The Blurb on Other People’s Words – NaNoWriMo Hiatus #3

November 22, 2011 at 1:14 am (fantasy, Magic University, Reviews, writing) (, , , , )

Today I bring you a third review guest post by JT Kalnay. I thank him for his priceless assistance (really – I didn’t pay him, even though he did a great job). With his help I have managed to clear the 50K mark, although I still have 1K to go to get to my personal goal of 60K. You can continue to follow my progress on Take it away, JT…


While Chantal is busy with NaNoWriMo I have been helping her out with some guest posts. This is my third, and final guest post. For this guest post I have chosen to review her novel Magic University.

Reid Blake is a half elf who meets an eclectic, eccentric, and secretive mixture of characters on the journey to Magic University, where he and they will attempt the entrance trials for an elite apprenticeship. Reid is already handicapped because his training is in Renegade magic, not Master magic. Ms. Boudreau gets inside the heads of the budding magicians through clear and realistic dialogue. The realism of the dialogue is surprising because the characters are anything but human. The author exhibits uncanny ability for both internal dialogue and creature to creature dialogue. Framed by the stress of the admission tests, the insightful and at times witty dialogue reveals the deepest, darkest, and even humorous secrets of the various creatures. I know a lot more about magic now than I did before reading this book.

I hope Ms. Boudreau will continue to practice her craft connecting readers with fictional characters through flawless dialogue. I also hope that she will venture out into a more real (or at least mostly more real) human realm and try a novel with fewer characters and an actual, though foreign to most of us setting. For example, a story about a small family set in an output in Nova Scotia, or in a coal mining town in Cape Breton Island. Both places can be magical, and both can harbor demons. In this type of setting her exquisite dialogue could reveal actual lives in a place that will be as foreign to us as magical worlds. The author digs deeply to discover the motivations, fears, and personalities of mythical creatures. We might all be the winners if she can bring that keen eye onto an actual human tragedy.

Thank you for the opportunity to guest post on this blog. It has been a lot of fun getting to know more about zombies, magic, and the inner workings of the minds of aspiring magicians.


Thanks JT – the break was greatly appreciated, and good luck with your own writing endeavours.


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