Title: The Quest for Merlin (Magimakía Book One) by Rafael Lovato
Genre: Fiction – YA Fantasy
Publisher: Howling Wolf, an imprint of Ravenswood Publishing
Page count: 286 pages
Publication Date: June 30, 2016
Rating – 3/5!!
“The Quest for Merlin” is the first book of the Young Adult fantasy series “Magimakía”, goblin word meaning “The Great Battle of Mages and Witches.”
Follow Oliver’s journey, a skinny, naive 15 year old boy who knows nothing about magic, let alone how to survive high school as a bullied and outcast teen, as he attempts to help save the Order of Mages from destined extinction.
Kidnapped by a midget goblin and his troll cohorts, Oliver’s only hope is to learn the whereabouts of the all powerful Merlin who has been missing for over 500 years.
With the help of two witches, Avery and Violet, Oliver begins his journey in a world full of potions, spells, and bubbling cauldrons, learning a lot about witchcraft and magic.
You will be spellbound as you are transported into this amazing landscape where anything could happen, as tragic events unfold that could keep Oliver from saving Merlin and the entire world of Mages and Witches!
Good morning! I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author and publisher for giving me the chance to read and review this book!
Oliver has grown up thinking that he was just like any other kid. Little does he know that he comes from the bloodline of the famous wizard Merlin and is part of a magical world existing simultaneously with the not-so-magical world full of characters like wizards, goblins, demons and more. When this world seems on the verge of war, Oliver is taken and plunged into this unknown world in order to find his famous ancestor, who has been hidden away for years.
I have always been deeply fascinated by the wizard Merlin, so I was totally here for a story involving him.
The way the story was told felt a little weird to me and took a little getting used to. It jumped from the goblins telling the story to other goblins to our main character’s perspective and inner thoughts. That was a bit confusing to me and seemed a bit awkward but I was able to work with it even though I never quite got 100% used to it.
That being said there are definitely things I liked about the magic system and about this world. I liked the plot to this book, I thought it was entertaining. I wasn’t necessarily a fan of the main character but I did enjoy following him on his journey and seeing him interact with some of the other characters he encounters. I was really interested in the idea of a character who was previously unaware of this world being confronted with ideas and seemingly “out of this world” things like demons, magic and the surprise of his famed lineage. Although I wasn’t crazy about the main character, I did enjoy that he wasn’t perfect – he was scrawny, awkward and insecure. That did make him more human to me even if I didn’t quite connect with him. I loved the use of color to distinguish between magics and I also enjoyed the use of portals to access worlds or dimensions. That really pulled me in.
I am giving this book a 3 star review as I liked and enjoyed this book. Fans of YA fantasy may enjoy it!
P.S. This is a really cool book cover, love it!
About the Author
Rafael Lovato is a Brazilian author with six books published commercially in Brazil, and one in Portugal, “Magimakía, a busca por Merlin”. This is his first book published in the US. In 2014, the prestigious Oxford University Press bought one of his award-winning short stories to use in their courseware as writing model to teach students, already published in the book “Portuguese language for 6th Grade”, by Oxford.
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01EI2R4V8