The Royal Wizard

Alianne Donnelly
The Royal Wizard
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Release Date
March 2013
Book 1 of Dawn of Ragnarok
Fantasy Romance, New Adult

The kingdom of Wilderheim stands bastion between the world of humans and the Otherlands. It is ruled as much by people as it is by creatures Other and as such, it must always have a wizard at the right hand of its king. Nico has seen three generations of rulers sit the throne; he knows he will not see the fourth. Desperate to find a worthy apprentice, when Nia appears like a godsend in his path he wastes no time taking her under his wing as his last sworn duty to the young king Saeran.

But Nia and Saeran have many trials ahead of them. With destinies converging toward an inevitable battle for power, countless lives hang in the balance, including theirs. As love brings them together, so strife tears them apart and as the balance between justice and magic shifts, the royal wizard and her king get caught in a maelstrom of colliding forces. Nothing is ever as it seems with a trickster hiding in the shadows. When the gods begin to play, mortals tremble…

Book Review by Linda Hays-Gibbs (author,reviewer)
Feb 09, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
263 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic flight of fancy.

Nia is full of magic and trained to be a Royal Wizard by Nico. The old Wizard trains her carefully, so she can take his place beside the King of Wilderheim. She is gifted with magic but her true worth is her wisdom and goodness. The king is a handsome brave young man named Saeran. He is immediately struck by her beauty. She feels a similar pull toward the new king, too.

They are a peculiar and magical pair, to say the least. The problem is that the Royal Wizard is supposed to protect the king and the kingdom, not get romantically evolved with the king.

Nia is frantic because Nico, her teacher, abandons her right after she is introduced to the king. She As such, she has no one to get advice from, and so she asks the wind and the earth and Others to help her. It is not the same as having Nico though, but she is determined to be the best Royal Wizard she can be even if she is young and unsure.

Matters become worse when the king must honor a pledge to marry a woman from another kingdom so Nia decides she must leave. And that is just one of the trials they have to face...

If you love magic and fantasy plus a true romance, you will adore this book forever. I was swept away by the tides of it and caught up into the dream. It was engrossing and I highly recommend it.

The characters have so many problems but they work hard through their struggles. The minor characters are so interesting and helpful, too. A wolf that dies or a pendant from a god with an evil personality can alter the story in strange and magical ways.

I was totally enchanted. Thank you so much for the read. I gave this wonderful fantasy five stars! The plot was so very different and interesting. I will not give it away with spoilers. I can only say it was a page turner. I cannot wait for the sequel.
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