The Apprentice Sorceress by E.D. Walker is a beautifully crafted tale. I first discovered this author with The Beauty’s Beast, which is the book that immediately follows The Apprentice Sorceress. Although the books are standalone, it was lovely to see the backstories to some of the characters that appear in The Beauty’s Beast.
E.D. Walker has a lovely writing style. It is very smooth and immersive, it is easy to picture world and the characters in it, without being bogged down by too much descriptive commentary. The story is compelling and keeps you turning the pages.
The story comes with the notice that it has a LGBTQA+ romance, and while this raises no flags for me, I was curious to see how it would be worked into the story. I must be the most oblivious person on the planet, because I was looking for it everywhere, except where it was happening! I make no claims to being able to assess this social area, but to me, it seemed to be sensitively done. Without naming names, this particular person's back story was sympathetically written, and you couldn't help but empathise with them. It was a lovely example of gender fluidity where a person falls in love with someone’s soul, not their gender.
I really enjoyed The Apprentice Sorceress. Although reading the other books first, particularly Enchanting the King, will give you the back story to this book, it’s not essential (I haven’t read that story) and this book can be enjoyed as a standalone. The Apprentice Sorceress is a short read, but the author has packed so much into the story it doesn't feel like it, there is none of the shallowness that can often thread through a novella. The world building and character development are well done and detailed; the story is well thought out, fast-paced but immersive.
Overall if you enjoy a light fantasy romance, and you are looking for a fast but satisfying read, you can’t really go wrong with The Apprentice Sorceress.
* I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This voluntary review is unbiased and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 2001 KB
- Print Length: 175 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1791965571
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: EDW Books (7 January 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KYDLV1H
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 1 customer rating
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #691,216 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)