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The Oathbound Wizard
     

The Oathbound Wizard

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by Christopher Stasheff
 

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Matt Mandrell, unsuspecting graduate student, never imagined his research would lead him to a strange scrap of parchment that would change his life forever. . . .

Crossing the void of time and space, Matt is whisked away to an enchanted world where speaking in rhymes works the most dazzling magic. There he wins not only fame and power as the Lord High Wizard,

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Matt Mandrell, unsuspecting graduate student, never imagined his research would lead him to a strange scrap of parchment that would change his life forever. . . .

Crossing the void of time and space, Matt is whisked away to an enchanted world where speaking in rhymes works the most dazzling magic. There he wins not only fame and power as the Lord High Wizard, but the heart of the beautiful Queen Alisande. His dreams are shattered, though, when he learns that he can't marry his true love; wizard or not, Matt is just a commoner in this bizarre land.

So Matt makes a foolish vow: to conquer a kingdom, any kingdom, if that's what it takes to claim his bride. But, as Matt discovers, in this world of enchantment, such an oath cannot be broken. He has truly committed himself to win a crown or die trying.

In search of lands to conquer, Matt sets his sights on neighboring Ibile, where the evil Gordorgrosso rules with an iron fist and sinister magic. Matt marches off against the tyrant, gathering a small band of unlikely allies, including a surly dracogriff, a well-spoken cyclop, and a damsel in distress. But against Gordogrosso's foul genius, Matt is going to need much more than a few stout-hearted companions and some clever rhymes. . . .

Oathbound Wizard is the newest addition to the Del Rey Imagine program, which offers the best in fantasy and science fiction for readers twelve and up.

For all the fans of the classic Her Majesty's Wizard, here at last is the eagerly awaited sequel--an action-packed, laugh-laden new medieval fantasy. Matt Mantrell's talent for poetry had won him fame, power, and the heart of a beautiful queen. But to win her hand, he would have to conquer a kingdom.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Prevented by his lack of royal blood from marrying the woman he loves, former college student Matt Mantrell--now Court Wizard to Queen Alisande--swears an oath to overthrow a neighboring tyrant and finds himself bound to carry out his promise. Aided by a group of companions, including a neurotic griffin, a cultured cyclops, and minions from heaven and faerie, Matt enters a land of darkness and evil to fight the good--and seemingly impossible--fight. Fans of pure fantasy will enjoy this sequel to
Publishers Weekly
Poetry's magic--real magic--draws Matthew, Lord Wizard of Merovence, deeper into trouble in this sequel to Her Majesty's Wizard . In his alternative world, where words become truth and magic spells are created by verse, Matt's thoughtless declaration that (in order to be a worthy suitor to Alisande, the queen of Merovence) he would unthrone Gordogrosso, evil sorcerer-king of neighboring Ibile, lands him in the middle of that unhappy kingdom. He's joined by Narlh, a discontented dracogriff with a

Product Details

BN ID:
2940015028188
Publisher:
Stasheff Literary Enterprises
Publication date:
07/27/2012
Series:
A Wizard in Rhyme
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
172,048
File size:
530 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Stasheff teacher, thespian, techie, and author of science fiction & fantasy novels. One of the pioneers of "science fantasy," his career spans four decades, 44 novels (including translations into Czech, German, Italian, Russian, and Japanese), 29 short stories, and seven 7 anthologies. His novels are famous for their humor (and bad puns), exploration of comparative political systems, and philosophical undertones.

He has always had difficulty distinguishing fantasy from reality and has tried to compensate by teaching college. When teaching proved too real, he gave it up in favor of writing full time. He tends to pre-script his life, but can't understand why other people never get their lines right. This causes a fair amount of misunderstanding with his wife and four children. He writes novels because it's the only way he can be the director, the designer, and all the actors too.

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The Oathbound Wizard (The Wizard in Rhyme) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
jemilajennifer More than 1 year ago
This has been one of my favorite series for several years now. I am so happy that it is finally coming to Nook!
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DL717 More than 1 year ago
I have loved almost everything that Christopher Stasheff has written. This is the second in the Wizard series (Her Majesty's Wizard is first). And it proves that in a land where oaths are taken very seriously, you should think before you make one. That is the lesson that the main character, Matthew Mantrell needs to learn. A thoroughly enjoyable romp with some serious issues and lots of laughs.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. I liked all the different rhymes and how they effected things. My favorite character was the Dracogriff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Matt, who was a citizen of the U.S.A. before he got transported to Merovence,is now the top Wizard in Marovence. In Marovence oaths that are spoken must be followed, no matter what. So when Matt vows to overthrow the evil king in the West, he has to overthrow the king... Or die trying. Along the way he finds a grumpy dracogriff, meets a cyclops, help rescue a maiden. He also meets old friends and gets trapped by an evil socerror. Does he survive? Will he over throw the evil King? You'll have to read the book. It's full of adventure and magic.