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A Wizard In Mind: The First Chronicle of Magnus D'Armand, Rogue Wizard (Chronicles of the Rogue Wizard) Mass Market Paperback – January 15, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Chronicles of the Rogue Wizard (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Fantasy; Reprint edition (January 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812536487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812536485
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This volume kicks off a new series dedicated to the travels of Magnus d'Armand, who is rebelling against his famous father, Rod Gallowglass, hero of several Stasheff novels (The Warlock in Spite of Himself). Magnus, under the alias of Gar Pike, travels to the island of Pirogia on the planet Petrarch, which he wishes to convert into a democracy. There, he befriends Gianni Braccalese, the son of a leading merchant. Gianni's attempts to trade his father's goods with other lands are impeded by the Stiletto Company, mercenaries in the employ of one Prince Raginaldi. (At one point, to disguise themselves from marauding soldiers, Magnus (as Gar) suggests that he and Gianni call themselves Giorgio and Lenni-and does several riffs on rabbits, just in case the reader misses the point.) During his quest Magnus encounters several competing factions-with more than one originating off-world-to be overcome. But battle scenes are either described after the fact or rendered in lackluster exposition, and too many familiar names are invoked (Vladimir; Estragon; Feste) but generally ill used. While this series may develop into something interesting, this first volume doesn't bode well.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Magnus Gallowglass, scion of technological warlock Rod Gallowglass, leaves the shelter of his father's reputation as he sets out for distant planets in need of delivery from oppressive governments. On a distant planet, Magnus encounters a complex web of political intrigue and despotism that has been made worse by the ill-informed meddlings of a rival group of intergalactic interventionists. As a spin-off from the author's popular Warlock novels (begun in 1969 with The Warlock in Spite of Himself), this series opener should find a built-in readership. Stasheff has a knack for crafting a lighthearted, action-filled tale.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
While the first outing for Magnus holds the same wit and humor as the Warlock series, there are times when it is seen that a new series is being brought to life. Finding himself on a world very much like Renaissance Italy, Magnus takes a guise that will become well know to readers of the later books in this series, Gar Pike. 'Renasissance Italy' finds itself at war, where those left of the former government are fighting each other as their world plunges further into the dark ages. While attempting to help bring peace to this world, as well as a new stable government Magnus (Gar) is also faced with a personal problem. A shadow from his past out to destroy him.
While perhaps the setting up of Magnus on his own leaves the reader feeling out of place with a character that had become regular in the 'Warlock' series, 'A Wizard In Mind,' is still one not to be missed. The introduction of Magnus as both 'Gar' and the 'Rouge Wizard' in his own right helps to establish a little better the character for later stories. However I still encourage you to read 'A Wizard in Absentia' as well to gain more insight to the longing that sometimes fills Magnus and why he seems to continually desire and yet fear relationships with women. Be sure not to miss Any of Stasheff's books, including 'A Wizard In Mind.'
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Schuchart Jr. on April 16, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is kind of weak, especially for for his "Gallowglass" series of books. Its almost as if Stasheff himself is kind of done with the "demcracy vs. dictatorship" thing. A lot of the plot points he starts peter out and are wrapped up is a somewhat lame fashion at the end. Its almost as if he did not have the time or interest to properly finish the book. Stasheff is a great author, but this one is lacking.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 2000
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A wizard in mind is a good book but not quite up to Christopher Stasheff's standard. If you don't have a lot to do you might as well read it but i'd reccommend some of his other books first.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oshirenshi on July 21, 2013
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what you would expect from a used book and great if you like the author and series; A Wizard In Mind: The First Chronicle of Magnus D'Armand, Rogue Wizard...;
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Welch on May 30, 2006
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The start of the series, this has a good plot and characters. I'd call this fun and relaxing fantasy. Worth reading at least once and likely will make you want to read the whole series.
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