The Sorcerer’s Garden

sorcerers gardenSYNOPSIS: Recently fired and residing with her sweetly overbearing mother, Madlyn needs a job—bad. In a moment of desperation, she accepts a part-time position reading at the bedside of adventurer and amateur writer Cody Lofton. A near-drowning accident left the young man in a vegetative state, and his chances of recovery wane with each passing day.

Cody’s older brother, Dustin, and eccentric grandmother aren’t prepared to give up on the youngest son of Portland, Oregon’s royalty.

Dustin’s a personable guy, bordering on naïve, and overwhelmed by familial corporate duties and cutthroat partners. Grandmother Lillian’s a meddler with an eye for the esoteric, dabbling in Dustin’s life and dealing out wisdom like a card shark. One innocent conversation at a time, she sucks Madlyn into the Lofton story, dubbing her the princess and bestowing on her the responsibility of both grandsons’ destinies.

And all Madlyn wanted was a simple reading job.

Uninspired by her self-imposed stack of literary selections, Madlyn opts for Cody’s work-in-progress. Fantasy isn’t her favorite, but with only four chapters completed, reading The Sorcerer’s Garden should be no sweat, right?

Little does she realize, the story will begin writing itself and, by the hand of destiny, become her own.

REVIEW: This is no ordinary fantasy tale. It is fantasy written for the modern age. So, strap yourselves in folks, ‘coz you’re in for one hell of a bumpy ride!

If you like dark fantasy with more than just a touch of reality to the point that you begin to wonder which is worse, or actually real, The Sorcerer’s Garden is a must read.

The work is extremely well written and constructed. I can count on one hand in the past few years , how many books I have so thoroughly enjoyed, page for page as I have this one.

Five stars for a fantastically unique work!


About Kev

Kev is an Author & Songwriter. After years of studying, and even more years working in education, and management in the US, he returned to his hometown in England where he finally settled down to focus on his writing and music. Links to his works can be found in the widget bar, and more information about them can be found on his pages above. He would greatly appreciate it if you would check them out. Kev has a M.Ed in Secondary Education with English as his main subject area. He also did post-graduate studies in Christian Counselling and Psychopathology after obtaining a BA in Psychology with a minor in Classical Greek.

39 comments on “The Sorcerer’s Garden

  1. Enjoyed your review, Kev! I read Sunwielder, which really was a great read and so well written. I am definitely going to read more of Diana’s work, maybe starting with this one…love a bit of dark fantasy set in the modern world! 😁

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    • This is the first of Diana’s I have read and will no doubt read some more… Sunwielder sounds promising. Thanks for sharing that. I’m sure you will love this one as well. 🙂

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  2. Great review Kev. I have this book just awaiting me in my reader. Now I’m inclined to bump it up a few notches. 🙂

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  3. This sounds like a good read, thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. I JUST finished reading The Sorcerer’s Garden and agree with every word in your review. I admit, I was surprised I liked it so much, since I don’t read the fantasy genre. But this had so many twists and turns in it, a life in fantasy and one in ‘real-life’ Portland, Oregon, that I got hooked. Excellent writing that kept me enthralled throughout.
    Nice to find your blog here via Diana.

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  5. I remember reading about this elsewhere and thought it sounded a good read. Your endorsement reinforces that. Enticing review.

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  6. Kevin, I appreciate your detailed review of D.Wallace Peach’s book. The elements of surprise and modern technology make this book stand out. 🙂

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  7. Your review is great and now I have another book on my “to read” list!

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  8. Great review! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  9. Hi Kev. It’s easy to tell that Diana is talented, but you’ve really made me want to read this book! Thanks for doing this review. Mega hugs.

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  10. Fantastic!! Thanks for the review. I agree with you, it is ‘extremely well-written book’.

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  11. Reblogged this on Myths of the Mirror and commented:
    Have you visited Kevin Cooper’s new digs Raves & Reviews? It’s a welcoming place for authors and readers alike. Kevin, a talented author in his own right, provides two services. One, he gives authors a place to Rave about their new releases, and two, as an avid reader, he provides objective, honest, and sincere Reviews. Kevin recently reviewed The Sorcerer’s Garden and left me with a huge smile. 🙂

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  12. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    Sounds like a great read, I do enjoy fantasy.

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  13. Yay! Thanks, Kev, for the awesome review. I’m so glad you enjoyed it and appreciate that you took the time to read and comment 😀 😀 I’ll reblog on Friday with great pleasure. Thanks again!

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  14. Sounds like an awesome read! I love the idea of modern day fantasy. Good review!

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  15. Sounds great. Thanks for sharing your review!

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