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The War of Words by Amy Neftzger review

Updated on April 18, 2016

The War of Words by Amy Neftzger

The War of Words by Amy Neftzger is a book that allows people to understand reality through fantasy fiction. Fiction can often help people to understand reality, that is if they are reading the right fiction. The War of Words by Amy Neftzger is most definitely the right sort of fiction for understanding reality.

The War of Words by Amy Neftzger shows us a world where a battle against darkness is taking place. There is a quest for truth, amidst the search for a book that no one can read. The world rests in the balance as an evil sorcerer wages war using shadows to gain control through sowing confusion. People begin to doubt what reality in fact is. Two heroes must work together to defeat the evil they are: Kelsey and Nicholas. Kelsey is a young officer in the king's army and Nicholas is a young sorcerer in training.

Amy Neftzger

Amy Neftzger is an author who writes fiction books for adults and children alike. Amy Neftzger has been published in business journals, academic journals, and in literary publications. Amy Neftzger's favorite things are:

  • traveling
  • books
  • movies
  • art
  • the Oxford comma
  • gargoyles

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The War of Words by Amy Neftzger is a fantasy novel that takes place in a world where magic and sorcery is reality. Though reality itself faces an attack from an evil sorcerer who uses shadows to control the perception of reality. I found this concept to be very interesting. I found it interesting to read about how reality was warped and twisted until people had a hard time telling what the reality was. I have never read a book about reality warping before and I was very pleased with it.

While I did enjoy the entire book along with the entire cast of characters I did in fact have a favorite character. Newton became my favorite character and I liked the idea that he used to be made out of stone. The author describes Newton perfectly in her interview below. She says:

"Newton is my favorite character to write because he’s the most real for me. One of the things I enjoy writing about him is how much he loves life and embraces living to the fullest. Perhaps that’s because he was once made of stone."

I started this series by reading book three and even though I missed some key plot points I still enjoyed the book. However I would recommend that everyone begins with book 1 instead of book 3. You will get so much more out of the series if you do.

I was sent this book for free for only my honest and unbiased review.

Interview with Amy Neftzger

How did you come up with the title of the book?

This was the working title of the book that I used while writing it. Often the working title and the final title are very different, but in this case I decided to stick with it. The book is about the power of words, and how these can be used to change an individual’s perception of reality. There’s also a war going on in the book, so it seemed the most appropriate option.

Have you written in the fantasy genre before?

Yes, it’s a genre that I keep going back to because I really like it. In many ways I see Fantasy as more connected to reality because these books are often allegorical. I’ve written fantasy books for both adults and children.

Do you plan to write a follow up novel?

This is the third book in the series, and I set it up to close out the story. I have other ideas for stories with these characters, but I’ve got too many other things in my queue at the moment.

How did you decide to make this a young adult novel (was it a hard decision)?

For me, it’s always difficult to put an age range on a book because reading levels and vocabulary differ so much. In addition, sometimes younger readers are very advanced academically but not always emotionally mature, so there are a lot of things to consider. For my own reading, I never look at recommended ages - I simply read the description and decide if it’s something I want to read.

Do you think adults could enjoy this book as well?

Absolutely - I’ve heard from a number of adults who are reading the books in this series and enjoy them. Adults who enjoy by books tend to read authors such as Dianna Wynne-Jones, Nancy Farmer, or Madeline L’Engle.

Where did you draw you inspiration for the story line and characters from?

The idea for the story came to me from watching political debates. Now, before you think that makes the book boring I should say it was only the concept that sparked this idea: everyone has a different version of reality in those debates and the debaters are constantly twisting the words of their opponents. I took the idea and created an evil sorcerer who put a spell on the land so that no one knew what was real, and then the sorcerer used magic spells to changer words and create misunderstanding so that he could weaken the country and take over.

Did you base any of the characters off of real people?

The character of Newton is based on my pet gargoyle who lives and travels with me. Newton likes to eat and often dines at some of the best restaurants in town. He also regularly attends art showings and the theater.

Did you create the setting from scratch or did you base it off of history?

I made up the settings, but I often used elements from the places where I’ve traveled in Europe. Sometimes it’s something as simple as the tree line or a rock formation, or the cobblestone streets.

Who was your favorite character to write (why)?

Newton is my favorite character to write because he’s the most real for me. He wasn’t part of the series until my teenage son suggested that I add him. One of the things I enjoy writing about him is how much he loves life and embraces living to the fullest. Perhaps that’s because he was once made of stone.


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      misty103 2 years ago

      Your secret is safe with me:)

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      Amy Neftzger 2 years ago

      Newton is secretly my favorite, also. Please don't tell the other characters in the book!