The Wizard (Wizard Knight Series #2)

The Wizard (Wizard Knight Series #2)

by Gene Wolfe

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Overview

A novel in two volumes, The Wizard Knight is in the rare company of those works which move past the surface of fantasy and drink from the wellspring of myth. Magic swords, dragons, giants, quests, love, honor, nobility-all the familiar features of fantasy come to fresh life in this masterful work.

The first half of the journey, The Knight — which you are advised to read first, to let the whole story engulf you from the beginning — took a teenage boy from America into Mythgarthr, the middle realm of seven fantastic worlds. Above are the gods of Skai; below are the capricious Aelf, and more dangerous things still. Journeying throughout Mythgarthr, Able gains a new brother, an Aelf queen lover, a supernatural hound, and the desire to prove his honor and become the noble knight he always knew he would be.

Coming into Jotunland, home of the Frost Giants, Able — now Sir Able of the High Heart —claims the great sword Eterne from the dragon who has it. In reward, he is ushered into the castle of the Valfather, king of all the Gods of Skai.

Thus begins the second part of his quest. The Wizard begins with Able's return to Mythgathr on his steed Cloud, a great mare the color of her name. Able is filled with new knowledge of the ways of the seven-fold world and possessed of great magical secrets. His knighthood now beyond question, Able works to fulfill his vows to his king, his lover, his friends, his gods, and even his enemies. Able must set his world right, restoring the proper order among the denizens of all the seven worlds.

The Wizard is a charming, riveting, emotionally charged tale of wonders, written with all the beauty one would expect from a writer whom Damon Knight called "a national treasure." If you've never sampled the works of the man Michael Swanwick described as "the greatest writer in the English language alive today," the two volumes of The Wizard Knight are the perfect place to start.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765314703
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 10/01/2005
Series: Wizard Knight Series , #2
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 577,748
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.06(d)

About the Author

Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) was the Nebula Award-winning author of The Book of the New Sun tetralogy in the Solar Cycle, as well as the World Fantasy Award winners The Shadow of the Torturer and Soldier of Sidon. He was also a prolific writer of distinguished short fiction, which has been collected in such award-winning volumes as Storeys from the Old Hotel and The Best of Gene Wolfe.

A recipient of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award, and six Locus Awards, among many other honors, Wolfe was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007, and named Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012.

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The Wizard (Wizard Knight Series #2) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After decades of reading this genre this is the first time I have offered a review. I feel complelled because I thought Gene Wolf was a terrific author. but this book is very disappointing. Its precurser, The Knight, was also seriously flawed but it had the promise of tying up threads in this sequel. Nearly all the characters are thinly drawn, appearing and disappearing without much importance. The seven world levels are critical to the plot and frequently referenced, but their significance 'and design' is inadequately explained and endlessly confusing. Storylines dangle throughout with little resolution. For example, Sir Able is occasionally reminded he is dead, and once or twice seems to acknowledge it, yet he fights on with no clarification whether he is dead and why that was important in the first place. He clearly is not dead like the spectres who appear when he draws the sword Eterne. It is hard to believe Gene Wolfe really wrote this stinkeroo. I felt obligated to read it through because of Mr. Wolfe's eminence.
Threlicus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A very tricky, but rewarding read. Like all of Wolfe, it is filled with major events that happen in a single sentence or even none at all, where the reader is expected to have understood what happens because of something foreshadowed chapters ago. This can be both frustrating, if you miss it, or rewarding when you get it. Not a book to be read when tired, for sure.I don't think I fully understand the ending, or how the story, which all takes place in Wolfe's 7-fold world around Mythgarthr, interacts with the life of the American boy who is the narrator and his brother (who is also a character in the book). This would probably profit from a reread, but I expect I will be going back to the Book of the New Sun as a reread first.
lewispike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's amazing, truly amazing.Gene Wolfe takes what ought to be a simple story and makes it rock with twists, turns, betrayals, action, fun, love and more.Neil Gaiman's review: read this or the cool people will laugh at you sums it up for me - and don't you want to be one of the people that Neil Gaiman just might think is cool?
saltmanz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a little bit of a letdown from The Knight. The first half dragged for me, but thankfully it picked up again in the second half. Definitely a must-read if you've read and enjoyed the first book, and overall a worthwhile series.
galacticus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I thought the book bogged down at times. Many of the characters and situations are extremely enjoyable, at times the writing is captivating, but the book is disjointed. I did not get the ending and the immense battle. It's like the bad guy came out of nowhere.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This being the second Gene Wolfe book I have read, I now understand what his fans mean when they describe his particular narrative style. It is something akin to dark and otherworldly dreaminess. Nothing important is intricately detailed when you expect it to be. This is a quality I found alluring and refreshing compared to more forceful authors who find it necessary to cram the plot points down your throat.As the follow up to The Knight, the first half of the book was little tedious and I found myself needing to take a break for a week before I felt up to coming back to it. I'm glad I did, because the last half was very rewarding, but not necessarily revealing.The substance of this story draws a lot from Scandinavian and Saxon myth. This is made all the more interesting however by the way it is delivered. These small details are mainly presented briefly as a fleeting sentence here or there. Given that, I would probably find these two books more rewarding if I read a few primers on Norse mythology. The most intriguing element of the book is the young narrator and the story being told in the form of a letter. There are a multitude of very subtle connections between the grand mythical world the story is set in and the American life the narrator is from. I won't spoil anything, but the last paragraph of this book gave me cause to reflect at length on the entire two books and to ponder the point of storytelling. In the end, I would recommend this book, and its predecessor The Knight, for readers who enjoy a curious story which requires the reader to speculate often. This story is by no means clearly laid out for quick consumption, and for this I found it quite entertaining.
Daedalus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As of now I'm giving this book 4 1/2 stars. Upon further readings I may have to up it to 5. I cannot think of a better living author in the Fantasy genre than Gene Wolfe.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gene Wolfe brings the genre back to life with this timelessly brilliant story. I can't begin to recommend this book enough the characters feel as real as any I've ever encountered, and the plot fairly hums with action and depth. Although reading it requires much more attention and focus than many of its mindless cousins in the fantasy genre, the dedicated reader will set the book down wanting only to read the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of norse theology and culture than the Wizard is a must read. While it isn't quite as good as the Knight it comes very close. Gene Wolfe is an excellent author and captures the reader with his simple yet imaginitive story telling.
Rdclark More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a wonderful fantasy read, this is it!