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The Trials of Uwe: Parts I, II, and III by Steven L. Masia
Official Review: The Trials Of Uwe By Steven Masia
Imagine a world where dragons speak freely with humans, dwarves and elves believe in science, different dimensions exist (such as the astral world, the quantum realm, and so on), all the magical creatures you can think of coexist, and anything is possible with magic. Steven L. Masia takes us through a mind-blowing tale of the trails of Uwe, masterfully weaving an ingenious plot detailing the possibility of magic and science coexisting.
The young and last wizard, Uwe, who is well-groomed and skilled in magic, defeats the Evilore, a powerful and evil being. Uwe must now journey around the world to gather a magical armor that will help him finally get rid of the Evilore, as the evil being still poses a great threat, but unknowingly, when he defeats the Evilore, a cunning and powerful enemy who seeks his power is also released. As he journeys to different lands, he fights a mage and earns his trust; falls in love with Amanill, a dragon mistress; and forms an alliance with dragons, their knights, dwarves, elves, and other creatures. Together, they face unending dangers from evil beings and power-hungry creatures. As Uwe is exposed to life beyond magic, his life, as well as the lives of those around him, is transformed. But will he lose himself to the darkness lurking in every corner, as the fate of the world lies in his hands?
The Trials of Uwe focuses on self-worth, a great deal of courage, self-discovery, responsibility, and will. As Uwe navigates through fulfilling his destiny, he discovers things about himself like never before; he is faced with a great deal of responsibility because with great power comes great responsibility. Steven shows us how enemies can become great friends and allies and demonstrates the meaning of true friendship and sacrifice. In this book, we see a great deal of mistrust, deception, and a tussle for power, but there is also a display of shared power. Further, there is a bit of romance.
Though this book is a coming-of-age fantasy novel, there are a lot of lessons on self-control, discipline, humility, reflection, and togetherness. Furthermore, I love how the story starts. Unlike other coming-of-age books, Uwe is already somewhat matured and developed in his magical abilities. In addition, I appreciate the writer’s ingenuity as regards providing an endless array of interesting characters that spice up the book, such as the “flying hypothalami” and the “tar mites.” There is an orderly manner in which the story plays out, and the cliff-hanger at the end of the story is simply delightful. I specifically like the character Amanill and the transformation and growth she undergoes. I also like the transitions between the villains and the hero of the story.
The Trials of Uwe is about a wizard who has been trained since birth to take his role. Even with all his preparation, he finds himself lacking. Unlike other coming-of-age stories, this tale teaches us that no matter how well prepared you are, the challenges of life can overwhelm you. Only by sharing your skills with others can you overcome such situations. Emotional loss can cloud our judgment and can result in conceit.
The Trials of Uwe reflects on loss and redemption, how friendships can be formed with your enemies, universal issues relating to life and death, ego, murder, slavery, lies and deception. We are reminded that with the help of friends and teamwork, all obstacles can be overcome.
Dorrance Publishing, 2020, Paperback $25 /eBook $20
424 pages, ISBN: 978-1-6442-6168-2
The Trials of Uwe: Parts I, II, and III will reach young adult sci-fi readers looking for a strong sense of nonstop action in their stories. It follows the adventure of young wizard Uwe, who has spent his short life training for his profession, only to find his efforts lacking.
At age 18, he’s an orphan. His parents were killed fighting the self-proclaimed ‘savior of the universe, the Evilore, who uses the magic in the souls of living creatures to destroy and reconstruct the universe time and again.
Even though his great-great-great-great-grandfather, a wizard named Edam, has successfully thwarted the Evilore, perishing in the process but passing to Uwe the legacy of their wizardly ways, Uwe still finds himself lacking in ability. It takes an evil wizard with his own plans for takeover to help Uwe change.
There’s a deep, satisfying philosophical aspect to the story as it unwinds, which sets it apart from the ordinary action-oriented sci-fi fantasy: “Uwe spoke. “We have done the dragons a great disservice. In trying to protect ourselves from you and potential enslavement by you, we have instead enslaved you. My control over the dragons is more unjust then what you had in store for us.” His drive to rectify his mistakes and his ethical conundrums makes for intriguing reading as the wanna-be hero finds himself trying to act in a morally correct manner even as he identifies evil and fights it both in himself and in the world.
It should be cautioned that there are many subplots and takeaways, here; from an evolving love between Uwe and Amanill to a quest that sometimes mirrors the Evilore’s purposes: “He had accomplished what the Evilore had only dreamed of performing. He had gone too far; and there would be a price to pay.”
Young adults used to gaming choices and action-packed twists and turns may find these further injections of ethical dilemmas and subplots a challenge, but these successfully contribute to a story that, like any superior read, is greater than its individual parts and pieces.
A more singular focus might have made the story more accessible to a wider audience. However, The Trials of Uwe: Parts I, II, and III challenges its young readers to absorb more than just a singular epic adventure. This is one of its strengths…and the reason why The Trials of Uwe: Parts I, II, and III is recommended reading for young adults looking for more than an adventure fantasy story alone.