Book Reviews

A Wizard in Waikiki (A Wizard in Waikiki 1) by A.J. Llewellyn at eXtasy Books

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Psychic Powers / Magic / Wizards & Witches / Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-September-2019

Book Blurb

On a hot day in Waikiki, beachgoers are stunned when a tall, handsome man rises from the ocean.

Striding naked to a small, ringed enclosure containing four huge stones most tourists never even notice, he becomes visibly upset. These are Wizard Stones, positioned between the beach and the foot traffic on Kalakaua Avenue. Konu, the naked man, is agitated by a young Asian girl draping her beach towel over the stones. He’s come a long way, from Tahiti, and is one of the ancient wizards whose power was infused into these sacred stones four hundred years ago.

With the invisible battle between good and evil raging, Konu has been dispatched to help balance the power. Landing in modern-day Waikiki, he’s stunned by the changes – and to find he is alone. A cop tries to arrest him for indecent exposure but the young girl’s grandfather—who thinks Konu’s a homeless lunatic offers him refuge. Will the ancient forces of evil beat this wizard in Waikiki? Or can Konu find his power again, and perhaps…even love?

 

 

First edition previously published by eXtasy Books, January 2011.

Second edition published by Fireborn Publishing, April 2016.

 

Book Review

A wonderful beginning to a new series, this book starts when Konu emerges from the sea. We basically follow him into a Hawaii that is new to him, because everything has changed since he's last been to the islands hundreds of years ago. I loved his reactions to things that have changed, like transportation by car and bus, as well as how different the culture is. His surprise at women and men eating together, and his relief at dog no longer being on the menu was brilliantly described and made me realize how different his world had really been.

Konu is an amazing character. More lonely than any of us can imagine being, with everyone he knew long dead, and a lover left behind, he struggles to adapt to the new world he finds himself in. The mystery of the Wizard Stones and his task isn't completely lifted by the end of the first book, but that is, I am sure, as AJ intended since there are more books to come. Konu's compassion and willingness to help others, even when it exhausts him, was touching and made me like him even more.

The love interest only just starts being identified at the end of the book, but I can't wait to read more about Konu and his new lover. This volume kicks off the new series in style, and, as usual, I can't wait for the next installment.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 67 pages/18706 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 13-September-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.extasybooks.com/a-wizard-in-waikiki/