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The Wizard

(2004)
(The second book in the Wizard Knight series)
A novel by

 
 
A novel in two volumes, The Wizard Knight is in the rare company of those works which move past the surface of fantasy and drink from the wellspring of myth. Magic swords, dragons, giants, quests, love, honor, nobility-all the familiar features of fantasy come to fresh life in this masterful work.

The first half of the journey, The Knight -- which you are advised to read first, to let the whole story engulf you from the beginning -- took a teenage boy from America into Mythgarthr, the middle realm of seven fantastic worlds. Above are the gods of Skai; below are the capricious Aelf, and more dangerous things still. Journeying throughout Mythgarthr, Able gains a new brother, an Aelf queen lover, a supernatural hound, and the desire to prove his honor and become the noble knight he always knew he would be.

Coming into Jotunland, home of the Frost Giants, Able -- now Sir Able of the High Heart --claims the great sword Eterne from the dragon who has it. In reward, he is ushered into the castle of the Valfather, king of all the Gods of Skai.

Thus begins the second part of his quest. The Wizard begins with Able's return to Mythgathr on his steed Cloud, a great mare the color of her name. Able is filled with new knowledge of the ways of the seven-fold world and possessed of great magical secrets. His knighthood now beyond question, Able works to fulfill his vows to his king, his lover, his friends, his gods, and even his enemies. Able must set his world right, restoring the proper order among the denizens of all the seven worlds.

The Wizard is a charming, riveting, emotionally charged tale of wonders, written with all the beauty one would expect from a writer whom Damon Knight called "a national treasure." If you've never sampled the works of the man Michael Swanwick described as "the greatest writer in the English language alive today," the two volumes of The Wizard Knight are the perfect place to start.


Genre: Fantasy

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November 2004 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Wizard: Book Two of The Wizard Knight
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7653-1201-8 / 978-0-7653-1201-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Paperback Editions

December 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Wizard (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-575-08025-6 / 978-0-575-08025-6 (UK edition)
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August 2006 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: The Wizard: Book Two of The Wizard Knight
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7653-5050-5 / 978-0-7653-5050-3 (USA edition)
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October 2005 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Wizard: Book Two of The Wizard Knight (The Wizard Knight, 2)
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
ISBN: 0-7653-1470-3 / 978-0-7653-1470-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
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Audio Editions

September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Wizard: The Wizard Knight Series, Book Two
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Wizard: The Wizard Knight Series, Book Two
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Wizard: The Wizard Knight Series, Book Two
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
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Kindle Editions

December 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Wizard (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
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April 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Wizard: Book Two of The Wizard Knight
Author(s): Gene Wolfe
Publisher: Tor Books
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