New release! The Wizard That Wasn’t: Mechanized Wizardry Book 1 by Ben Rovik

The Wizard That Wasn't: Mechanized Wizardry Book 1 by Ben RovikNever trust a wizard.

They’re all filthy, addle-brained con artists peddling superstitious nonsense. Horace Lundin doesn’t believe in their magic. The Petronaut technician works with steel and steam in the workshop, maintaining the mechanical suits of armor his masters wear. There’s nothing magic can do that technology can’t do better.

So he thinks, until he witnesses the power of wizardry first-hand.

That fateful day gives Lundin and his Petronaut colleagues an idea. What if magic didn’t have to be chaotic and messy and unreliable, like the wizards who practice it? What if it could be as simple as throwing a switch? Putting their resources and their reputation on the line, the technicians cobble together a music-box magician, programmed to speak the arcane words punched out on its disks…

…and it works.

But the Petronauts can’t hide their discovery in the workshop for long. There’s danger brewing in the city of Delia. When Princess Naomi is laid low by dark magic, her only hope for survival may rest with Horace Lundin and:

The Wizard That Wasn’t

Reader reviews on Amazon:
“Witty, creative, and well-thought…I was hooked!”
“A fun steampunk fantasy.”
“A great read… strong character development… Reading ‘Mechanized Wizardry’ makes me selfishly want the author to stop doing everything but write so I/we may read more.”





13 Responses to “New release! The Wizard That Wasn’t: Mechanized Wizardry Book 1 by Ben Rovik”

  1. James Says:

    I am a big fantasy guy, and have read more than my fair share of books. Having finished the wizard who wasn’t, I thought i should leave a review. I really love the audiobook the only criticism I have for it is the fact the the first chapter doesn’t explain the world well (this is a VERY common problem with fantasy novels. you don’t want to bore the reader, but at the same time just dumping them in is hard on them and will sometimes lead to just leaving the book.). other than that, I am loving the book and am eagerly waiting for your next ones. Keep writing, because you’ve got a fascinating story to tell, and after i finish this i will eagerly be awaiting the next one. 4 stars and a strong recommendation.

  2. Ben Rovik Says:

    Thanks for the comment– it’s useful feedback for me to hear. Thanks for listening, James, and I’ll let you know when the next one’s ready to release!

  3. Anne Says:

    Really enjoyed this!! It was a creative blend of tech and magic and looking forward to becoming a “Rovikian” fan. Good luck on future books!

  4. Ben Rovik Says:

    Hi Anne! I’m so glad you liked the story, and I’m honored to have more Rovikians in the world. :) So you know, Book Two, The Mask And The Master, is currently FREE on Smashwords. Please check it out, and feel free to share the link! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/234503

  5. Christian Says:

    Ben did a top notch job with this book. I can relate to the previous crit about world building but I got over it quickly and was able to enjoy. I felt that the characters were likeable as well as relatable and well fleshed out. I greatly enjoyed the fact that his main characters had their flaws and weaknesses to overcome rather than the “Mary Sue” characters we sometimes get with amateur/independent authors. The story moved along at a nice quick pace and his action scenes were exciting and easy to follow without being over simple.

    Ben also did well in narrating his tale, keeping the character voices distinct and appropriate. I hope that he’ll be doing book 2 as an audiobook and if so, I’m greatly looking forward to listening to it.

    I too must say that I’ve become a Rovikian. So much so that ideas for Petronaut costumes or roleplaying classes have started to come to mind.

    Keep up the good work B.Ro and I eagerly anticipate your next offering.

  6. Ben Rovik Says:

    Many thanks Christian! I can’t tell you how happy seeing people in Petronaut costumes would make me :)

    I’m planning to release Book Two, “The Mask And The Master” to Podiobooks in 2013. Until then, keep checking out my blog for announcements about new Mech Wiz books!

  7. Rain Says:

    This is a really great book! it’s a fun take on Steam punk and fantasy. Next book cannot come fast to soon.

  8. Ben Rovik Says:

    Thanks, Rain! While I’m still recording, you can check out the next ebook in the series, “The Mask And the Master,” on Smashwords and Amazon RIGHT THIS SECOND.

  9. Avlor Says:

    Loved it!!!! Can’t wait to hear the next one. But I understand with a little one now that it may take a bit of time. Will be watching your blog!

  10. Avlor Says:

    ooh I just caught up with the comments…the next book is out in print! yay!

  11. Amanda R Says:

    I loved this book. Thank you for sharing your story with everyone. I can’t wait to read the next book.

  12. Ben Rovik Says:

    Avlor– Yay! :) That it is, with new ebooks coming soon.

    Amanda R– my pleasure! Thanks for reviewing.

  13. Robin Says:

    Hi from Australia. I loved listening to this book, it was engaging and I really like the tongue in cheek style of commentary, keep it up. Cant wait to listen to the next book.

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