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Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.

Victoria believes she'll live a scholar's quiet life until the tyrant Lornk Korng rips away everything she knows and loves. Forging herself into a warrior known as Vic the Blade, she strikes fear into her enemies, but she cannot escape Lornk's obsession. A legendary power may be her only chance to destroy him, if it doesn't kill her first.

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ebook, 326 pages
Published September 19th 2016 by Wise Ink Creative Publishing
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XxTainaxX
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I admit that I wasn't sure I would enjoy this story at first. It goes into some pretty sensitive subjects, including sexual forms of torture, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and more and in a way that you are sort of caught off guard. Vic's psyche remains a mystery to the reader until she starts to figure out some things for herself and even then it leaves you with more questions than answers. The world the author created was interesting but a little difficult to follow. There are t ...more
Lukasz
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 3.5/5

SPFBO 2018 is in full swing. Stakes are high. I try to keep up and read books from all batches. A Wizard's Forge hooked me with an attractive cover and intriguing synopsis. 

It's not a classic fantasy as the story happens in the future on a planet far from Earth. Advanced technology of ancestors is long gone, and their descendants fight a decades-long war. Shy scholar Victoria knows nothing of this conflict until pirates kidnap and sell her as a sexual slave to the sadistic ty
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Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
This review is based on an eARC I received from NetGalley. It is an honest review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.
“We do not seek to understand” the Master Logkeeper always reminded her, “only to preserve.”

Setting: Three thousand years ago a crew of mineral miners set out on a mission from Earth to the planet of Gomorrah but due to sabotage were not able to make it to their destination. With the mission a failure Captain Wong of the shuttle Elesendar was for
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Drew
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: grimdarklings, kindle
When she heads out on her first trip as the youngest ever Logkeeper, Victoria expects to be tested. But instead of the questioning and doubtfulness she anticipated, she is taken captive and eventually sold into slavery to a nobleman who intends to break her will to his own.
The character of Victoria is the core of the novel and she goes through quite the evolution before the finale. Beginning as a precocious teenager, her relatively sheltered upbringing is thrown into sharp relief when she is cap
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T. Tyson
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start off by saying that this book is in a genre I generally tend to avoid. I do not enjoy fantasy. Yet at the end of this novel I found myself sitting on the floor like a petulant child, too upset for words and ignoring those around me completely in favor of replaying the ending in my head. Had it been a physical copy and not on my Kindle I would have thrown it across the room. Because that's what I do to bo
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Crazy4Books
This story has an entertaining plot, dark themes and well written realistic characters. One of my main issues was when the pace slowed down I felt like the story dragged a little bit. This never lasted long but it did happen often. I dont like overly descriptive scenes and this book had a few of them but not a huge amount, thankfully.

I knew this was mostly a scifi going into it so my expectations werent let down like other readers who believed this was a fantasy. The covers amazing but the titl
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Katie
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
THE RUNDOWN

“Scholar. Slave. Warrior. Wizard.”

Vic is the youngest log keeper in generations. This means that she memorizes the last recordings of the spaceship Elesendar, a craft from Earth that was stranded on her planet thousands of years ago. The people of this planet have descended from those left on the surface. What survives is a diverse culture spread across the surface of Knownearth.

But when Vic is captured and sold into sex slavery, things take a drastic turn. She is the mistress of the
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Angelina
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I loved this book!

It's about a girl that start's a as a logkeeper (logkeepers maintain the logs that is something like books that hide the history of the world) and then her life completely change.

What I liked the most about the main character Victoria, is that she knows who she is, there is no in the beginning. She is a logkeeper and she likes her job and then something happens that completely changes the situations and the environment. Victoria adjusts and changes as a character but also succe
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Helen Wawrejko
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review. Epic medieval fantasy. Victoria is the youngest Logkeeper ever. Traveling to the other villages to teach, she is captured by pirates and sold into slavery to the sadistic Relmlord. Psychologically bending her to his will through seduction and deprivation, she escapes to the land he is at war with. The royals of Lathan embrace her as their ward, and slowly she heals. Joining the Lathan army, she advances in the ranks. They call her the Blade, h ...more
Lauren Gregory
Jul 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review incoming soon....
Rebekah
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A.M. Justice has created a unique and interesting world. The origin is that humans crash landed on the planet thousands of years ago and settled in. By now, some cultures keep the history, even though they were unable to preserve the technology, and in some cultures it's morphed into a religion that worships the Landing as that of a god and the origin of their people.

The science fiction element is in the framework of the history—the setting of Vic's life is heavily fantasy in nature. It's mainl
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Ian Miller
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mix of SciFi and fantasy. A starship with colonists has gone off course, had some sort of difficulty, and its passengers have gone down to colonize a livable planet, but not the one they sought. There is an uncomfortable discovery – there seems to be little or no metal ore on this planet, so over the generations their society descends to what is little better than the stone age. They start wars with bow and arrow, and stone daggers (but no slings). Victoria is just becoming a woman, and become ...more
J.L.
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: september-2016
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

It’s no surprise that I was drawn to this book immediately, considering it’s fusion of fantasy and science-fiction elements, it’s excellent world-building, and its awesome protagonist named Vic (short for Victoria). But I’ve been burned by free ARCs before. I’m so pleased to report that this novel met all expectations, and in many cases, far exceeded them.

The world of A Wizard’s Forge is a high fan
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Matthew
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The scope, imagination, and intrigue in this book were absolutely phenomenal. This is probably the first time that I've ever read a book that deals with any kind of sexual abuse. For that reason I wasn't entirely sure how much I'd like it. I think it was how the main character deals with it, the journey through which she grapples with her independence, her identity, her powers vs. weaknesses that made this book both epic and humble. For all of this I really must give my kudos to A.M. Justice for ...more
C.T. Phipps
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book was an unexpected pleasure and I am going to recommend it highly. It's not going to be for everyone because it deals with some very dark subject matter. However, it's a story that I think benefits from dealing with different things than you normally see in a Young Adult fantasy novel. These include slavery, sexual assault, and Stockholm Syndrome.

Vic is the Logkeeper for her village in the far future where humanity has colonized a world after a starship crashlanded on it. Humanity has m
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Mike Milligan
Aug 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Is the Relmlord Dead?

A broken young girl, ripped away from a life she only just begun to live and forced into a painful life of untold horror and misery without any hope of the path she was raised to follow. The very abrupt and catchy opening storyline is a good firm base for a tale of hell and heroism, love and loss, sometimes from those we expect it from and often those we don’t. The plot is not about a forge with a fire and hammer in a real life situation, but a metaphor for a young girl with
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Maria Kazantzi
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is how an amazing, captivating book looks like!

This book is about Vic, a girl who is going through hell and worse trying to find her true self. She goes through a lot of changes in the course of the book. At first, she is a Logkeeper, entrusted with her people's history. Then she is being held captive and becomes the mistress of the vicious Remlord, but she manages to escape his estate and flee to Latha, the state enemy of Rem, where she becomes a fierce warrior. And finally she discovers s
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Aryka
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
For me I would rate this book as a solid 4 stars. There were times were I was sucked into the book and anticipating the next moment and there were times that seemed to drag on forever. I really loved the main character Victoria, she was a very strong lead Heroine, to counteract the vile antagonist Lornk. Speaking of characters there were a ton to many for me to keep up. I also struggled to understand the lure/ world this took place in at times. I read in the book club questions that this is a lo ...more
Lynn K : Grimmedian
A Wizard’s Forge: Book One of the Woern Saga is SciFantasy that explores belief, brutality, and an unknown race that begets power upon a young woman who has been forged first by teaching, then by slavery, then a war between kingdoms.
What becomes of us when we are shaped by events? There isn’t always a scar visible to show we have walked through hell and fire. Having your mind and identity taken from you bit by bit until you become someone else is a terrifying thought for most of us. Those that h
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Neil
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.
This was a thoroughly entertaining fantasy.
The main characters were very strong and the world was very believable.
My only negative would be that there were a few too many characters which at times made the story difficult to follow.
MeganTheNinja
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best fantasy noels I have read in a long time. Brilliant plot, outstanding writing and enthralling from start to finish. Highly recommend!
Kim O'Daniel
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow what and amazing story! This was an extraordinary story. This story is so completely well written and thought through.
This Victoria or rather Vic’s story. She is so strong, but lost even through it all she forges ahead. She is strong, but afraid as she is kidnapped and sold into sex slavery, things take a drastic turn. She is held against her will and abused at his hand of Lornk Korng. He strips her of her name, her clothes and her dignity. But when he leaves, his son takes over. He is so d
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Allan Batchelder
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from the first sentence to the last. It is, in essence, the story of a young woman's journey from intellectual prodigy to sexual slave, then legendary warrior and, finally, well...I don't want to spoil it for you. There is plenty of action, along with a great cast of characters, one of whom is the best, most three-dimensional villain this side of Game of Thrones. There's also a fascinating blending of science fiction and fantasy that I totally accepted. Lastly, th ...more
Rachel
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
**3.5 Stars **

Whew! This one took a while to get through, but I did enjoy it overall!

The book follows a sixteen-year-old girl, Vic, who is kidnapped and sold as a sex slave to one of the most powerful men in the realm. Not only does he physically abuse her, but he also submits her to intense psychological torture to make her believe that she is "his". Once she finally escapes, Vic embarks on a dark journey for revenge, doing whatever it takes to enact her revenge.

Before I begin this review, th
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Nicole
Jul 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. It brings many different themes into the story: love, trust, betrayal, hope, overcoming fears. It is about a girl named Vic, who lives in her village and becomes a Logseeker, the youngest ever. She continues this job until she is kidnapped and sold to a man named Lornke. He is an older man, and renames her "Kara". He breaks down Vic emotionally, mentally, and physically, leaving her to only depend on him. She is able to escape through a device and is transported to Latha. Sh ...more
Lake Reviews
***I would like to thank Netgalley and Wise Ink Creative Publishing for providing me with “A Wizard's Forge” for free, in exchange for a honest review***

A. M. Justice carved out a jewel from her work in A Wizard's Forge. This story is a twist of Anne Rice's Sleeping Beauty works and Anne McCaffrey’s Pern works. We get darkest from certain characters; however, they don't believe what they are doing is wrong. When things get to hard it moves to a lighter topic.

Victoria but Vic to her friends is a
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Marta
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first chapters of this book didn’t particularly hook me, but while reading, I got somehow attached to the story and the characters.
A. M . Justice created an amazing world, with different countries, cultures and languages, exotic names and lifestyles and curious characters. The worldbuilding was highly detailed and the author’s writing allowed us to get to know the characters and places even better!

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Love  B.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a digital ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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This book was so beautiful, the writing and intricacy of the plot is just so captivating! I loved this book and it's characters so much,although some chapters were slow at the beginning, this book was an amazing read and I'm so so glad I read it because I completely fell in love with the writing and story! So goddamn good! A MUST FOR FANTASY READERS!
Jason
Sep 19, 2016 added it
It's an engaging start for a new series, equal parts fantasy and adventure. The world-building happens seamlessly as part of the narrative and never feels like an information dump. The characters practically jump off the page. I look forward to the next installment. I'll be buying a copy today to start re-reading in the meantime.
The Nerd Book Review
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Winner, First Place, Science Fiction/Fantasy, 2016 Writers Digest Popular Fiction Awards
Finalist, Science Fiction, 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Honorable Mention, 2017 Reader's Favorite Book Awards