I don’t remember how I came across ‘More than a Wizard’ by M. Lee Madder; I am glad that I did. This is her second novel she has written. Her first novel was released in January 2016 called ‘Warring Passions,’ and it sounds intriguing.I am surprised this novel hasn’t received a lot of reviews because it is well-written and keeps the reader begging for more. This novel is a fantasy/romance with love scenes if the reader wishes to skip the scenes without interfering with the plot.
Madder’s ability to keep her reader spellbound throughout the story by staying in the eyes of the main character, Corrie using the third person. That’s a rarity in novels. The choice works well for the plot to set up the tone and emotions bonding the reader to her.
See, Corrie was a young woman trying to conceal her power after escaping from a Prime Wizard; the more she hid her power, it betrayed her.
Then Sverr entered the scene and everything changed for Corrie. Just like her, at first, I didn’t trust Sverr. I wanted to jump into the story to kick Sverr’s family jewels for her. Madder made it no secret that Sverr lusted for Corrie which was a brilliant move by adding tension between the two characters.
Sverr’s role was more than a horny swordsman desiring Corrie, but her guide to reveal what haunts her by teaching her about her power. Another brilliant move by Madder’s promise of a future if Corrie learned to trust Sverr. Madder brought out Corrie’s backstory through dialog with Sverr at certain points in the story. There were revelations that I didn’t see coming! Madder had woven together love, desire, freedom, truth, adventure, self-awareness, confidence, and sacrifice to build a great story.
That’s why I was disappointed in the quick ending to the story as Madder pulled all these elements into a powerful story with a touching love saga. Only to have an ending without satisfaction. I wanted to see what happened to Corrie and Sverr’s relationship for there was a hint of their fate before the great battle. Perhaps, the author is planning a second book with Corrie, and if so that would be awesome.
This was an excellent read, and I look forward to reading it again.