Today is the fourth day of Rave Reviews Book Club’s “Pay It Forward” week, and I have to say that I’m eagerly awaiting the next round. I told my friend and fellow RRBC member, Robin Lindzer, about it, and she wants to join in next time so maybe I’ll get to host her, or vice versa. But regardless, I’m loving this opportunity to introduce you to so many amazing Indie authors.
I am privileged to host Robin Chambers, author of the Myrddin’s Heir series. I don’t normally read Fantasy books, but I am a huge JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis fan, with a secondary a passion for the work of Lloyd Alexander. However, based on what I have read of this series, I foresee a new literary addiction in my life. Here is a little bit about Book one, A Wizard of Dreams.
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“Gordon Bennett was born on 7th August 1999 with extraordinary powers. Where have those powers come from? Who – or what – is “Zack”…? His mother begins to notice that Gordon is different when he speaks his first words at just 5 months old and that’s before the really strange things begin to happen!
Fun, refreshing and certainly different, A Wizard Of Dreams is Book 1 in The Myrddin’s Heir series by author Robin Chambers. Written at a quick, entertaining pace it’s a potent blend of magical intrigue and adventure and whilst the theme is familiar, Chambers has a unique style of writing that sets his work apart. Much more than a trite fantasy plotline his young protagonist is defined in a realistic and empathetic way that pulls the reader through the story with him, and when Gordon interacts with Zack there is always much to be taken from these well observed exchanges. With well-defined characters, Chambers demonstrates a meticulous eye for detail that makes them instantly identifiable and whilst some are more endearing than others they are all very memorable. Each captured with a distinctive tenor that adds greatly to the thematic undertones of his tale. A tale that not only entertains, but encourages thought and timely reflection.
Original and highly engrossing, A Wizard Of Dreams is a wonderful read throughout and sets the tone for a series that undoubtedly deserves your attention. It is highly recommended.”
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Book 1 ends on 6th September 2010 – Gordon’s first morning in secondary school: when he finds out for certain that he’s not the only one. There’s a girl in the frame…
The Myrddin’s Heir series will challenge you. One of the most important questions, therefore, is: “Are YOU up for the challenge?”
– A couple of reader reviews –
Wizards, fairies, spirits from long ago, time travel, mental telepathy and a Spirit attendee are just part of the adventure you’ll find in The Wizard of Dreams. From the first paragraph, we know that Gordon, who is just moving out of his toddler years and ready to begin school, is an extraordinary boy.. He has what his mum refers to as a “imaginary friend,” but whom we find as we read on is either a guardian angel, spirit guide, or an alter-ego of this extremely gifted child. Gordon possesses uncanny intelligence and knowledge that exceeds his age. He stands up to bullies much older and larger than himself and I won’t tell you how that turns out. You’ll need to read the story to see.
Zack, Gordon’s attendee, is as much a part of the story plot as Gordon himself is. Together, they go on adventures in dreams where they save fairies from fire-breathing dragons, travel backward in time to meet Gordon’s sixteen generations back great grandmother who gives him a gift and reveals shocking information that will serve Gordon and the planet earth well.
I don’t want to tell too much and spoil the story. I will say this is a delightful read for any young adult or young-at-heart adult. If you like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, you’ll love this book about Gordon and Zack and their many adventures. Robin Chambers did a fantastic job of crafting this story. The writing flows and in that flow, carries you right along with it. With vivid descriptions, you can see what Gordon and Zack are seeing. You are flying on broomsticks with them or kneeling before kings. This is the first book in this series and I look forward to book 2!
By: Jan Sikes
Myrddin’s Heir, Book 1: A Wizard of Dreams is a delightful, fresh twist on aspects of Arthurian legend, in the style of Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series. We follow the tale of the early years of Gordon, a boy with extraordinary powers and a legendary destiny, on a journey of self-discovery through several fascinating adventures that had me eagerly turning the pages. From antics in school to a (quite literally) haunting family vacation in the British countryside, to Avalon itself, this book spins a magical tale with heart and beautiful themes and life lessons, perfect for young readers as well as older and wiser ones! As a former teacher, I wish I had this book in my classroom, for after each chapter is a list of themes, events, and metaphors to be discussed, and there is a wonderful glossary at the end with more information on each of these items. The author, Robin Chambers, a medievalist and teacher himself, infuses his book seamlessly with wisdom as well as historical and literary knowledge. I was overjoyed at the number of Shakespearean references hidden in the narrative! Myrddin’s Heir, A Wizard of Dreams is truly an enjoyable read not only for its unique plot but also for its timeless lessons and plethora of information. It truly is a one-of-a-kind Arthurian adventure, and I am thrilled that Robin Chambers has continued Gordon’s journey in this book series so I can follow along on this magical reading adventure!
By: Lori Fitzgerald
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I’m going to end this post with a few words from Robin that struck a chord with me.
“I think the world would be a much better place if children everywhere were brought up to have open minds and to love learning, to respect difference, and to do whatever they can to protect the planet.”
Learn more about the Myrddin’s Heir series by visiting Robin’s website,
Add Wizard of Dreams to your library”