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Oliver was a very minor mage. His familiar reminded him of this several times a day. He only knew three spells, and one of them was to control his allergy to armadillo dander.

His attempts to summon elementals resulted in nosebleeds, and there is nothing more embarrassing than having your elemental leave the circle to get you a tissue, pat you comfortingly, and then disappear in a puff of magic. The armadillo had about wet himself laughing.

He was a very minor mage. Unfortunately, he was all they had.

©2019 T. Kingfisher (P)2020 Argyll Productions

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Very enjoyable

T Kingfisher has done it again with another highly entertaining story. Whether her writing is geared for an adult or YA audience, I've enjoyed it. She has this knack of creating personable characters that you can identify with in a story sprinkled with humor and the supernatural. But what I like most is that her characters are not dumbed down in any way. Regardless of their age, they're smart and savvy and typically out of their element while dealing with a supernatural problem. I absolutely love that and it makes for a very enjoyable and fulfilling adventure.

Minor Mage's main character, Oliver, is twelve and he and his familiar, an armadillo, set out from his drought locked village on a journey to the mountains to find rain. The countryside is not easily traversed and there's danger, intense situations, dire bodily harm and death in it. I believe there was difficulty getting it published, because of all that. It's also very entertaining, with Oliver and the armadillo finding pragmatic, practical solutions to the problems they face.

I always keep an eye out for any new ebooks from T Kingfisher. Reading them is a pleasure and I look forward to their audio release, to see if the narration improved upon the original. It did. Christopher Williams does and excellent job bringing the characters to life. He has a wide range and vivid, distinct voices.

So if your looking for a story that will immerse you into an interesting world and lift your spirits, leaving you happier than when you started, you've found it.

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Minor Mage is YA but it is not childish

I’ve enjoyed every one of T Kingfisher’s books. This is YA, yes. But it deals with issues kids face, even though we adults don’t like to admit it. There is snarky humor, and horror, adults screw up, one quite horribly, but there is also real kindness. I’d recommend it to adults as well as kids

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Balanced, Cute Story

A nice, well-paced story, with a light hearted approach but touching on some much deeper topics.

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A Delightful Listen

After trying to listen to a couple of books that were difficult to get into and not very compelling I was desperate to find an enjoyable listen that was both entertaining and satisfying. Minor Mage hit the spot. The main character is only 12 but he is forced into solving adult problems in a magical world. There is plenty of humor in the story with an amardillo for a wizard’s familiar and one of the few spells the Minor Mage knows is tying shoelaces together. Who knew you could defeat bandits with a shoelace tying spell? This isn’t a deep and dramatic story but since I was in the mood for something light it was exactly what I was looking for. Problems are solved with cleverness and ingenuity- unlikely friendships are formed - and the 12 year old main character spends a lot more time thinking about human behavior and motivation than the adults around him. T. Kingfisher (pseudonym for Ursula Vernon) has written several other books I’ve enjoyed included so I’m going to continue looking for more. Her main characters are resilient and likable and her stories are engaging. Anyone could listen to this book.

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Delightful

Really sorry it took me this long to discover T Kingfisher. I wish I lived neighbors to her.