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Need some unrelenting action in a high fantasy wasteland world? How about a story that's been compared to Mad Max, Diehard, and Stephen King's Gunslinger? Welcome to The Wizard Killer. A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists a Need some unrelenting action in a high fantasy wasteland world? How about a story that's been compared to Mad Max, Diehard, and Stephen King's Gunslinger? Welcome to The Wizard Killer. A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists are nowhere to be seen. Awakening from the dead for the third time is a man with scrambled memories, driven at first by one desire: revenge. As he ventures through the terrifying wasteland with his mana-pistol and enchanted short-sword, a past starts creeping into his mind, but is it his? Written in first person, present tense, The Wizard Killer is a pulse-pounding thrill ride in the format of a binge-worthy TV show. You'll find yourself tearing through the book in no time and snatching up the next season. "...imaginative and compelling series that is quite difficult to stop reading. Dreece knows exactly how to build and then neatly tie up each episode, while leaving the reader wanting more.... highly recommended." — Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite, 5 Stars ”Madmax meets Lord of the Rings” - Goodreads.com "Harry Potter meets Diehard" - M. Bybee of Werebooks.org 2017 Finalist for an Aurora Award Now available as an audiobook!


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Need some unrelenting action in a high fantasy wasteland world? How about a story that's been compared to Mad Max, Diehard, and Stephen King's Gunslinger? Welcome to The Wizard Killer. A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists a Need some unrelenting action in a high fantasy wasteland world? How about a story that's been compared to Mad Max, Diehard, and Stephen King's Gunslinger? Welcome to The Wizard Killer. A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists are nowhere to be seen. Awakening from the dead for the third time is a man with scrambled memories, driven at first by one desire: revenge. As he ventures through the terrifying wasteland with his mana-pistol and enchanted short-sword, a past starts creeping into his mind, but is it his? Written in first person, present tense, The Wizard Killer is a pulse-pounding thrill ride in the format of a binge-worthy TV show. You'll find yourself tearing through the book in no time and snatching up the next season. "...imaginative and compelling series that is quite difficult to stop reading. Dreece knows exactly how to build and then neatly tie up each episode, while leaving the reader wanting more.... highly recommended." — Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite, 5 Stars ”Madmax meets Lord of the Rings” - Goodreads.com "Harry Potter meets Diehard" - M. Bybee of Werebooks.org 2017 Finalist for an Aurora Award Now available as an audiobook!

54 review for The Wizard Killer - Season One: A Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Serial

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    The author mentioned in his preface that he was influenced heavily from the serialized format of his enormous comics collection and decided to have fun here. It's obvious that he had a lot of fun, too, because each tiny chapter propels all the action forward in what might look like one long book of nothing but action with tiny sequences of dialogue that was just another pretext for more action. And far from complaining, this was a light action read with magic that keeps flipping itself on and off The author mentioned in his preface that he was influenced heavily from the serialized format of his enormous comics collection and decided to have fun here. It's obvious that he had a lot of fun, too, because each tiny chapter propels all the action forward in what might look like one long book of nothing but action with tiny sequences of dialogue that was just another pretext for more action. And far from complaining, this was a light action read with magic that keeps flipping itself on and off in really cool ways that make the battles fun and dangerous and chaotic. Post-apocalyptic in nature and setting, with western-type elements of the Hero's Journey, our MC is without memory or home, in mortal danger. This is a real crowd-pleaser, a popcorn adventure, and a fast-paced romp through death and discovery with only gentle inclusions of world-building. The point is to have fun, and this is accomplished in spades. :)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Wizard Killer, Season 1 A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Serial By: Adam Dreece Narrated by: Justin James This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I have been wanting to start this series for a long time and when I saw this opportunity, I jumped for it. It didn't disappoint. It is a short book but it packed a punch. It outlined characters, world building, and more as it dove into the story. The main character wakes up from the dead, that's right..for the third time too...and we The Wizard Killer, Season 1 A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Serial By: Adam Dreece Narrated by: Justin James This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I have been wanting to start this series for a long time and when I saw this opportunity, I jumped for it. It didn't disappoint. It is a short book but it packed a punch. It outlined characters, world building, and more as it dove into the story. The main character wakes up from the dead, that's right..for the third time too...and we as readers get to experience how and what he remembers. We learn as he learns. We know he has magic, he is a wizard killer, and boy is he durable! He gets hurt a lot! LOL. It is a great fantasy read to introduce us to the series and I am glad I got started. The narrator could not have been better. Perfect voice and performance for the many characters that the wizard came in contact with (and the strange languages).

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)

    5.0 Stars - Re-Read via Audiobook Version Re-reading this story as an audiobook was an amazing experience. The narrator absolutely nailed the voice of the protagonist. He did not simply read the book out loud, but rather put on a passionate, expressive performance. I was completely engaged the entire time I was listening to this book. This is the kind of storytelling that can get new listeners hooked on the audiobook experience. I would highly recommend the audiobook version of this entertaining 5.0 Stars - Re-Read via Audiobook Version Re-reading this story as an audiobook was an amazing experience. The narrator absolutely nailed the voice of the protagonist. He did not simply read the book out loud, but rather put on a passionate, expressive performance. I was completely engaged the entire time I was listening to this book. This is the kind of storytelling that can get new listeners hooked on the audiobook experience. I would highly recommend the audiobook version of this entertaining post-apocalyptic story. I received the audiobook version from the author. I had previously purchased a physical copy of this fantastic serial. 4.5 Stars - Addicting Serialized Fantasy Adventure Video Review: https://youtu.be/3D6-ieHhCQQ I absolutely loved the author's decision to write The Wizard Killer as an episodic serial. This unique formatting (along with the phenomenal cover art) originally peaked my interest in this fantastic book. The short, action-driven episodes are such a refreshing choice in a genre filled with long, mammoth tomes. Moreover, the writing process behind this fantasy story is particularly intriguing. Essentially, the author wrote this serial as personal writing challenge, while simultaneously writing a full-length, science fiction novel (The Man of Cloud 9). This organic writing process created a narrative that feels both raw and confident. You can tell that Dreece thoroughly enjoyed writing these episodes because the result is an incredibly fun and entertaining read. The book is can be described as post-apocalyptic fantasy, with science fiction and western undertones. The world building and magic system are organically woven into the story, rather than directly explained, which I appreciated. Together, the reader and protagonist piece together the details the backstory while exploring of this strange, dangerous land. The writing itself is conversational and easy to read with a natural flow. Unsurprisingly, the serialized format, broken into short episodic chapters, lends itself to binge reading. Each episode pushes the story forward, with unexpected twists and turns. The story is action-packed and fast paced. The reader is basically thrown into the middle of the story. The first episode opens with our protagonist waking up with a sword plunged into his stomach. From there, the story takes off at an incredible pace. I was pulled into the story from the first page and happily went along for the ride. The story is full of unpredictable twists and turns with gut-punching moments. Needless to say, the final episode left me highly anticipating the second season, which is already underway. This would be an excellent book to give to reluctant readers. My own husband, who rarely reads books, was asking to borrow my copy as soon as I was finished. (Normally I force books on him, so this was a first for him!) I would recommend this book to a wide audience, including those who don't typically read fantasy. This serialized compilation will appeal to readers looking for a gripping, action-adventure story that will keeping them turning the pages as fast as possible.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Josée Leon

    2.5 stars I thought I would try this book after it came highly recommended. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my cup of tea. This is not the genre I usually read but I came in with an open mind. It very much reminded me of adventure books I used to read and enjoy when I was young (the type where you're faced with choices: you come to a crossroads, to the left you see a fire in the distance, to the right are dark woods, where do you go? Turn to page 20 if... turn to page 30 if...) except in this case t 2.5 stars I thought I would try this book after it came highly recommended. Unfortunately, it just wasn't my cup of tea. This is not the genre I usually read but I came in with an open mind. It very much reminded me of adventure books I used to read and enjoy when I was young (the type where you're faced with choices: you come to a crossroads, to the left you see a fire in the distance, to the right are dark woods, where do you go? Turn to page 20 if... turn to page 30 if...) except in this case the protagonist (first person narration) makes the decisions. It also reminded me of adventure games since the protagonist is trying to figure out what is happening (how to open a box, how to use a gun, how his magic will work, etc.) My feeling is that this novel and its sequels would appeal more to younger people. This might be the reason that the words "yig" and "yigging" are used instead of the "f" word, and they were used a lot (especially in the first half), so much so it was getting on my nerves. I purchased this as an e-book for just 1.00 so I don't mind that this was not for me. If you think this might be up your alley, you don't lose much by trying it out.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Erin Sneath

    The Wizard Killer is a popcorn adventure with gunslinging, glitchy magical tech and a hard-suffering hero in a world gone to hell. The protagonist definitely has the sardonic edge of John McClane from Die Hard (as another reviewer pointed out) The setting is a bit closer to Mad Max and its scattered communities of survivors scrounging off each other and the old world’s leftovers. Normally I find combining magic and tech a questionable choice, but it works here because this magic is a difficult an The Wizard Killer is a popcorn adventure with gunslinging, glitchy magical tech and a hard-suffering hero in a world gone to hell. The protagonist definitely has the sardonic edge of John McClane from Die Hard (as another reviewer pointed out) The setting is a bit closer to Mad Max and its scattered communities of survivors scrounging off each other and the old world’s leftovers. Normally I find combining magic and tech a questionable choice, but it works here because this magic is a difficult and often costly resource. Although the book (Season One) is short and the chapters fly by, I suggest reading it in installments, since the tone is a little uneven sometimes between chapters. It's important to keep in mind, however, that each chapter is its own episode. In any kind of serial a tonal shift between episodes is expected. Kudos to Dreece for keeping this up week after week. I look forward to finding out what happens Season Two.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katrina MacWhirter

    I have my favourite authors, masters I return to, again and again. But when it comes to the fantastical, I often wonder if I've aged past surprise. In the last few years, only a handful of new fantasy writers have managed to capture my wonder. Storytellers who reach the child in me, Gaiman and Sanderson and Lynch, and now Dreece. I wasn't expecting it. In a handful of pages, Adam Dreece drops us into a world we long to wander, although that's going to be difficult, really, because we're right th I have my favourite authors, masters I return to, again and again. But when it comes to the fantastical, I often wonder if I've aged past surprise. In the last few years, only a handful of new fantasy writers have managed to capture my wonder. Storytellers who reach the child in me, Gaiman and Sanderson and Lynch, and now Dreece. I wasn't expecting it. In a handful of pages, Adam Dreece drops us into a world we long to wander, although that's going to be difficult, really, because we're right there with our narrator, rushing, stumbling headlong through it, trying to figure out how we got here and if there's a friend anywhere. And just when we think we've about got it, just one more page... It's time to break, and wait for the next season. A tale to keep you up just a little past your bedtime. And maybe, for the very old and jaded, a teller to make you believe in stories again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Hebert

    Having read all the other works belonging to Adam before this, I was beyond excited for another amazing book and once again he did not disappoint. I'm not usually one for first person but I found that I was sucked into this one. I was more than confused along with the man in the novel and felt his wounds become mine. it was an awesome quick read for travels back and forth on work. I look forward to more in this series to answer some of the questions that I have remaining. Having read all the other works belonging to Adam before this, I was beyond excited for another amazing book and once again he did not disappoint. I'm not usually one for first person but I found that I was sucked into this one. I was more than confused along with the man in the novel and felt his wounds become mine. it was an awesome quick read for travels back and forth on work. I look forward to more in this series to answer some of the questions that I have remaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This book is compared to such great things like Mad Max, Diehard, and Stephen King's Gunslinger, and even Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings. With some things, I agree, with some things not. What's this book about? About an alone man who lost his memory, time and equipment. He woke up in unknowing place. So, he just goes with knowing where to move, seeks for food and possibility to recall anything from that period that he has lost, and kills everything on his path. Through him, we are acquain This book is compared to such great things like Mad Max, Diehard, and Stephen King's Gunslinger, and even Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings. With some things, I agree, with some things not. What's this book about? About an alone man who lost his memory, time and equipment. He woke up in unknowing place. So, he just goes with knowing where to move, seeks for food and possibility to recall anything from that period that he has lost, and kills everything on his path. Through him, we are acquainting with a post-apocalyptic world where everything died, and what's didn't die that became monsters and tries to eat something. Carns, ghouls, lichs, witches, wizards (I hope wrote them right) - any kind of monsters are here. Everything except "common human". During his journey he recalls some fragments from his past, finds allies and weapon. Does it sound boring to you? If yes, keep reading, because this book DEFINITELY deserves attention. Why, you may wonder? Because the whole story is written very well. Because the main character is alive. No, I don't mean that he's alive because he walks-speaks-kills other creatures and so bearded pretty guy with this deep-and-sensitive world inside. He's a MAN. Travelling with him through the ruined world you can't miss this man. He reminds me The Witcher from the beginning, the story with Adda. He has his doubts, but also he knows what's right. He is ready to accept something different from black-and-white, but he kills anything that tries bit him without any hesitation. He has his principles: to stay alive and make a revenge. While you're with him in that gloomy world you'll yell with him: wotta yig is going on?! Here we can compare this book with Mad Max because of the really mad world outside. Diehard and Gunslinger? Well, why not? If you're waiting for an exciting journey in the dark world filled with cruel creatures and dark secrets, and fast dynamic, and continuous stress, then it's a good choice for you. Unexpected Journey! I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I picked this one up at the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo, I always like to support local and upcoming authors if I can and this one sounded right up my alley. I really enjoyed the premise and fast-paced story. It certainly had me flipping pages quickly to see what was going to happen next. The main character was interesting, despite not really knowing a lot about him - I assume we'll learn more in future books. I got a good sense of the world, despite it really being very vague on the det I picked this one up at the Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo, I always like to support local and upcoming authors if I can and this one sounded right up my alley. I really enjoyed the premise and fast-paced story. It certainly had me flipping pages quickly to see what was going to happen next. The main character was interesting, despite not really knowing a lot about him - I assume we'll learn more in future books. I got a good sense of the world, despite it really being very vague on the details, which is a good thing. A few things that bothered me: one was the over use of made up swear words. This might be a personal thing, but I always find made up swear words pull me out of the story and in this particular book it was used A LOT. Over used in my opinion and it kind of threw me every time I came across it. Also, although I know this is meant for a younger audience and was meant more as a 'serial' type story, I could have used a bit more descriptions. Again this might be a personal gripe, as I am used to 500 - 1000+ page fantasy tombs that sometimes go overboard in the description department. This didn't require that level by any means, but sometimes could have used a bit more. Lastly there were a few spots I felt lost in the story. Where is suddenly changed and I thought I'd missed something. The transition between scenes in a few places weren't very smooth. Overall however, I enjoyed it and thought it was a decent read and am still interested to see where the story goes from here. I'd definitely be up for reading future volumes of the series.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Spurlock

    I admit that I haven't read many post-apocalyptic fantasy stories, but if The Wizard Killer is anything to go by, this is a sub-genre I need to examine. The book may be a bit difficult to get into, it's true. The story is told through the first-person perspective of the (unnamed) protagonist, which is both disjointed in time due to a long-ago-inflicted injury and also suffers from fragmented memory. This means that important plot points are introduced gradually, as his memory is sparked and he e I admit that I haven't read many post-apocalyptic fantasy stories, but if The Wizard Killer is anything to go by, this is a sub-genre I need to examine. The book may be a bit difficult to get into, it's true. The story is told through the first-person perspective of the (unnamed) protagonist, which is both disjointed in time due to a long-ago-inflicted injury and also suffers from fragmented memory. This means that important plot points are introduced gradually, as his memory is sparked and he encounters events that he can puzzle through. On one hand, this leads to a dynamic story, where mystery adds to the devastation of the setting. On the other, those who want their answers given in a timely manner might get frustrated. That said, the story is definitely worth that wait. The world Adam Dreece has created is fascinating, whether it's the feeling of constant danger or the interplay of a magical fantasy setting where that magic has become unreliable and everyone has to deal with the fallout, or in the fact that all of the creatures and characters interact with that magic in innovative ways. I won't spoil things exactly, but the complex interplay of weslek, leecher, and oner made me pause in my reading, shocked at how natural the idea seemed, and yet how I'd never thought of such a thing before. All in all, that's Adam's greatest accomplishment, and the strongest recommendation I can give for the story. It's unlike any that I've read, and I would encourage anyone interested in fantasy and magic to give this book a read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Brennan

    Intensely heart-pounding, engagement-clashing story of inclusive fantasy and action. A thrill ride you won't soon forget. Not only has the author created a unique spin on magic and the collapse of society, but he has also made each step of this journey visionary, electrifying, and compelling. This is an entertaining read. One that gets the reader's blood pumping. I have to say; I found the used of the word “Yig” is interesting. For if any of you reader who loves H.P. Lovecraft as I, you know that Intensely heart-pounding, engagement-clashing story of inclusive fantasy and action. A thrill ride you won't soon forget. Not only has the author created a unique spin on magic and the collapse of society, but he has also made each step of this journey visionary, electrifying, and compelling. This is an entertaining read. One that gets the reader's blood pumping. I have to say; I found the used of the word “Yig” is interesting. For if any of you reader who loves H.P. Lovecraft as I, you know that the Yig is a deity (the father of serpents) in Cthulhu mythos. I find this fact thought-provoking since the author uses it to replace his curse words in this YA Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy. Highly recommend for those readers who love a good jolt of adrenaline in their YA stories.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine

    This book from Adam Dreece is a short but action packed story. I really enjoyed discovering this confusing world through the eyes and mind of the unnamed main character, who isn't sure who he is, where he is or why he's there! The story clipped along at a good pace and pulled me along with it, but left me with a multitude of questions. I want...no... need to know more about this world and its inhabitants. This book from Adam Dreece is a short but action packed story. I really enjoyed discovering this confusing world through the eyes and mind of the unnamed main character, who isn't sure who he is, where he is or why he's there! The story clipped along at a good pace and pulled me along with it, but left me with a multitude of questions. I want...no... need to know more about this world and its inhabitants.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jack Graham

    OK, Wow. A lot happens in 100 pages. It is an interesting introduction to the world. It raises many more questions than it answers. It does answer a few. Definitely action packed with lots of movement of the story as a serial has to be. I would be interested in the next 500 pages to learn more about the world. The one funny part is that the gender of the hero is not specifically stated (or I misses it) and I thought she was female until one time when she reached up and scratched her beard. Jack

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bar Barian

    This is one of the finest examples of on-the-fly world building I have read. I'm not normally a fan of the waking up with no memories trope, but it is rarely executed with such finesse. The more I learned about the world and the character through whose eyes I was viewing it, the more I wanted to know. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series. This is one of the finest examples of on-the-fly world building I have read. I'm not normally a fan of the waking up with no memories trope, but it is rarely executed with such finesse. The more I learned about the world and the character through whose eyes I was viewing it, the more I wanted to know. I am definitely looking forward to reading more of this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Goodness what an amazing read Just loved this story about wizards, this is totally my thing. Ready for more.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jan

    Not my usual preference, and I'm not sure where I got exposed to it, but I certainly enjoyed it! Lots of action and without the usual recognizable cuss words. Being written in serial format makes it more affordable and easier for reading in travel or waiting areas. A good read! Not my usual preference, and I'm not sure where I got exposed to it, but I certainly enjoyed it! Lots of action and without the usual recognizable cuss words. Being written in serial format makes it more affordable and easier for reading in travel or waiting areas. A good read!

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.K. Norry

    ‘The Wizard Killer’ grabs you right away, and drags you from one scene to the next with wonderful ferocity. Adam Dreece had stepped smoothly from one style to another with this book, while continuing to build the layers of his ravaged steampunk world. This first-person moment-to-moment tale puts the reader right in the driver’s seat immediately; there is no time to pause, or go back, or set it down. The story is busy rushing forward, and one can’t help but rush forward right along with it. It’s n ‘The Wizard Killer’ grabs you right away, and drags you from one scene to the next with wonderful ferocity. Adam Dreece had stepped smoothly from one style to another with this book, while continuing to build the layers of his ravaged steampunk world. This first-person moment-to-moment tale puts the reader right in the driver’s seat immediately; there is no time to pause, or go back, or set it down. The story is busy rushing forward, and one can’t help but rush forward right along with it. It’s not entirely clear whether we are looking through the eyes of a good guy or bad guy here…we all look like the protagonist through our own eyes, after all. His scant memories and possible madness make him more relatable somehow, and it’s hard to keep a careful eye on both with so much going on. Most of the time, there’s nothing to do but bite your lip and keep reading, and get to know him as he gets to know himself. With his life in degrees of danger from eventually life-threatening to immediately fatal, there’s no time to wonder where the story is headed until it arrives piece by piece. He wakes up with muddled thoughts and misplaced memories, wondering why his body just doesn’t feel right on him. But he can’t wonder; he’s got to move, to put one foot in front of the other just to find food and water. With knowledge he doesn’t know he has, and a purpose whose specifics continue to elude him, he must make his way through a world that seems to be filled with nothing but lurking enemies and potential danger. Pulling together scraps of memory and bits of knowledge with the desperation of a man glimpsing the end constantly, he forges or reveals his personality further with each challenge he faces. A picture begins to come together time and again, only to be smashed to pieces; each time he tries to regroup, another fragment from his past collides with the rushing moment to throw his future into further uncertainty. Everything he remembers about the world seems to make it a truly frightening place to have awakened in, particularly in his shoes. It ends as it begins, with a new urgent set of questions that anyone involved in this story in any way will surely need to have answered as soon as possible. This book was a masterful testament to Dreece’s unique feel for pacing. He knows how to draw the reader to the edge of our seat, and keep us there. He also knows when to leave off, and how to make sure we’ll be coming back for more. Each time the tale has you groping blindly in the dark, a ray of brilliant light shines forth to stun you into seeing too much. It is both delightfully frustrating and endlessly exciting, and demands that the reader lose themselves in it from the jump. This promises to be a series that will unfold in many directions, and take us on a magical journey as only Adam Dreece can. If he intended to leave us waiting impatiently for the next installment, he did a splendid job.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ben Willoughby

    We all have days that start out terrible, but imagine waking up with amnesia and finding a sword deep in your belly. The protagonist of Adam Dreece's "Wizard Killer" wakes up with such a problem. He knows little other than some magical abilities and the name of certain creatures and humanoids. In a quest to find out just what the heck he needs to do, the protagonist finds himself combating the magically crafted Carnu, the dangerous Leechers, and the strange, commune-minded Oners. As he travels, We all have days that start out terrible, but imagine waking up with amnesia and finding a sword deep in your belly. The protagonist of Adam Dreece's "Wizard Killer" wakes up with such a problem. He knows little other than some magical abilities and the name of certain creatures and humanoids. In a quest to find out just what the heck he needs to do, the protagonist finds himself combating the magically crafted Carnu, the dangerous Leechers, and the strange, commune-minded Oners. As he travels, the protagonist learns more and more about himself, his powers, and his background. "Wizard Killer" was inspired by, in Mr. Dreece's own words, the "1960's-style bubble-gum super-hero serials" that used to come out. True to that form, every chapter stands out on its own, with the hero discovering himself in a new jam, or getting out of an old jam, and ending with him in some brand new jam or with some difficulty thrust upon him. You can almost hear the Flash Gordon music playing as the chapter ends. It definitely keeps your interest from one chapter to another. Mr. Dreece also does an excellent job introducing the lore and canon of this world, bringing things up one at a time, per event, rather than just info-dumping everything on the reader. If I need to bring up any faults, I have to confess I was lost in some of the metaphors used. One example, used in reference to the Carnu, is: "while I believe they're nocturnal, you never know when one's decided to pull an all-nighter." Wouldn't the fact they're nocturnal imply they're pulling an all-nighter any way? I read this, in context, to my wife, and even she was confused. I have to also admit while the use of the fictional word "yig" in place of the f-bomb was certainly humorous, at times it got slightly annoying when the character kept using it. (Sort of like how, in real life, a constant use of the f-bomb can get grating.) Granted, one might call these minor faults, and they in no way affected my interest in finishing this book. "Wizard Killer" is fairly short (I read it fairly quickly, slowed only by a cold and spending time with the family), and, as I said before, fun to read. It's a pleasant mixture of fantasy elements and Dreece's usual brand of steampunkery. I highly recommend it. Pick it up now. Do it. Stop reading this review. Do it. Do it now. NOW!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    The book kept me riveted from start to finish. I had a hard time putting it down! Bravo!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian Menue

    It kept me interested and was really well written for interest and suspense. It felt like not a lot happened by the end, and I'm not sure how good or bad that is. It kept me interested and was really well written for interest and suspense. It felt like not a lot happened by the end, and I'm not sure how good or bad that is.

  21. 5 out of 5

    R

    If you like books that challenge any comfortable perceptions of SciFi that you may have; then this book will probably suit you. This book is unusual in that it throws up many questions but gives very few answers. The story is easy to read but somewhat harder to follow. On the surface it seems simple, but underneath the layers, there is a dark mystery. A young man wakes to find himself impaled on his own sword. Instead of being upset by this fact, the opposite is true. He is strangely relieved abo If you like books that challenge any comfortable perceptions of SciFi that you may have; then this book will probably suit you. This book is unusual in that it throws up many questions but gives very few answers. The story is easy to read but somewhat harder to follow. On the surface it seems simple, but underneath the layers, there is a dark mystery. A young man wakes to find himself impaled on his own sword. Instead of being upset by this fact, the opposite is true. He is strangely relieved about it. Touching the base of the sword, and running his finger over the etched markings, he begins to regenerate completely. It seems that the sword is enchanted and can revive him from any injury. The young man has no idea who he is or where he comes from or why he is where he is. He is suffering from what appears to be, temporary amnesia. Throughout the book he is subject to flashbacks of his past. Some of which confuse things further than they were when they started out. One thing is clear though; he is affected strongly by magic, when it comes and when it goes away again. No explanation about why it comes and goes is mentioned in the story. The young man, whose name he doesn't remember for most of the book, is being hunted by a terrifying creature called a Carn. It uses flames to fight and is extremely aggressive and hugely strong. The young man wounds one when it begins to hunt him. Unfortunately it keeps hunting him throughout his travels; making every attempt to kill him. This book is interesting and yet confusing in places. There is plenty of mystery and lots of drama in this story. Lots of unique creations in the form of baddies and very cleverly played out action scenes. I like the alternate swear word, 'yig', that was very creatively used. I also loved the mouse as a character. He brings up many questions which I am hoping will be answered in the next book in this series. I would have liked more information on who the main character is; for example, his name. Even just a first name would have been nice. The story left me with many unanswered questions, which is a good thing in many respects and helped keep my focus, but after a while I found that too many questions were left unanswered and not enough information was given in order to tempt me into wanting to know more. Overall this book was a good read and although it took me a while to get into it, I am glad I read it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie Dale Keck

    not kindle unlimited, had a copy of it and remember reading it and 2 so not sure why doesn't show review, on here or amazon that could find, S3 was because bought it while back and hadn't been able to get to review A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists are nowhere to be seen. Awakening from the dead for the third time is a man with scrambled memories, d not kindle unlimited, had a copy of it and remember reading it and 2 so not sure why doesn't show review, on here or amazon that could find, S3 was because bought it while back and hadn't been able to get to review A magical world, once at the height of technology, has crashed and burned. Levitating cars lay abandoned, floating cities lie in ruin, and the tyrant Wizards who ruled with iron fists are nowhere to be seen. Awakening from the dead for the third time is a man with scrambled memories, driven at first by one desire: revenge. As he ventures through the terrifying wasteland with his mana-pistol and enchanted short-sword, a past starts creeping into his mind, but is it his? Written in first person, present tense, The Wizard Killer is a pulse-pounding thrill ride in the format of a binge-worthy TV show. You'll find yourself tearing through the book in no time and snatching up the next season. The Wizard Killer - Season One: A Post Apocalyptic Fantasy Serial The Wizard Killer: Season 2 The Wizard Killer - Season Three: A Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy Thrill Ride Along Came a Wolf (The Yellow Hoods #1) Breadcrumb Trail (The Yellow Hoods, #2) All the King's-Men (The Yellow Hoods, #3) The Yellow Hoods Boxset (Books 1-3) {includes mini-book 2.5: Snappy & DashingBeauties of the Beast (The Yellow Hoods, #4) The Day the Sky Fell (The Yellow Hoods #5)Snappy & Dashing: A Yellow Hoods Companion Tale #1 (The Yellow Hoods) {2.5} {this is standalone but best read if you can at the end of 2 before 3} This has a serial story type feeling to it, which is not necessarily a bad thing, and seems longer than the usual serial, just noting it. This was more the type of fairy tale would have read when younger Hated the ones read to me, why I started reading by myself at age 4} and fits in nicely with the reworked fairy tales getting more predominate lately.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Harrison Lamb

    Brilliant world-building and characterisation, but mixed feelings! I really like the mystery aspect of this story, how the reader is thrust into a complex, technologically advanced world with no idea what is going on, and has to slowly piece together clues about the past. It forces you to step into the shoes of the main character and really empathise with him, as when you are introduced to him, he has just come back from the dead and doesn’t remember much about himself or what has happened to him Brilliant world-building and characterisation, but mixed feelings! I really like the mystery aspect of this story, how the reader is thrust into a complex, technologically advanced world with no idea what is going on, and has to slowly piece together clues about the past. It forces you to step into the shoes of the main character and really empathise with him, as when you are introduced to him, he has just come back from the dead and doesn’t remember much about himself or what has happened to him. As the story progresses and the protagonist figures this stuff out for himself, the reader also gets to learn it for the first time. The protagonist – who is not actually given a name throughout the entire book – is very interesting. He is pretty hard-of-luck, and perhaps a bit crazy as he is constantly talking to himself and a mouse that he befriends, that may or may not be real! But you get the feeling that he was once a great, powerful guy, a revolutionary, a leader fallen from grace. I was super invested in his mysterious past. However, here is where my mixed feelings come into it: the structure felt strange. Each episode (chapter) had a different feeling to it. It was as if the author had taken a break from writing after every episode he completed. I get it, though – before this was published as a single volume, it was published as an online serial with weekly updates. And reading it this way – a chapter a week – would have given readers a different experience. I also don’t know whether I’m going to pick up the next book in the series or not. The ending just didn’t quite cut it for me. Maybe it’s just the format. I don’t know.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nicolas Knight

    The book actually had the best sentence to summarize it: "You've been dead long enough to forget what night is." I want it made clear I am NOT offering this sentence out of context. It was in the book as is. dropped at the beginning of a paragraph. The whole thing is a pronoun game nightmare. The main character is confused and wondering around. He has magic powers that he can sometimes use, sometimes not. Mostly not. Why? Why Not, the author seems to answer. The monsters and antagonists he encounters The book actually had the best sentence to summarize it: "You've been dead long enough to forget what night is." I want it made clear I am NOT offering this sentence out of context. It was in the book as is. dropped at the beginning of a paragraph. The whole thing is a pronoun game nightmare. The main character is confused and wondering around. He has magic powers that he can sometimes use, sometimes not. Mostly not. Why? Why Not, the author seems to answer. The monsters and antagonists he encounters are vaguely named and even more vaguely described. Yes, show don't tell but his book manages to do neither. I understand that it was a crude effort and I'm going to give the author a break but this book is on the don't bother list.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Haugen

    Who is the Wizard Killer? He wakes up after being killed, not knowing who he is or where he is. Follow him as he seeks to find the answers. The story was told in segments, which really worked for me in this story. The narration really brought this to life, and I thought it an excellent story with excellent narration. I was drawn in and really enjoyed it. It's not tooo long, so you can jump right into the second season. Great stuff! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and ha Who is the Wizard Killer? He wakes up after being killed, not knowing who he is or where he is. Follow him as he seeks to find the answers. The story was told in segments, which really worked for me in this story. The narration really brought this to life, and I thought it an excellent story with excellent narration. I was drawn in and really enjoyed it. It's not tooo long, so you can jump right into the second season. Great stuff! I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alston Antony

    Listened to audiobook. Really had high hopes for this but sadly the book was rushed and whole story, characters, situations were confusing and really hard to understand. After reading the book I really felt what did I just read because i didn't know what happen in the book. I really didn't want to give it a 1 star but this is the first book I didn't like in this year of 2018. Listened to audiobook. Really had high hopes for this but sadly the book was rushed and whole story, characters, situations were confusing and really hard to understand. After reading the book I really felt what did I just read because i didn't know what happen in the book. I really didn't want to give it a 1 star but this is the first book I didn't like in this year of 2018.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    This was my second audiobook, and, while I appreciate being able to listen to a book, I could not as easily make sense of confusing passages. This is an episodic book and there is not an especially integrated segue from one scene to the next. On the plus side, while there is violence there is no sex. I listened to this on my smartphone for free and this is a voluntary review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mitch

    The story was actually rather fun and I will be giving this one to my younger brother. My biggest issue here is the prose. It is just so awkward and knocks me right out of the book. The way the sentences are written just makes this unpleasant to read for me. I am sure younger or more pulpy book fans will eat this up. It just doesn't work for me. The story was actually rather fun and I will be giving this one to my younger brother. My biggest issue here is the prose. It is just so awkward and knocks me right out of the book. The way the sentences are written just makes this unpleasant to read for me. I am sure younger or more pulpy book fans will eat this up. It just doesn't work for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Adam Dreece

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Jeffery

  31. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  32. 5 out of 5

    MBybee

  33. 5 out of 5

    Martin Brown

  34. 5 out of 5

    E.B. Thompson

  35. 5 out of 5

    Brad Fonseca

  36. 5 out of 5

    Cleo deLancey

  37. 5 out of 5

    Chess Desalls

  38. 4 out of 5

    William Collins

  39. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  40. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

  41. 5 out of 5

    Joe

  42. 4 out of 5

    Aviva Bel'Harold

  43. 5 out of 5

    Luther Siler

  44. 5 out of 5

    Adam

  45. 5 out of 5

    Marx

  46. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Speakes

  47. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

  48. 5 out of 5

    Sheryl Khanna

  49. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

  50. 5 out of 5

    Paulo

  51. 5 out of 5

    Verin

  52. 5 out of 5

    Webwalker

  53. 4 out of 5

    Rey

  54. 5 out of 5

    Rioxx

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