A young woman must work with a magician who is not what he seems to find her father in this new contemporary portal fantasy series.
With her father vanished under suspicious circumstances and her old life destroyed, Tessa Andrews is determined to pick up the pieces and forge ahead. If only their borrowed house didn't shake and rumble as if haunted. But at least she and her mom have a roof over their heads, so her luck couldn't be all bad, could it?
As if to prove her wrong, Tessa gets an urgent call for help one night from crusty old Professor Brandard, one of the people on her charity meals route. She dashes over, only to find the house in flames and the professor gone. A handsome young man steps out of the ashes to request her assistance, claiming to be the professor and a Phoenix wizard. She not only has to believe in him, but in magic, for an ancient evil is awakening and it will take the two of them, plus a few shady friends, to stand against it.
Because the rejuvenation ritual has gone horribly wrong. The late, great wizard desperately needs to get his mojo back, for only if Brandard regains all his magic do they stand any chance of defeating this deadliest of perils.
About the Author
Sara Hanover lives with a hoard of books, rather like a dragon, and works on improving her imagination daily. She loves plot twists and cats, family and crispy Autumn leaves, traveling and good food. She thanks her parents for supporting her first efforts in writing, and her husband for continuing to encourage her, along with the many good people at DAW Books.
Praise for The Late Great Wizard
“Wizards, field hockey, and tea! The Late Great Wizard is a delightful fantasy romp, with enough edge to keep me gasping. Can’t wait for more!” —Julie E. Czerneda, author of The Gossamer Mage
"Though comfortably nestled in familiar tropes, this clever romp delivers strong characters and a heartfelt tone that will charm fans of the genre." —Publishers Weekly
"Sara Hanover knows her way around the written word.... I absolutely loved this book. I can't wait to buy a copy and put it on my bookshelf. Hanover is now on my list of 'must buy'." —Galleywampus
"With so many fantasy books for young adults coming out, it's easy to find repetitions of the same magic systems. But Hanover's story follows its own rules, and it stands out from most of the others." —Culturess
"There is a highly creative mind behind the pen, and I look forward to any subsequent novel by this author." —Koeur's Book Reviews
"There's plenty of action, mystery, and family drama to be had within this book to make you wanting more." —Pass Me That Book
"Kicks off what is sure to be an interesting series." —Geek Girl Pen Pals
"The Late Great Wizard is a fun adventure and a nice opener to an interesting world.... If you enjoy a little magic in your reads, The Late Great Wizard is a fun ride." —Game Vortex