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Wizard World (The Changeling Saga #1-2 omnibus)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  446 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
"Formerly published in parts as Changeling and Madwand."
Mass Market Paperback, 411 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Baen Books (first published October 1989)
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Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Two books are included in this volume, "The Changling" & "Madwand". I'm very tempted to suggest that you buy & read the first & never read the second. Not that it isn't good, but it leaves you hanging & Zelazny died, so this story will never be finished. The first can stand alone. The second leaves you dying for a third that we'll never see.

The world is one where magic rules & it connects to other worlds, such as one where technology rules. In 'The Changeling', children are s
Jon Carroll
Apr 23, 2015 Jon Carroll rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a tough book to review. To begin with I love the author so its hard for me to be objective here. Had it been written by anyone else I would have given it two stars. I was barely able to finish it (which would have been a one star rating) but I felt I owed it to Zelazny to finish so I powered through.

To begin with you should know this book collects two shorter novels: Changeling and Madwand, and walks a fine line between pure fantasy and pseudo science fiction, its a tricky blend to pull
Miles Sterrett
Sep 18, 2014 Miles Sterrett rated it liked it
Man. I love Roger Zelazny, but as another reviewer (off-site) said, the first book in this duo doesn't seem like a Zelazny joint at all, and the last book seems like a cheap Zelazny clone.

However, it gets clear up to 3 stars because I still _wanted_ to finish it. I still enjoyed the story, if not how it was presented on the whole. It still had some really cool moments. I mean, it has a couple wizard duels, and a 6-wizard battle. It also "invents" the term "madwand" (magic comes naturally, genet
Dec 05, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is two novellas (and it was apparently supposed to be a trilogy) combined into one book about Dan Chain – or Pol Detson as he quickly becomes known – the son of a wizard who was traded for as a baby from a non-magical world. At 18 he’s traded back into the magical world because he’s the only one powerful enough to stop his step-brother (the baby he was originally traded for) from becoming an evil dictator and destroying everything that’s good. It lacks emotional depth and parts of the first ...more
Dim Ether
Aug 17, 2014 Dim Ether rated it it was ok
Read "The Changeling" more than ten years ago and completely forgot about it. Then, some parts of its plot came back to me and it took me quite a while to identify which book they belonged to. As with many teenage crushes, it didn't taste even close that good on second reading. But accidentally led me to read "Madwand" of which existence I was not aware. I'd say it's a bit better than "The Changeling" because it has some interesting trains of thought in it but in general has the same childish na ...more
Christopher Dodd
May 22, 2008 Christopher Dodd rated it liked it
This is actually two books in a series. Changeling and Madwand.

Neither was quite what I expected, but Zelazny is not what I would call a predictable author. These novels reminded me of the Zelazny's second Princes of Amber series.

What I like about Zelazny's series (that I have read) is that while the first book stands on its own and is enjoyable, in subsequent novels he builds on his worlds and characters with dynamic new ideas. He isn't the tightest plotter and you can almost see the crazy id
Koby Carissi
Jan 29, 2015 Koby Carissi rated it it was amazing
I really liked the two books.
The first one, had a kinda slow start, but picked up pretty quick, with Dan (Pol) coming back into his world and gaining his full powers.
The adventures is fast paced, energetic in typical Zelazny style.
The second book has a more mature flair to it, as the ideas presented in the first books 'took root' in Zelazny's mind, and he formulated it more clearly.
Some very nice touches (SPOILERS!!!)

The Curse, The Magic System (Strands/Bands), Wizards' Duels, Madwand (the enti
Aug 30, 2014 Kathi rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Zelazny's prose is delightful and there were parts of this book I really enjoyed--in fact, most of it. I just found the ending to be not satisfying.
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Probably the best example of Science Vs. Magic book of Zelazny, but it's not really his finest.
Will Whatley
Nov 02, 2008 Will Whatley rated it did not like it
Shelves: owned
Could finish it.

Is this the same guy who wrote--well, anything else he wrote?
Sep 22, 2011 Havva rated it liked it
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The first two parts of an unfinished trilogy. Still a fun read.
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Roger Zelazny made his name with a group of novellas which demonstrated just how intense an emotional charge could be generated by the stock imagery of sf; the most famous of these is A Rose for Ecclesiastes in which a poet struggles to convince dying and sterile Martians that life is worth continuing. Zelazny continued to write excellent short stories throughout his career. Most of his novels dea ...more
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