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Strange dreams of a beautiful young woman leave journeyman apothecary Alexander “Xan” Conley exhausted. That’s not good since a single mistake could kill a patient. To complicate matters, he’s afraid that finding a way to end the nighttime meetings would mean never seeing the girl again, a horrible thought considering she’s the closest thing to a love life he has.His existStrange dreams of a beautiful young woman leave journeyman apothecary Alexander “Xan” Conley exhausted. That’s not good since a single mistake could kill a patient. To complicate matters, he’s afraid that finding a way to end the nighttime meetings would mean never seeing the girl again, a horrible thought considering she’s the closest thing to a love life he has.His existence radically changes when a tenacious catcher bent on capturing and executing Xan forces him and his friends to flee their homes. As Xan quests to rescue his dream girl from the same fate that awaits him, he discovers that the catcher is part of a deadly conspiracy.Xan’s sole path to safety is to become a mage, thereby embracing forces that nearly destroyed the world during the Wizards War. He must choose between two terrible options—saving the lives of those he loves or risking everyone by ushering in a new age of magic. ...

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ISBN : 26834792
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Number of Pages : 447 Pages
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  • Larry B Gray
    2018-12-25 17:37

    Rise of the Mages by Brian W. Foster is an action packed adventure full of mystery and intrigue.The author has developed a tale of fantasy and adventure which will keep you glued to its pages. The storyline is easy to follow but the plot twist and turns make it hard to put down. I found the book to be very well written and easy to get into. I love the characters that Brian W. Foster developed for his story. They are both real and easy to identify with. As the story progressed you could see each of their personalities come out as they grew in strength and character.I really liked Rise of the Mages by Brian W. Foster and I highly recommend this book to all readers.[Please note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.]

  • Bonnie Keck
    2019-01-03 19:43

    Kindle Unlimited, just read the 2 superhero type books, this is sort of the same but not of course.Strange dreams of a beautiful young woman leave journeyman apothecary Alexander “Xan” Conley exhausted. That’s not good since a single mistake could kill a patient. To complicate matters, he’s afraid that finding a way to end the nighttime meetings would mean never seeing the girl again, a horrible thought considering she’s the closest thing to a love life he has.His existence radically changes when a tenacious catcher bent on capturing and executing Xan forces him and his friends to flee their homes. As Xan quests to rescue his dream girl from the same fate that awaits him, he discovers that the catcher is part of a deadly conspiracy.Xan’s sole path to safety is to become a mage, thereby embracing forces that nearly destroyed the world during the Wizards War. He must choose between two terrible options—saving the lives of those he loves or risking everyone by ushering in a new age of magic. Repulsive Origins: The Captain {A Short Story}RepulsiveRise of the MagesGryphon {coming soonish}

  • Stephen
    2019-01-02 17:53

    This Book is barely an Ok read. If I have something else to read, I would have put it down and read that instead. The only parts that where any good was towards the end. It just kept putting me to sleep.

  • Jackie
    2018-12-16 22:58

    Just an amazing fantasy story to keep you interested until the end. Received an ARC. Reviewed this story because I fell in love with it and ready to read more

  • Yvonne Daniels
    2018-12-23 22:01

    Rise of the Mages by Brian W. Foster ⭐️⭐️⭐️This is my first time reading a book written by Brian W. Foster. The storyline reminds me of rebellious teenagers. The flow and pace was okay but could have better this is creatively written. But just as the story was building it was over. Mr Foster is a good writer. His characters in this story reads like they are very young. I feel like this is a juvenile love story. I don't write negative reviews on any authors. I think every writer has some creativity and the work they do deserve the honesty of their readers. Authors put a lot of effort into their work and I greatly admire that. So I am very honest with my reviews. There was a lot of issues here. The character are in need of a little more development. The characters are hard to engage, therefore they are not fascinating. They don't have any motivations and the storyline needs more actions. This a YA book, but the interaction is so made for the very young like twelve year old or younger, I must admit the dialogue is also childlike. But since this is suppose to be a friendship coming of age novel it reads like ten year old and they are not lovable or likable. They have no idea where they are going because they act petulance and their dislike is mutual. Their adventure is illogical and needs more reasons for their situations.Xan, an apprentice journeyman apothecary is having extremely vivid dreams of a girl, that leaves feeling like he has never been to sleep at all. This causes a lot of problems for that he nearly misdiagnose a patient. It's been long time since he's slept and so he takes poppy seeds to keep alert. Xan realizes that his lack of sleep is dangerous, but he afraid to tell the master, he thinks they are just dreams and they will go away, but are they and will they. Xan is one of the main character and he is very unlikeable. He starts off as a bright apothecary student that takes a drug that becomes a habit. But Him taking the drug problem disappears half way through the book without explanation. Xan has no idea who he is or that he is a powerful Mage. things turn from bad to worse as he is identified as someone with magic and sentenced to death. He NEEDS to find her, to warn her they are after her. But, how can he possibly do that while imprisoned waiting to be executed!As Xan quest is to rescue his dream girl from the same fate that awaits him, but he discovers that the catcher is part of a deadly conspiracy. Justav is on a quest given to him by the king. He has to find two powerful Mages thats been meeting at night, they have a lot of magic. His job is to kill them both. Justav is the character that carrys out orders to slit the throats of the enemy while they were asleep, which he did to many victims in great detail, and then the author described him being covered with blood and afterward he cleaning his weaponFor a YA novel there is a unbelievable amount of graphic sexual innuendo and behavior. This may be too mature for under 16. There needs to be some development of this fantasy world and its various kingdom states. Its hard to follow who is who and who is fighting whom, then the story ends. But it's not all that bad there something about it that okay. Read it you may like it.I was given a copy of this book by Reading Deals, to give my honest opinion in a review.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-27 17:41

    Think you want to get this book (you know you do)? Check out Amazon! Want to find more reviews before buying this book? Check out GoodReads or even check out the Author page for other books and updates on when the next one comes out!This an ‘arc” copy eBook supplied by Netgalley. I am not receiving any monetary benefit or any kickback for this review. I received this arc for an honest review. This review is cross-posted on Amazon, Goodreads and given directly to the publisher.This book has so much promise. The premise is astonishingly well thought out and unique. There is bottom up world building in a fantasy setting. Rise of the Mage seem to be a plot driven book that, unfortunately leaves character development in the dust. That being said, the character development and dialog is lacking. I am the type of reader that loves and prefers character driven or character development driven stories. Foster is connoisseur of plot and action and the book was great on that spectrum. But I wanted more from the characters. I feel like even in the re-release edit version that there was not enough character development. At times the Characters seem to be underdeveloped and childish.This is the only negative of this book. Basically, I believe the characters need some more likeable traits or even some hint of what they had in the beginning. It was like once the quest started, they lost their likable traits or even the love and care that had for each other. Xan drove me crazy and made me wish, he would get caught. He’s the main character I’m supposed to like and root for him. He starts off a bright apothecary with a drug habit. Then he turns into an overpowered whiney brat. His drug problem disappears half way through the book. The plot carried the characters through the conflict. I just couldn’t find a redeemable characteristic for any of the characters. Laney might have been a great character, if she could have gotten over her murdering a solider while trying to save her brother. I believe in a little guilt and emotional conflict, but it just made her be an extreme advocate for never harming someone.Maybe it’s my need for character driven plots that dictate this review. The writing is great, the premise a gem in the rough. I just feel that characters are not 3d and definitely nowhere close to likeable. I just am a bit disappointed even after reading the rewrite. The author did state that he got a little too zealous with the conflict between the characters. There were some interactions that made them the characters seem like a group. But in the end, I just didn’t feel like there was enough. I will wait and read the next one. But at this time, Rise of the Mages was not a hit. I give it two out of 5 stars. I just prefer character driven stories verses action/plot driven.

  • Cover to Cover Reviews
    2018-12-26 22:47

    I picked up this book, started reading, and was immediately sucked into this fantasy world that Foster has created. I loved it and am kicking myself for not getting around to it fast enough once I got my copy of it. I am going to keep this review as spoiler free as possible because I think that this is something that everyone should get to experience for themselves.The story is about a guy named Xan works as an apothecary who is having these dreams of this girl. He lives in a world where being a mage is forbidden and then he discovers he is one. Xan then embarks on a quest to save the girl from his dreams and in the process he has to decide what to make of his new powers and how they will impact himself, those around him, and the world.Foster has created a world that is easy to lose oneself in - in the best possible way. The characters are relatable and enjoyable and their story is just so enthralling. There could have been more editing done, but if you look past the little things that needed improving, you could see the beginning of a great story. It's got a very used plot line with a protagonist who discovers forbidden powers and embarks on a quest to save a girl, but I think Foster does a good job of adapting that plot line and creating a unique story.I'm sitting here - post-read, and I can't wait to read more of this world and these characters. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  • Dorothy
    2018-12-30 18:59

    I liked the story but the characters are questionable especially the main one (Xan). He starts out being a very good apothecary who did not know he was a mage. He has nightmares that he need to save a girl who turns out to be a princess (who is spoiled and selfish) which his friends help him capture. As he gets close to saving her life, his best friend tries to take her away from him. Everyone is questionable after that, each one turns against him and blame him for their situation. The story has a good plot, not a bad read, but I think the writer should give the characters more adult hood as they go through the trials. As we all know the more conflict you go through the faster you mature.I was given a free copy of this book to write an honest review. I look forward to the next book to see how the story ends.

  • Jeri
    2018-12-28 16:45

    Rise of the Mages is the second book in the series and about the next generation. It can easily be read as a standalone and does not require reading the first book, however, reading the first book does give you an idea on how the world works in these books. Xan is an apprentice apothecary when his powers come into power. Since being a mage is forbidden and against the law, he and his friends escape to try and save another mage. Things go awry when magic doesn't work like they expect. Learning something new takes time but they don't have enough while on the run. Keep reading to see if they escape the catchers noose. Enjoy! I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mary Quattlebaum
    2019-01-09 21:06

    Sometimes, teenagers get so petty. The book sometimes shifts in speech to modern from ancient times, especially for comedic or serious additions to the story. The group of friends quickly find out all is not what it had seemed and try to learn quickly the new roles they are to portray. Some have an easier time than others in the journey. Talents are found. A battle rages metaphorically and actually. Interested to see what happens with the character development that has been set up for the next book on the series.

  • Blake Miller
    2018-12-19 16:56

    I was given a free copy of this book to write an honest review.This book was a little disappointing and good at the same time. I really liked the plot and a few of the character's personalities. However, most of the characters at time seemed underdeveloped and childish. I would have liked the characters to display their ages better.With that being said, the book was not horrible. I will probably read the next book in the series to give it a chance. Like I said, the book's plot was okay.

  • Amy Shannon
    2018-12-30 21:06

    Interesting plotI was caught immediately into the plot from the gripping first chapter. I thought the book was all right, and the characters were interesting, but it could have a little more intensity and drama. I enjoyed the story but there were a few minor issues that I couldn't overlook. The writer was able to pull together scenes and the characters were interesting enough, but not very likeable, but that could have been the author's intent. The dialog was a little hokey and maybe a bit too modern for the era of the apothecary. Good story all together.