Fantasy novel | Bort's People by Alistair Potter

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Magic, dragons, drama and adventure... did I mention the dragons? Lots of those! The wizard Zerphal, Bort and Lofti the Dunnit Sprite leap across the void between Nephus and the Harrowen homeworld, Mirt. Each have their reasons; Zerphal, an agent of the Council of Wizards, seeks to discover how his species, the warlike Harrowen, have managed to escape Mirt; Bort, on a mission of hope, to find out if any of his Trollid race, kidnapped and enslaved some 300 years earlier, still survive; and Lofti... well... because a true friend would not allow Bort to make such a journey alone.

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Bort's People

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"I have been lucky enough to review the two previous books in this series, and although your enjoyment of this last may be enhanced by reading them, it is not necessary to have done so to appreciate this latest chronicle. Alistair Potter is an accomplished author able to create credible authentic characters who remain long in one’s memory. Lofti the Dunnit Sprite is a marvellous example, a great character who I sincerely hope we will meet again in future stories. Mr Potter’s inventive plots are a joy and occasionally we get a glimpse of his humanity and concern for the planet and its environment peeking through his immaculate prose. Bort’s People is highly recommended and, if you can, try to read the whole series; you will not regret it." - Charles Remington for Readers’ Favorite

"Bort's People by Alistair Potter is a captivating third entry in The Sunset of Magic series. It is a fantastic tale that combines fantasy and adventure to drive entertainment to readers. Readers are introduced to powerful characters, each on a mission to a very dangerous place, a place fraught with obstacles and dangers. Meet the daring agent of the Council of Wizards, Zerphal, on a mission to find out how the Harrowen, his own kind, could escape the Mirt, the dreaded void. Bort of the Trollid race is about to find out the fate of his own people, kidnapped 300 years ago, accompanied by his sidekick, Lofti. Can these characters succeed in their quests?


I haven’t read any previous books in this series and it was interesting that I never needed to read the other books for me to get into the story. Right off the bat, the reader is pulled in as the author describes the adventure of Lofti in the opening paragraphs of the magical tale. The reader is carried away and plunged into a fascinating world, a well-imagined setting, with characters that are rock-solid, purpose-driven and determined about their mission. One of the things that made the read exciting is the way the author gets the reader worried about the characters. One can’t read this story without the nauseating sense of things going awry any moment soon, and the feeling accompanies the reader throughout the entire story. A lot happens and characters get themselves into very tight situations. It takes a great imagination to craft such scenes and to fashion such characters. The writing is great, the characters memorable, and the plot filled with unpredictable twists. Bort's People is a wonderful adventure with characters that readers will get addicted to." - Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite

"Bort's People by Alistair Potter is a fantasy/action adventure book and the third in The Sunset of Magic series. This is a book that would appeal most to an audience made up of young adults and adults who enjoy fantasy fiction and/or who have enjoyed The Sunset of Magic series. In Bort's People, Bort, Lofti, and Zerphal embark on a journey between Nephus and Mirt. In order to reach their destination, they have to transverse the void between the two worlds and hope that they survive the experience intact and unaltered. Each character has their own reasons for making the journey which has joined them together in this adventure.


Bort's People (The Sunset of Magic Book 3) by Alistair Potter is a well written fantasy that does not waste time on pointless details. Instead, Alistair Potter launched me straight into the adventure right alongside Bort, Lofti, and Zerphal. I personally found Zerphal to be my favorite character. I liked how he was a member of the Council of Wizards and his desire to learn of how his species made their escape from Mirt. While I did enjoy reading Bort's People, I would personally recommend that readers begin with the first book in The Sunset of Magic series so that they fully understand the characters and the plot of the series. I felt like I was missing out by not starting at the beginning! However, that did not detract from my enjoyment of it and instead it only kindled a desire in me to seek out the previous books." - Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite

"Bort’s People by Alistair Potter is the third book in The Sunset of Magic series. Bort is the last of his kind, the last Trollid. Or is he? Three hundred years ago, his race was kidnapped, stolen away by the Harrowen and now Bort is about to make the journey to see if any had survived. The Counsel of Wizards are behind the mission in an attempt to find out why the Harrowen, supposedly restricted to Mirt, their own home planet, had tried to invade a peaceful planet called Nephus. Bort wants to know if there are any more Trollids on Mirt and, together with Zerphal and Lofti, Bort’s best friend, the dangerous mission to Mirt begins. They face danger and great adventure, but will they make it safely? How did the Harrowen get off Mirt and is Bort truly the last Trollid?

Bort’s People (Book 3: The Sunset of Magic Series) by Alistair Potter is every bit as good as the first two books in the series. Again, it will work as a standalone book, but I would urge any reader to read all of the books in order, just to get a true sense of how magical this world is that Alistair Potter has created. Once again, Alistair Potter comes through with his descriptive prose, leading us deep into a world of magic and mystery, of adventure and danger, a world that will draw you in and hold you fast until the tale is done. As with the other books, I was sorely disappointed when the story ended, simply because I wanted to be back there in that world. The characters are incredibly well developed and the story remains as unique as when it began, three books back. This is a great fantasy tale, one that will delight any reader, young or old, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to escape from reality for a while, anyone that wants to get involved in an incredibly well-written journey." - Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

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