the most about this book is that it was written not by one but by TWO people (Jack D. Albrecht, Jr. & Ashley Delay). I must confess before, I continue, I used Osric's Wand as the initial guinea pig on an experiment of mine. When it came across my "desk", I was intrigued by the cover and I thought - I wonder how my opinion will differ if I just start reading without looking at the synopsis until after I finish the book? Will the cover hold the same intrigue? Will the cover do the book justice? When I read the synopsis, after I have read the book, will I think it was an accurate hook or could it have done better? First, to the cover. It illustrates things you will most certainly find in the book - a wand, a book, a short sword and a vial - each time you come across these things for the first time in the story, your mind will flick (perhaps subconsciously) to the cover and you are able to picture these elements all the more clearer. To be fair, its a good cover ... but it's not GREAT and this book deserves the latter more than the former. I would liken the cover to a genie's lamp - when you "discover" it, it holds a certain intrigue but for whatever reason it appears dull. Something pulls at you though, compelling you to "rub" (open the book) the lamp and much to your surprise the mere lamp (unassuming book) holds untold treasures. Stepping into Archana was a trip, it pulled at me and had me fighting the sleep I normally treasure because I just had to finish it. I found the ease with which the characters were written (by a pair of authors instead of the usual one!) fascinating. In the beginning as the characters were brought to the forefront - I was continuously caught off guard, I found myself making assumptions (normal and understandable ones) only to be knocked back a few sentences or paragraphs later that challenged me, as if to say "stop trying so hard to figure things out and just read". The depth at which the characters are painted with each word is unique and colorful to say the least. I didn't have to imagine myself in Osric's shoes at the peace treaty signing when his world came to a screeching halt - it felt like I was standing right next to him. I wanted to smack Gus, I laughed and delighted in Pebble's childish glee and found myself wishing for Brigett's empathy and Ero's stoicism. I wanted to take up the cause of Greyback and her kind. I had a grudging respect for Kenneth, Machai and all others on the side of Archana. I hated the treacherous - Aran, Thom, others I don't care to name and those I know are still hidden in the shadows of the story. I have to applaud the authors for their strong relationship, it must be strong otherwise I don't think the story of Archana would have been written so seamlessly. While I am sure that one could have written Osric's Wand without the others help and it would have been a good book - I am confident in saying I do not think it would have been as thrilling or enchanting had they not come together as a team. ~Marie Borthwick, author/reviewer