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Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

  • Aug 1, 2010
As a youngster, Hamilton Swoop apprenticed under Master Wizard Obsidian. At 20, subsequent to Obsidian's death, Hamilton returned home after being stripped of his magic by the Wizards Guild. Forty years later, he owns his own antiques business and lives a paltry life with a cat as his only companion. But his life changes when he unpacks a trunk purchased at an estate sale containing a mysterious orb, cloak and the bones of Obsidian. Hamilton sets out for Center City where he intends to turn Obsidian's bones over to the Wizards Guild. Once there, he learns the new Guildmaster of the Guild of Magic Users and Wizards has been waiting for his return, hoping he will destroy a magical dragon wreaking havoc on the city. Hamilton is reluctant to help an organization that turned its back on him, but when he is offered his magic back, he agrees. From that point, he faces extreme danger as he tries to find a way to battle the dragon and a mysterious, very powerful wizard.

Hamilton Swoop is an interesting character, a passive man with powerful magical abilities. The plot moves quickly, with moments of great suspense. The telepathic communications Hamilton shares with his cat lend humor to this intriguing story. Consider this one of those unique books for youngsters and adults alike who enjoy an exciting story filled with magic and suspense.

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Summoned to the Center City Wizard's Guild, Hamilton Swoop revisits his past, then discovers his amazing magical destiny... Hamilton's mundane life as an antique shopkeeper in Green Ridge changed overnight when a mysterious rune-covered trunk turned up amongst the merchandise he purchased at an estate sale. The trunk's bizarre contents compelled him to close up his shop and begin a journey to Center City, where he hoped to find some answers. There are no coincidences when it comes to magic, but more questions than answers waited for Hamilton at the once revered establishment. What happened to all the old, powerful Wizards? Why did the current Guildmaster choose to summon him, when Hamilton was shunned by the organization so many years ago? Strangest of all-the Dragon-like creature menacing the area surrounding Center City-what could a powerless Wizard like Hamilton do about it?
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ISBN-10: 1603181121
ISBN-13: 978-1603181129
Author: L. Stewart Hearl
Publisher: L & L Dreamspell

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