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Book review: Kate Messick – Wizards And Wives’ Tales (@KateMessick)

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and Joe is certainly missing Sandy and Dillion. Alone in a new country he is trying, he has found a new table-top game, new people to play with, but it is all so different. Used to being the GM he must hand over the reins to Paula,  but her style is different, the system unfamiliar. But that’s not the only strange territory he is in, if there is one thing he struggles with its relationships. Friends, enemies, even lovers sit around that table, but can he learn to let go of the past and embrace what FATE has put before him, or will he play it safe and miss the opportunity of something great?


Kate Messick’s Wizards And Wives’ Tales Is a litRPG that flicks between reality and the game world. Having read the first book and really enjoyed it, I have been looking forward to seeing what life has in store for Joe next. Heartbroken and deflated, pining for a woman who will never be his, his mood is as dark and depressing as England’s winter weather. There is so much to enjoy about this book, the unique style continues, and I even got to learn about the FATE system, of table-top gaming, which isn’t one I was familiar with. It was great how the author gives you all the information you need so smoothly, whilst never info dumping or providing more than is needed. I really enjoyed watching the characters interact and how the group dynamics grow and alter as everyone grows closer. Vivid characters, epic journeys, and subtle manipulations fill the plot of both worlds. An entertaining read from start to finish

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