Magician's Merger by Xenophon Hendrix

Description: Eleven-year-old Arthur wakes up to find an ancient wizard sharing his brain.
Size: 599 KB ( ~ 113,588 words)
Type: Fantasy
Sex Contents: Minimal Sex
Tags: Fiction

Review by Ivan_Ronical   [other reviews by Ivan_Ronical]

Reviewed: 2012-04-10

I'm shocked that there isn't a review for this story yet, and I mean that in the nicest of ways.

I decided to write one more review for the day, and, fortuitously, it happens to be this story. And what a story it is. "Magician's Merger" is the story of a boy who inherits the spirit and powers of a wizard who was assassinated many years prior. He must come to terms with having an alien presence in his mind, and powers that the public only knows about from Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

To start, this is absolutely a memorable story. Despite having a dead wizard in his head, Arthur is an outgoing and likeable kid, and we get to see his constant dialogue with the wizard, who also seems like a pretty cool guy. A good start, right?

Now imagine that this story starts when the main character is very young (before high school), and it's focused primarily on how having an incredibly old and wise wizard in the kid's head would affect his development. And no, I'm not talking about a wizard written by Lubrican who helps the boy score with and impregnate all the females within driving distance (though that would be super funny to read, take a note!). This is a wizard more like Gandalf: he's seen some shit, been around the block a few times (I think it said at one point that he was close to 1000 years old), and done pretty much everything at least once. He gives sound advice to a growing boy who is very much like him, and it makes for an extremely fascinating read - one of the best on SOL.

There's no stroke value here at all. What little sex is included is not meant to be stroke-worthy, and it isn't. The story is fine as it is.

A well-written story is one where you don't realize you're reading words. This is such a story. 10/10 for writing quality.

Overall, I've read few stories which are as genuinely interesting as this one. Of those, this is the only one I know of where the author overtly has not created a plot or storyline ahead of time; his characters and their descriptions are good enough to steer things on their own.

Bravo, well done, and I hope at some point you recover enough to finish the sequel on your blog.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10