The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire by Iain Reading
Series: The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire #1
Published by Self Published by the Author on April 1st, 2014
Genres: Action, Adventure, Mystery
Pages: 303 : Paperback
Source: Received from the author for an honest review
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This first book of the Wizards of Waterfire series tells the story of Memphis Grey, a teenage girl with an extraordinary secret. Born with a special gift to summon and control the elemental building blocks of nature – Earth, Air, Fire and Water – Memphis and the other members of her ancient guild of wizards have the power to shape these elements and use the resulting energy to weave a form of primordial magic.
A seemingly ordinary group of friends on the outside, Memphis and her fellow wizards gather each week to practice their magical skills at the local shopping mall where a clandestine set of stairs leads to a secret room hidden at the top of a decorative lighthouse. Only those in the know can recognize the distinctive image of the lighthouse as a clue to a hidden reality lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world. Hiding in plain sight, each lighthouse marks the hidden meeting place of one of the guilds of the elusive Wizards of Waterfire.
But despite their remarkable powers none of them are immortal and after tragedy strikes in a flash of screeching tires and twisted metal, Memphis and the others watch helplessly as their whole world starts to fall apart right in front of their eyes. Faced with the prospect of having to disband their guild unless they can find a new member to join them, Memphis and her friends set out to recruit Flynn, a handsome and mysterious new student at their local high school. He is the perfect choice to restore the elemental balance, but when things don’t turn out quite as planned they find themselves swept along on an amazing journey that takes them to the ancient and magical places of the Waterfire guilds, uncovering dark secrets and long-forgotten histories as they go, until finally hurtling them toward a dramatic confrontation with another of the five ancient guilds – the mysterious and powerful guild of the EarthAir wizards.
Iain Reading never disappoints me with his novels! He has dipped into new waters with this new fantasy series and I say to Mr. Reading never look back! This was such a fantastic novel to a start of a series and I cannot wait to see what he will crank out next.
I was so pulled into the world he built surrounding these wonderful characters. I have said before that Iain Reading creates characters that feel so real you could walk down the street and run into them.
Anyways, the Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire was fantastic! I loved the mix between adventure, mystery, and of course the magical abilities of these extraordinary characters and how they could been the elements to their will. Usually when I hear of a series that has to do with elements and magical abilities I am dulled to sleep, but this was the complete opposite! My eyes could not move across the pages fast enough to find out what was going to happen next! So many plot twists and turns and I was on the edge of my (figurative) seat!
A great novel overall and I can’t wait to see what Iain Reading will pump out next! I await his next novel with much impatience! 🙂