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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Wizard's Testament: An Unexpected Challenge is a work of fiction in the epic fantasy and adventure subgenres. It is intended for the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Billy Ironcrane. Taking its primary inspiration from Chinese mythology, folklore, and combat styles, this sprawling fantasy tale introduces us to a small band of central figures, through whose unique viewpoints we witness the tensions of major states at war and the collapse of an entire dynasty. But when a unique opportunity presents itself in the form of an archery contest, a spark of hope ignites as past and present coalesce to lead those brave enough to follow into a brighter future.
Author Billy Ironcrane has crafted a fantastic story of a war-torn nation and its unique fighters, one that will keep fantasy and action fans on the edge of their seats all the way through a truly epic reading experience. I really admired the pacing and timeline of events in the work, which seems disparate and slow-burning at first, but builds and combines in the most wonderful and unexpected ways as the intricate strands of the plot come together. I also thought that the combat and violent scenes were well-handled to create exciting imagery, but without ever going too far so that it became gratuitous. The story also inspired a deeper interest for me in real Chinese history and culture, which I think is always the mark of a well-researched story. Overall, I would definitely recommend The Wizard's Testament to any reader seeking a talented fantasy author to follow.