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Publisher's Summary

With magic, nothing's impossible.

Everyone knew it was impossible for men to do magic, until it happened.

Conryu Koda is a young man of modest ambition. All he wants is to work on bikes and practice Kung Fu. His modest dreams die on the day of The Testing when it's revealed he has wizard potential.

When the Department of Magic announces that a male wizard has been found it draws the attention of the Le Fay Society, a radical group of wizards that view men as little better than animals and Conryu as an abomination. The Society will stop at nothing to see Conryu dead.

©2017 James E. Wisher (P)2017 Tantor

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Fresh and original

Before going to college boys and girls are tested to see whether they have magic powers and the level of their magic. The real test is for the girls, since boys can’t have magic, but they are tested nonetheless as a routine. Conryu is a boy with small aspirations in life but he manages to score the highest in history on this test. Nobody can explain this, since only women can be wizards. Some people seem to disagree with this aberration, and Conryu will be in imminent danger.

The premises of this book were so good. The story felt fresh and original, and the characters were quite likable. I was in for a good ride, but halfway the initial spirit got lost in subplots. I really liked the little we learned about this world: special rules about magic, and the mysterious islands hovering over the city. I wanted to know more about it, and I wanted to know more about the main characters, but the action switched to a completely different thing, and secondary characters became the main ones, sadly without enough pull to get me invested.

I understand this book is the first in a long series, but I just would have liked to know more about how the world works and the main characters in the story. I am looking forward to future books in the series, since the little we learned about this world looked good and original, and I am sure Conryu will evolve a lot, which will make for an interesting character.

Joe Hempel’s performance was the best part of this book, delivering a compelling narration and extraordinaire character’s interpretations. Every character was perfectly recognizable but all the different voices were done in a subtle way, which sounded natural and pleasant to the ear. You just can’t go wrong with Joe Hempel.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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Worth a listen but just missed the mark

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I was immediately intrigued by the prospect of following a young man who thinks he has his life planned out only to find he is, shockingly, the first male wizard since possibly Merlin. His world is going to be upended because he has not been trained in any way in magic. No males are. And to top it off there are various groups who now want to kill him for upsetting the order of things and being an aberration. The book follows the police investigation of the attempted murder of the young man.

The negatives for me are that: 1.) There is no real description of the world where the story takes place. How does magic fit in this world? Is there any theory as to why only females can be wizards? 2.) The main character seemed to be away through a good part of the story and as a result i didn't get a good feeling of back story for him. 3.) We never made it to the wizard college which I was looking forward to (Not expecting Hogwarts here).

Assuming these things are addressed in later volumes my negatives are relatively minor.

The book is well written and Mr. Hempel does an admirable job of telling the story. The pace is good and I really liked the action sequences.

I do recommend giving this book a try. I know I will be looking into the second book in the series.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the narrator free of charge via Audiobook Boom. I have provided this review voluntarily.

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Very good

The Impossible Wizard is a very good book. I really enjoyed listening to it the narrator did a wonderful job in reading the book and making it come alive. The writer did an excellent job in writing a good plot and keeping your attention throughout the book. I would have liked to learned more about Conryu though.

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Is this a story about ryou or whatever his name is

Was this book about the side characters???? Cause I know more about them than I do about ryou or whatever his name is, i don’t even remember his name? What does that say about this book,


Overall not the greatest, a little difficult to finish and boring

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  • Jennifer
  • Petersburg, VA, United States
  • 01-27-18

Great Start!

This book is a great start to an entertaining series! The narration is wonderful and the story is super interesting. My only issue is that the story just sort of stops. Your left missing something. The person who should be the main character is not present in the last quarter of the book. If the series was not presented to be wrapped around the one character then this would be fine, but since it is, I think we needed a bit more from him.

I am excited for the second book!

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I would not recommend this book

Generally, I usealy write gibberish in this part of the review because most of my reviews are ‘buy this book’ or ‘do not buy this Book’, but I’m three chapters in and I feel I need to say something of warning to future readers.
First point: This is a horribly sexist book. Not so much in that it has hyper masculine, put women in chains tight of sexism. More of a reverse universe where all the protagonist antagonist are women and our main character, who is a male, is set against them and always prevail. Which brings me to my next point.
Second Point: The main character is to perfect. He is a master at fist a cuff, a brilliant mechanic and the (Minor spoilers) the most powerful wizard ever born into a world that is filled entirely of Women wizards, none of whom have anywhere close to the potential as he does. The character himself is infallible, which makes it hard to identify with him. A crazed man attacks him with a knife and he easily disarms without effort and is about as upset about being the target for murder as if he’d just had a little trouble taking out the trash.
Third point (spoiler alert): I must admit this next bit is more a critic about his writing, so take this next part as just my opinion. The charter if the first male wizard born since Merlin; who most people believe was a myth, and his emergence is treated with no greater emotions then one might have when finding out that their favorite move was playing at a theater near them for half the price of a ticket. His friends, his family, the government, and even the press, treat the discovery of him being the first and ever recorded male wizard in history as if he’d just got an A on his math test. The entire world seems to be very blasé about this discovery.
Now, mind you, this is all that I’ve discovered in just three chapters, it is possible that the story could turn around, but I don’t feel like trudging through more passive chauvinism and uninteresting plot lines where the man character doesn’t just succeed, but succeeds without effort. I write this review merely to let other readers know of what kind of a story that they can expect.
A point in the books favor: This book as all the right ingredients for a fantastic novel. Even if it leans hard into the unwanted harem territory, this has all the ingredients to be a fantastic story. If only the writer above could find their way into fixing they above points.
But again, all this is just my uneducated opinion.

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  • paul mallon
  • 12-28-17

it all about the side characters

Would you listen to The Impossible Wizard again? Why?

yes i am looking forward to the next book hopeful the main protagonist get more page time and is longer as i love this writer other works.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

this book main problem is that the side characters get more development and page time that the main protagonist. i liked that it did develop the side characters but they sould not be the main focus it feels like the writer wanted this book to be longer.This book is like side story and the first book is not done yet,that said i did like this the story i just want more from it

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the writer of this book is one of my favorites and everyone should check out the other books he has written and check this book out to hopeful this review helps you out as it is the first i have ever done.