|Scrawls in the Dust - John Booth||
Wizards is the story of Jake Morrissey. He’s an unemployed eighteen year old with no great ambitions and no qualifications. He lives on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales with his Mum and Dad. The interesting thing about Jake is that he’s a wizard and he visits other worlds.
Wizards is about absolute power not corrupting absolutely. It is written in first person POV because the reader has to live Jake’s thoughts to understand what he does and why. Jake is a nice guy and doesn’t even think about using his abilities for personal gain.
However, when he gets a girlfriend Jenny who is educated, ambitious and has friends who are the same he has to buck his ideas up to keep her. And naturally she has ideas of her own that soon shake up Jake’s cosy world.
I put a lot of humour into the story. The reader sees much that passes over Jake’s head, especially when he comes to the attention of Princess Esmeralda. She’s the heir to the throne of Salice, a small city state in another universe. Jake is like a nuclear deterrent, one that is a little difficult to control and mustn’t become aware of his status.
Jake ends up fighting other wizards and an invading army because of Esmeralda. Back in Wales he has to protect his dragon from investigative reporting and Jenny from a lot of things. Life used to be so simple.
Then Esmeralda makes Jake her fiancé, which doesn’t please Jenny, and things start to get really complicated.
Wizards – a fun read available now in ebook