The Rite of Wands

The Rite of Wands

by Mackenzie Flohr

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Overview

One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.

But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946006431
Publisher: BHC Press
Publication date: 03/10/2017
Series: Rite of Wands , #1
Pages: 252
Sales rank: 738,270
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Mackenzie is the author of the popular young adult fantasy series The Rite of Wands. A storyteller at heart, she loves to inspire the imagination. Mackenzie makes her home in Michigan, where she is currently penning her next adventure.

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The Rite of Wands 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
If your parents were warlocks and your grandparents were warlocks, wouldn’t that mean that you too would be a warlock? Not necessarily, according to the Rite of Wands. Those who are born warlocks are forced to take the Rite of Wands once they reach a certain age. If they pass, they get to proceed with their magic, but if they fail–magic is taken from them. What a horrible way to live life, knowing that you could have done something great but it was stripped away because of some choices you’d made early in life. The wisdom sets in the older you get, but these youths are forced to take the test none-the-less to see if they can handle their destiny. Flohr has an entertaining and action-packed young adult fantasy novel that will engulf readers into a new world. Mierta McKinnon has pass his Rite of Wands, only to be dreadfully concerned about the plague that kills him and his family as a young adult. He knows that Lord Kaeto’s warning to start researching apothecary using his father’s potion book is the right way to go, but he finds himself running into hardships in order to get there. Unable to stress the urgency of what was shown to him through his Rite of Wands, his father is reluctant to grant him access for fear of unleashing his own secrets. Within a neighboring kingdom, another warlock has been accepted by the king as his new soothsayer out of respect for his mother. He foresees the king’s untimely death, but is not believed and the story continues to follow both warlocks through their fascinating, yet harsh life of friendship, poison, death, and dishonor. Can both warlocks find a way to fight against the destinies that had been shown to them in their Rite of Wands in order to save their people and kingdom? Flohr has a fantastic story, filled with creativity, world-building, and originality. The pace is a bit slower in the beginning and quickens throughout the read. This is typically due to the fantasy content and consistency of world-building elements. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator was phenomenal with his voice relay. The scenes were vivid for the imagination and characters were entertaining along with the corresponding background noises. This is the first installment in the Rite of Wands Series; therefore, you can jump right in. If you are interested in action and young adult fantasy, this may be a perfect fit. An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite In a world dependent on magic, Mierta the warlock struggles to fight off impending disaster in The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr. As a 12-year-old, Mierta passes the test and receives his wand. As he grows, he fights to keep the visions from his Rite ceremony from becoming reality, hoping to save the kingdom and avoid a horrible fate. As the son of the king’s personal physician, Mierta has access to all kinds of spells and potions that he hopes will serve him in his quest. Meanwhile, another boy comes to serve in the court of the King of Vandolay as soothsayer and advisor. Orlynd must be careful of the treachery all around him while trying to do the right thing for the king and the people at the mercy of the rulers. As time progresses (roughly 20 years), tensions begin to rise and it seems that the powers of evil may have the upper hand. Ancient prophecies are coming to pass and the once peaceful land is in turmoil. The question at the cliff-hanger ending is how the two most powerful young men of the kingdom will express their abilities and what will the outcome be? Mackenzie Flohr has created a magical world that fascinates and excites the reader with brilliant descriptions of spells, action and suspense. The Rite of Wands is a great book for advanced MG and YA readers who like action and can appreciate the subtleties of human emotions like greed, the hunger for power and the depths of tragic loss. The young characters are realistic in that they are sure of themselves most of the time, but still have questions and issues with growing up, like any pre-teen/teenager does. The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr is certainly a great beginning to what promises to be an interesting and thrilling series where the magical and ordinary combine in a medieval setting complete with kings, queens and knights, along with the struggling peasants who are at the mercy of those around them.
BobbyFisher More than 1 year ago
I received a pre-release copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Wands at the ready for a tale of magic and secrets! Mierta McKinnon experiences a terrible vision of the future during his Rite of Wands ceremony – an initiation all Warlocks must face. He becomes obsessed with finding a way to change his destiny and does everything in his power to change the future, unaware of how his decisions will one day reshape the kingdom. I found the exterior to be visually appealing, with a simple but elegant cover that matches the story well. Inside I was pleasantly surprised to find an interesting looking map – a nice touch by the author. Coming from England, I found the shape of the map very familiar! However, it was well edited to reflect the geography of the world I was about to enter. Flicking to the back, I found a couple of sections which provided information on the meaning and pronunciation of the various words and dialects used. I immediately felt invested in Mierta’s quest and was fascinated by the development of his character. He serves as a great example of how persistence and single mindedness can slowly turn into obsession, fundamentally changing a person. Orlynd on the other hand, gave me a sense of satisfaction, cheering him on as he made the journey from a young, unconfident boy to a brave and trustworthy advisor to the King. I found his sense of duty and the extent he goes to protect his king very touching. Overall there was a good mix of characters with a variety of motivations, from the deeply focused young Warlock Mierta, to royalty with hidden agendas. The book is structured using a common approach, with the story told through multiple characters in multiple locations by alternating chapters – in this case between the characters Mierta and Orylnd. However, it did not always alternate by chapter, at some points switching after short sections or every few pages. This made it hard to stay immersed in a plot which swapped storylines at a rapid pace, though I admit it also kept me on my toes. ‘The Rite of Wands’ is interesting from a linguistic point of view.  Orylnd uses a dialect that was a little hard to decipher at first, but which I got used to, mainly thanks to the useful guide at the back. It was definitely a fun experience learning a dialect while following the story, but also initially a little time consuming having to stop and look words up. For the most part, the author’s work reads smoothly though at times I felt some word choices were a bit unnatural causing me to re-read sentences, weakening my immersion. The way that the events developed the characters was enjoyable and kept me guessing. Just as you’ve made your mind up about someone, they make a choice which can completely change your outlook. This story is suitable for Fantasy fans of all ages and will hook both older and younger audiences. I would definitely recommend giving ‘The Rite of Wands’ a read and look forward to the next installment in the series.
ShakyraDunn1 More than 1 year ago
I was thrilled to read this book after getting a glimpse of the synopsis, and I was not at all disappointed. The novel was short, but I got a lot of insight into the characters, particularly taking interest in Mierta. His precocious nature as a child was appealing, and over time you watch him gradually change into a man warped by what fate has set out for him. This level of development has always drawn me into a plot, for I feel that strong characters such as him and Orlynd carry the tale with grace. I look forward to the sequel!
Kasey64 More than 1 year ago
It is a well thought out book that left me wanting to read the next one right away. Loved the characters and kept trying to figure out what they were going to do next. I finished the book in about a day, just had to keep reading to find out what happened next. I received this product for free from the publisher in exchange for this post.