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“Think about all that the wind is and all that it does. Where it goes. Where it comes from. The wind knows everything, for it travels everywhere, and it’s with us always. It endures. It feels. It speaks. Sometimes it whispers. Sometimes it rages. Give it a listen sometime. See what it tells you.”

Dragon Mage Cover Art

Dragon Mage and classic epic fantasy, for me, has been an inspiration as it speaks to my soul and gives hope to the reader and writer that I, one day, hope to be. When starting an Epic Fantasy novel I return, time and time again, for that brilliant feeling of adventure that only a true “epic fantasy
experience” tends to share with me. Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer is now a permanent part of my journey as a new a passionate reader in the fantasy genre, a truly important novel for me, that speaks to me, and I will carry with me, forever.

The smithy is the humble, strong man who prides himself in teaching good life lessons as well as morals through hard work and experience. There HAS to be a traveling musician or entertainer who brings promise to folks with laborious, mundane, and hard lives who reside in the small villages, who, of course, have lives full of hard times, hard work, find joy in the small things life brings, a “gleeman” or a character of a similar nature that lives to entertain and make people happy. The Inn full of the typical bunch of locals with an ever-changing gang of unfamiliar travelers to keep the waitresses company and the locals staring. A hearth that is inevitably going to attract the liveliest of men who will indeed be full of mead and are unafraid to talk of wonders or to test the durability of a local man’s chin. All are wonderful aspects that will never be overdone, in my opinion.

This novel, “Dragon Mage”, brought many of these previously stated and familiar qualities but, some I will not forget the unfamiliar qualities I failed to foresee. The ideas and comforts of nostalgia and love of classic fantasy are what gave me the everlasting impression upon reading this amazing story. I hope you all do the same!

One of my favorite conversations as of current is in regards to cover art and how it CAN and WILL either MAKE or BREAK a book. My experience before reading and ONLY seeing this cover brought many pieces of the story I would bet to soon be reading. Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer promises the readers a handful of themes, simply based on the cover art. I saw a dragon, a mountainous area, a character looking up in a respectful or awe-inspired manor toward the dragon, and the assumption that I will most likely cozy up to this novel quickly and love every second. Well, that was no false presumption.

M.L. Spencer brought her “A” game with Dragon Mage. I expected to like the world and the magic system, which is my typical relationship with epic fantasy. Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer started quite differently for one reason…Aram. Aram might be my favorite character in a novel, ever, and I will tell you why.

 The main character of Dragon Mage, Aram, stole my heart quick, fast, and in a hurry. He is ignored by most as he doesn’t have a great set of tools for being social. He lives with his mother who loves him immensely but may not understand Aram, her son, as much as she thinks she does. Anxiety controls his actions and thoughts to a point that he easily shuts down. Aram, however, is a brilliant minded, well mannered, vulnerable, and creative young man. Having this level of self-awareness is the reason he knows the remedy to this anxiety, depression, or dark thoughts…KNOTS!

Yes, knots is correct and is vastly more complex and intricate part of Dragon Mage than I will be able to convey within this short review, but the word coming to mind as I imagine M.L. Spencer adding this quirk is simply BRILLIANT! Aram found a hidden cave where he hangs, displays, works on, and learns more about knots, his “heaven on earth”. The only career Aram deems possible for him when it is time is a Sailor, knots being a huge part of what they do.

In addition, the knots are just one aspect in a sea of brilliant themes. Themes of love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, kindness, friendship, redemption, and many other immensely valuable pieces are what hold this novel together and shout from the pages to read it. When the last page had been read, I knew I had just experienced a book that brought so many valuable moments to me, whether it was a moment of self-reflection into why I relate so well with Aram, witnessing a true friendship and what that word means to the core, or if I felt melancholy about how the essential and difficult “graduation” from a vulnerable boy to a strong and morally-concrete man with purpose.

I recommend Dragon Mage by M.L. Spencer to ANY classic or epic fantasy lover, someone in search of a heartfelt yet action packed experience that will have an everlasting impression because of the characters, or just simply want to continue reading top notch storytelling.

Thank you M.L. Spencer for not only writing a novel that has and will continue to inspire me in many ways. As an author, M.L. Spencer’s ability to make me care so intensely for Aram, the main character, made my experience so special. The second book in Rivenworld Series is one I am HIGHLY anticipating. Be safe and read lots!

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

“Dragon Mage” (Rivenworld Book One) by M.L. Spencer

Matthew Sorenson

I am a husband to my beautiful wife Ashley and a daddy to three young boys and daughter! I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels, authors, illustrators, and all other aspects from the writing process to the many aspects of publishing, both Traditionally Published & Self-Published, and their differences. I host a ton of interviews on my YouTube Channel and have just started my journey with written reviews here at "Before We Go Blog"!

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