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The Last Wizard (Wizard Crystal) Mass Market Paperback – March 7, 1989


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Product Details

  • Series: Wizard Crystal (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (March 7, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886773318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886773311
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,974,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 30, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This sequel to Child of the Grove tells a great story about the relationship between Crystal and Lord Death. The characters are well-rounded and very easy to sympathize with. I also liked the mythology "backstory".
However, the last 20 pages of the book were disappointing. It turns into a "dungeon crawl" complete with traps and monsters. At the end, the deep and breathtaking conflict between the characters is resolved in two pages, and wasn't described in enough detail to be dramatically satisfying. A kind of "deus ex machina" end with no ties to the beginning.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on August 4, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Last Wizard (1989) is the second fantasy novel in the Crystal duology, following Child of the Grove. In the previous volume, Crystal awoke Kraydak's Doom and diverted the wizard as the creature swooped down on him. Then the dragon took Crystal back to her family and returned to the earth.

In this novel, Crystal is the child of Tayer and an Elder being. Her step-father is Mikhail, who loves her as if she was his own child. She was trained by the Centaurs and is now the last Wizard.

Raulin is a former soldier of the Empire. Now he is an adventurer looking for hidden treasure.

Jago is Raulin's brother. He never had to serve in Kraydak's armies, but he knows that such service hurt Raulin.

Lord Death is the only true son of the Mother-Creator. Before he was born, there was no death. Still, those born or created since have suffered death. He is immaterial and incapable of moving physical objects.

In this story, twelve years have past since the death of Kraydak. Crystal is talking to Lord Death in a tavern when Jago is brought into the room more dead than alive. A brindle had attacked him and only Raulin's frantic thrusts had kept Jago alive. Lord Death suggests that Crystal save Jago's life.

Two and a half days later, Crystal gains consciousness in a room within the tavern. The innkeeper had placed her in a room upstairs and had tended her while she was asleep. Unlike many who had encountered Crystal, Dorses sees Crystal as a young woman who happens to have the powers of a wizard.

Others at the tavern also accept Crystal as a person rather than a wizard. The barkeep Ivan is half in love with her.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 3, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maybe it's me, but the end of this book was exactly like the end of the Sword of SHannara series by Terry Brooks. If you liked that series, then for heaven's skaes, get this book!!!! If you did not, stay away, it dissapointed me.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Citizen on January 25, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
It's an entertaining read. Good worldbuilding, fine writing. Everything worked out interestingly in the end. Good for mid-teens on up.
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