This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Dragon Scale Publishing. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Bohemian Magician by A.L. Sirois
Illustrator: Luciano Fleitas
Release Date: September 16, 2017
Publisher: Dragon Scale Publishing
Source: Dragon Scale Publishing
Purchase at: Amazon ◊ Barnes & Noble
Young Guilhelm has everything a man of the middle ages could ask for: money, title, admirers. But he has one thing that puts all of that in jeopardy. One thing that he cannot get rid of. He has been designated FAIRY FRIEND. Now, no matter where he goes, the fair folk of our world are attracted to his side, and they cause more trouble than Guilhelm seems able to bear.
This story, The Bohemian Magician, follows the life of young Guilhelm, the future duke of Poictiers, Comté du Poitou. At the start of the story Guilhelm is a twelve-year-old boy who was out hunting with his friend and came across a fairy who he thought might have been already dead. While investigating what lay before his feet the fairy awakens and finds Guilhelm watching him and the fairy assumes that Guilhelm has been protecting him while he was unconscious. Out of appreciation the fairy grants Guilhelm the designation of “fairy friend forevermore” and goes on his merry way, except that Guilhelm had no interest in being a friend to the fairies and it was a moment in time that he wished had never happened.
Years pass by and Guilhelm becomes Duke Guilhelm IX and he has been plagued with uncomfortable situations since his first meeting with the fairy who made him a friend to fairies. They are invisible to all but him and magical creatures of all types have made themselves a nuisance to him. As a man Guilhelm has gone to the Holy Land as a Crusader to defeat the Saracens and he had hoped that maybe his “fairy friends” would prove useful on the campaign but they never act as they should and using them usually turns out worse than he expected. In one instance their “help” ended up in releasing a terrible ifrit that quickly brought woe to Guilhelm.
Guilhelm returned to his dukedom expecting to have some respite after his time with the Crusades but it was not meant to be. His people were being terrorized by what they assumed was a werewolf but the reality was actually far more dangerous. Guilhelm was going to have to pair up with, Oriabel, the local healer and the only person he knew who could help him be successful in ridding the land of the magical being that refused to leave. The pairing between Oriabel and Guilhelm was not a match made in heaven and they had to learn to work together and appreciate the skills that each possessed. Together they were going to have to overcome many trials in order to free the people from the killer who was stalking them.
The Bohemian Magician is quite the adventure set in the Middle Ages and is an excellent sword and sorcery tale filled with humor and a fast-paced plot. This story is filled with all sorts of magical creatures and I found it quite entertaining how this author described the magical folk, they were very distinctive. There is a nice blending of several distinct elements that lead to some hilarious moments but also moments filled with both danger and intrigue. It is nice to read a story set against a historical backdrop such as the middle ages and the Crusades. The Bohemian Magician was a unique read that will capture the imaginations of readers everywhere.
*Thank you to Dragon Scale Publising for this complimentary copy of The Bohemian Magician*