“A Mage of None Magic” by A. Christopher Drown (Tyrannosaurus Press)

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In the first book of the Heart of the Sisters series, A. Christopher Drown sets the stage for your ordinary fantasy novel with an apprentice magician – Niel – while traveling, finds himself caught up in a quest with an unusual group of people who think he’s much greater and stronger than he appears to be, but Niel soon learns that he has more of a role to play in this world.

There are two facets that separate A Mage of None Magic from an ordinary fantasy novel that would be easily forgotten.  One is that Drown does a good job of not just world-building, but also creating a mythology that echoes the Greeks and Romans that ties in with how this world was created, but also with how this mythology is still alive today and believed by many.  The other is voice; Drown has a great, entertaining, and interesting voice in this book that will keep the reader reading and wanting more.

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Originally written on January 11th, 2010 ©Alex C. Telander.

The Importance of Voice

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I’m currently working my way through A Mage of None Magic by A. Christopher Drown and enjoying it in certain ways, and it gives me the chance to talk a little about voice.

While the story of A Mage of None Magic isn’t incredibly compelling or fascinating to begin with, and at the moment is an ordinary fantasy tale with a cast of familiar characters — magicians, apprentices, sailors, inn keepers, the usual — the voice of the book is thoroughly entertaining and interesting.  If it weren’t for the voice, I probably would give this book another fifty pages and then stop reading; give up on it.  But the voice of A Mage of None Magic keeps me interested and enthralled enough to wonder what’s going to happen next.

Voice is important in making a story stand out and separating books from being like all the other similar stories out there in the same genre.  A good voice will be unique and immediately capture the reader’s attention.  It may be something the reader latches onto and enjoys reading; or a strange voice that the reader may not love at first, but want to keep reading due to curiosity.  In some cases the voice may be too unusual or jarring to turn a reader off the book, but at least the writer has done their job of making their story stand out.

The voice in A. Christopher Drown’s book is keeping me reading and entertained, not too slow to make me bored, or too fast to make me confused, or using a complicated vocabulary or sentence structure that I might find jarring.  Much like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, at the moment the voice is just right.