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The Wizard, the second and concluding volume of Gene Wolfe's Wizard Knight duology, is so much more than an epic fantasy about a boy's transformation into a fearless knight in a realm filled with giants, dragons, and mischievous elves. It's a deeply moving existential tale about the important things in life -- namely one's honor.
When a teenage boy from modern-day America suddenly finds himself in Mythgarthr -- the middle realm of a strange universe that contains seven interconnecting worlds -- and is transformed into a hulking knight by an irresistibly beautiful elf queen, he begins a perilous quest to not only retrieve a legendary sword but also to find out what it means to be a hero. In The Wizard, Sir Able of the High Heart is a much-changed man. The teenager stuck inside the body of an adult warrior has slain dragons, defeated nightmarish foes, led armies, and visited numerous fantastical realms. Accompanied by a unicorn steed, a talking cat, a supernatural demon-dog named Gylf, and a small group of unlikely friends, Able is delayed in his quest to somehow reunite with his beloved elf queen by a strict code of honor that forces him to battle frost giants, seductive sorceresses, and egomaniacal kings.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction describes Wolfe as "neither the most popular nor the most influential author in the sf field" but concludes that "[he] is today quite possibly the most important." Science fiction, horror, speculative fiction...and now -- after writing the Wizard Knight duology -- Wolfe can add fantasy to his list of genres mastered. Paul Goat Allen