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Wizards: From Merlin to Faust

(Myths and Legends #9)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  20 reviews
From the wise and mysterious soothsayer with his long grey beard to the deathless necromancer practicing his dark magics in a forgotten dungeon, wizards have captured our imaginations since the earliest days of human storytelling, presenting us with some of our greatest heroes and villains. This book collects the tales of the most interesting, popular, and important spell- ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published May 20th 2014 by Osprey Publishing (first published January 1st 2014)
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Kerry Hunter
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, reviewed
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

"From the wise and mysterious soothsayer with his long grey beard to the deathless necromancer practicing his dark magics in a forgotten dungeon, wizards have captured our imaginations since the earliest days of human storytelling, presenting us with some of our greatest heroes and villains. This book collects the tales of the most interesting, popular, and important spell-casters from history
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Jessica Strider
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
Pros: covers several wizards, lots of good information

Cons: too short!

Like the other books in Osprey’s Myths and Legends series, Wizards is a great jumping off point for further research on the topic. The book covers a variety of wizards throughout history, first through an engaging story and then explaining what we know about the historical person or people that gave rise to the myths. Some of the wizards you’ll encounter in this collection are Hermes, Virgil, Zhang Guo Lao, Nicholas Flamel and
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Jeff
Jan 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Some nice stories I hadn't read before, and a bibliography I hope to look into more closely.
Elnaz
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mythology
I found this book very interesting since I really love magical and mythical things or anything related to these subjects. The book was short, but informative. I learned many things that I didn't know before. The style of writing is simple and fun. It's not that hard to read specially if English is your second language.
This is definitely a book that I'm willing to read over and over again.
Joe Collins
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gaming, history-other
Covers the legends and possible sources of the legends of various wizards over the course of history.
Jane
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Not bad. A good overview of wizards and alchemy through the ages.
Cape Rust
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wizards From Merlin to Faust is a Magical Adventure Through History and Mythology

by Cape Rust · May 16, 2014




Wizards From Merlin to Faust: Myths and Legends 9 by David McIntee

Genere(s): History, Myth, Fiction, Legends
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Description: From the wise and mysterious soothsayer with his long grey beard to the deathless necromancer practicing his dark magics in a forgotten dungeon, wizards have captured our imaginations since the earliest days of human storytelling, presenting
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Pop Bop
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Abra-ca-dabra, (Aramaic: "I create - what - I speak")

Osprey Publishing has an interesting series, almost a mini-imprint, titled "Myths and Legends". (Osprey is a military history publisher based in Oxford, but it is apparently branching out beyond its histories of specific army and military units.) A while ago I read their "Robin Hood", written by Neil Smith, and very much enjoyed his handling of Robin Hood as a figure of legend, literature and history. I gather there are many other books in the
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Chris
Disclaimer: ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange for a review. Additionally, not all pictures were included in the ARC. Those included were nicely chosen, but other than that I can’t say much about the illustrations.

Long before Harry Potter ever set in Hogwarts, wizards had entrenched themselves in the imagination. Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome all had their wizards, whether it be the son of a pharaoh or the writer accused of inscrolling his wife.

This book takes a look at the wizards of histor
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Authentic Hobbit
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: Received from Netgalley in exchange for a review.

Wizards: From Merlin to Faust is a book that acts as a sort of short history book for mythical and legendary wizards. It explains in detail some of the wizards that are known throughout the world, starting with early wizards such as Dedi, and ends with later wizards such as Johann Georg Faust.

The author divided the book into different sections that represent wizards from different time periods. He told us of the Original Wizards, the
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Sean
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: ARC copy from Netgalley.

Wizards: From Merlin to Faust, by David McIntee, is an interesting introduction book regarding the history of wizards in society. From the description: "From the wise and mysterious soothsayer with his long grey beard to the deathless necromancer practicing his dark magics in a forgotten dungeon, wizards have captured our imaginations since the earliest days of human storytelling, presenting us with some of our greatest heroes and villains. This book collects
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DelAnne Frazee
Jun 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Title: Wizards From Merlin To Faust - Myths and Legends
Author: David McIntee
Illustrator: Mark Stacey
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Published: 5-20-2014
ISBN: 9781472803399
E-Book: B00IQQUVZ4
Pages: 83
Genre: Myths & Legends
Tags: Magic
Overall Rating: Very Good
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Reviewer: DelAnne

Wizards is a book that tells a brief story about different Wizards through the ages. From Dedi of the time of the Egyptian Pharaohs to 1400's Faust of Europe. The contemporary wizards today ar
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MeriBeth
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: middle school readers
Shelves: history, netgalley
Disclaimer: Received from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.

Name a famous wizard, go on, any famous wizard. If you're a teenager, it was likely any of the characters from Harry Potter. For those of us a bit older, it could have been Rupert Giles or Ethan Rayne from the Buffyverse. Unless, of course, you cut your teeth on the classics of fantasy, then you named the most famous wizard of all... Merlin. Yet, those are all legends - modern or ancient - and not real men at all.

This book endeav
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Wayne McCoy
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
'Wizards: From Merlin to Faust' is another fun entry in the Myths and Legends series. These short volumes pack a lot of information into a scant 80 pages including some great illustrations.

This volume focuses on literary wizards from history. While the focus is mostly on Western civilization wizards, I enjoyed learning about Zhang Guo Lao as well as his familiar likeness in Asian art. Others in the volume include Virgil, Nicholas Flamel and Hermes. There are references to more modern wizards lik
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Theresa
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wizards: From Merlin to Faust (Myths and Legends #9)
by David McIntee
Wizards are an interesting topic in our day and age. With popular movies like the Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter bringing Wizards into the main stream wizards are getting popular. This book looks at the history, the legends and the truth behind the most hidden of professions. The book looks at the stories of Merlin, Faust, and other historical figures who are known to be wizards. First presenting the legend, the lyrical poe
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Chris Stanley
Aug 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ngk, kindle
Since I love all things mythical and magical, I found this book interesting, informative even, and quite fun. The writing is clear and there is a good mix of subjects. I especially enjoyed learning about the wizards I had no previous knowledge of. I read this on kindle and therefore could not fully appreciate the artwork, but I imagine that a paper copy of the book would reveal some amazing pictures.
I enjoyed reading this book, and it was easy to pick up and put down as the mood took me, and I w
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T.D.
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wizards: From Merlin to Faust (Myths and Legends) was a light, fun read that found the sweet spot between entertainment and research. The overall book was written in an easy style and I enjoyed the juxtaposition between the myth of the wizard and the actual historical individual. The artwork was excellent and I enjoyed not only the illustrations of Mark Stacey but also the old 18th and 19th century illustrations as well. This book is a must read if you have interest in the occult or the supernat ...more
Fantasy Literature
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I’ve been a huge fan of just about all the MYTHS AND LEGENDS series from Osprey Publishing, having given four stars to Troy, Robin Hood, and Thor; and 4.5 to King Arthur, with only Jason and the Argonauts standing out as a weak entry in the roll. Until now. The most recent text in the series (for me at least) is called Wizards: From Merlin to Faust, an... Read More: http://www.fantasyliterature.com/revi...
Tabby Shiflett
A small collection of men, historically and mythologically, considered wizards. The illustrations and pictures are great, but get the epub version so you can see them all. Wizards from different time periods and from all over the world are included. This work is introductory.

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Ryan
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very intriguing. I thought this was just going to be another basic books on wizards approiate for the kids or teen collection, but I was greatly suprised at the depth of the stories. This title mixes this depth with great illustrations.
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McIntee has written many spin-off novels based on the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, as well as one each based on Final Destination and Space: 1999. He has also written a non-fiction book on Star Trek: Voyager and one jointly on the Alien and Predator movie franchises. He has written several audio plays, and contributed to various magazines including Dreamwatch, SFX, Star Trek C ...more

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