The Wizard of Time (Book 1) By G.L. Breedon

The Wizard of Time (Book 1)
By G.L. Breedon
296 Pages – Ages 14+
Published by Kosmosaic Books on July 28, 2011

Thirteen-year old Gabriel Salvador knew if he had a dream where something happened to him, that thing would happen in real life. One night, Gabriel dreamed he was going to drown. He then knew he would die soon. Gabriel wakes up to find himself in a strange room and is told that his family and friends think he is dead because he drowned. He was saved from death by a Time Mage and the Mages made a copy of him to replace him in his other life, so he can’t go back no matter what. Mages are magicians or wizards that can use one of six different magics (fire, wind, heart-tree, time, earth and soul). Gabriel soon finds out he is also a Mage and he can control and travel though time. Gabriel learns that there are “Malignancy Mages” that use their magic for evil and they want to kidnap Gabriel and use his powers. Gabriel eventually learns that he is The Seventh True Mage, a person who can use all six magics. But Gabriel gets captured by an evil Mage and it looks like he can’t escape.

I really liked this story. I thought the Mages were cool and I liked learning about the different Mages. The action and the magic fights in the book were described really well and the time traveling and history (Gabriel traveled to different periods of time) were some of the really great parts of the book. I liked the story, but it isn’t for a kid my age. Although Mr. Breedon wrote the action and battle parts really well, the book didn’t have the humor mixed in to it like a lot of the action/fantasy books I read for kids my age. There was also a bunch of bad language that just didn’t need to be in there. I think the book would be good for older kids and adults who like fantasy and time travel. Gabriel was an awesome main character. He is the kind of kid-hero I do like to read about. I would like to see him in a middle-grade book!

I give “The Wizard of Time” three out of five bookworms.

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25 replies

  1. I like the concept of the book – it sounds really interesting! And I appreciate your candor in reviewing, pointing out the things that didn’t work so well for you. Very helpful when evaluating the book for younger readers. Thanks for a great review, Erik.

  2. I loved this book. I don’t remember any bad language, but yes it is aimed at early YA rather than MG – though the two seem often to blur these days 😉 Great concept, story flows really well. Yes, there could’ve been a bit more humour/lightness to it in parts. One of the best indie books I’ve read to date.

    • It is somtimes hard to find books that are written on a YA level for young kids like me who can read above their age but are clean as far as what is in the book. I wish more authors would write “cleaner” but at an advanced level for kids like me. I think The Wizard of Time is a good story with great characters but I think it isn’t for middle-grade kids.

  3. Love the honesty of your reviews, Erik, I always feel like I have such a good idea about what I would be reading. It does sound like you were rightly picking up that it is aimed at an older crowd.

  4. I don’t understand why profanity is so acceptable in YA just because kids are older. It’s not something you grow into, like tough topics. The book sounds very intriguing but I tend to avoid the ones I know have words in them that I don’t really want my kids to start using, especially when there are SO MANY other excellent choices.

    Good review, Erik.

  5. The Wizard of Time sounds interesting! Thanks so much for your review! And, I have to say, the video at the end was one of the best advertisements that I’ve seen in a while! I watched the entire clip and had no idea that it was for Sharpie- good for them! : ) Have a great weekend : ) ~ Jess

  6. Sounds super, Erik. Shame it was plugged for your age group. You’d think the publisher would know all that.

  7. Sounds like an interesting book. I like time travel. Great, honest review. Agree with Michelle on the profanity and the age group. There are so many good books out there without it.

    • There are a lot of YA books I would love to read, but because of violence or language I can’t (my parents are pretty strict about that). It is good that there are a lot of choices of books. I do think that adults and older kids will really like the story in this book. 🙂

  8. I wish there were better ways of ranking YA/Teen books.

  9. I agree with you, Erik. I am disappointed with all books – for any genre – that have profanity – and other things in them that are not suitable for everyone. I see no need to include those things. It just helps to spread the idea that as we get older it is okay to talk or act that way. Good for you for not wanting to be like that.

  10. Sounds like an interesting book–I’ll add it to my TBR list! Great review 🙂

  11. I’m glad that you were careful to mention parts of the book that didn’t work well for you. It’s always good to be discerning of these things. My ten year old has a hankering to read Perks of Being a Wallflower, but a friend told me that there are scenes that may simply not be suitable yet for her age. So, yeah, it’s a tough call. Glad that you reviewed this book.

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