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The Wizard: Book Two of The Wizard Knight (The Wizard Knight #2)

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The Wizard: Book Two of The Wizard Knight
Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Tor Books (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
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
(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
Aug 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own
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
Brian Yatman
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stirring, challenging, fantastic, unnerving: classic Wolfe.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Edward Rathke
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
Apr 30, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up, fantasy
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
Jan 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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Jul 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the combination of Celtic legends in the storytelling along with the cosmology based on Norse and Christian concepts. The early and late parts of the story were really enjoyable, but that long middle section in Jotunland was a real drag.

Wolfe has a way of telling you stuff that isn't what he's really telling. It can be intriguing at times but also frustrating when characters are endlessly dancing around a topic.

Reviewing this as a single novel since that's what it is.
Adam Heine
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The conclusion of the Wizard Knight story is both weaker and stronger than its predecessor.

The first 60% of the book is static, taking place in a single locale (Jotunland), and consists mostly of conversations and mild skulduggery around the reception of a diplomatic delegation and the wounding of a king. I found it muddy and draggy, and with the exception of a visit to the curious Room of Lost Loves, lacking in the misty dreaminess that pervades and energizes the first volume. Moreover, most o
This was amazing, but about 200 pages too short. An odd thing to say, but true. Too much happened too quickly in the second half of the book. An extra book might have been warranted. Still, this series is comparable in quality to The Book of the New Sun, and that's saying a lot.
Edson Charikinya
I struggled through the second one and was glad when the story ended. Conversations between characters are one dimensional and very boring.
Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rex Bradshaw
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, to-reread
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
Perry Whitford
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, rereadable, epic
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Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book definitely did have some extremely memorable and cool parts, on the whole I just don't think it's anywhere near as good as The Knight. Wolfe's trademark somewhat stilted dialogue made for long, tedious sections where the less interesting characters have uninteresting conversations with one another, bogging down the action, which is the greatest asset in this atypically straightforward Wolfe duology.

It's certainly interesting to see Wolfe try his hand at more standard high fantas
Dec 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
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
William K.
Dec 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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