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Forbidden Magic

(The Godwars #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  474 ratings  ·  14 reviews
First in an all-new series of magic, myth, and adventure by the author of The Books of the Kingdoms. Rebellious Prince Callandryll secretly accepts a charge from a foreign ambassador to embark on a quest for an ancient book of magic. Callandryll's employer intends to conquer the world--or destroy it.
Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published April 1st 1992 by Spectra (first published 1992)
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Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weaknesses: One-dimensional, stereotypical characters, unrealistic story, primitive dialogs and language, little creativity (fantasy by the numbers).
Strengths: Straight-forward fantasy with clear-cut villains and heros and lots of action, might be enjoyable for undiscerning (young) readers.
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a slow read. The chapters are all 25 pages, give or take a page. That's a really long chapter, and when you know that's how long the next chapter is going to be, you wait until you have time to read the whole thing before opening the book up again. On top of that, Wells did this weird thing where he screwed up grammar in an effort to sound old-fashioned and fantastical, especially in the beginning of the book. In a list, he'd remove the "and" before the final item, whether it was a list ...more
Mi aspettavo di meglio.
Mi aspettavo un libro profondo e complesso, e invece ho trovato un'avventuretta neanche troppo brillante.
Ho faticato a mantenere l'attenzione concentrata sul racconto per praticamente tutta la durata del libro, e il prurito alle mani per la voglia di vedere come andava a finire non l'ho mai sentita.
Ho anche trovato "non adatta" la traduzione di Voglino, è troppo forbita, troppo impegnata...troppo.
Ci sono parti carine, ma anche i personaggi sono un po' superficiali,
Conan Tigard
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Forbidden Magic is a fast-paced fantasy tale with a lot of magic and sword fighting. The characters are well developed and the book reads well. It is a grim world on the brink of war, and a young man finally opens his eyes and sees the world as it really is.

There is a map in the front of the book, something I always enjoy, and the main characters are always on the move. If you like the writings of the Terry Brooks and the Shannara series, or David Eddings and the Belgariad series, you will love
Eric Bingham
Apr 08, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I felt like this book was shallow in its plot, and the character development was not very well done. It just wasn't a very well written book. The adventures failed to keep my interest nearly as much as other fantasy books I've read.
sarah louise
I liked it in high school. that is not necessarily an insult; I think the foreshadowing of plot twists and the interrogation of loyalty in an enjoyable setting were very useful in the development of my reading. they are no longer useful in the development of my reading.
Apr 03, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The typo's are killing me.
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1_novel
I can't wate to read the second one. It read like a good D&D adventure.
Oct 01, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's fantasy, it's fun. Gets me away from the daily grind.
Anna Karlsson
May 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's kind of a cliché-based all-too-typical fantasy novel. But if you don't crave anything too complicated and just want some light reading, I guess it's nice enough :)
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this kind of story so I thought it was good.
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