Stranger in the Wizard's Tower

  • by Deric McNish
  • Narrated by Deric McNish
  • 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Poor bumbling Athin can't get anything right. Unlike his dazzling rival apprentice, Mir, his magic is flaccid and weak. When he sneaks into his master's forbidden study he sets in motion a series of events that spiral out of control.
Worlds away at a highway pit stop, Dustin is used as a pawn in a greater game and gets sucked into another world. The way home barred, his only way back is forward, with the help of a bewitching sorceress and a curious young apprentice.
The Land of Lenoran has stability under the rule of wizards, but that peace is threatened by the rising power of the warrior class. Their ruthless leader controls the land's dragons and will stop at nothing to gain every advantage in the coming war.
In this fun romp across worlds, a team of unlikely allies sets out on a journey of discovery. Over five mind-blowing days, Athin and Mir both set their sights on the handsome stranger from another world. Will the magic that brought them together now tear them apart?


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A Worthwhile Fantasy Tale

I thought this book was all-in-all a very good, very well thought out fantasy adventure. It had a little something in the story for just about everyone including magic, adventure, romance, and action. I will say that it took a little while to really get into the story, and there were a few dry areas, but I was impressed and pleased with the book by the time I was done. I'm really hoping for another story.

The book begins with a young man who gets sucked into a magical world of wizards and dragons through a portal hidden away in a non-descript porn shop. While this concept was a little odd in the beginning, it really blended in well with the rest of the story. An interesting area of the book was the male/male relationship between the two main charters. While this might turn some people away, I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

The narration was pretty good. There were a few areas where the quality wasn't the best, but they were few in number. It was good enough to earn 5 stars from me (though it might have been closer to a 4.5).

Overall, I was very happy with this book and think that anyone who likes the fantasy genre will enjoy it.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.
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Stranger in the Wizard’s Tower begins with a young traveler gently lured to someplace other than his destination. I found it rather ingenious, who would think one would find a magic gate to an alternate universe in a porno shop; some kind of magic maybe but definitely not the wizardly type. The author superbly narrated his story and lent credibility to each character. Deric’s voice is clear and easy to listen to, his pace is steady and the story flows at an average speed. There were a few minor breathing or mouth noises (chapter 2 comes to mind)but they were very minor and didn’t distract me from the story.

The alternate universe appears to be set up in similar style to that of the 11th to 15th century Europe with wizards of simple powers to those knowing how to make gates to Earth and who are mostly flawed like any human, then you have present day (or 2002) in the USA. The people and wizards of the old world meet the folks of modern America with our own bits of magic in the form of television, phones, glass buildings, etc. What a terrifying thrill that is for both sides.

This is a good fantasy story with fairly equal amounts of magic, dragons, war, action, adventure, and romance. Young adults work together to save Lenoran from the warrior class and Earth. I really liked the characters in the story even the revolting and hideous Yensid whom I imagine has an even darker plot brewing next time. The descriptions of people, places and things were well done and I never felt lacking for information. I think I’d really like to live in Max’s castle with the scary “dog.”

I was thoroughly impressed with the way the author handled the relationships in the book. This being my first time to read about a male/male relationship I was pleased to see it not dirty or cheapened as one tends to read in some books with the male/female relations. Dustin and Athin are well-suited for one another, both kind of bumbling guys finding their way through life. Hmmmm, I’m wondering if maybe passing through the gate doesn’t give Dustin a little power too which will help Athin in the future? I think the over-willing Mir is going to drive Erik crazy but keep him happy, though I must admit I find him lacking in….something….he’s a military man yet he doesn’t seem to have the strength or wits of a man of his background. I do see the young people playing vital roles in the next book and hope each new love blossoms. For me personally, the most endearing relationship was with the two gruff, crazy old wizards because they reminded me of the men in the movie “Secondhand Lions.” Also, I can’t wait to see how Murithniel (spelling may be incorrect due to hearing and not seeing the words) works her magic with the General and the rest of Earth, or at least the USA; hehehe, she’s going to be an amazing Ambassador.

I enjoyed this audiobook and was happy to listen to the story twice, which I often do to make sure I don’t miss anything of importance. This book was given to me by Deric McNish and in exchange for a fair and honest review. I look forward to listening to the second book in the series.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-21-2015
  • Publisher: Pyramus Press