The Coming of Wisdom
So Wallie became the Goddess' champion -- and promptly found himself on the losing side in a battle against magics far beyond any the priests of the Goddess could hope to sum ...more
In this Seventh Sword sequel, the swordsman is no longer 'reluctant' - Wally Smith refers to himself as Shonsu and he has accepted the role of Goddess Champion, even if he (and the reader) is still clueless about what the mission is actually about. All he has is a 'gnomic utterance': a puzzle in the form of prophecy, and a band of brothers and sisters to help him along. And a World to discover:
Now he was going to be given a chance to see a whole new planet and an ancient and complex cultu ...more
Wallie Smith, chemical engineer now in the body of Shonsu the master swordsman, has a goddess' riddle to work out, and little in the way of hints. But he has a fellowship of able assistants of all stripes, and the best he can do is try to muddle it all out.
The Coming of Wisdom has all of Dave Duncan's usual light fantasy charm and personality, but less in the way of structure and plot. It's a solidly entertaining continuation of the storyline, but not much more, a ...more
This book only has one serious negative- it ends just when the hero solves the riddle. As a result it didn't feel like a complete story. Normally that sort of crap comes across as the author milking his rea ...more
In this book, Wallie and Nnanji (along with Jja and Katanji) meet up with Brota, Tomiyano, and Thana (and the rest of the ramshackle crew ...more
Wallie Smith is staring death in the face; only a miracle can save him. And then one does! The Goddess appears to preserve his soul, but she does much more than that. She promises to bestow upon him a new and powerful body, and, more importantly, to endow him with the fabled Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. But nothing in this world or any other comes without a price. The Goddess demands that, for her services, Wallie become her champion. It will be an honor to ser ...more
Additional plotlines are developed as well as the swordsmen are scrutinized and exposed. Nnanji's childlike idealism becomes tempered by experience but his zeal remains untarnished. And Wallie begins to discern why The Goddess chose him ...more
Second book in the _Seventh Sword_ series. It continues to be fast-pased and quite interesting. The structure of this book is an action-mystery. It turns out that the world that Wallie has been dumped in has sorcerers who seem to be the reason the Goddess has brough Wallie to this world. The question of what they can do, and how it works is the crux of the novel. I love the twist at the end - it's a rare one in fantasy, in my experience - but if I gush about it I'll give away ...more
There is an "innocence" to Mr. Duncan's writing that just makes reading one of his books an exercise in fun light reading. This is no Game of Thrones or Dragonbone Chair. It is a perfect example of the type of light fantasy that 1980's Del Rey excelled in, but Mr. Duncan was a master at it.... and reading one of his books is always a ple ...more
This is the third and final book in the Seventh Sword trilogy. I read the entire trilogy over the past couple of weeks and I take that as proof that it had gripping power and was well enough written to keep me hooked until I had finished all the books. While trying not to spoil anything, the story is about a swordsman who is given a task in the form of a riddle and who then ventures to explore the world and finds love, power and sadness on the way.
Those who enjoyed The Reluctant Swordsman will not be disappointed in this second instalment. Mr Duncan continues to expand on the culture, history and beliefs of The World and The People ...more
This book (2nd in the series) was much bett ...more
7/17/10 - 7/10
The Seventh Sword series starts off really well. The first two books are very readable, with interesting characters in an interesting world. It's actually better than the description makes it sound. It's a real page turner that keeps you guessing. Unfortunately, the third book was a big let down. I felt that the characters weren't at all true to themselves and the plotting didn't make sense in the context of the story. First 2 books were 9/10, last was 6/10 - series 7/10.
Hello Wallie my old friend, I've come to speak to you again! Not as great as the first one, the portal not so fresh in this installment, but still fun and quirky, occasionally very serious! I still love the books after all these years (about 15 of them!), and it fills me with happiness to explore them again!
He wrote at times under the pseudonym Sa ...more