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1: The Knight: Book One of The Wizard Knight Hardcover – January 3, 2004
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Pre-order today
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From Publishers Weekly
Nebula and World Fantasy awards-winner Wolfe's new novel-the first half of a massive epic-is a reminder that no one gets called a great writer without being first of all a great storyteller. This wonderful story is narrated by a teenage boy who wanders into a universe of interlocking magical realms. Transformed into a powerful man by an elf queen, he first calls himself a knight, Sir Able of the High Heart, then begins growing into that role. Wolfe doesn't just rearrange the cliches of sword and sorcery fiction; he recreates the genre. Sorcerous knowledge is important to Sir Able's survival, but muscle and steel count for a lot too, while sympathetic curiosity and self-awareness may be even more crucial. Though beautifully told, the novel is not exactly Wolfe Lite; much of the plot underlying the action remains obscure. Able realizes that there's a lot he doesn't comprehend, some of it because knowledge was stolen from him. He must gain (or regain) understanding of the worlds around him and of himself. In this respect, Wolfe's tale somewhat resembles the quest in David Lindsay's visionary masterpiece, A Voyage to Arcturus. Whatever its literary antecedents or its ultimate destination, however, this is a compelling, breathtaking achievement.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Critics can't wait for The Wizard, the promised sequel to The Knight. The award-winning Wolfe has written many fantasy books, but this one, full of imagination and panache, is among his best. The story starts with a convincing if unreliable narrator--after all, the protagonist is a boy in a man's body, and can't, to humorous ends, discern motives. At times, Wolfe's foreshadowing may confuse the reader, and the form--a long letter penned to Ben--might not please traditional fantasy fans. Luckily, short, adventure-filled chapters capture the reader's attention. Wolfe, the Washington Post concludes, "not only entertains, he invests his work with a complexity and trickiness that place him among the most important American novelists of our time." To be continued.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
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Without giving away too much of the plot-- as with good liquor, the plot is better when it's distilled at its own pace, I feel it sufficient to state that the story (written in the first-person perspective) involves a 'boy', from America he who ends up somewhere else (Mythgartr) by a manner he's not familiar for reasons of which he's unsure. As he 'grows', he's embued with preternatural, near-Herculean strength physically, but still maintains the perspective of a youth.
It's a magnificient tale: much closer in scale to the legendary Tristan/Tristam and written by a master's hand, I await the second, and concluding, book with high hopes, and the highest of expectations.
Marvelous! Simply marvelous!
It is interesting, because the protagonist, Sir Able of the High Heart, is a child in man's form. This may be one of the reasons that this boy is able to follow high and honorable ideals where lesser grownups might falter. For this reason, Able is possibly more likeable than other Wolfe protagonists such as Severian from the Book of the New Sun (think Dorcas/Jolenta--with this said, I myself think the Book of the New Sun is among the best Fantasy/SF ever written, but I digress). Able can inspire the ideal within us and maintain his honor and be the man many of us would hope to be.
While exploring this Knight in shining armor theme, Wolfe maintains an otherworldliness and gives a unique twist to this form. Non-Wolfe lovers have complained that in the Book of the New Sun (his most highly acclaimed novels), Severian is simply an unremarkable person wandering around. While I can comprehend this point of view, the beauty of Wolfe's novels lie in his ability to draw the reader into the world with his flowing and descriptive writing style. The Knight does not disappoint in its writing, and because of the accessible theme of this work, the novice Wolfe reader will enjoy this story and the world that Wolfe creates. This reviewer certainly looks forward to the continuation of the series!
Wolfe is a brilliant writer, his command of the English Language superb, his writing lyrical and sublime. In The Knight, Wolve has injected novelty into conventional myths, showing us what true fantasy is really all about. All the so called popular fantasy writers out there today should learn from Wolfe instead of churning out pages after pages of the "same old boring plots". The beginning of the "The Knight" is a trifle disjointed but once you get into the rythmn of the story, one can only marvel at and be captivated by Wolfe's rich imagination and style. The protagonist, a boy trapped in a man's body, is a most appealing hero. One can easily identify with his doubts and fears. "The Knight" is an exquisite work of literature and I look forward to the sequel, "The Wizard".