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The Wizard by Gene Wolfe
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Dec 24, 2008

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

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 a delight for Wolfe's writing, especially for the characters and settings he has placed them in. Its focus on Able's development provides a clearer plot. The second book, The Wizard is a wonderful return to this world, but I feel like Wolfe's plotting is not as sure, that he loses track of certain of the wonderful characters, and too many scenes feel rushed through. If he had left the story at the conflict with the Angrborn (the giants) that dominates the first half of the book and finished his tale in a third book it might have felt more complete and less hurried. That said it too is a delightful book.

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