Day of the Dragonking: The Last American Wizard

  • by Edward Irving
  • Narrated by Bill Powers
  • 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Mystically powered terrorists unleash volatile magic on the world, turning Washington, D.C., into a politically-charged fantasyland ripe for human sacrifice.
A trio of suicide attackers with magical abilities bring down a 747 by summoning a dragon to rip it from the sky, using the hundreds of lives lost as a sacrifice to initiate the Change. The country morphs into a new landscape of swords and sorcery. Now computers and other machines are coming to life, and regular people have started to turn into mythical creatures and forgotten deities, creating a chaotic world easily seized by whoever - or whatever - set this shift into motion. Hope appears in the nation's capital where, along with transforming Democrats into potbellied elves, Republicans into cantankerous dwarves, and Tea Party members into trolls, the Change has granted struggling freelance journalist Steve Rowan the abilities of the Tarot Arcana's Fool card, making him a powerful, yet unreliable, wizard. Realizing his potential, he is "hired" by the trivia-obsessed sentient computer Barnaby and coupled with the attractive, no-nonsense female Navy SEAL Ace Morningstar to uncover the puppet masters behind the plane crash. Irving (Courier, 2014, etc.), a producer of Emmy Award-winning news television and a journalist well-acquainted with the Beltway, makes good use of clichéd Washington stereotypes by mashing them together with fantasy tropes, breathing new life into political satire.
...Like many first books in a genre series, the novel foreshadows a greater enemy behind all this madness while barely hinting at its identity, offering a wonderfully bizarre consolation prize as its denouement.
A clever, humorous fantasy...." (Kirkus Reviews)


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And Now for Something Completely Different

This is a strange book. Seriously. It's part political satire and part "Metamorphoses." Reality and non-reality collide, and no one is the same as they were. (I recommend you read the various plot descriptions in other reviews.) The "wizard" of the title is a journalist, not a wizard, and is totally unprepared and disbelieving when he's informed he's the only person with the magical ability to save the world. There is lots of action, a healthy dose of humor, and I suspect a lot of inside jokes that went right over my head.
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- Bookaholic

Pretty Funny

If you’ve listened to books by Edward Irving before, how does this one compare?

I have not. I thought his timing/spacing was good.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book made me laugh.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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- Tiffany Markworth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2016
  • Publisher: Rock Creek Consulting LLC