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The Wordsmiths and the Warguild (Chronicles of an Age of Darkness #2)

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  186 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Fiction, Fantasy
Paperback, 316 pages
Published 1988 by Corgi
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Dan Schwent
While on the run from an arranged marriage, Togura Poulaan accidentally kills a monster and is mistaken for a great hero. The Wordsmiths, an organization of wizards, send him on a quest to solve the mystery of the Odex, a shiny disc that seems to be a magical treasure chest, frequently vomiting forth treasure, monsters, and refuse. After a disastrous ball, Togura's young lover disappears into the Odex. Can Togura figure out a way to get her out and lose his festering virginity?

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Jul 21, 2011 Ed rated it it was amazing
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I just spent 20 minutes writing a proper review of this, only for Goodreads to cruelly delete it when I clicked save.

Anyway, to sum up, this is a brilliant, picaresque farce reminscent of Terry Pratchett, but with a weird and horrifying core that gives it its own unique flavour.

The story revolves around Tongura Poulaan, a minor noble in a dull backwater, whose hapless attempts to avoid an arranged marriage lead to him being embroiled in a quest not of his own choosing with tragic and hilarious
Feb 26, 2011 Daniel rated it really liked it
The subtitle of this tale is "the Questing Hero," and the protagonist, Togura Poulaan, does find a quest, and even commits to pursuing it. Then a series of weird and chance events take him far from everything he knows, and romp trumps quest for most of the remainder of the book. Under Cook's guidance, this means monsters and strange peoples with even stranger - and, for visitors, sometimes mortally dangerous - traditions, exotic lands, and times of terrible trial; in short: a fun and crazy story ...more
Ceri Sambrook
Sep 29, 2016 Ceri Sambrook rated it really liked it
I'm cheating and using this reveiw for all Hugh Cook's Chronicles of an Age of Darkness.
Take almost every fantasy cliche and trope you can think of and give it to Eddings or Jordan and you get 'The Belgariad' or 'The Wheel of Time'- entertaining enough but otherwise souless pap. Give them however to Hugh Cook and you get your tiny mind blown. He turns everything on its head like no other author before or after him. Wizards, magic bottles, monsters and heroes are used in such a fresh imaginative
Oct 25, 2013 Zivan rated it it was amazing
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This is my first Hugh Cook book. I was very pleasantly surprised.
This is grown up Fantasy, without the fluff of fairy tales.

The protagonist Tagura reminds me of the Discworld's Rincewind but more realistic and without The Luggage to bail him out.
He is an anti hero in an anti fantasy adventure.

I was really disappointed to find that not a single Hugh Cook book is available on
Apr 06, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-noir
Cover An underrated jewel of fantasy, ahead of its time.

A young man, scarcely more than a boy, is swept up in a quest to save his love. On the way he will encounter betrayal and treachery, wizards and dragons, barbarians and war, pirates and ninjas. Could there be a better model for pulp fantasy?

Well, possibly we could have a boy with a sword and a birthmark and an evil overlord. To be sure the main character, Togura Poulaan, fits the bill of being a boy more or less, for while in some societies (a
Philip Armstrong
Apr 19, 2012 Philip Armstrong rated it really liked it
Climax? We don't need no stinkin climax in our revisionist examination of quest fantasy.
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Hugh Cook was a cult author whose works blend fantasy and science fiction. He is best known for his epic series The Chronicles of an Age of Darkness.

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