Sorcerer’s Code, by Christopher Kellen
The Elements of Sorcery, Book 1
Originally Reviewed 2015/08/16 on Amazon.com
A likeably roguish protagonist.
Sorcerer’s Code was a short, but worthy read. The protagonist (and it would not be accurate to call him a hero) is a morally questionable, bookish, somewhat cowardly spellcaster who dabbles in some very dark magic, and proves to be far more capable than he first seemed. I think of him as a less comic and more intentional Rincewind. He’s somewhere at or near middle-age, and needs no coming-of-age genesis to come into his powers – he’s already got them, they just haven’t been put to use yet.
Some of the secondary characters were a bit crudely drawn, but not so much as to distract from the story. They also fit the overall dark and faintly comic tone. The story itself is a simple, but satisfying mystery, and the resolution sets the protagonist in motion without any heavy-handed set up for later books. I look forward to reading them.