WIZARD’S RISE (Book 1: A Severed Empire Novel)
Sinister Grin Press
“Phillip has a way with writing words and scenes that flow and are easy to understand, and younger readers will be able to devour this. Adults will enjoy it as well as a solid first book in a series by a terrific author…If you’re a fan of RA Salvatore, Weis/Hickman, Sanderson and any of the other great voices in fantasy give Wizard’s Rise and Phillip a shot. You’ll enjoy the time you give his work.” — Chris Philbrook, horror novelist, and author of The Reemergence Series
For over two hundred years the Rye Empire enforced drastic measures outlawing the use of magic. To avoid capture a handful of remaining Wizards escaped royal persecution and made it into hiding. Shortly after the decree the empire crumbled, but the laws remained in place. . .
The Mountain King’s ambitions of becoming the next Emperor will be realized. With forced help from an enslaved a sorceress, he will stop at nothing until he achieves his dreams. The easiest path to victory can be obtained by retrieving buried talismans. With those enchanted items in his possession he can summon the Wizards, steal, and harness their power.
In an effort to save the Old Empire from a growing, sinister magic, seventeen-year-old farmboy Mykal and five friends begin a desperate journey. They must collect the talismans before the Mountain King. Their trek will force Mykal to face fears, and accept truths he’d never known existed. There isn’t much time. A war is coming. Their chances of winning will depend on whether they succeed or not. If they fail, a terrible darkness will steal the light from the Grey Ashland Realm. . .forever.
“The momentum of the tale builds extremely well, leaving the reader much more engrossed in the story by the end of the book. . .Be prepared to keep an eye out for more from Tomasso in this series to follow the rest of Mykal’s adventure. . .If you’re a fantasy fan, be sure to check out Wizard’s Rise. . .” Jen Matlock, Book Worm & More
” I cannot hesitate to commend Tomasso for writing some exciting action scenes, as well as developing a mixed bag of characters who end up being more of a family than a troop. But also the dialogue, which can often slow down a narrative, proves witty here and helps the reader get inside the characters’ minds while also showcasing the writer’s talent for moving a story forward without endless exposition. Bravo, I say. Self-sacrifice and courage are themes in this fine start to a promising series, which leaves its reader with the hope that Mykal will forge ahead despite his losses, and continue to ward off evil and discover the powers within.” — K.P. Ambroziak, author of The Journal of Vincent Du Maurier Trilogy
“Wizard’s Rise is a fun fantasy that will captivate both adults and younger readers alike. Reminiscent of Terry Prachett’s books or the Xanth series by Piers Anthony… The quest to find the talismans and stop the coming war that Mykal and his friends take is filled with interesting characters and magical adventure. I’m looking forward to the second part of this charming series.” –Angela, Horror Maiden’s Book Review
“A great fantasy adventure from a writer who always delivers. Fast and fun, full of terrific characters and a story that will sweep you off your feet. If you’re looking to curl up with a great fantasy book, grab the covers with both hands and dive in!” Jack Conner, author of The Atomic Sea Series
“Self-sacrifice and courage are themes in this fine start to a promising series, which leaves its reader with the hope that Mykal will forge ahead despite his losses, and continue to ward off evil and discover the powers within.” K.P. Ambroziak, author of The Trinity
“Another home run for Mr. Tomasso…I am a huge fan of fantasy and this book starts a great new series…” SGU, Amazon Reviewer