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The Coming of Wisdom

(The Seventh Sword #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  2,646 ratings  ·  58 reviews
The Goddess had rescued Wallie Smith from certain death, endowed him with a magnificent new body, and gifted him with the legendary Sapphire Sword of Chioxin. She asked only one service in return . . .
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
Paperback, 339 pages
Published July 12th 1988 by Del Rey Books
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Apr 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
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

3 stars

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
Douglas Debner
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was solidly 4 stars. Its not a thrill a minute but it is intelligent and interesting. The main character is brought from our world to a bronze age world with gods. The gods give him a quest but cannot directly interfere with human free will. So the quest is given to him as a riddle.

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
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the series and now we begin to see what Wallie's mission is going to be in this new world with his new body. And while I gave this 4 stars, it is really on 3 1/2 as the plot begins to drag and the coincidences start piling one on top of the other. We also get a host of new characters who add to the number of characters but add no depth to the story.

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
Leon Aldrich
May 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The Seventh Sword #2

Book Description:

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
Jul 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The Seventh Sword Trilogy continues as Wallie/Shonsu, Nnanji and their retinue first encounter the dread sorcerers. Dave Duncan continues to flesh out his incredibly original World and explores freewill versus destiny, the nature of miracles, and faith responses.

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
Mar 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Sbuchler by: Sabrina
Genre: High Fantasy

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
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Blessed by the goddess with a magical sword, Shonsu / Wallie tries to interpret the riddle and the fire god's will, meanwhile gathering a small group of comrades, including swordsmen, slaves, sailors, spies, and priests. Intelligent plot nicely paced out with likable characters, a thread of humor, and a spot of romance.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Duncan's "The Coming of Wisdom (The Seventh Sword Book 2)" picks up immediately after the end of the previous book. It's written in the same style as that book, so you know what to expect here. One thing that I did find better is that this book stays on story better than the first book (the earlier work having a lot of "setting the stage" stuff). Duncan also does some nice work with entwining various plot aspects together. About the only thing that bothers me is that the "mystery" of the so ...more
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I first read this book some twenty years ago (long before Goodreads hence the relative recency of its posting) and am re-reading in honour of his recent passing.

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
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shonsu/Wallie is still trying to figure out what the Goddess wants him to do for her. A large portion of this book is spent with he & his adventurers on shipboard, trying to win over the sailors, avoid being killed by the sorcerers, and figure out what, exactly, the sorcerers are up to. Towards the end, after some scary near misses for he & his group, he has a revelation and scores a hit on the sorcerers. Side note, the whole sex slave Cowie thing seemed a bit uncomfortable & unneces ...more
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not particularly exciting continuation of the first novel. As mentioned in my review of the first book, the world building is pretty simplistic and vague. The big mystery proposed in this book, the "wizard's" powers, is pretty obvious in terms of what they are doing. Some new characters were added, but they are becoming more archetypal and wooden. The story still had a good pace and the plot is interesting enough to get me to book 3, but not overly impressed so far.
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
2nd part of a 4 book binge read. Shonsu has been given a task by the goddess. He has gathered the requisite 6 companions for the quest, now he just has to figure out what the quest actually is. Swords and Sorcery, but pretty well written and enjoyable.
Eric Folley
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
See review of the first book.
David 23
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story continues and the battle between the sorcerers and swordsmen progresses. It's a fun trilogy so far but I'd figured out the twist in book one and was waiting for Wallie to catch up.
Marsha Fuller
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great follow up second book! Adventure, good guys and sorcerers, swords vs technology!
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the series, greatly helped my estimation of where the story could go! Simply marvelous story telling!
Kathryn Baron
Aug 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Fun. However, the big reveal was very odvious for most of the book. Minus one star for stupidity.
Camille Gauthier
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wallie feels that he has bit off more than he can chew and he is in trouble.
Kate Rupley
Aug 16, 2018 rated it liked it
It was okay.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think this might just be the best one of the trilogy. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review written for the last book in the series:
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.

Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it
As a review for the series, I liked it but omg detail detail detail detail - SO MUCH DETAIL. If you like Robert Jordan, or Raymond E Feist, you'll probably like this series. The story flows and the characters are likeable, it's not hard to read and I read 3 books in a few days (haven't got my hands on #4 yet). I found myself skipping paragraphs and getting annoyed simply because everyone was so hung up on How.Things.Are. Even saying Hello to someone is ridiculously formal. The series centres aro ...more
Nov 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I was wavering between giving this book 3 or 4 stars and decided on 3 stars. I liked the book but I got bogged down during some of it. I guess I'm wary of books that go from one place to another just to have the characters moving. If I notice the characters are just moving that's not a good thing. If a book is good I don't notice the movement it's just part of the story. While I recognize that there were reasons for the movement in this book , it was too much. The whole second book is about char ...more
Ian Armstrong
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the off chance that it's not blatantly obvious I shall start by pointing out that this is the second book in what (until very recently) was a trilogy. The reveals in this book would spoil the journey started in The Reluctant Swordsman, so please ensure that you've read that before proceeding to read this one.

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
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Any author mentioning Travis McGhee gets my vote. The good stuff has to do with when adhering blindly to a code of honor becomes wrong. Wisdom is knowing when to pay attention the sutra and when to disregard the sutra. The clues leading up to understanding of the use of gunpowder and homing pigeons was fairly obvious - but, well strewn throughout the tale. The growth of the characters (sea rats accepting swordsman and vice versa) was nicely handled.

This book (2nd in the series) was much bett
A good book but does not match up the first one. The Shonsu in The Reluctant Swordsman was a smart yet unaware person who did not know how to deal with the world he was thrown in. The Shonsu here is more attuned to the new World and that is to be expected. But the reason I give it a star lower is because the reader reaches some conclusions much quicker than Shonsu. The characters are well developed and the story could have progressed in a slightly different manner and would been awesome. But the ...more
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
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.
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Wallie Smith has finally figured out why the Goddess stuffed his mind into the body of Shonsu, a beefcake of a swordsman: he is supposed to stop sorcerers from taking over the World. A combination of prophecy and miracle make it clear that he must accomplish this by sailing with a family of traders who detest him until his motley band figures out how cold steel can stop sorcerers capable of invisibility, shape-shifting, and summoning fire demons. As much mystery as adventure novel, book two ends ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
See the complete review posted on Book Frivolity. Check out other Fantasy and Historical Fiction ruminations there as well!

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!

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Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds were more satisfying than the real one, he published more than 60 novels, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also young adult, science fiction, and historical.

He wrote at times under the pseudonym Sa

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The Seventh Sword (4 books)
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