Warlock in Training (Ariel’s Review)

Title: Warlock In Training (Studies in Demonology #1)
Author: T.J. Nichols
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Genre(s): Fantasy
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.

His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.

Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.

Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.

Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.


A Wizard and His Demon

Take one part Civil War, one part French Revolution and one part parallel worlds and douse it all in magic and the result will be this story.

This fantasy story is truly brilliant. It tells the story of a reluctant wizard who tries to fail his test but ends up succeeding and calling his demon. Said demon pulls him into his world, Demonside, and reveals the tragedy that has befallen both of their worlds. Thus begins the complicated story that involves an underground, a secret revolt against the hierarchy of the Wizard College, enemies who turn out to be friends, and an unexpected romance.

Mage and wizard-in-training, teacher and apprentice, two beings from two different worlds who find a common thread in the tragedy that’s striking both of the Worlds. These two can’t be more different, but the attraction and the passion for their cause and each other grows every time they meet.

Angus gets pulled into this problem that he did not know about and kind of doesn’t want to know about. He just wants to go back to his normal life and fulfill his dreams, but now he’s in the midst of this and he must do something about it. He’s really the reluctant hero. On the other hand, Saka has been looking for an ally from the other side and he finds it in Angus.

The ending is a cliffhanger, so if that is not your cup of tea, be warned. This is book one of a series, so there will be a book two to continue the story.

I do have one issue with this story and it’s the blood. Or rather, how the blood starts pouring in Demonside. I think this book should have had a warning placed on it because this story involves cutting and human sacrifice, in the past. There is a real issue, especially with high school students, who cut themselves. To use that in a story, I feel is wrong. So, for those of you who also have an issue with this, I would say don’t buy this book. Again, I wish this book would have a warning on it because I was surprised to read this and it made me want to stop, but I kept reading so I could give this review.

Overall, the plots and concept is really good. Parallel worlds and magic and wizardy and even a wizard college is great. Being a fantasy book, there’s a lot of explanation as to how each World works, so be patient with that. I feel the cutting and the bloodletting was unnecessary.

If you’re a person who loves magic and Wizards and parallel worlds then you will like this book. If you can stomach cutting and bloodletting, and it doesn’t bother you, try this book out.

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Galley copy of Warlock in Training provided by DSP Publications in exchange of an honest review.