Avis Blackthorn: Is Not an Evil Wizard! (The Wizard Magic School Series, Book 1) Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Avis Blackthorn's family is the most evil family in all of the Seven Magical Kingdoms. The problem? Avis isn't evil. Not one bit. His magical wizarding family will do anything to make Avis's life a misery. Even the horses that pull the carriages don't like him. But he has a way out at last... Hailing Hall School for Wizards, a sanctuary, a place for good wizards, where he can make some nice, normal friends, learn magic and live a normal life, finally escaping the notoriety of the Blackthorn name... or so he thinks. That's where the real adventure - humorous, haunting and mysterious - begins. Come along with Avis as he tries desperately to prove he isn't evil like his family. And join tall, thin, bespectacled Robin and accident-prone Hunter, Avis's friends from the Outside - the same world as yours, in fact - as they discover Wizard's Spider Soap, the wizarding sport of Riptide and even the ghosts that do the laundry! Of course, in a magic school full of teenage wizards there will always be drama. But stranger things are brewing and Avis finds himself at the center of it after spotting Malakai - the most evil sorcerer around and his parents' employer - coming into the school in the dead of night. Avis wonders why, and why will no one believe him? The mysterious, beautiful Tina might know why. When Avis and Robin spot her creeping round in the dead of night, she tells them about the quest and a thrilling mystery unfolds. Yet, everything goes horribly wrong for Avis. After being accused of something terrible, he is ostracized from his friends and lives high up in the clock tower. Everyone thinks he's evil, just like his family... Avis must uncover the biggest of quests with the help of Tina and Robin and finally prove once and for all, that he is a good wizard....
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|Listening Length||7 hours and 25 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||August 20, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #122,423 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#353 in Science Fiction for Children
#1,996 in Fantasy & Magic for Children
#3,724 in Children's Science Fiction Books (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2017
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This was a self-published SmashWords book, and if I'm not mistaken, was originally released totally free. His readers suggested he market his books. So although you will find some grammatical and/or spelling errors, it was not enough to slow me down and I am eagerly looking forward to reading book 2.
At times it feels like it's going in circles - let me remind you, this is the first book written by this author. I think he did very well.
I am an adult reader who enjoys YA Action/Adventure books and this was exciting enough for my tastes. Although predictable, it was still a fun read for me and I hated that it ended. It was only predictable in that the hero will survive!
I love what another reviewer said about "proofreading not being a requirement in the wizard's world." Perhaps people don't know that Indie-Authors rely on volunteers to proofread in return for getting the books for free. I have proofread a few books now and I only wonder how many read but never get around to the "proofing." It does take time and is still not 100%. If misspellings and grammar bother you, why not consider offering to proofread on an author you like.
But I'm not removing stars for that. Deducting stars because it doesn't measure up to Harry Potter would be unfair. I wouldn't compare it to Potter at all if it wasn't so obviously a wannabe.
No, I'm giving it three stars because the grammatical errors are atrocious. And to have the author brush it off as the writing of a boy with a limited English education...
Let me tell you something. I've read books ostensibly written by DOGS with a better grasp of the English language. So don't give me this nonsense about bad grammar being true to your POV character. If you expect people to pay money for your books, have the decency to invest your own into getting them ready for publication. If you're serious about being an author, hire an editor.
There is humor, mystery, friendships, rivalry in sports, ghosts and an evil brother playing tricks on his younger brother. We also have the "evilest wizard" in all seven kingdoms. Avis and his friends are able to put a dent in his plans and stop him for a while.
This story is enjoyable to the young of heart of all ages. Well done, Jack Simmonds, for the start of a great series.
Likeable characters that you never question their ability to exist.
Interest magic system, in comparison to Harry Potter.
Sarcasm, but not so much that you feel bashed over the head by a troll.
Interesting story that will quickly draw you into the story.
Cons:(yes, there are a few.)
You can definitely tell that this is a self-published/indie novel.
There are some spelling errors that drew me out of the story, but not jarring enough that I was distracted too badly.
It didn't feel long enough. Really, I wanted more time to attach myself to the characters.
Occasionally, it feels like certain circumstances are downplayed, or not explained as well as they should be.
If I could, I would give this a score somewhere between a 4 and 5, but closer to a 5 than a 4.
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I enjoyed it so much that I downloaded the other Avis Blackthorn novels.
Yes the protagonist has a girl and boy chum and he goes to magic school and he fights the magical baddie BUT that doesn't mean it is a knockoff of the other young magic user.
The story lines are totally different and once you start reading you will see that for yourself.
What ever your age is, if you enjoy magic mysteries then please give this author a try. I for one am eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the adventures of Avis Blackthorn.