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Wizard's Sword: Book Two of the Battle Wizard Saga Paperback – September 13, 2013
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The dialogue is witty, snappy, and very intelligent, especially when the wise older man, The Professor, playing the role model of someone above the fray but able to put in a good fight, like Professor Dumbledore of the Harry Potter series, speaks.
The storyline is very modern and is in the classic realm of speculative fiction. It's set in today's world, but involves tons of fantasy. My favourite combination.
Sig, the main character, is very likeable. He's unassuming, but is able to pick a good fight. He's a gentleman with the ladies, especially when sorely tempted as he fights with several women, one at a time, for practice and training. These women hail from a race called the Amazons, and as you can guess from the name of the race, they're long-limbed, agile, and ferocious.
This book contains quite a bit of humour. The spectacle of Sig having to claim insurance for his car -- which is demolished three times -- often by lightning striking a tree which falls onto the car -- is hilarious.
Sometimes I felt there wasn't a story arc. The story takes place on campus at a university and Sig is studying the physics of magic. The plot seems defensive... Sig has to defend himself often against a dark mage and his wolf. There are many lulls in the story where Sig is training for combat, studying for his degree, or interacting with his friends and The Professor. As we don't see a mission for Sig, except to stay alive, it's hard for us to get caught up.
At other times, I wasn't sure if the information revealed was tied in to the plot. For example, there was a lot of discussions on the physics of magic, but it turned out to be for the purpose of conveying fascinating tidbits. At other times, Sig was attacked, but sometimes Sig is in a vulnerable place, and nothing happens. For example, Sig and his friends go on a hunting trip, and they have a good time, with no attacks on them. This leaves me wondering what the master plan of the dark mage was. Since the story is mainly told from Sig's perspective, we are unable to know what the dark mage is planning, and this may take away from the suspense.
I acknowledge it's nice to have a rambling story, and to get to know the characters. With that perspective, I was able to relax and enjoy the ride, even if the pacing was uneven.
All in all, this book is terrific for its 1) imagination 2) witty dialogue, and 3) intelligent writing.
Sig is now at Northwestern where he moves in with the Professor, becomes best friends with Rick the werewolf, and meets a tribe of Amazon women who test his battle skills to the limit. He's still being chased by the Dark Wizard, except now his grandfather Thor is in a coma in the hospital and unable to help. And college is a little harder than he thought.
This installment really dives into the character of Sig. Author CM Lance does an awesome job establishing Sig as a mature young adult, but still a teenage boy. He flirts with girls and goes out with his friends and is possessive of his Jeep. We get to learn more about Rick and his family and why a werewolf is so far from home. We meet some more people who really don't like Sig, and see how Sig deal with that.
I loved Sig's way of trying to hide his Battle Wizard form, which is 9 feet tall and 700 pounds. Yet, eventually, he has to trust the Amazon girls and that only opens up more issues! He's a great fighter in both forms, and the Amazon girls give him a run for his money.
This book and its predecessor are quality entertainment for anyone from young adults to old fart`s like me. With magic, werewolves, amazons, and a strong villain this book has something for everyone. Recommending this book is a pleasure!
Mr Lance is an excellent storyteller with good characters and a different take on some of the Fantasy stereotypes (got to love his Amazons!).
If you are looking for a new author / series to try, put this on the top of your short list (after reading 'Wizard Dawning' (Book 1))!
It has all the fantasy elements I like - wizards, werewolves, and witches. And they all fit into a highly plausible near future.
It also has something else - great fight scenes, muscle memory-activating fight scenes. If anybody likes the martial arts like I do, this is the book for them.
Some of these fight scenes are simulated. The hero, Sig, gets involved in practice bouts with Amazons when he elicits their help to fight an evil Wizard.
Could there be any greater fun than that - sparring with Amazons?