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WaR: Wizards and Robots by will.i.am and Brian David Johnson #Review #SciFi #Fantasy #Robots #Magic #TimeTravel

Title: WaR: Wizards and Robots 

Author: will.i.am and Brian David Johnson

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK Children’s, Puffin

Published: January 25th, 2018

Pages: 272

Rating: 3.5/5

“There is no end . . . The past is the present is the future.”

This story is set in three different time periods but is essentially an endeavour to thwart enemies by using knowledge, skills and talents from the different times. However, that really is an over simplistic way of describing this action packed story of wizards and robots endeavouring to protect the Earth and mankind from an alien invasion . . . .

Events in all three time periods are portrayed as separate threads which become interwoven as key events and characters influence and connect. The key character is Ada Luring, the teenage daughter of Sara Luring who invented the first robot with artificial intelligence, a robot who was able to learn, adapt and so much more. A robot from a future time travels to find and protect her and a wizard from a past era also travels through time to seek Ada and her mother you just know life is never going to be simple again!

This is a magical and technological adventure with very different characters learning to work together to overcome their mutual enemies. It is a unique mix of so many science fiction and fantasy elements blended to create a fast paced dystopian world and a battle of good v evil. The writing is engaging, flowing well and keeping the reader eager to learn more. However, initially I found it somewhat confusing as I couldn’t see how the disparate events related to each other and, even though I’ve now finished reading it, there are still some unanswered questions (such as where did the aliens originate and why did they attack Earth?). I did like how the different characters reacted and related to each other and especially with Ada. Overall I found it an entertaining read and recommend it to anyone who enjoys science fiction or fantasy stories with gadgets galore and magical powers, too!

I requested and received a copy of this novel via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.


An explosive action-adventure novel created by will.i.am and renowned futurist Brian David Johnson. Wizards are real, robots from the future are here, and the fate of our world rests in the hands of one unsuspecting teenager. When a young man breaks into her home claiming her life is in danger, Ada Luring’s world changes forever. Geller is a wizard, on the run from his father’s hidden clan who want to kill Ada and her mother. Sara Luring is the scientist who will create the first robot, the wizards’ age-old foes. But a robot has travelled back in time to find Ada, and will lay everything on the line to protect her, as she may just be the key to preventing the earth’s destruction in the future. Ada, Geller and the robots must learn to work together to change the past and secure the future. But they don’t have much time before a mysterious enemy launches its attack on Earth…  

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