Dragonfrigate Wizard: Halcyon Blithe Hardcover – 28 Nov 2006
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"Horatio Hornblower meets Harry Potter in a tale of magical martial warfare on the high seas."--Ed Greenwood, Creator of The Forgotten Realms, on "Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe""Ward is clearly familiar with both genres--and good acquaintance with disparate genres is far from universal among those who try to combine any two such .Recommended wherever nautomaniacs persuse the fantasy shelves."--"Booklist "on" Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe""""Shape-shifters, naval lore, and elemental magic describe this action-packed blend of Horatio Hornblower and Harry Potter."--Voices of Youth Advocates on "Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe"
About the Author
James M. Ward is the author of gaming fiction as well as an award-winning and bestselling designer of games. He lives in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.
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For a writer of role playing games and RPG novels, Ward shines like a diamond in the rough - there's a whole list of these who do not, and couldn't carry off a book like this.
Halcyon Blithe, a young man of good breeding and lineage--endowed with great potential, is ready to seek his fortune among those who tend and sail the awesome nautical juggernauts--the dragonships which harness the bodies and strength of living dragons with seafaring technology.
In the latest chapter of the young wizard's nautical education, he finds himself second in command of a captured enemy vessel that must engage a demonship in combat before returning to port--whereupon he is assigned duty on a dwarven dragonship. It is on this very ship that he and his shipmates must fight against crooked politics to regain the security of their Arcanian dragonship and trusted crewmates.
James M. Ward does an excellent job of spinning a tale that is fast paced, filled with drama, and highly entertaining. An exceptionally fine book, that is highly recommended.
A good deal of fun in a nicely constructed world. We need to see more of these by Ward and to learn more about the war that is taking place. Our hero grows with each book and adventure. The seventh son of a seventh son, a great and quick read.