The Wizard Killer 1 & 2 – Adam Dreece
Title: Wizard Killer Seasons 1 & 2
ISBN: 9780994818454 & 9781988746012
Series: Wizard Killer
Author: Adam Dreece
Author Location: Alberta
Publication Date: 2016 & 2017
Pages: 127 & 163
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The world, once at the height of magical technology and special order, has collapsed. How and why are the least of the wizard killer’s worries.
I’ve never been a fan of books written in first person present tense. I had yet to find a book that did it well enough for me to enjoy reading it. It’s not that I have anything against first person books or books written in present tense, but I find when they’re combined it’s difficult to get across the details and emotions necessary for moving the plot forward without breaking first person.
So, you can imagine my skepticism when I first opened The Wizard Killer Season One. However, to my surprise and enjoyment, Adam Dreece managed to capture my attention—and keep it—throughout seasons one and two.
These books are action packed and read as smoothly and seamlessly as if you were watching a season of a TV show. Adam has even included the classic cliffhanger at the end of almost every episode (or chapter) to keep you hooked.
I did have some trouble with the switching perspectives and timelines, but somebody who is paying closer attention to what’s said between the lines would likely pick up on the clues I missed.
Although the books are written episodically like a TV show, I doubt you’ll want to wait a week between episodes. Personally, I couldn’t bear to read these books one episode at a time because I’d rather just binge the whole season or book at once—much like how I avoid watching TV shows until the whole season is available. Actually, since I waited to read season one until season two was out, I binge read them both in a weekend. I highly suggest you do the same.
I know season three is imminent, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.
Ellen is a freelance fiction editor, book reviewer, research assistant for Simon Fraser University, marketing coordinator for WCSFA, and member volunteer for Editors’ Association of Canada. As of September 2017, she will also be a master’s student of publishing at SFU. You can contact her via ellenmichelle.com for any editing queries and at firstname.lastname@example.org for book review queries.