by Ciar Cullen, fantasy (2007)
Ellora's Cave, $4.45, ISBN 978-1-4199-0923-8
Our hero Trevor Rains has a few problems in his life. He's not the happiest wizard around, having lost his mother recently. His familiar of sorts, the talking lizard Gideon, is not pleased that he seems to be taking his time to restore Gideon into his dragon form. His twin sister Tessa must have read one too many Ellora's Cave novels because she's running wild. His own powers are becoming uncontrollable. Falling for Morgan Daemoniani, our heroine, who has lost control of her own powers as well. Trevor's in love and decides that the best way to get reacquainted with Morgan is to become the assistant she is looking for.
Meanwhile nerdy Professor Jordan Schrom has a thing for Headmistress Drussy Loves but she doesn't think highly of him especially after she intercepted a missive from a besotted undergraduate at the Academy beseeching Jordan to take this undergraduate as his "sex slave". Luckily for him, he and Drussy discover a shared passion for the Naughty Channel on cable.
Meanwhile, it seems that every Wizard's magic is going haywire and the Academy decides that Trevor is the guy to fix things right. Meanwhile, King Artimer meets maneater Tessa Rains and it's lust at first sight.
Wizard Of Time is a most amusing fantasy romp with obvious contemporary nuances, the humor similar in nature to something one could find in a book by Roger Zelazny or L Sprague de Camp, for example, except when it comes to Trevor who is a plain asshole getting back at Morgan in the most hurtful manner possible for the silliest and most petty of reasons. Of course, Morgan's not getting any slack for not kicking that moron in the balls. Morgan is exasperatingly dull, constantly crying and acting like a twit, which, come to think of it, makes her a perfect complement for Trevor in a Thank Heavens They Are Out Of The Market way as long as those two don't breed. On the other hand, Jordan and Drussy are incredibly fun to read about, as are Art and Tessa.
There's not much depth in this story as humor is the main course, so to speak, in this story, while sex is only a side dish. Therefore, I can't really say much about this book other than it's a fluffy and fun read as long as I overlook the tedious coupling of Trevor and Morgan. Wizard Of Time isn't going to be a masterpiece but it's a pleasant way to kill some time nonetheless.
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