The Wizard's Daughters
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
-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.
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.
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 happen and
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.