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Czarnoksiężnik (The Wizard Knight #2)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  2,320 ratings  ·  85 reviews
II tom cyklu "Rycerz Czarnoksiężnik". Porywająca, nasycona uczuciami, a zarazem cudownymi zdarzeniami, tajemnicami i intrygami opowieść rycerska, której przesłaniem jest pochwała magicznej mocy miłości i przyjaźni. Obie części cyklu należą do nielicznych powieści fantasy, które można porównać z Władcą Pierścieni. Gene Wolfe, ur. w 1931 r., uznawany jest za jednego z najważ ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 18th 2009 by Wydawnictwo Dolnośląskie (first published 2004)
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Wolfe is a flawed genius. I read this book and it's prequel in 48 hours while I with laid up with a cold. It is easily one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. I would put it an a shelf next to Lord of the Rings and Alice in Wonderland. While it's achievements are incredible it's shortcomings are equally enourmous. Wolfe as usual has created an enormous and breath takingly realized world. One that is vivid and recognizable as well as wondrous and strange as fantasy should be.

His prose, di
Michael Roetzel
The Wizard continues (and finishes?) the heroic journey began in The Knight. The reader has already watched Able transform himself into a knight, and so that plot is done and not continued here. Instead we find at the outset that Able truly died at the end of the last book, and has been in Skai perfecting his knightly skills. He returns as a being of truly vast power, inherent in his person, his servants, and his magical arms and armor. I think it's important to understand that. In the first boo ...more
So upon further pondering... this book is certainly 4 stars. I don't know why I was grading it harder for certain, but looking back I would have to bring down a lot of other books to feel like I was properly grading these things.

And as for my claims on the main character... umm, false. It is a way to read it perhaps, but it really doesn't fit. I next jumped to Able (the main character) is to Wolfe as Prince Myshkin is to Dostoevsky. But this is rather presumptuous on my end (presumptu
(Contains spoilers) A wonderful meld of Norse and Arthurian mythology that I enjoyed very much, the sequel to The Knight, in which a now matured and experienced Sir Able returns from Skai to resume his quest for Queen Disiri. Battles with Frost giants, dragons, invading Eastern hordes, and drauger (living dead) amid political intrigues and inner journeys, all tied together with a varying degrees of existentialism. Having read the reviews of others, I think Wolfe's often laconic, understated pros ...more
Althea Ann
The Knight - Gene Wolfe
The Wizard - Gene Wolfe

One story, two books.
I expected to LOVE these - I'd really been anticipating reading them.
But - I didn't love them. I tried, but I just didn't.
For one thing, this story uses the exact same gimmick as Wolfe's The Book of the Short Sun trilogy (you are reading book written for an unseen, not-present person). Not only that, I am sorry, but the narrator has the EXACT SAME VOICE as in that other book. It is written as the exact same character, even though
So last night at midnight I had 57 pages left in this book, but I had to get up in the morning at 6:30. So what did I do? Wolfe didn't leave me much choice as I was sucked into the story and ended up finishing it last night around 1:15am.

Wolfe is such a compelling storyteller and this book was wonderful. A great fantasy book that feels fresh and new while incorporating that which makes fantasy fantasy. Not only is it fantasy, but he talks a lot about honor and what it really means to be a knigh
Edward Rathke
So very great. Incredibly impressed by this, and it's crazy different from the first book. While The Knight is extremely episodic, tied together mostly by character and setting. At times it felt like a serialised novel, in that there were links between chapters, but those didn't seem as important to the chapter you're reading. This, of course, is used to great effect. All the details return and compile and so on.

Anyrate, the Wizard, the second book, is almost the exact opposite. It's more narra
THE WIZARD is the second half of "The Wizard Knight", Gene Wolfe's fantasy novel in two volumes. I read THE KNIGHT when it came out and was deeply disappointed by it, enough so that I stopped following Wolfe's work. But as I recently came across a copy of the work's completion, I decided to press on nevertheless.

As THE WIZARD opens, Sir Able returns to Mythgarthr from Skai. 20 years have passed for him in that higher sphere, but only a couple of days for the embassy to the Giants. Most of the n
Joshua Bryant
After the first book (and considering the name change), I expected a rather dramatic turnaround and some important self-discovery by the main character. Not really. Magic plays a very minor part in this series, and despite being called "The Wizard," this book might have less magic than the first. There was plot development, but it was very slow and meandering. About of a third of the book was told without the narrator's presence, and I don't think any of those scenes held my interest.

The excitem
Adam Heine
Great ending. I still don't know what to make of everything, but then that's normal with Gene Wolfe. I'm glad I read it.
William K.
I have come to love Able and his host of friends, servants, pets, lords, gods, and even enemies. After being sucked into the grim, hopeless world of Westeros for a few years, I found Gene Wolfe's seven-fold fantasy world to be a huge breath of fresh air. Although there is still ignorance, vice, and greed to be found aplenty among the people in these books, there is also redemption, generosity, and change for the better. Chivalry and honor are practically living characters in this story and can b ...more
Shuvom Ghose
what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean what does it m ...more
Rex Bradshaw
Though I do not read much contemporary fantasy, I picked up The Wizard Knight because of Wolfe, and I am glad I did. Wolfe uses myth and even popular fantasy tropes in an irreducibly original way. The cosmos he presents takes its forms from the myths and folklore of northern Europe, the romantic corpus of the Middle Ages, Catholic theology, and British Faerie writers such as George MacDonald, but his synthesis is wholly his own. It is populated by vivid creatures alternately beautiful and terrif ...more
There is an approach that Gene Wolfe takes that is simple in concept but seems overwhelming to the readers.

The Wizard Knight series has everything that a fantasy reader would desire, Brave Knights, mischievous Elves, talking Dragons, multiple plains of existence, even pirates. The story is focused on Able, a young boy from American that wanders to another world while lost in the forest. His adventures are not of one good versus evil trek, but to become a man or in his case a noble Knight only t
The second book in this duology was not quite as gripping as the first. The world building is still magnificent, and Able gets to see the rest of the levels above and below, which would have been a wasted opportunity to explore if he hadn’t. His trip to see the Most Low God still gives me chills. But the story drags in the middle, and despite the magnificent ending, this novel can’t quite reach the heights of the first.

The plot stalls in certain locations and we spend too many chapters where ver
Perry Whitford
Having slew the dragon GrenGarm at the end of The Knight and being welcomed into Skai by the Valfather, Sir Able of the High Heart returns to Mythgarthr a wizard, brought back by his love for Disiri the Aelf Queen, keen to serve King Arnthor against the encroachments of the Frost Giants in the north and against the marauding, cannibalistic Osterlings in the east.

Assisted by the same band of friends as before and further aided by a new one, Cloud, a magical grey mare from Odin's own stable, Sir A
In The Knight Gene Wolfe has created another complete world, familiar to us (and thus easier to enter than with some of his other books) but also foreign. It begins in medieval history and folklore, heavy with Norse mythology, but expands in Wolfe's hands. The main character Able is a knight, who will become a great hero. In his ambling journey he makes many friends who aid him in his quest to find the sword Eterne and earn a place with his love Disiri. The first story is self-contained and is ...more
Benjamin Kahn
I should preface this review by saying that I read this book about a month after The Knight. I hadn't realized that the second novel was a continuation of the first novel rather than a sequel, and although I tried to get The Wizard right away, circumstances conspired to prevent it. In the interim, I had read about 10 other novels, so the story of the first book wasn't fresh in my mind when I started the second.

All this to say that I was a little confused when I began this novel. I didn't know wh
Okay, I have only looked at the first, and read a few pages. I thought I'd see what was going on with this one first...
The answer is, incomprehensible nonsense, that grows tired by about the third paragraph. There are a few books that work with a vernacular style of writing. Pilgerman, A Clockwork Orange and Feersun Endgin come to mind. But characters portrayed only by their wonky way of talking are usually tiresome. Pratchett makes good use of it in the odd character.
But when it is the main pro
Not sure about this one at all. It was very complicated and original, and I feel I should have liked it, but I found it very hard going. The Wizard is the sequel to The Knight, in the reverse-named series the Wizard Knight (why not the Knight Wizard?) As you may remember, in the first book, a teenage boy from the US is transported to a new land and becomes a knight, killing a dragon as the high end-point of that first novel. Now in the Wizard, he returns. Confusingly, while he may be the titular ...more
The Wizard is my fifth Wolfe, following the prequel The Knight and the New Sun series. I had read a few reviews prior to reading this (one reason why I use Goodreads) and I was aware of the slow chapters revolving around the Frost Giants.

Having finished this book I can agree, but would like to offer some explanation, other than Wolfe becoming bored and suddenly changing his plans for the book(s). The book is written from memory, once Able has decided to follow Dissari to Aelfrice. Memory would
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Overall this series was a disappointment. I thought the story felt haphazard and lacked focus--shifting from one world to another or one set of characters to another very suddenly. I've heard others describe this particular quirk as being dream-like, but it didn't read that way to me--it wasn't quite haphazard enough to capture the strange logic of dreams but too haphazard to seem realistic. The strange shifts were infrequent enough, also, that it sometimes felt less than intentional (although i ...more
A really good followup to The Knight. At the end of The Knight, Able is killed fighting a dragon and is accepted into the halls of "Heaven" (a plane of existence based on Valhalla). His love for an Elf Queen is so strong, though, that he's compelled to abandon his place there and return to Mythgarthr (our plane), where he helps former comrades fight giants and wild humans that ravage the land. It sounds like standard fantasy fare, but again Wolfe injects so much complexity and poetry into the pl ...more
I had a lot of fun reading the last 1/3 or so of this book, which is making me want to rate it 4 stars right now...but if I think back to a few weeks, it's not so hard to remember that I was forcing myself to read it in the beginning. After the exciting conclusion of The Knight, it was kind of a bummer to see so much of the book sunk into the Jotunland plot, which I honestly wasn't very interested in. Things picked up, and I very much enjoyed the development of Toug, Baki, Mani, and other charac ...more
Norman Howe
Book two of "The Wizard Knight" is proving to be as engaging as Book one"," "The Knight". Wolfe has taken situations and characters from Scandinavian Mythology and adapted them to create a completely believable world.I've always found Gene Wolfe's books to be incredibly dense in dialogue and imagery. It's delightful to see his style being applied to the Swords and Sorcery genre.
This is the follow-up the Wolfe's The Knight, and it did everything that I could have hoped for in a book and then even more. If you don't read this book you are missing out on an experience that can forever bless and curse you. Bless because it is so well written and the story ends so magnificently that it literally brings joy, and cursed because every book that doesn't live up to its standards will be thought less of because it didn't make the same cut.

I just want to add something to the way t
I loved it. It might be the best Wolfe I've ever read. It's also the slowest (perhaps excepting the Book of the Short Sun, and that's slow because the plot is slow). This book felt a lot more meditative to me, which I really enjoyed. And as much as we've glimpsed Wolfe's ideas about the nature of our own world in his other works, this book creates an entirely new metaphysics which I absolutely loved. It's worth it just for his explanations of good and evil, creation, hell, etc, not to mention th ...more
This was a disappointment after the wonderfulness which was the first volume. It's almost five hundred pages, and the first few hundred are quite painfully tedious. The tediousness starts with pages and pages of nearly unreadable dialect, the dialect of the Knight's followers. Then there are pages and pages about the Knight (Wizard's)experiences in the land of the giants. The way he describes the giants is really unpleasant: they are an "inferior race" with no redeeming qualities. There is not a ...more
David Robins
I pushed through to the end of this book since it's the second in a series. No wizards in sight. Not really a world or set of characters that grabs the interest. Some good ideas thrown in, some interesting perspectives; technically, many points; but didn't bring it home.
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Gene Wolfe is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith, to which he converted after marrying a Catholic. He is a prolific short story writer and a novelist, and has won many awards in the field.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award is given by SFWA for ‘lifetime achievement in science fict
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