Reviewed by Risah Salazar for Readers' Favorite
Aarghathlain, or Aargh for short, is a proud wizard who enjoys talking to trees. After all, what is there left to do anyway? There is only one spell, and it is for talking to trees. Trees tell stories of people, families, dwellings, generation after generation. Sometimes it’s hard for wizards like him to get the information they seek because trees can be so talkative with all the wisdom they’ve collected in their lifespan. But after doing this for a long time, Aargh has the patience and skill to get the job done. Just when he thinks there is nothing left to learn, a little girl surprises him and turns his world upside down. Delve into Robert J. Bradshaw’s The Wizard’s Diary, a fantastic fantasy of pure love and magic, and discover how Aargh humbly turns from a ‘Spire Historian and Keeper of General Generations’ to ‘Novice, Student of the World, and Keeper of the Precious Child.’
The tale unfolds slowly, with necessary flashbacks to complement the current scene, so at first, it isn't apparent what is going on, but the revelations are worth the wait. The Wizard’s Diary is a mysterious adventure filled with action and a child-like perspective. With its twists and turns, the story never gets boring. Robert J. Bradshaw emphasizes how the aforementioned child-like perspective is essential in viewing the world. Becoming an adult is hard, but going back to the ways of a child can make a huge difference, especially in self-actualization. The Wizard’s Diary presents right and wrong in an innovative new light. Aside from the plot and the morals, the characters are equally well-written. Some are funny and likable, some are dark and deceptive, but all of them have fantastic development. They are simple, but there’s more to them underneath their wizard’s robes. Bradshaw has crafted a compelling story about forming special bonds with others and the self.