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Cover of Her Majesty's Wizard by Christopher Stasheff.

Her Majesty's Wizard is a novel written by Christopher Stasheff. It is the first book in a series that followed the adventures of Mathew Mantrell. It was followed by the novel The Oathbound Wizard, but Succubi only appear in this work, not the second one.



Details

  • Title: Her Majesty's Wizard
  • Author: Christopher Stasheff
  • Format: Paperback
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 1st edition
  • Pages: 342
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345274563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345274564
  • Release Date: September 12, 1986


Synopsis

Matt read the forbidden runes and found himself in a world where reciting verses worked magic. He got himself locked in a dungeon, created a fire-breathing dragon, and eventually discovered a beautiful princess he swore to save. Little did he guess how hard that would be....


Book Review

The following review is from the Amazon.com link in the External Links below:

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Fantasy books I have ever read!
  • Reviewed On: July 2, 2000
  • Reviewed By: Peter Dykhuis

I do not read nearly as much Fantasy as I used too. There was, however, a time, which Fantasy was the only genre, I had any desire to partake in. Enter "Her Majesty's Wizard" by Christopher Stasheff.

This novel is a perfect mix of Fantasy, Humor and Morality all spoon-fed to us with the masterful prose of Stasheff. First published in 1986 this novel was released by DelRey when they were at the top of their game. Time was in the mid 1980's to early 1990's if the cover had the DelRey imprint on it I would buy it. This is a great example of the strong staff of editors they had in this era.

"Her Majesty's Wizard" is an example of what I like to call Reality based Fantasy. What I mean by this is that one of the primary characters, usually the hero, starts out in our reality and is transported into another reality which is different in many ways usually involving magic of some sort. This is the case in "HMW".

I hate giving away too much of the plot of a book in a review. This tendency drives me crazy when others tell me the beginning, middle and end of books so please forgive me as I only give a gist of events. The hero, Mathew Mantrell, is transported to a realm where his penchant for archaic writings and rhymes gives him magical powers. Matt's challenges are many fold. The challenges include whether or not to believe in what is happening. Secondly, whether or not to defend good, side with evil or sit on the sidelines. Thirdly, whether or not to accept universality God and what that means to Matt's existence and many more challenges. All of this sounds pretty heavy but it really isn't. One of the great aspects of this book is how light is really is in some ways. The novel does not take itself to seriously and it makes for wonderful experience.

Christopher Stasheff followed this book up with a torrent of novels that take place in this same universe as Matt. All of the novels are good but this is the best of them and, in my humble opinion, it is Mr. Stasheff's best novel period. Read and enjoy.


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