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The Wordsmiths and the Warguild

(The second book in the Age of Darkness series)
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Publisher's Weekly
Cook began his fantasy series Chronicles of an Age of Darkness with the witty Wizards and the Warriors, which viewed magicians as their world's equivalent of none-too-responsible nuclear physicists. This second volume offers the picaresque adventures of stalwart, hapless Togura Poulaan. Seeking only to free his beloved Day Suet, Togura escapes war, imprisonment and encounters with spirits, pirates, dragons, talking rocks and pagan tribes. In fact, the author seems to delight in tormenting his hero, a somewhat Don Quixoteish figure. The resulting shifts in tonesardonic, philosophic, pragmatic and pedagogickeep the reader interested and off balance, never sure what's next or why. The highlight of the book is the depiction of the odex, the creature that has swallowed the heroine. Part bottomless cornucopia, part garbage disposal, this being punctuates its random disgorging of items, people and monsters from other universes by burping up ghosts. (January 14)

Library Journal
Fleeing for his life from an impossible marriage, a bullying brother, and a vindictive father who heads the powerful Warguild, Togura undertakes a frantic quest for the rival Wordsmiths' Guild to find a magical index rumored to lie hidden in a bottle inside a castle far from the dismal land of Sung. This sequel to The Wizards and the Warrior displays Cook's comedic sense in broad strokes as the luckless, endearing hero bumbles his way from disaster to disaster in an entertaining fantasy. JC


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Hardback Editions

June 1987 : UK Hardback

Title: The Wordsmiths and The Warguild (Chronicles of an Age of Darkness 2)
Author(s): Hugh Cook
ISBN: 0-86140-267-7 / 978-0-86140-267-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Colin Smythe Ltd
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Paperback Editions

March 2006 : USA Paperback

Title: The Wordsmiths and the Warguild
Author(s): Hugh Cook
ISBN: 1-4116-8541-5 / 978-1-4116-8541-3 (USA edition)
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June 1987 : UK Paperback

Title: The Wordsmiths and the Warguild (Chronicles of an Age of Darkness)
Author(s): Hugh Cook
ISBN: 0-552-13130-X / 978-0-552-13130-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Corgi
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