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The Wizard's Daughters

(Twin Magic #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When down-on-his-luck swordsman Erich von Jülich-Berg accepts a job protecting Walther the Artificer on a trip from his village to the Free City of Köln, his only motivation is to replenish his empty purse.

Walther’s twin daughters Ariel and Astrid, skilled mages in their own right, are in search of a husband. But marriage for mages carries with it unique challenges, for t
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published November 11th 2014 by Michael Dalton
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Michael Dalton
Nov 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
This is the first novel in what I hope will be an unusual series. It's not anywhere near as explicit as my other novels—it's best described as somewhat racy at worst. That said, there are some "unorthodox" things going on this in this book, though saying more would constitute a spoiler. ...more
Is it an adventure? Steampunk? Fantasy? Is it steamy, spicy, quirky, and a little mind-boggling? Does it completely entertain in the best way? The answer is yes, The Wizard’s Daughters by Michael Dalton is…all of the above.
Erich, a skilled and once wealthy swordsman is down to his last coin. He is hired by a gentleman wishing to take his twin daughters to “the city” to find well-matched husbands for these beautiful young women. Erich’s charge is to assure safe travel for Walther and his daughte
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

The book was solid and I enjoyed it. The characters were ok but still needed some fleshing out the best character was the mercenary captain. Overall well written and worth reading.
Steve Naylor
Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rating 3.5 stars

This book was pretty good. I would put it mainly in the paranormal romance category though. There is magic in the book but it is not explained in great detail. There is a little bit of steampunk with artificers creating metal constructs. There is also swordplay. The story takes place in an alternate reality germany in around 1500 AD. The main character is Erich who is a sell sword down on his luck needing work. He arrives in town and finds work for the local artificer who is pla
Bella Swann
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I absolutely loved this story! For those who are fans of fantasy, Dalton does a great job situating the reader in a world of feudalism and magic. The story starts off with the arrival of an almost broke swordsman who is looking for work. There are hints that he may have an interesting past that he is hiding from. Erich goes to work for a mage named Walther who has decided to take his twin mage daughters to the city of Koin in order to find a husband for them. Erich serves as their bodyguards on ...more
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
Awesome read you can't stop cheering for the Mc and the twins. ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I don't know why in particular, but I just really liked this book. There's nothing special about it, but the writing was solid and I liked the milieu and characters. It was very engaging, for me anyway, and that's what it comes down to in the end: entertainment value. ...more
J.B. Rogers
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review and as context to beta-read the sequel.)

This is Michael Dalton's first foray into mainstream fantasy, and it's an intriguing debut. There are elements of steampunk, magic, and alternate history, all woven around a fairly standard quest narrative. A mage's daughters have reached marrying age, so he hires a swordsman to escort the three of them to the Big City to marry them off. Ho-hum, right? Not so fast.

As I've lea
Mar 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
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Astrid and Ariel are identical twins, save for a freckle on the nose. Their magic is intertwined, they need to marry a mage whsoe magic matches both theirs, as they cannot be seperated. They nneed to go to Kóln to find this mage. Erich is hired to guard the girls and their father on this trip. But somehwere along the way, he falls in love with the girls. Girls he cannot have for he is no mage. He has secrets too, and secrets have
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A decent first work.

I enjoyed the book in the end but it does suffer certain faults. The need for better editing stands out. Certain plot points were a bit too predictable and could easily have been improved with minor changes. Many points in the story came off as rushed. The book probably could have been twice as long; expanding upon the weeks they spent before leaving for the journey, expanding on the journey itself, and focusing more on building a more in depth camaraderie between Erich and t
Chevoque Chevoque
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
First...why isn't everyone talking about this book? It is brilliant in the best ways possible. I love the different perspectives, which have been so perfectly integrated that one can read with great ease.
The storyline is amazing! I fell in love with the subtle wittiness throughout the book and the descriptions are just perfect. The book is one of those I will always carry with me and knowing there is more ahead in the Twin Magic series has me excited.
Dalton is a great author and I can't wait to
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I like that the main protagonist is a serious guy with backbone, but isn't controlled by his emotions. Only this "duplication" was a little bit weird and I just cant picture it. ...more
Greg Adkins
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
What is a great book? A book that makes you say just one more page.
Kerry Reis
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
SOME PARTS FOR 18+ ONLY. In the early 1500s of Germanic Europe, Walther the Artificer, a mage who builds automatons powered by magic crystals, has a pair of identical twin daughters, Ariel and Astrid, who are emergent elemental mages in their own right and at an age where they need to be matched with a husband compatible with their natural mystical flow. His plan is to transport them to a major university of mages where a compatible mage should be available, but he needs protection for him and h ...more
Jun 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, read-2021
This one definitely falls into the "surprisingly good" category of random freebie. Set in an alternate version of early Reformation era Germany, it features a swordsman in need of a job, a mage in need of a guard for a journey, and said mage's twin daughters in need of a husband. The magic seems quite intriguing, though both it and the characters could use a bit more fleshing out. I quite liked how the romance aspect was handled (and that it didn't take up all that much space), but could have do ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fun idea

I have only ever come across the idea of a non-mage gaining magic related strength by becoming something like a familiar one other time, but he had to become a leopard (big cat?) before he could. Also you guaranteed the lack of infidelity, thank you.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
TLDR: Perfect guy in a rough spot is not yet discovered to be special.

-1: Things are included for the sake of the story. This way of storytelling does not feel natural to me.
-1: The light-heartedness at the beginning was appreciated. It does sadly not carry over.
-1: Flat characters.
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good first book

When I found the first I was skeptical and the opening of the book did feel slow. But after continuing reading, it started to get interesting all the way to the end.
Really enjoyed the main characters.

Will go and pick the second book.
Donald L
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Good book

Good characters. Each was unique and well developed. The story was short and to the point. About 200 pages, but it was packed with intrigue and action. This is a action drama story. Lots of family drama. Interesting twist at the end. Thankfully it was not grimdark.
Daniel Petrocelli
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
The book plodded along, but completely lost me at the double headed penis.
John D
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good story. Interesting magic world.
Nicholas B Sorrell
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fun book

Fun book with an interesting take on magic and a cool twist of historical events/ people. Enjoyable short read. Great for a quick fix.
Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Magical mages, good read.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting but not engaging

The story concept was interesting but the telling is lacking in character development to mage characters engaging. Will not likely read sequel.
Justin Ortowski
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic first entry!

The book was fun and entertaining throughout. It keeps you guessing and wanting to know more at every turn. It was a joy to read!
Andrew Gring
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing

This was great.I really like the characters and an alternate universe that is similar to ours with subtle differences. Keep up the good work
Catina Lewis
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, romance
In the beginning it's dear ole', Erich is just looking for a job, and a way to get away from his brother's anger towards him. So far his brother sent two parties to capture him but both have failed. They either have died or came back empty-handed. Upon arriving in a village he seeks employment with Walther, the father of Astrid and Ariel. Erich becomes their guard and guide to the Free City of Koln.The lovely Astrid and Ariel are looking to leave their home with their father to the Free City of ...more
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it

This was a fun, light read.

We have poor, vagabond Erich, our protagonist, that finds himself as a guard to a genius wizard and his two beautiful twin daughters. A strange relationship develops between Erich and the girls but what's fun is how their relationship plays out.

My one complaint, though, is that the author exposes the villain's plan completely as a POV. This virtually eliminates any suspense or anticpation when switching back to our protagonist's POV. You'll know what will happ

Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Amusing if a little rushed. It's a pretty short book with only 200 or so pages and after the union everything seems to go into fast forward as if the author only had time to write the gist of things. Could have used another 100 pages for padding to build the story but overall I enjoyed it and glad I gave it a try. ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Page turning tale

May the Flow be with you. Imaginative cross between Star Wars and Shreck set in ancient times. Nicely written tale although I found the ending a bit too simplistic.
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Michael Dalton is a professional journalist and editor.

Michael wrote his first piece of fiction in third grade, for which he was immediately accused of plagiarism by his teacher. Since then, he has been writing more or less steadily, interrupted only by occasional demands of work and family.

Michael lives with his family and multiple pets in Southern California.

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