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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Warlocks & Sorceresses: The Timeless Grimoire is a work of fiction in the fantasy genre. It is aimed at young adults and was penned by author Antonio Galarza. The book follows the path of a young man named Victor Waltz who lives a life haunted by the presence of a form of demon known as a Veil. Scouted by a sorceress recruiting potential warlocks to train to fight in the war that has been plaguing the world for all time, Victor’s future seems locked in until he crosses paths with a secret society intent on setting free the Lightbringer to end the conflict once and for all.
It is a difficult task to be the first entry into a wider series; a tone needs to be set, lore needs to be established, characters and themes need introducing. Establish a world too narrow and future instalments will feel disjointed, too wide, and the book won’t feel like it stands on its own merit. Plus all of the above must be done whilst telling a complete story that still leaves room for growth in the rest of the series. Antonio Galarza succeeds triumphantly with this book, weaving a tale that fits into that surprisingly narrow band with enormous skill. By the end of the story I felt like I had read a satisfying conclusion but was still keen to see more of the world and learn more of the characters. Warlocks & Sorceresses: The Timeless Grimoire creates a wonderful hero in the form of Victor who manages to be admirable and relatable whilst having enough dirt under his fingernails to make him feel like a real and grounded person. I would happily recommend this book to any fans of the fantasy genre.