Book Review: Wizards of WaterFire

The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire by Iain Reading
The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire (The Wizards of Waterfire, #1) 
by Iain Reading (Goodreads Author)

3 out of 5 stars on GoodReads

Memphis and her friends are wizards, using elemental power over Water and Fire to create a unique magic. But the rules of their magic guild are very clear; each guild must have exactly five members, no more, no less. When a member of their guild dies, Memphis scrambles to find someone to fill the empty place before their elemental magic spirals out of balance. Flynn seems like the perfect candidate to join the WaterFire guild, and Memphis senses a strange connection to him from the beginning. As the wizards work together to keep the balance within their guild, they must face ancient mysteries, and travel to the headquarters of the WaterFire elders to uncover the dark secrets of the deepest elemental power.
I loved this plot! There is plenty of action, and the mystery kept me wondering right down to the last page. I was surprised at every turn and twist, and it kept me absorbed in the story. The magic system is fantastic, and I was so interested in how the elements work together in different forms. I was especially fascinated to see how the elemental magic can be combined with technology, and the different approaches to magic from different wizards.

I immediately fell in love with Memphis. She is smart, and quick to jump into adventure. I like how she quickly sees to the heart of an issue with a clear vision of what needs to be done.

There IS insta-love between Memphis and Flynn, but it is attributed to some sort of mystical magical unknown reason. I’m hoping that might be satisfactorily explained in future books. I don’t mind insta-love if it’s because of magic, or past lives, or something. But it was annoying not to have that explained.

My only other complaint is that there are a few punctuation and capitalization errors in the book, and that was annoying and pulled me out of the story. Nothing a good editor couldn’t correct.
There are also a few times when a character sits down, and then two paragraphs later he sits down again. And it confused me. Why is he sitting down AGAIN? He just did that. Did he get up and then sit down twice?
Or a character shrugs and then one sentence later shrugs again. Why is he shrugging so much? Weirdo just loves to shrug his shoulders or something?
I think it just needs a careful editor to catch those little things.
However, the story was Just. So. Good. It was easy to overlook those little details in the enjoyment of the story.

This book left me wanting more, because it ends on a minor cliffhanger! Can’t wait to read more from this series.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a free and honest review. All the opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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