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The Wizard That Wasn't: Mechanized Wizardry Book 1


Fantasy, Steampunk

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Never trust a wizard.

They’re all filthy, addle-brained con artists peddling superstitious nonsense. Horace Lundin doesn’t believe in their magic. The Petronaut technician works with steel and steam in the workshop, maintaining the mechanical suits of armor his masters wear. There’s nothing magic can do that technology can’t do better.

So he thinks, until he witnesses the power of wizardry first-hand.

That fateful day gives Lundin and his Petronaut colleagues an idea. What if magic didn’t have to be chaotic and messy and unreliable, like the wizards who practice it? What if it could be as simple as throwing a switch? Putting their resources and their reputation on the line, the technicians cobble together a music-box magician, programmed to speak the arcane words punched out on its disks…

…and it works.

But the Petronauts can’t hide their discovery in the workshop for long. There’s danger brewing in the city of Delia. When Princess Naomi is laid low by dark magic, her only hope for survival may rest with Horace Lundin and:

The Wizard That Wasn’t

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"A fun steampunk fantasy."
"A great read... strong character development... Reading 'Mechanized Wizardry' makes me selfishly want the author to stop doing everything but write so I/we may read more."

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  • The Delian Army hunts for a wizard, and technician Horace Lundin sees the power of magic firsthand. (Chapter 1)

  • Lundin's new preoccupation with magic gets encouragement from an unlikely source: hard-nosed senior Petronaut Sir Kelley, and his unusual family. (Chapters 2, 3)

  • The disgraced wizard Jilmaq gets a visitor, and Lundin and Samanthi roll up their sleeves to build a magical machine. (Chapters 4, 5)

  • Princess Naomi makes painful progress through the First Ordeals as Lundin’s research hits a serious complication. (Chapter 6)

  • Samanthi is flabbergasted to see the result of Lundin’s first magical field test, and much is at stake as Delia prepares for the feastday. (Chapter 7, 8)

  • The Recon squad walks into a tense situation in the Delian palace, and Lundin and Samanthi reach a chilling conclusion about the Princess’ illness. (Chapter 9)

  • The Petronauts have no one to turn to but each other as they hunt for information in the palace. (Chapter 10)

  • Lundin and Samanthi fire up the squawk box in a desperate attempt to save the Princess, but time isn't on their side. (Chapter 11)

  • Petronauts across Delia rally to find the wizard Jilmaq before time runs out, and Dame Miri of the Parade squad answers the call. (Chapter 12)

  • The feastday has come and gone, but the excitement is only beginning for Lundin and the ‘nauts of the Recon Squad. PLUS a sample of “The Mask And The Master,” Book Two of Mechanized Wizardry (Chapter 13 PLUS Bonus Chapter)

Hi from Australia. I loved listening to this book, it was engaging and I really like the tongue in cheek style of commentary, keep it up. Cant wait to listen to the next book.
Avlor-- Yay! :) That it is, with new ebooks coming soon. Amanda R-- my pleasure! Thanks for reviewing.
I loved this book. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. I can't wait to read the next book.
ooh I just caught up with the comments...the next book is out in print! yay!
Loved it!!!! Can't wait to hear the next one. But I understand with a little one now that it may take a bit of time. Will be watching your blog!
Thanks, Rain! While I'm still recording, you can check out the next ebook in the series, "The Mask And the Master," on <a href="http://bit.ly/P3jPjh" rel="nofollow">Smashwords</a> and <a href="http://amzn.to/LCKr6M" rel="nofollow">Amazon</a> RIGHT THIS SECOND.
This is a really great book! it’s a fun take on Steam punk and fantasy. Next book cannot come fast to soon.
Many thanks Christian! I can't tell you how happy seeing people in Petronaut costumes would make me :) I'm planning to release Book Two, "The Mask And The Master" to Podiobooks in 2013. Until then, keep checking out my blog for announcements about new Mech Wiz books!
Ben did a top notch job with this book. I can relate to the previous crit about world building but I got over it quickly and was able to enjoy. I felt that the characters were likeable as well as relatable and well fleshed out. I greatly enjoyed the fact ...
Hi Anne! I'm so glad you liked the story, and I'm honored to have more Rovikians in the world. :) So you know, Book Two, The Mask And The Master, is currently FREE on Smashwords. Please check it out, and feel free to share the link! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/234503

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