The Elite Wizard Games: Book Review

The competition for a prestigious spot on an
Elite Wizards Guild is at hand.


Title: The Elite Wizard Games
Series: The Elite Wizard Chronicles: Book 1
Author: Gina A. Watson
ISBN: TBA          Language: English

Cover designer: Christian Bentulan @ Covers by Christian
Publisher: CHBB Publishing

Classification: Fiction
Type: YA fantasy
Themes: dragons, friendship, trials, perseverance

What's it about?
The competition for a prestigious spot on an Elite Wizards Guild is at hand.

For years, nineteen-year-old Melanie has trained and worked for nothing else. More than anything, she strives to be one of the five wizards that will win the epic battle royale. Yet her plans shift in the midst of the games when she learns of a sinister plot to rob the Dragon Wizards of their ancient magic.

As the competition rages on, the stakes are upped to life or death. Teaming up with one of her competitors may be Melanie’s only chance to save the world. But will it cost her a place in a guild?

Game on. Are you strong enough to survive?


Embrace
Melanie is a strong female lead who isn't without her faults. She's relatable and easy to connect with. The storyline has a strong focus on both the skills as a fighter and that of literature; this creates a lovely balance with the two.

Beware
None at this stage.

My Thoughts
This novel will be released worldwide on March 21, 2020 and comes from Australian author Gina A. Watson.

The setting for this story is a survival of the fittest magic competition. If you've watched any reality TV then the concept should be familiar - if not to you then definitely to the teens in your house or classroom.

Melanie is the protagonist of the story. I liked Melanie as I could sympathise with her height (or lack thereof - let's face it, shorter leads sometimes get overlooked). She wields magic in the forms of fire (a fire whip) and ice (with ice daggers) making her a formidable opponent against the other teens competing for one of the prestigious spots.

This book has a mix of fantasy/urban fantasy in terms of setting. When reading I imagine her in modern clothing but the world is one filled with other magical beings including dragons and fairies. Some of these are friends, others foe, and some you have to read to find out where their loyalties lie.

The language level in the book makes this accessible even to students who struggle. There is a good mix of male and female characters and the book never comes across as being overly girly/whiny such as in The Pale Assassin

Opportunities for learning in the classroom could be looking at the ethics of fighting for a position. It's clear in the story that Melanie has a brain and will use and yet besides tactical prowess and fighting skills, the game itself that they participate in really focuses on those skills. So looking at whether this is wrong/right could be an interesting debate topic.

Other opportunities could be to analyse and compare the different abilities that each competitor brings to the games. Students could study the advantages and disadvantages of each and, because gaming is still going strong, create character cards with their power status as part of their final conclusions.

Overall, it's a solid book. It has a satisfying ending but alludes to more stories coming.


Special thanks to Gina for the ARC.

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