Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review by Lorilyn Roberts: The Gopher & The Erstwhile Wizard, by J.L. Rallios

“The Gopher and The Erstwhile Wizard” is a delightful story I highly recommend for ages 5 to 14. 

My children are past this age now, but I wish they were young enough that I could read it to them. And yes, I read to my daughters into their teens—family togetherness at its best. This book is also a wonderful story for readers of all ages who love allegories and enjoy Narnia-type books with talking animals and unusual creatures.

I worried about the gopher relentlessly, who always seemed to go from bad to worse in his journey of life, but rest assured, the ending is full of redemption and fulfillment in a way you do not expect.


If you are a Christian, you will see a lot of subtle symbolism. If you are not a Christian, the story will resonate with you because Rallios is a great story-teller. “The Gopher & the Erstwhile Wizard” is well written, has characters you will love, and a classical feel. I hope readers will pick up “The Gopher and The Erstwhile Wizard” and add it to their Kindle library. Don't miss out on this one!

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