Book Review: The Late Great Wizard by Sara Hanover


Publishing Date: September 2018

Publisher: DAW

ISBN: 9780756414344

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.7/5

Publisher’s Description: A young woman must work with a magician who is not what he seems to find her father in this new contemporary portal fantasy series. With her father vanished under suspicious circumstances and her old life destroyed, Tessa Andrews is determined to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. If only their borrowed house didn’t shake and rumble as if haunted. But at least she and her mom have a roof over their heads, so her luck couldn’t be all bad, could it?

Review: Wow, two excellent novels in a row. How lucky am I? While you’re picking jaw of said floor, this was not all cookies and cream. Let us start with…..

The Good~ Tessa is a great character. Strong willed, tough in a fight, independent and curious. She grows wonderfully with the movement while the supporting cast is purveyed in a slow reveal. The story line, overall, is interesting and the magic, palatable.

The Bad~ Intentionally slow parsing of critical information was relayed between the characters in order to create suspense. This muddling of the story line does not a good novel make. It tended to lurch here and there, especially when Tessa had critical information. She keeps clandestine interactions mostly to herself when that knowledge would benefit the group and enhance the quest. This faulty reasoning insures that things will eventually go awry.

The Ugly~ This goes out to all authors of the YA/Romance bent. We (men), do not fucking smell like pine needles, leather and musky chocolate. At best, we smell like turpentine and b.o. Mostly we smell like ass. We do not know anyone named Kai, and if we did we would beat him senseless. So why, why, why did Ms. Hanover ruin a very good novel with this teen-lusting crush shit, slavered within a love tribangle?  Covering the bases by appealing to all types of readers in hopes of scoring a popular read was my guess. Did she succeed?

Tuco’s Remarks~ I think the romance was secondary to Tessa’s outlook on life and the novel, as a whole, really shined with the authors writing ability. There is a highly creative mind behind the pen and I look forward to any subsequent novel by this author.

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