It's been quite some time since I've reviewed a story on SOL. RL has got me so busy that I rarely have time for myself. I got married about 6 months ago and well, as you can imagine, I've been a busy boy! :)
But, this ain't about me! This is about yet another incredible story in the Battlemage series by Risq.
First of all let me tell you that I have a love/hate relationship with the ending of this particular "book" of the series. But you'll have to read it to the end to understand why. Sorry, I had to do it so, it's up to you to find out if you're of the same opinion on the ending of this story as I am.
That being said, we find ourselves with a new set of lovable character in this story.
Dusty and Suzan are happily married and are enjoying their lives and have a family of beautiful and talented children. Would we expect any less from them? :) Their friends also have raised some very beautiful and talented children as well.
In this story we are also introduced to DJ, Dusty's child by his ex-fiancee. (See Battlemage Nonetheless: Book 2 Catalyst)
DJ is as handsome and talented as his father but has no idea yet, how to use his is powers. He also seems enamored by ALL the women of this world. Including his own step-mother and half-sister. But, he keeps his head on until he meets Amber. Actually it's Amber that helps him take his clarity and focus away from everyone but her. :) She's a force to be reckoned with and also a Battlemage like Dusty.
We're also introduced to a Villain that is so vile the only thing we want is for someone to end this guy's life. The villain in this story is an assassin named Galvin. Although I've learned to hate the guy and still have some issues with Risq on how he has some skills that even our hero was unable to handle for a bit, he is written into this story with serious intrigue surrounding him.
"Apprentice" sets out to show the intro of DJ, the relationship between Wolfgang and Kat and the growth of all those children who are close to Dusty's family.
The mage council is also highlighted due to the hiring of Galvin to take out Charles (Wolfgang)
This causes a dilemma for Dusty who considers Wolfgang a close friend. So much so that when Kat calls to tell him that Charles had an assassination attempt made on him and his life was "hanging on by a thread" Dusty dropped everything including training of his own son, until he found out what was going on and why.
This is where the adventure of this story actually and really begins of course.
Follow Dusty on this incredible adventure that will have you riveted to your computer until you've completed it.
Beware you've been warned of my opinion of this ending! :) But, hey, to his credit Risq still wrote one helluva story worthy of the big screen in my book :)
Although there is some reference to sex there is no real sexual activity until the end of the story. And it is well written. However, as I did find a couple of typops which weren't bad but, I still couldn't give the TQ a 10. However, the Appeal of 10 doesn't even touch how much I enjoyed and love this story.