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The Kedrigern Chronicles Volume 1: The Domesticated Wizard Paperback – November 24, 2004


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc. (November 24, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892065770
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892065773
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,854,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bacl on February 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
John Morressy's Kedrigern books have long been a hard-to-find favorite of mine, and I'm thrilled to see them republished in this form. Morressy is a very skilled writer, and he deserves to have a wider audience. Even for those who are not fans of "fantasy," Morressy's clever, multilayered humor, entertaining plots, and fantastical, yet familiar and believable characters transcend that genre. Kedrigern is a real gem of a creation.
(I can't say I cared for the cover art, though.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
John Morressy is one of those rare authors who can write within a popular genre and yet do it with intelligence, grace and wit. This first volume (of an anticipated three) introduces us to Kedrigern, a wizard at odds with his world, his wife Princess and his faithful retainer Spot (what else?). In this collection of novels and short stories, Morressy draws us into the sometimes absurd, often very funny, universe of a wizard who, a little tired of this world after some 160 years, is endlessly drawn away from the comforts of home into one adventure or another. The appeal here is universal, I think. For those with a taste for fantasy novels, one could do no better: Morressy gives you the magic, the journeys, the perils, the good--and of course the evil. For those new to the genre and who appreciate good writing and brilliant comedic prose, this is the best place to start. Included in the volume is a Foreward in which Morressy traces the origin of Kedrigern, and an Afterwards--a superb essay on its own, and one that should be handed out to writing classes everywhere--that could be titled "Why I Write". From reading The Kedrigern Chronicles one finds the answer: for the sheer pleasure in telling a good story well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
I've had the great pleasure of knowing the wizard Kedrigern ever since the books first began to appear some years ago. It's when I became a fan. To have them in this beautiful first volume of stories and novels is a great treat. Kedrigern is, well, a kind of Everywizard. To me, he's a wise old man, a bit weary of life, but graced with a wonderful mate, a few interesting servants, and some fascinating adventures. He's the kind of wizard who can appeal to both the scholars (there's something of Samuel Johnson in him) as well the modernists (he knows our centuries as well as we do, believe me). John Morressy is a stellar writer. He writes with an exquisite grace and an eloquence that serves his wry humor beautifully. Kedrigern is not just a wizard of his own times (though I'd think he'd fight me for that), he's a man for all seasons, all spells, and all adventures. Buy this, settle back, and wait for the next volumes that will tell the story of this often difficult and worldly old magician as he enters his, well, middle-age, I guess.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dSavannah George-Jones VINE VOICE on February 28, 2006
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I have read John Morressey's Kedrigern stories in various pubs over the years, and have always enjoyed them. I even tracked down used copies of two of the books, but that left me wanting more! So I was thrilled when I saw that Meisha Merlin had published two omnibuses (thus far) that included Kedrigren stories and full-length novels.

"Vol. 1, The Domesticated Wizard", introduces us to Kedrigern with the very first stories Morressey ever wrote about the wizard. It includes two of the novels ("A Voice for Princess" and "The Questing of Kedrigern") and seven stories.

The basic ideas are pretty standard in fantasy - wizards, evil kings, princesses turned into toads, heroes, spirits, magic, swords, horses, trolls - but the story is told with little twists and a great deal of humor. Morressey is an amazing storyteller and wordsmith, creating characters you like and care about and want to find out what happens! Each story builds on previous stories, but each one can also stand on its own. I don't know if they were always so consistent, or edited to be that way in this volume, but they definitely work! (Having read two later novels, I think they were originally written that way... And it's hard to keep the facts straight about this world, let alone an imaginary one!)

I give the content of the book 5 stars, but the copy editing of the paperback is atrocious (1 star!). Every time I ran across an extra period, or missing period, or missing word, or missplaced word, which was often (every few pages!!!) it made me want to scream. For someone like Morressey, who obviously loves language, it's something of an insult.

But don't let those typos stop you - buy the book and enjoy!
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