Breakthrough after breakthrough has plunged me deeper and deeper into fantastical worlds. By the day these worlds solidify in my mind. “First they built roads, then houses” (The Dispossessed). I’ve built roads into this new world and am now building the foundation of my home. Of thousands of homes. Of Millions of people struggling, killing, laughing, loving.
I’ve just heard whispers from the wind that the second book in the Collegium Sorcerorum Trilogy will be released sometime in very early 2012. I’ve you’re unacquainted with this series I highly recommend you check it out and perhaps read a few pages on Amazon.
Here are a couple of recent reviews made by Amazon users for the first book of Collegium Sorcerorum:
This is a rollicking story from start to finish. A solid fantasy story line is remarkably enhanced by subtle humor, bad puns and sexual fantasy, as one character tries to singlehandedly populate his world with magical creatures. I enjoyed this story as an e-book and look forward to the hard copy as part of my collection. Looking forward to the next installment!
Having read many many fantasy novels I found Sauvain’s style refreshing and captivating. There is a great sense of humor throughout the book that eases the tension when things get epic. The characters come alive more and more as the story progresses. I won’t give anything away, but my favorite characters have to be Asullus and Rolland.
The story also turns traditional fantasy concepts on their heads(for example: how magic operates). For a tale of epic fantasy (and it is Epic!) the narrative is also down to earth and representative of the time period the it takes place in. Crazy creatures, graphic descriptions, a wild series of events, and unique characters make this book AWESOME. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone with even the slightest interest in fantasy.
Also, news on the wind has it that Book 2 of the Collegium Sorcerorum Trilogy is on its way. Stay tuned!
Here is the latest review on Collegium Sorcerorum. The listed price below is for Amazon, visit my online store and you’ll find it for $10/copy!
Thaddeus of Beewicke
Louis Sauvain (548 pp.)
July 19, 2011
In Sauvain’s epic fantasy, an aging sorcerer recruits three teenagers to study at the Collegium Sorcerorum;
on their way, they’ll face thrilling adventures, romantic encounters and life lessons.
Set in the mysterious Dark Ages, the novel begins with an eccentric, mule-riding vagabond successfully
luring 14-year-old Thaddeus from his parents’ home in Beewicke. The nearly 1,000-year-old sorcerer, Master
Silvestrus (reminiscent of Dumbledore), recruits Thaddeus of Beewicke, Anders of Brightfield and Rolland of
Fountaindale—a prominent thief—as his three apprentices. They are to travel to the Collegium, learn the art of
sorcery and play their part in fulfilling an age-old prophecy. Sauvain’s detail-rich paragraphs and astute sense of
character development are comparable to the Harry Potter series. Here, however, sorcery is more experimental and requires one to believe and have been intimate with a beloved. While Thaddeus is the clear-cut protagonist, the
characters of Rolland, Anders and Asullus are arguably more compelling and memorable. Asullus, the talking
mule, is hilarious and loyal to a fault. Anders, having studied under numerous scholars, is the intelligent one. Rolland, an orphan who grew up on the streets and steals for survival, quickly develops an entertaining love/hate relationship with Asullus. Together, Master Silvestrus and company tackle adventures featuring robbers, ogres, deceptive butterflies, spirits, fairies, elves, talking trees, demons, a peculiar dog named Bellis, the cursed Cin army of cowards and more. Although splendid characterizations, engaging plot twists and humorous dialogues are the pillars of Sauvain’s narrative, a number of characters seem rushed and far too temporary; for example, Ethne enters the novel early as Thaddeus’ love interest, but there’s no sign of her in the remaining 548 pages. Sean Bodley’s illustrations and maps add depth to the setting, the extensive glossary allows readers to understand Lingua Imperatoria and the section on “Dramatis Personae” is instrumental in explaining who each character is and the role he plays. Despite taking an entire book to get to the Collegium, Sauvain’s ensemble of unique characters enduring precarious situations delivers great fun and anticipation for the ensuing books in the saga.
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This is one of the latest reviews on one of the most recent literary Fantasy sensations!
ForeWord Clarion Review
Collegium Sorcerorum: Thaddeus of Beewicke
Illustrated by Sean Bodley
Four Stars (out of Five)
Louis Sauvain’s grand fantasy novel Thaddeus of Beewicke, the first volume in his Collegium Sorcerorum Trilogy, goes beyond mere imitation of celebrated fantasy series like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, Rowling’s Harry Potter, and Mary Stewart’s Merlin. With Thaddeus of Beewicke, Sauvain has created something new and exciting. Taken from bits and pieces of history and from the mythological tropes of many different cultures, Sauvain’s novel is a magical coming-of-age tale. Straight out of Joseph Campbell’s book of comparative mythology, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, protagonist Thaddeus falls into the category of larger-than-life characters like Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian and T. H. White’s renditions of King Arthur and Merlin.
The novel begins as the teenage Thaddeus is placed as an apprentice in the care of an old man who reveals himself as Silvestrus Somerset, an ancient and powerful sorcerer. The author writes, “Silvestrus moved closer to the stream’s edge and surveyed the young boy. He would be about fourteen, and was sandy-haired and freckled. The old man thought the boy’s eyes were green—green as river water—and both earnest and curious. Good. The boy had an open manner as well. Excellent.” Through Silvestrus’ mysterious wisdom and the humorous, father-like protection of Asullus, a talking mule, Thaddeus meets up with two other teenage boys: Anders the intellectual, and the streetwise Rolland. The three are enlisted by Silvestrus as his apprentices and are to attend the Collegium of Sorcerorum to become real sorcerers. They also seem to be the key components to a mystical prophecy.
Thaddeus, Anders, and Rolland become life-long companions as they experience wonderful and dangerous adventures on their journey to the Collegium, including encounters with such creatures as an evil tree spirit, a dragon king, an army of phantasms, and a royal wolf-human hybrid. Along the way, the three friends grow into men. The physicality of their arduous travels matures them, and they come to understand the power of belief, to recognize the true cost of magic, and to experience the bittersweet pangs of love gained and lost.
This book is more than an escapists’ entertaining fantasy novel. With the addition of gorgeous maps and illustrations, the narrative comes alive. Also enriching the story is a list of the cast of characters and a glossary of terms for a language Sauvain enlisted outside help to construct. All of these serve to immerse the reader mind, body, and soul in Thaddeus of Beewicke’s universe.