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The Rite of Wands

(The Rite of Wands #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  52 reviews
One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever.

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and h
Paperback, 1st, 252 pages
Published March 10th 2017 by BHC Press/Indigo
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K.S. Marsden
May 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Mierta must claim his magic, to save his people from and awful fate. Orlynd is thrown into a dangerous court, and has to work out who to trust.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

When Mierta turns twelve, he is able to take part in the Rite of Wands, a mysterious ceremony that tests if he is worthy of wielding magic.
During the test, Mierta sees his past, his present, and a potential future where he dies in a plague along with everybody else.
Fueled by the knowledge of his pote
J.B. Richards
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kings, queens, warlocks, seers, evil villains, and dragons populate this exciting Middle Age Sci-fi fantasy adventure (Yes, it’s all that and more!) by Author MacKenzie Flohr. With a colorful display of characters, glorious visions of castles and manor estates, and a story line that could charm the socks off a fox, readers are temptingly pulled into a complex world filled with magic, adventure, and thrills. At first, “Rite of Wands’ seems like simple fare, focusing on the lives of two preteens l ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a great read, I am sorry I don't have the sequel right now. It is a well thought out story and has engaging characters. I am looking forward to the rest of the series to see what happens to the characters in the story.
The story shifts point of view throughout and the author does a good job handling the switches. The author kept me engaged and I finished it in a matter of days.
I received this product for free from the publisher in exchange for this post.
Andy Zach
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr is a fast paced magical adventure involving kings, queens, warlocks, and witches. There are mysteries behind each of the main characters, as well as murders and poisonings. The Rite of Wands refers to the ceremony by which the warlocks are certified by the last remaining dragon as actual warlocks. Only one kingdom, Arcelly, has this magical power, but their witches and warlocks go around the world as advisors to kings and queens.

The book begins with the main
Bobby Fisher
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Wands at the ready for a tale of magic and secrets! Mierta McKinnon experiences a terrible vision of the future during his Rite of Wands ceremony - an initiation all Warlocks must face. He becomes obsessed with finding a way to change his destiny and does everything in his power to change the future, unaware of how his decisions will one day reshape the kingdom.

I found the exterior to be visually appealing, with a simple but
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy in exchange of an honest review.*

Can people speak French if there has never been a France? Is using an outdated and insulting way to portray the Scottish burr to write a character's speech ok? Where is all the world-building? Is this little novel ever going to end?
These questions kept popping into my head while reading this book. The plot is flimsy, the world-building is barely sketched, and the characters are not well roun
Delightful magical fantasy.

Mackenzie Flohr has created a beautiful world of magical kingdoms in which ambition and conspiracy work to undermine the rightful order and overthrow the rule of the rightful king.

The story is populated by beautifully complex characters, among whom Mierta McKinnon and Orlynd O'Brien take the lead roles. Very few of the characters are transparent at all, so the story keeps on developing interest and intrigue as it progresses. The very fact that Mierta is so complicate
Shakyra Dunn
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled to read this book after getting a glimpse of the synopsis, and I was not at all disappointed.

The novel was short, but I got a lot of insight into the characters, particularly taking interest in Mierta. His precocious nature as a child was appealing, and over time you watch him gradually change into a man warped by what fate has set out for him. This level of development has always drawn me into a plot, for I feel that strong characters such as him and Orlynd carry the tale with gr
Aug 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing new fantasy series! In The Rite of Wands Mackenzie Flohr establishes her own world where both magic and non-magic folk live. This book introduces many fascinating characters: Mierta, a 12 year old boy who learns his future in a magical rite of passage; Orlynd, a soothsayer who becomes an adviser to the king; as well as the political intrigue of a royal family.

Flohr's characters are complex and interesting; her story is fascinating.

My only complaint is that I want more, but as this is t
Tiki Kos
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, dragons, magic
Warlocks, seers, evil villains, and dragons are some of the mythical beings you can find in this classic fantasy book written by Mackenzie Flohr. I enjoyed all of the characters and thought Mackenzie did a brilliant job of writing this book.

I have come to love books that switch point of views which Mackenzie handled wonderfully.

The only issue I had with the story was with the narrator. At times i found it hard to understand him and also to pay attention to his flat tone.

I had the pleasure of
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doctor Who meets Harry Potter with a dash of Game of Thrones :) Brilliantly written and capitvating
N.W. Moors
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Rite of Wands is interesting, a perfect fantasy book for MG and YA fantasy lovers. It is told in alternating points of view by Mierta McKinnon and Orlynd O'Brien, two young teens. Mierta goes through the Rite of Wands and sees a dark future for himself. Orlynd is brought to King Francis to act as his warlock.
Mierta is a potion maker, a skill that he uses to try to avoid his fate. Orlynd has visions though he can't always interpret them as quickly as he needs to. He is caught in the schemes
Adri Joy
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, nope
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange from an honest review. Though, reading through the other reviews left here, I can't help but wonder if the publisher sent me a different book to the one which everyone else seems to have read?

Despite trying to give it a fair crack all the way through, I unfortunately had to DNF this book at chapter 4, having found no signs of anything worth continuing for. The early plot was a jumble of rushed fantasy tropes (kid going through a
Jayne Murray
Mar 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
I received a free copy from NetGalley for an honest review. I looked at the 5 star reviews and like many thought, I was talking about a different book here.

I managed to get a quarter of the way through this book before giving up. The story is not engaging and the dialogue seems largely pointless. I have absolutely no idea what the point of the book is. I don’t mind mystery and intrigue where you find out what is going on in piecemeal but this is not that. Orlynd’s speech is also annoying, it ma
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
ARC from NetGalley

Well, I gave this one a good go. I made it to 49% before I just couldn't do it anymore. This book is told between various perspectives that are still not fully realized half way through the book.

Orlynd is a little bitch. Prince Deor is a stereotypical villain who kicks sand in the eyes of puppies and sneers constantly. He is also 14 but talks like an adult, if a petulant adult.

This story really makes no sense. I have no idea where we started, where we are, where we're going o
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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InD'tale Magazine
A YA high fantasy, “The Rite of Wands” is the first book in its series.

Read full review in the 2017 November issue of InD'tale Magazine.
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, my-kindle-books
*I received a free ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.*

Summary: 12 year old Mierta McKinnon is shown visions of his past, present, and future during his Rite of Wands ceremony. He discovers his fate is to die in 22 years at the hands of the Shreya, a vicious plague sweeping through Iverna leaving tons of bodies in its wake. Mierta is determined to learn everything he can in order to craft a cure to stop the plague. After all, his life depends on it. 16 year old Orlynd O'Brien is the newly a
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Back in October I had the opportunity to attend a class by Mackenzie Flohr regarding audiobooks. As part of it, she played a snippet from her latest, The Rite of Wands. I was interested enough from hearing just a couple of minutes, so I decided to check the entire thing out.

At the beginning we are introduced to Mierta McKinnon, a young warlock-to-be, who goes through The Rite of Wands, a major stepping stone for any magic folk who want to become an official witch or warlock. As part of it, he’s
First, let me just say that I really love this book cover. It really drew me in and I like the cleverness of it, like the cover itself is a fancy book with clasps and such. I feel like a wizard-in-training just looking at this book cover.

I have to say that the main character, Mierta, has a very unfortunate name. It’s just one letter off from a popular Spanish cuss word and when listening to an audiobook a ‘t’ can easily sound like a ‘d’. It’s as if our main character was named Shet, which could
Lauren Jones
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If your parents were warlocks and your grandparents were warlocks, wouldn’t that mean that you too would be a warlock? Not necessarily, according to the Rite of Wands. Those who are born warlocks are forced to take the Rite of Wands once they reach a certain age. If they pass, they get to proceed with their magic, but if they fail–magic is taken from them. What a horrible way to live life, knowing that you could have done something great but it was stripped away because of some choices you’d mad ...more
Richard Crofton
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good read for MG and YA readers. I found the story intriguing and full of both mystery and fantasy that serves as a real page-turner. We see the events progress, mainly through the eyes of two similarly aged warlocks Mierta and Orlynd, and how they come to fill their roles in this realm.

I liked the jumping between the POV of the two characters, and although there seemed to be sporadic leaps back and forth between places and time, I was able to follow along quite well without any feeli
The Book Gawdess
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free advance reader's copy in exchange for my honest review. Thank you Netgalley and BHC Press!

The Rite Of Wands is a medieval fantasy about a warlock, Mierta who foresees a horrific future in his Rite Of Wands ceremony, a ceremony which of initiation all witches and warlocks must go through. Scared, Mierta starts working towards preventing the tragedy he has been shown. Meanwhile, in the castle where Mierta's father works as a court physician, there are people who are full of secre
The Book Gawdess
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Rite Of Wands is a medieval fantasy about a warlock, Mierta who foresees a horrific future in his Rite Of Wands ceremony, a ceremony which of initiation all witches and warlocks must go through. Scared, Mierta starts working towards preventing the tragedy he has been shown. Meanwhile, in the castle where Mierta's father works as a court physician, there are people who are full of secrets and nobody knows who to trust.

When I opened this book and saw the translations for Orlynd's speech, I was
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thr rite of wands by Mackenzie Flohr
This was a kind of book which left me curious for more. A tale of magic, trust, betrayal, prophecies, love, hate, sorrow, family, secrets and wands. This was a a book with a different vibe to it with the historical society and characters who will definitely keep you curious. To be honest it took me a long time to read this book. The writing was a bit different but later after a few chapters I was comfortable with it. The author has an unique style and I acknow
C.L. Cannon
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a 3.5 for me. I received the audiobook as part of an audiobook blog tour, so this will be a review of the performance of the audiobook as well as the plot of the book.

Let's talk about the thing that drove the rating down for me, that would be the narration. I really tried to like the narrator, but at times it felt like he was trying a bit too hard, and at others his voice was monotonous. It really distracted me from the story to the point that I had to stop listening about half-way thro
Rebecca Mello
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book from LibraryThing in return for an honest review.

The Rite of Wands follows two warlocks, Mierta Mckinnon and Orlynd O’Brien, from adolescents to early adulthood. At first it seems like these two young men have nothing in common but then the story lines intersect. Both warlocks are trying to prevent a terrible future they saw in their Rite of Wands ceremony aka the ceremony that determines if someone is going to become a warlock or not. Will they be able to save
The Rite of Wands by Mackenzie Flohr is a fast paced adventure book about Dragons, witches, warlocks, Kings and Queens. It is about the coming of age of one boy who learns his destiny in the Rite and is determined to change it.

The book starts out with Mierta who has come of age and is ready to be the man he was raised to be. Yes he is “of age” but he makes decisions as an adolescent that proves that he doesn’t have to grow up too fast.

Then there’s Orlynd. His family is disgraced but he is give
S.K. Wee
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice World-building

The premise of this story is very interesting. Young warlocks go through a Rite of Wands when they reach puberty. This rite shows some scenes from the past, present, and future to see if the candidates are worthy of a wand. We meet young Meirta, who is given a vision of himself trying to find a cure for the plague that is rampaging through the country but in the vision he fails and succumbs to the disease.
We are also introduced to another young warlock, Orlynd whose talent is
Chelsea Haller
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by:
Where to start with this book. The storytelling in it is very well done. The author has multiple characters she goes between through the story, but it is never unclear as to who is talking. The one thing I did have trouble with is the timetable. She does put the dates at the beginning of the sections, but without looking back to what the date was previous, it is a bit difficult to tell right off. It would be easier if, in some way, she referenced that it was 30 years later or something. I believ ...more
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