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Wizards Rising: The Cataclysm

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  94 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Just as today's world is on the brink of all-out nuclear war, wizards appear out of nowhere, seizing control of every continent. They install themselves as benevolent tyrants, vowing utopia for all.

The four wizards—Indie, Demus, Regi, and Justica—seat themselves as divine rulers of North America. Amanda Fullteron, who is chosen as Supreme Liaison from a shell-shocked human
Published December 28th 2017 by Scott Spotson (first published October 20th 2013)
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William Collins
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Deadly Wizard Games was a well written book, full of inventive similes and strong imagery. Amanda wasn’t the most likeable of main characters, but the plot was interesting and unpredictable.

The world-building, or in this case world-destroying, was fascinating to read about. Not many dystopians/post apocalyptic novels I’ve read go into detail about how the nuclear war went. Usually it begins with the story taking place decades after the nukes hit, but here the wizards save humanity from the
K.C. Sprayberry
An embattled president, leading a corrupt administration, finds himself and everything he fights to keep torn apart when wizards invade his office and take over. Soon, it becomes apparent this is happening worldwide, as wizards change how humanity exists.
Scott Spotson's novel of world domination by wizards first comes across as a fantasy, but it is soon apparent there are glaring problems. What is real in fact isn't, and what is fantasy limps along. Spotson ignores the first and most important
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a brilliantly entertaining book. It is so original and the author’s vivid imagination deserves a medal alone. It is well written and laced with humour, great characters and sharp dialogue. The writing is clever also and even throws in a line from my favourite philosopher Kierkegaard! It was well edited and formatted and I guarantee you won’t have read such an original and refreshingly great book like this all year. Great stuff!
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
*In this review, I quote a few parts directly from the book.
The Deadly Wizard Games is an imaginative story about what happens after wizards take over the world.
The story is imaginative, but there were many things about it that threw me off. There were some incorrectly worded parts, for example: “…then we can figure out who they are what their agenda they have.” Or “she had with quite a bit of steam to let off.” Or “One of the other applicants screamed as they discovered the same thing.” Since
Brenda Cheers
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this original and entertaining novel, four wizards appear in the Oval Office of the White House and usurp the corrupt US President. They destroy all nuclear weapons and launching capability, and introduce a global bitcoin currency. The story is off to an interesting start.

Amanda isn’t a wizard, but is voted to a position where she acts as liaison between the magical folk and mortals. The rest of the story is told through her eyes.

I liked the story, although the scenes where the wizards had th
W.R. Gingell
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
***Edited to add: was harassed by the author for my review, and had contact with a fellow reader also harassed. I suggest avoiding this one***

Amanda is a politically-minded young woman. So when four wizards take over the government and then (very swiftly) the world, changing things to suit themselves and according to their own agenda, she’s exactly the sort of person to jump at the job of human-wizard liaison (aka, Supreme Liaison). The wizards tell the world (they do a lot of telling people stu
Sunshine Somerville
This was tricky to rate. I’d say 3.5 because of my personal tastes and thought processes, but it was enjoyable enough to entertain me and probably most people, so I’ll lean towards 4.

The premise here was quite unique. The world is a mess, verging on nuclear war, so what would it take to save it? If all-powerful wizards overthrew every government and took charge, would that be better? Wizards and politics aren’t things you naturally put together, but it’s an interesting combination. I really like
Dec 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of The Four Kings as a first-reads giveaway.

Cool premise, but poor execution. The book is self-published, and unfortunately it shows. I managed to get through 10 chapters -- about 70 pages of text that moved quickly, but were so poorly written that I couldn't get into the story. The grammar was distractingly bad in parts, and the dialogue was plastic. Unfortunately, the bad writing was only the beginning.

Nothing horribly bad here, other than the lack of a main character f
Peter Prasad
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scr-fi freaks
Recommended to Peter by: reading club

Spotson begins with the challenge of making a nuclear-free Utopia and bit-coin economy that turns out to be driven by a street rat and immature punks. Why would god bother? They happen to be wizards, who debate how to evolve the governance of earth, but there’s no vision or Enlightenment here. Too bad they didn’t read Plato, Socrates, Locke and Swift. Instead they settle for Anne Rand and Kierkegaard, like volunteering for a lobotomy. If you’re under thirty and never read hi
Emanuel Grigoras
Wizard for day
Instead of having a normal introduction to a story, you get some wizards that do the first thing you would have done if somebody would have told you: “You get to be wizard for a day and have all the power. From where will start with saving the world?”
I kept reading and things got more interesting by the minute. I started wondering what crazy thing the author will come up with next. The characters were strong and Scott managed to make the perfect wizards show their flaws mostly thro
May 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I read the sample (8 chapters, 492 locations) and that was more than enough. Lame writing and lamer characters. Clearly an indie author with over-inflated ratings of the generic "OMG, this is the best thing I've ever read!" variety. Twenty minutes of my life wasted.
Mary Woldering
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as the world is on the brink of global nuclear disaster, four young wizards take over all world governments and announce that they are now in charge. They are bringing sweeping changes that will solve all the petty problems the “mortals” experience. Because they rule from an off-world location in the sky and have little real interaction with humans, they choose liasons.
Amanda Fullerton, a young social worker, gets the job which is one of mostly explaining the changes and fielding questio
James McCormick
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How would you re-create a corrupt, failing, unjust world if you had the power? That is the question the four kings, young wizards by the name of Demus, Regi, Indie and Justica, are more than prepared to answer.

Scott Spotson’s Four Kings is an extremely ambitious novel with a worldwide canvass, dealing with everything from politics, ethics, morality, economics to philosophy. The early part of the novel in fact, where the wizards relieve the corrupt and incompetent US president of his office and
Lee French
Dec 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Four Kings reminded me in a very general way of Ernest Callenbach's Ecotopia Emerging. It has a similar sort of cultural upheaval story, though one pursued along different lines. It also follows the life of a young woman who finds herself as the focal point of the change. In this case, all of the change is abrupt, wrenched into existence by magic.

Amanda is a basically likable character through whose eyes we see the wizards and the world. There were points when I wished I knew more about what
James Cardona
Nov 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To say that I never read anything quite like this book would be an understatement. The story involves a contemporary world similar to ours except that it is economically much worse off. Unemployment is high, debt is high, wars rage on, politicians are inept, on and on and on. Then a bunch of wizards appear that wish to save humanity using methods apparently inspired by Ayn Rand.

Although the wizards use magic (obviously) the book earlier on seems to fit more neatly into some political category t
Laura Masciarelli
Nov 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Four Kings’ storyline is like nothing I’ve come across before—and after reading many books in the dystopia and paranormal genres I appreciate a book that is truly not derivative. The US, and indeed, the whole world, is in dire condition—poor economy, corrupt politicians, a world on the brink of war—kind of like what we have today! Four wizards appear and easily take over North America while their counterparts stage coups in other parts of the planet. They are young, overconfident and appear ...more
David DuRocher
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a well written fantasy story. Human governments around the world are falling into dysfunction when suddenly four wizards join forces with other wizards around the world to establish regional benevolent dictatorships. We in North America receive "the Four Kings." They in turn select a mortal, Amanda, to represent the humans of North America. She serves as an interface between the citizens and the wizards. In short she becomes a very important lady in a very short period of time. This book ...more
Jessica Tornese
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This type of genre is not usually to my preference, but having said that, I truly enjoyed the imagination put into this story. Some of the best moments were in the vivid descriptions of the imaginary wizard games and in their private world. The plot is an interesting take on what would happen if someone or something could actually destroy what humans have created, pointing out their flaws and such in government and business. However, I like the fair tactic Spotson takes in showing all things hav ...more
Jason Crawford
I bought this book on a recommendation, and I'm very glad I did. I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Here is my breakdown:

Characters: 5/5. This is a real strength for Scott. Despite having nearly unlimited power, he does an excellent job of making his wizards seem like real, fallible people that I could imagine in that position. I love the fact that they come off nearly omniscient and yet regular Mortals (as they are called) start pointing out the cracks and flaws in their arguments and ideas. Amanda
Alan Hardy
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This extremely original story begins with US President Arthur Kellog Walker, mired in corruption, scandal and ineptitude, presiding over a cabinet meeting when a pack of wizards or supernatural beings with magical powers burst in and take control; they then proceed to expropriate secret nuclear codes and, seemingly, initiate nuclear strikes. But they then force the missiles up into the stratosphere, out of harm's way. All over the world governments are overthrown, currencies seized, and a New Wo ...more
Brian Orlowski
Dec 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One thing I can say about The Four Kings is that it is an wholly original tale. One would be hard pressed to categorize this novel or compare it to anything else existing. You can't even really say it is [insert Harry Potter novel] meets {insert political thriller] meets [the Wall Street Journal]. What Mr. Spotson has written is very much his own.

The set-up is pretty simple, wizards realize that the world is going to Hell in a hand basket and decide it's time they did something about it. They ta
J.D. Tew
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why The Four Kings you ask?

There is nothing like it.

This novel is an adventure outside of the ordinary. What the author offers with "The Four Kings" is a answer to "The Great Blight" (which is really just a name for an era of recession, violence, unemployment, etc.). When the bloated leaders of the world cannot reel their prospective countries toward stability... Thank god for wizards!

As per usual, Scott Spotson's writing is spot-on, smooth, clever, funny, and most of all—he gives great conside
Dec 27, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read anything like this before, but it certainly drew me in. The book (plot, characters, etc) would have gotten 4.5 stars or so if not for glaring editing errors throughout (missed words, subject/verb agreement issues, and regular typos). If this hadn't come straight from Amazon, I would have thought it was a proof copy.

Anyway, plot was solid, characters were well-developed. I enjoyed how Spotson brought a "human" element to the wizards even though they truly distance themselves from t
Elizabeth Cartwright
I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect from this book. I'm not usually a fan of anything supernatural or magic, but I was pleasantly surprised by The Four Kings. This is an inherently fun book. I'm always a fan of humour in a book, whether it be a comedic novel or some kind of dark crime piece, and this certainly has it.

Clever, witty; I have to say that I really enjoyed the style in which Scott writes. Also appreciated is the complete originality of this. While I've already admitt
Bob Milne
For me, this was a matter of an amazing concept, but an awkward execution. Initially, the idea of actual wizards rising to power and taking over the world as we know it seemed great, and the opening scenes are a lot of fun. As it turned out, however, contemporary politics and magical fantasy just don't mesh - especially since it felt as if Spotson himself wasn't fully committed to that mix. That narration was okay, if nothing special, but the characters were a little one-dimensional, and the dia ...more
May 14, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, abandoned
I got as far as the first 5 chapters before I gave up. The premise of the book interested me and I just didn't care about anything that was happening. It just wasn't that well written and I couldn't imagine finishing it.
Robin Edman
Apr 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, God. Make it stop.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's difficult to review this. It's quite unique. Basically, the human race almost blows itself up in a nuclear fireball but at the last moment the wizards step in and take over. They introduce sweeping new economic systems as well as wizard games to keep the population entertained/pacified. The population is not as grateful as they might be, and the plot of the novel revolves around our heroine - Amanda, the human liaison to the wizards council - attempting to find out what they are really up t ...more
Kimberlyn Day
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s tough to rate a book like this. My ultimate test is would I recommend this to someone I know? And yeah, I would. I can think of a few people who would enjoy the political/philosophical tone…but I’d recommend it with a caveat or two, depending on the person. For that reason, I’m giving WIZARDS RISING: THE CATACLYSM a solid 4-stars.
I’m not normally a fan of High Fantasy or Political Fiction. However, I like mashups and this one caught my interest right off. I’ll be totally superficial and
Guy Estes
The opening chapter really gets your attention and sets the hook. Wizards instantly take over the United States and soon after dispose of almost every nuclear weapon in the world. The story is unpredictable – the wizards forcefully and illegally seized power, yet they did so without killing anyone and seem benevolent. Of course, they’re benevolent now, but they hold absolute power and proclaim they will for another three years. There is plenty of time for their power to corrupt them… but will it ...more
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Scott Spotson is a Canadian novelist who excels in imagining scenes of intrigue and adventure within ordinary lives while daydreaming, then pulls together various plots to create a compelling story.

Scott has written eleven books: "Life II," a time travel novel; and its sequel, "Bridge Through Time," "Seeking Dr. Magic," a novel that imagines what happens when a powerful wizard comes of age as a y