- Title: Blaze of Glory
- Author: Michael Pryor
- Series: Laws of Magic #1
- Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Steampunk
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Soo
- Rating: 4 out of 5
Description: Aubrey Fitzwilliam is the son of a prominent ex-prime minister. He’s also brilliant at magic, but he’s stuck at military school. At least he has his best friend, George, there to back him up. George would follow Aubrey anywhere – and with Aubrey’s talent for thinking up impulsive and daring schemes that will get them both in trouble, that’s no easy thing to do.
At a weekend shooting party at Prince Albert’s country estate, the boys find themselves in a hotbed of intrigue and politics. They discover a golem, a magical creature built to perform one task: to kill Prince Albert. Aubrey and George are hailed as heroes for foiling the attempt on the prince’s life – but who sent the golem, and why? Aubrey is far too curious to let the authorities handle this one, and he and George start investigating.
Review: Whoever heard of a hero named Aubrey? Is it terribly American of me to feel that it’s a girl’s name? Perhaps! I just looked up the origin of the name and Aubrey is a mutation of the name Alberich. The name means Fair Ruler of the Little People. I wonder if the author had that in mind when he picked out the name for the story? Intentional or not, it makes for a good start to an entertaining tale!
Aubrey Fitzwilliam has big shoes to fill. His family is from a titled lineage and both his parents are striking individuals who are one of the best in their careers. In a world of industrialization and magic, Aubrey’s curiosity and zeal for pushing boundaries causes him to fall flat on his face–so to speak.
Aubrey Fitzwilliam hated being dead. It made things much harder than they needed to be.
Yup! That’s the hero! A young man almost done with his studies and ready to venture into college or something else. He has a little problem. He made a tiny flaw in a magical experiment and accidentally died for a bit. Now his soul is haphazardly tied to his body with several magical slap dashes and no one is the wiser about the whole affair. Well, except for George, who is Aubrey’s oldest and best friends.
You would think that would be more than enough for Audrey to deal with but that’s not all. Life wouldn’t be fair or normal without death, espionage, international intrigue, monstrous beasts, spooky atmosphere, blushing babbles, cool magic enhanced machinery, a carefree sidekick, meandering mysteries and a band of heroes to save the day! It all starts and ends with a brain numbing run about the Hummocks. Take a gander at the story! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I have.
I’m delighted to find a new author to enjoy reading. I’m excited to see what else Michael Pryor has created and shared in his writing.