Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire Review

The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire (The Wizards of Waterfire Series, #1)
The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire (The Wizards of the Waterfire Series #1)
By Iain Reading 
Published April 1st, 2014
303 pages

4.5 stars - Another Great Start To Another Great Series!!

*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review!*

This first book of the Wizards of Waterfire series tells the story of Memphis Grey, a teenage girl with an extraordinary secret. Born with a special gift to summon and control the elemental building blocks of nature - Earth, Air, Fire and Water - Memphis and the other members of her ancient guild of wizards have the power to shape these elements and use the resulting energy to weave a form of primordial magic. 

A seemingly ordinary group of friends on the outside, Memphis and her fellow wizards gather each week to practice their magical skills at the local shopping mall where a clandestine set of stairs leads to a secret room hidden at the top of a decorative lighthouse. Only those in the know can recognize the distinctive image of the lighthouse as a clue to a hidden reality lying just beneath the surface of our everyday world. Hiding in plain sight, each lighthouse marks the hidden meeting place of one of the guilds of the elusive Wizards of Waterfire. 

But despite their remarkable powers none of them are immortal and after tragedy strikes in a flash of screeching tires and twisted metal, Memphis and the others watch helplessly as their whole world starts to fall apart right in front of their eyes. Faced with the prospect of having to disband their guild unless they can find a new member to join them, Memphis and her friends set out to recruit Flynn, a handsome and mysterious new student at their local high school. He is the perfect choice to restore the elemental balance, but when things don't turn out quite as planned they find themselves swept along on an amazing journey that takes them to the ancient and magical places of the Waterfire guilds, uncovering dark secrets and long-forgotten histories as they go, until finally hurtling them toward a dramatic confrontation with another of the five ancient guilds - the mysterious and powerful guild of the EarthAir wizards.

Iain Reading has done it again! This new series is definitely different from the Kitty Hawk series but it isn't any less entertaining. In this book we are introduced to wizards who belong to a Waterfire guild. The group of friends can control the elements and use them to create magic. This book was pretty intriguing and different from what I've read before. This is definitely a read for someone of any age!

Memphis was a great female lead and I enjoyed reading things through her perspective. I also enjoyed the relationships that she had with all of her friends and with Flynn. She was smart and talented and did well when faced with tough situations. The rest of the guild members were supportive and friendly as well. Near the end we do get a surprise with one of the characters but I won't spoil anything. It's a surprise twist that I definitely didn't see coming, so I'm excited to see what will happen in the next book! :)

I thought the whole controlling the elements and creating magic idea was interesting. I liked learning about the history of the guilds and the different guilds that existed. This book is definitely a book that will keep you reading and wanting to know more. There is even a Romeo and Juliet kind of thing going on but don't worry, it's a good thing. I'll let you read to find out because I don't want to ruin anything. All in all, this book was an enjoyable read. It's quick and entertaining and I can't wait to read the next in the series. If you enjoy magic and a good time then you'll be interested in this book. If you don't enjoy magic, then read this book anyway because you won't be disappointed. Iain Reading caught our attention with the Kitty Hawk series and is doing it again with this new series full of action and magic. A book suitable for any age! If you haven't checked this book out, then do so now!!



  1. The Guild of the Wizards of Waterfire sounds like a great book! Can't wait to read it.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Loved reading your review.

  2. Thank you so much Vanessa for this amazing review! I especially enjoyed hearing how much you enjoyed learning about the history of the guilds. That is something that I will go into much deeper in the next four books of the series! Thank you again!


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