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The Golden Wizard

(Scrolls of Zndaria #1)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Scrolls of Zndaria is a new seven-book juvenile fantasy series that introduces young readers to five unlikely heroes in the magical world of Zndaria. The first five books each bring readers into the life of one of our heroes.

Nathanial “Nate” McGray, the hero in the first novel, The Golden Wizard, dreams of being the first peasant in the world of Zndaria to become a wizard.
Paperback, 327 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Synergy Books Publishing
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J.S. Jaeger Deb, The Golden Wizard would be perfect for your 9 year-old. It is targeted to 9-12 year-olds and is a great read for all ages. Our goal in writing th…moreDeb, The Golden Wizard would be perfect for your 9 year-old. It is targeted to 9-12 year-olds and is a great read for all ages. Our goal in writing the Golden Wizard (and the entire Scrolls of Zndaria series) was to be able to read it to our younger children without censoring or blushing. We accomplished that goal while keeping it fast-paced and full of adventure.(less)

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J.S. Jaeger
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As the author, of course I'm going to give this novel 5 stars. Let me tell you why. We've written this book to be a great read for all ages. Content is appropriate for young readers and intriguing for experienced readers. There are several twists that keep it from being just another predictable fantasy book. Nate has fun adventures and hilarious mishaps but still faces hardships and challenges that help him grow.

Also, it is just the beginning. The first five books in this seven book series each
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I would recommend this book to any tween/teen that loves fantasy/magic. At first, I didn't really read this book that much. I thought that it wasn't interesting. But after a while, I couldn't put it down! Literally! I read about 2/3 of the book in 2 days! It opened up a whole new genre of books to me. I loved how the book mixed fantasy and real-life situations. The part when Blinky died made me cry. He was an awesome character. I was so happy when Nate got crowned Golden Wizar ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a planned seven book series for middle-grade students. It introduces us to Nate, a young boy who wants to become a wizard. He is teased and bullied by others in his village, but he does not give up. When he finally passes a test, he proves to the Red Wizard that he is a worthy candidate. One of the other wizards agrees to train him and his friend Blinkly, so they head off the the Hall of Magic, and encounter all kinds of dangers along the way. When war breaks out and Na ...more
Jade Diamond
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a copy of The Golden Wizard from the author for review Consideration. This in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

The Golden wizard is the first book of The Scrolls of Zndaria series. It follows Nathanial "Nate" McGray, a peasant boy, who dreams of being a wizard, in his quest to become the first peasant wizard, with the help of a new friend. This is a fun fantasy story full of magic and adventure for younger readers. It is easy enough for younger kids to read and understand, bu
This is a fun fantasy adventure story for younger readers with a great theme about hard work and perseverance. However, I was disappointed in a few things. First of all, this imaginary world is full so many different magical creatures that it was a bit overwhelming. I think I would have appreciated a little less variety in exchange for some more depth about a select few. For example, Demon was a great character that I would have liked to have seen a little bit more involved in the story. Secondl ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it liked it
This is written for a younger age group (maybe 11-13?), and I have to say first of all my 12 year old liked it too. She started it, got in a couple dozen pages and put it down, and I asked her why. "It seemed like I was reading the second or third book of a series and I didn't know what was going on". I told her it sucked you in a little further on, and she picked it back up and finished it in a day. I felt the same way. The authors had so much going on with so many new creatures, different colo ...more
Dwi Setianto
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, first-reads
I got this book from Goodreads Giveaway, but it won't influence my review.

Naturally, I love every fantasy story, especially abot magic, elves, dwarf, and fantastic beasts. And guess what, this book contains all of them! Yay! I was so excited when reading this book. The cover is awesome too.
The story is well-written I could felt Nate's adventure and it was a very magical adventure! I could hardly put off of this high fantasy book. I really enjoyed reading this book. I'm still learning English, ye
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a great book. Although written for tweens and teens, I found myself really enjoying it. The character and plot development were well thought out and executed. I love that this book teaches that despite your socioeconomic status, physical or emotional disabilities or any other challenges in life, a person can still pursue and achieve their dreams. I can't wait for the other books in the series.
Eden Steffey
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1st-read
This was a fun book to read. It was easy enough for younger kids to read and understand, but the plot was fun enough that older kids and adults can read and enjoy it too. It is about Nate, a peasant boy, who dreams of being a wizard. His family doesn't think this is possible and he is bullied by other boys in the village as a result. He doesn't give up on his dream and with the help of a new friend, who is also an elf, he embarks on a fun journey.
Tracy Lane-Hembley
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is written for tweens and teens, but I loved it. I love books about magic and this one does not disappoint! My 13 year old daughter has now started reading it and seems to be enjoying it as much as I did.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a very fun read. At first, it seemed like a typical story of youth but with all kinds of fantasy creatures living together. It had a very interesting story line but was a little too fast paced, I thought. I would have like more detail in lots of places, like with the Halls of Magic.
Michelle Wiles
I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley for a fair and honest review. I started off with an open mind because I had seen a mixture of reviews. I really enjoyed the story and found Nate to be a brave and courageous hero. I would definitely like to carry on with the series.
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't care for the wizard/magic genre but really enjoyed reading this book. It is written more for Tweens or Young Adults but still a great read!
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I found this book to be very interesting.
An enjoyable read.
Apr 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Pre teens
Recommended to James by: Goodreads-giveaway
A fantastic book for young teens. Very quick paced with alot going on. Great characters with an enjoyable story. Won via Goodreads Giveaway.
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun-filled book full of magic and adventure. This book is perfect for all ages. You will never want to put it down and will be up past midnight reading.
Shyne Guan
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Better than disney
it's really good
2 thumbs up!
Flora Viggiano
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
The story was well written and takes you on a magical journey with Nate, a 15 year old boy who is bullied and stutters. Nate dreams of becoming a wizard, but in his land a peasant has never been chosen to be a wizard. Despite the odds, Nate gains favor with the red wizard and is selected to embark on an action-packed journey. the whole while you wonder if he will be able to overcome his shortcomings to become a wizard. The authors, J S Jaeger, have told a great epic in just the first book in the ...more
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, straight forward tale that was easy to get into. I enjoyed the magic and the simple world building. The characters were a little one-dimensional but also suited the story. Nate is a likable kid on the cusp of manhood who seeks one adventure and gets swept up in something much bigger.

A variety of characters populate this story – it’s not just humans playing major roles. I especially liked Demon, a 2-headed chimera, and the relationship he builds with Blinkly and Nate. I was a litt
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
The Golden Wizard is the first book of The Scrolls of Zndaria series. The main character is Nathanial "Nate" McGray, a peasant boy, who dreams of being a wizard—although everyone laughs at him because he stutters and is just a peasant. This is a fun fantasy adventure for younger readers, and it shows that hard work and perseverance do pay off.

However, there were a few things I didn’t like about the book. I felt that there were too many mythical characters, and it was overwhelming to figure out w
Adam Franco
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I met J.S. jaeger at comic con in Utah and when I purchased all 3 books for this series I immediately fell in love when I read the first 3 pages, This book was amazing and it’s great for all ages, My favorite thing about this kind of book was that it had magic and wizards that took me on a journey as if I was in story, I loved the characters and the adventures, it was just an amazing novel to read.
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
My nephew is a voracious reader, and he loved this- so two thumbs up!
I feel bad rating it so low, because it has real potential, but I just couldn't get past its problems. First, I felt that its world was way too overly magical to the point that it was overwhelming with the details on different creatures, and the multiple multi-colored moons, and the magical nuances. So overwhelming that it just brushed the surface and never went into depth to explain anything. Also, it never went into depth with the characters either - I really wanted to see more of his magic sc ...more
Jemima Pett
Friendship and family play strong parts in this adventure, as well as cowardice and disillusionment. It’s a well-crafted lifestory! From being the third child, with very little prospect of emerging from his peasant background, to trainee wizard with as good prospects as his elder champion brother (don’t you just hate these jocks?), he covers a good deal of ground, with the help of a wide range of beings in this fantasy land.

Unlike some other books, the elf-types and monster-types are easy to vis
Rosie Rizk
Disclaimer: I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The story is very promising: a boy wants to become a wizard, but the caste system prevents him. Overall, the plot is captivating, BUT it feels like someone took a knife and chopped out major sections. We're given little tastes of the overall story instead of having it fleshed out and developed. For example, his magic training - one day Nate is welcomed into the school, and the next moment, it's several months late
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I truly liked this book! I think it's a great read for everyone: it's a middle grade book, but I'm 17, and I read it without any problem.
This book is a mix of fantasy and real life matters, and it helps children face them with the little help of magic, that it's the most important thing in a child's life, to me. I just feel like nowdays we've lost the ability to dream as hard as we used to do, and I think that's because children aren't children anymore, they're more like children in adult's clo
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
A true MG family - fun adventure!
Omgoddess! I absolutely LOVED this gem!
The world building was a flawless storyboard and setting for a young wizard wannabe. It shows youngsters how to dream big and go for it! You never know, until you express interest and ask.
Feeling confident, Nate knows what he wants, and fumbles through hurdles and loss.
The characters become friends and their warmth flows from the book through the narrator (who was GOLDEN, too!) to the reader.
The Golden Wizard
Alex McGilvery
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Golden Wizard is a YA fantasy novel which follows Nate in his quest to become the first peasant wizard. I like Nate, and the direction the story goes, but I would really love to see more depth to the story. As a YA book it could dig a little deeper, while bad things happen to Nate, once he sets things in motion with his first decision, he mostly reacts. He isn’t an actor on the plot. Having him make more decisions, both good and bad, and learn from the consequences will make him more real.

Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 1 month


This book was really good and it automatically had me hooked!

My favorite character is Blinkly because he was brave when he freed Demon, he was also funny and loyal.

My favorite part was when Nathaniel finally became a wizard because his dream was coming true.
Fee Roberts
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Golden Wizard is the first book of The Scrolls of Zndaria series. It follows Nathanial “Nate” McGray on his quest to becoming a wizard. The characters are believable, though I would have liked a little more details on the creatures mentioned in the book. The story was well written, and the world is enchanting. I thoroughly loved following Nate on his journey. A wonderful story for middle grade readers, and adults alike.
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