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Renshai Trilogy: Western Wizard: 2 (Daw science fiction) [Mass Market Paperback]

Mickey Z. Reichert
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27 Aug 1992 Daw science fiction (Book 2)
The Wizards - down through the centuries four masters of magic have struggled to maintain a balance of power in the troubled Northlands. But now the mortal world teeters on the brink of the foretold Great War, and even the Wizards' sorceries may not be enough to stave of the battle.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (27 Aug 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886775205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886775209
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,494,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* Terrific traditional epic fantasy sure to appeal to the fans of David Gemmell * Reissued simultaneously with the mass market paperback of the latest Renshai novel PRINCE OF DEMONS. * Each volume in this series was sold to BCA as a Main Selection for Fantasy and Science Fiction Book Club. * 'I enjoyed Mickey Zucher Reichert's THE WESTERN WIZARD for her engaging characters and her easy style' LOCUS. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch Fantasy from a gifted author 6 April 2001
By A Customer
Fantastic novel of the highest standards the genre can contain. The LOTR. was a parfect start in and of its own with an array of competant characters and possibly the best POV character I have ever read in a Fantasy novel. Colbey is the ultimate swordsman and when your reading it you can be fairly certain he is as feared a warrior as there could ever be. I actually read all these books a few years and read all the current ones to and find M Z. to be one of my personal favorite authors. The only reason I wrote this is because I read the other guys' terrible review and decided I had to write something decent about a faboulous writer. Anyway excellent book mis it at your peril. Cheers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Western Wizard 4 Sep 2003
This is an excellent book, and a very entertaining read. The adventures of Colbey keep you on tenderhooks until you find out what happens. Well worth the money.
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3.0 out of 5 stars your transported to another world 29 Nov 2000
By A Customer
this book was very entertaining. how could you not be enthralled with so much going on? but so much was happening that it got rather confusing and instead of being able to enjoy it you had to concentrate on what was happening! exciting adventure, but a bit to unrealistic for my liking. i couldn't take it seriously as i just didn't believe in the characters and the story line. but a good book, worth reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Sep 2014
By Russ
Great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good continuation of the series 4 July 1998
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The Western Wizard takes off where the Last of the Renshai left off. Even though I had read the first book from the library, I immediately went out and bought the rest of the series, so I wouldn't be left wondering what happened to the characters. This book provides enough explanation from the first book, that it is not necessary to start with the first book, the Last of the Renshai.
I particulary like the fact that the characters have many flaws, and how they react to the situations based on their beliefs and interpetations of the prophesies makes this book a worthwhile read. Who says wizards have to be infallible? Buy it, borrow it, but read it, you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a Middle Volume 3 May 2005
By Shawn P. Cooke - Published on
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The writing style has settled down from the first volume, and I found myself genuinely interested in the protagonists and what would happen next. Unfortunately, so little really happened in the course of this story, I was left with a profound sense of disappointment. Having the next volume handy helped, but the story lacked the sort of coherence you want from the middle volume of a trilogy
5.0 out of 5 stars Western Wizard a Winner 21 Dec 1999
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Although not fresh in my mind, I read this book over 5 years ago, I wanted to express my gratitude to the author for a wonderful story. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy reading and getting into the character's minds, but I learned about 100 new vocabulary words. Sounds silly, I know, but the writing in some of these fantasy books leaves something to be desired. The writing was smoothe, poetic-like, and descriptive, but it didn't drive you crazy like some of James Michner's works, it transports you into the world of the Renshai. Coming from a film background, if I were a director, I would seriously consider turning this into a script and giving Star Wars a run for its money. Mickey, excellent stuff. --Alex 29
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome gift 8 May 2014
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i got this for my husband he loves it. to him the story is engaging and thrilling. awesome sweet cool
4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure Continues (Spoiler Free Review) 4 May 2012
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The survivors of the first book complete a few quests for the Eastern Wizard, while making new enemies.

The Last Renshai and his allies must restore balance to the north, by dethroning a corrupt king and Colbey begins to exhibit some unusual powers. This book is not as epic or fast paced as the first book, but it's still good. The characters are well developed and the story flows at a pretty good pace. There's action, intrigue, strong characters, demons, and a deep plot with a few surprises.

The characters in the story all have clear motivations for their actions and these motivations often set them on collision courses that cannot be avoided. There are immortal wizards, warriors, kings, gladiators, hunters, and townsfolk. There's good dialogue and the characters all have some personality and mannerisms. They all have a fair amount of depth and respond emotionally to the events around them (instead of simply being plot devices with names.) You like them and want to root for them. They also grow as people as the story progresses.

World Building:
This is a world based on Norse Mythology with Odin, Hel, Valhalla, etc... But each clan has its own beliefs and each race has their own gods. The world is run by four immortal wizards who can only be killed by magic swords or demons. These wizards serve the gods and must guide mankind according to ancient prophecies. There is just a hint of magic in the world because these four wizards are the only ones who can use magic. The rest of the action takes place on the battlefield with swords. The kingdom is composed of many different tribes and clans, grounded in their own beliefs. There is enough detail here to let you understand the background of each of the clans without slowing down the plot.

Writing Style:
The writing style is fast paced and covers quite a bit in a few pages. It's impressive how the world has depth, the characters seem real, the action is great, and the plot twists and turns without slowing down. A few of the scenes could have been more epic, more emotional, more descriptive, but that's my only minor complaint about the entire book.

There are fist fights, battles, wars, skirmishes, assassins, cavalry, epic sword fights, and duels. You can visualize all of the fight scenes and they're well written. This isn't one of those (insert action scene here) books. The fights are driven by the characters and their place in the story, and these battles do have dire consequences. It's pretty action packed cover to cover.

Maturity: Older Teens
This is a violent book with a body count of over 1000, and there are some mild sex scenes. The swearing is done in character, so shouting the name of a certain god constitutes swearing. But nothing is too graphic or profane.

This book has everything. deep characters in a complex, fast paced story, with twists and turns. It has themes of family, friendship, duty, courage... It's really good. If you enjoyed the first book, you should enjoy this book as well.

Buy it if you like Norse Mythology and barbarian sword battles.
Buy it if you like an original story with twists and turns.
Buy it if you like action.
Avoid this book if you need high fantasy like dragons, undead, and fireball throwing wizards. (These wizards are more like strategists)
Avoid this book if you need simple black and white characters where the good guys are pure good and the bad guys are pure evil.

If you enjoyed this book, read something by David Gemmell!
Legend, The Lion of Macedon, Sword in the Storm, or Winter Warriors.
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