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The Wizard

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The wizard knight is in the rare company of those works that spring from the myth and literature of past ages. A teenager passed from Earth to a magical realm of seven worlds, where he was soon given a hero's adult body and the name Able. Forced to act as a man, inside he remained a boy, even as he set off to find his destined sword and become a knight. In "The Wizard", Sir Able returns to the world of Myth-garthr following his fight with the dragon Grengarm. Twenty years older, with a unicorn steed named Cloud, Able has special magical powers he was sworn not to use, in return for the hope of meeting his beloved elf queen again. He battles giants; meets gods, heroes, and a sorceress who tries repeatedly to seduce him; and serves the mercurial dragon king Arnthor in a final war with the Osterlings.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 33.78mm | 539.77g
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765314703
  • 9780765314703
  • 589,295

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"A major work by the author most frequently hailed as the premier living master of the form." "Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic." "Wolfe''s words wash over the reader with transparent grace....This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational." "The Wizard is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book."--David Drake "The Knight"" and "The Wizard," included on" "Publishers Weekly" "The Best Books of 2004" Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre. "-SciFi Weekly" on "The Wizard Knight" There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as &I, "The Wizard Knight" is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it. I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature. "The Knight"" and "The Wizard," included on""Publishers Weekly" "The Best Books of 2004" "Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational." --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as I, The Wizard Knight is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it." --Booklist

"The Wizard is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it repays that investment many times over." --David Drake

"Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre." --Romantic Times on The Wizard

"I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature." --SciFi Weekly on The Wizard Knight

"The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy...Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universes, and fortunately his innate sense of humor keeps matters from getting impossibly dense. Even as he trots out the fantasy tropes he both undercuts expectations and fulfills them in each and every page...Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic." --Kirkus Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as I, The Wizard Knight is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it. Booklist

The Wizard is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it repays that investment many times over. David Drake

Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre. Romantic Times on The Wizard

I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature. SciFi Weekly on The Wizard Knight

The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy...Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universes, and fortunately his innate sense of humor keeps matters from getting impossibly dense. Even as he trots out the fantasy tropes he both undercuts expectations and fulfills them in each and every page Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic. Kirkus

" Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational. "Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"

There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as I, "The Wizard Knight" is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it. "Booklist"

"The Wizard" is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it repays that investment many times over. "David Drake"

Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre. "Romantic Times on The Wizard"

I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature. "SciFi Weekly on The Wizard Knight"

The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy...Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universes, and fortunately his innate sense of humor keeps matters from getting impossibly dense. Even as he trots out the fantasy tropes he both undercuts expectations and fulfills them in each and every page Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic. "Kirkus"" "The Knight"" and "The Wizard", included on""Publishers Weekly" "The Best Books of 2004"
"Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational."--"Publishers Weekly", " Starred Review
"There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as &I, "The Wizard Knight" is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it."
"--Booklist"

""The Wizard" is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it repays that investment many times over."--David Drake

"Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre."
--"Romantic Times"" on "The Wizard"

"I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature."
"-SciFi Weekly" on "The Wizard Knight""""The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy...Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universes, and fortunately his innate sense of humor keeps matters from getting impossibly dense. Even as he trots out the fantasy tropes he both undercuts expectations and fulfills them in each and every page...Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic."--"Kirkus "" "The Knight"" and "The Wizard", included on" "Publishers Weekly" "The Best Books of 2004"
"Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational."--"Publishers Weekly", " Starred Review
"There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as &I, "The Wizard Knight" is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it."
"--Booklist"
""The Wizard" is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it The Knight" and The Wizard, included on" Publishers Weekly "The Best Books of 2004""Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational."--Publishers Weekly," Starred Review"There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as &I, "The Wizard Knight" is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it."
"--Booklist"
""The Wizard" is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it repays that investment many times over."--David Drake
"Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre."
--Romantic Times" on "The Wizard"
"I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature."
"-SciFi Weekly" on "The Wizard Knight"

"The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy...Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universes, and fortunately his innate sense of humor keeps matters fromgetting impossibly dense. Even as he trots out the fantasy tropes he both undercuts expectations and fulfills them in each and every page.Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic."--Kirkus" "Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace....This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational." "The Knight and "The Wizard, included on "Publishers Weekly "The Best Books of 2004"
"Wolfe's words wash over the reader with transparent grace and charming playfulness as he spins his profoundly imaginative, metaphysically complex, yet ever-entertaining tale with astonishing naturalness.. . . Wolfe proves one can tell an epic, myth-based story of honor, loyalty, courage and faith relevant to our own dark times. This is fantasy at its best: revelatory and inspirational."--"Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"There is hardly a piece of northern European heroic literature from which Wolfe doesn't borrow with his usual scholarly flare and in his exquisitely turned prose (in Wolfe's hands, even dialect works). Arising from the same sources as &I, "The Wizard Knight is one of the few fantasies that can justly be compared with it."
"--Booklist
""The Wizard is a brilliant Celtic knot of a book. It demands a great deal from the reader, but it repays that investment many times over."--David Drake
"Wolfe excels at developing a standard fantasy coming-of-age story into something fresh and exciting, a must read for every fan of the genre."
--"Romantic Times on "The Wizard
"I...emerged from the reading of this book ready to acknowledge Wolfe's immense skills, passion and ambition. Taken together, these two books are a magnificent achievement in the annals of fantasy literature."
"-SciFi Weekly on "The Wizard Knight" "The grand conclusion to a fantasy two-parter about a knight with the soul of a teenaged boy...Wolfe likes to spin spiderwebs of plot and counterplot inside his impressively constructed universes, and fortunately his innate sense of humor keeps matters fromgetting impossibly dense. Even as he trots out the fantasy tropes he both undercuts expectations and fulfills them in each and every page...Mordant, thrilling, all tangled up in heavy knots of double-crossing and magic."--"Kirkus
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About Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe is the author of two dozen novels and hundreds of short stories. Possibly the most critically acclaimed SF/Fantasy author of our time, he is the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, as well as the Nebula Award (2), the World Fantasy Award (2), the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the British Fantasy Award, and the Prix Apollo. He lives with his wife, Rosemary, in Barrington, IL.
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2,682 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
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4 38% (1,017)
3 24% (645)
2 7% (185)
1 2% (55)
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