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Arpan Panicker

 

Anyone who starts to write a story called “Wordscapist” had better be good with words. Close to poetic, in fact. It’s throwing down the gauntlet to all other writers. “You use words to create stories. I’m going to write about words that create reality.” Or something philosophical to that effect. Fortunately, Arpan Panicker is pretty good at the poetry part. He is also good at creating a great story line, which grabs us by the throat and draws us in.

 

It is difficult to put the plotline of this story into simple terms, but it is not an unusual format; an innocent who randomly (or not) is suddenly imbued with great powers that he should not have. He is thrown into a world he does not understand, filled with magical people and creatures that want to kill him. Helped by a beautiful maiden who is not sure she even likes him, he must discover his new abilities quickly in order to keep the two of them alive.

 

I usually have a concern about giving a character unlimited power. Traditionally, it is necessary to limit the abilities of magicians in order to create suspense. If they can do anything they want, they can’t lose any battle, can they, so who cares? In the case of this story, the main character’s developing talents can barely keep pace with the powers increasingly arrayed against him, so the suspense just keeps on rolling, no matter how powerful he becomes.

 

Aided by fantastic characters, wonderfully-described settings and terrifying demons, Panicker draws us in and keeps us entertained. The magic is explained enough to keep us involved, but kept mystic enough to keep us enthralled. In all, I found this a great read, and I’m looking forward to the other books in the series.

 

It is unfortunate that, in spite of his ability with words, this author has chosen to present his work to us not properly edited. Thus, no matter how thrilling and engaging his story may be, it is devalued by minor errors, and thus cannot be rated as professional, first-class writing.

 

Recommended for fans of fantasy and the occult, and those who are forgiving of verb tense slips, point-of-view slithers, and plot jumps. Four stars out of five.

 
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