ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): J.R. Sparlin
Publisher: Dragon Central Publishing
ISBN-10: 069228124X
ISBN-13: 978-0692281246
Release Date: January 3, 2015
Category: Young Adult

The Court Wizard

Synopsis:

When the old apothecary’s shop blows up in mysterious circumstances, Winnifred brings him home to her aunt’s to take care of him. But when Galen wakes up, he tells her he must flee their country of Sedonia, and she must flee with him. Winnifred finds herself on a ship bound for Fortress-on-Sea, where they meet a handsome stranger, Beldon. He is the leader of a secret group, the Knights of Wyndella, which is dedicated to finding Wyndella, the lost queen of Galenna. Slowly, listening at doors and demanding answers, Winnifred learns the secret of her true destiny, and must decide whether to embrace it. 

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Chapter One
The Apothecary’s Shop


    The apothecary’s shop was on an old road, past a fallen-in building and a blacksmith’s shop. But plenty of people came and went, and Winnifred was never nervous when her aunt sent her for herbs and medicines for coughs and colds and strange trembly feelings. Winnifred even liked to stand in line, so she had a chance to look around the shop, at the bunches of rustling herbs hanging from the thatched ceiling, at the strange charts and pictures on the walls, at the mysterious barrels stacked in shadowy corners.

    The apothecary himself was a grumbly old man with long white hair and a short white beard. He stood behind his counter and insulted his customers before taking ingredients from hundreds of small stacked boxes, mixing up pills and syrups and potions, taking his money and throwing it contemptuously into another box.

    “There’s nothing the matter with your aunt,” he barked at Winnifred.

     “I know,” said Winnifred meekly, peering around at some very interesting new plants hanging up behind the counter.

     The apothecary muttered as he threw some herbs into a bottle and added liquid from three different jars. “What is it this time? Throat? Stomach?”

     “She says,” said Winnifred, still looking at the plants, “that she feels like she’s falling down all the time, even when she’s sitting still.”

     The apothecary snorted. “Here, this should keep her happy. Tastes awful. Don’t touch that,” he said sharply.

    Winnifred hastily drew her finger back from the plant. She could have sworn its long purple vines were moving by themselves. “What kind of plant is that?”

    “Never you mind.”


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The Court Wizard is special to me. It’s dedicated to my parents. It won the 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas SCBWI. And it’s the story of a young woman who has to keep fighting against impossible odds. Maybe that’s something we can all identify with.   






When the old apothecary’s shop blows up in mysterious circumstances, Winnifred brings him home to her aunt’s to take care of him. But when Galen wakes up, he tells her he must flee their country of Sedonia, and she must flee with him. Winnifred finds herself on a ship bound for Fortress-on-Sea, where they meet a handsome stranger, Beldon. He is the leader of a secret group, the Knights of Wyndella, which is dedicated to finding Wyndella, the lost queen of Galenna. Slowly, listening at doors and demanding answers, Winnifred learns the secret of her true destiny, and must decide whether to embrace it. 

Chapter One
The Apothecary’s Shop


    The apothecary’s shop was on an old road, past a fallen-in building and a blacksmith’s shop. But plenty of people came and went, and Winnifred was never nervous when her aunt sent her for herbs and medicines for coughs and colds and strange trembly feelings. Winnifred even liked to stand in line, so she had a chance to look around the shop, at the bunches of rustling herbs hanging from the thatched ceiling, at the strange charts and pictures on the walls, at the mysterious barrels stacked in shadowy corners.

    The apothecary himself was a grumbly old man with long white hair and a short white beard. He stood behind his counter and insulted his customers before taking ingredients from hundreds of small stacked boxes, mixing up pills and syrups and potions, taking his money and throwing it contemptuously into another box.

    “There’s nothing the matter with your aunt,” he barked at Winnifred.

     “I know,” said Winnifred meekly, peering around at some very interesting new plants hanging up behind the counter.

     The apothecary muttered as he threw some herbs into a bottle and added liquid from three different jars. “What is it this time? Throat? Stomach?”

     “She says,” said Winnifred, still looking at the plants, “that she feels like she’s falling down all the time, even when she’s sitting still.”

     The apothecary snorted. “Here, this should keep her happy. Tastes awful. Don’t touch that,” he said sharply.

    Winnifred hastily drew her finger back from the plant. She could have sworn its long purple vines were moving by themselves. “What kind of plant is that?”

    “Never you mind.”


J.R. Sparlin is the author of two books for young adults, The Court Wizard and The Sea at Mughain. Her short stories and poems for children and adults have appeared in a number of publications, including Renaissance Magazine, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, Every Day Fiction, The Midwest Quarterly, and Flint Hills Review. She is the recipient of the inaugural 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas SCBWI, and a Letter of Merit in the 2007 SCBWI Magazine Merit Awards. She lives in Wichita, KS with her husband and cats.
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Winner of the 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas SCBWI

 

"The Court Wizard was a lovely read. The characters are well developed and I connected with Winnifred's emotions, particularly at a later point in the story during a brief moment of loss. I loved where Sparlin chose to end the story; it could have continued, but it was just right." E M McIntyre, author of The Phantom of Fairie Mountain (5-star Amazon and Goodreads review)

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Hi! Thanks for stopping by my Book Launch Party! Please look around, sign the Guest Book, enter the contest! Come back and bring your friends!

The Court Wizard is special to me. It’s dedicated to my parents. It won the 2012 Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship, awarded by the Kansas SCBWI. And it’s the story of a young woman who has to keep fighting against impossible odds. Maybe that’s something we can all identify with.   

  1. David said on December 28, 2015 at 5:53 am:

    Good Luck on the new book

  2. Jill Sparlin said on December 13, 2015 at 7:34 pm:

    I really loved this story and how it unfolded! Loved the strong character development.

  3. Julie said on December 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm:

    I read the ebook and really enjoyed it! I look forward to reading it again.

  4. Logan said on December 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm:

    Congrats on the book. I’m looking for some YA fiction to add to our collection at the Nevada Public Library and it might be neat to do a skype QA with the author in the future;)

  5. Scott Person said on December 2, 2015 at 7:50 pm:

    I’ll pick up a copy. You had me at blows up. Good luck with the new book!

  6. Erin McIntyre said on December 2, 2015 at 7:00 am:

    You won’t go wrong with The Court Wizard!

  7. Rhonda O'Neal said on December 1, 2015 at 9:01 pm:

    Best of Luck to you.

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