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The Wizard of Seattle Mass Market Paperback – 1 May 1993
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She looked like a ragged, storm-drenched urchin, but from the moment Serena Smyth appeared on his Seattle doorstep, Richard Patrick Merlin recognized the spark behind her green eyes. Serena had crossed a country to find him, guided by her determination to become a master wizard. She knew he could be her
teacher--but she never expected the charismatic, seductive power that was Merlin's. Nor had she dreamed of the fire he ignited in her body and soul, a flame that burned even hotter than the powerful talent she possessed but did not yet understand. Their love forbidden by an ancient law, Serena and Richard will take a desperate gamble and travel to a long-lost world to change the history that threatens to separate them. But they risk being torn apart forever, destroyed by a cursed land...and their own fierce desires.
About the Author
Kay Hooper is the award-winning author of Sense of Evil, Touching Evil, Whisper of Evil, Once a Thief, Always a Thief, the Shadows trilogy, and more. She lives in North Carolina where she is at work on the next installment in the Fear series.
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" THE WIZARD OF SEATTLE", IS VERY DIFFERENT AGAIN, AND HAS GOT MIXED REVIEWS, WHICH IS ONE OF THE REASONS I HAVE NOT ATTEMPTED THIS BOOK BEFORE NOW. AFTER ONLY GETTING HALF WAY THROUGH THIS BOOK, I FEEL COMPELLED TO WRITE MY VIEW ON THIS BOOK AS IT HAS LEFT ME SPELLBOUND AND JUST GAGGING FOR MORE. IT IS JUST STARTLEING,IT JUST JUMPS OUT AT YOU FROM THE BEGINING AND CAPTIVATES YOU, IT IS SOOOO GOOD.
THAT'S IT FOR MY REVIEW - GO AND GET THIS BOOK AND GIVE IT A GO.IF YOU LIKE ALL OF KAY HOOPER'S WORK, YOU WILL JUST LOVE THIS.I'M OFF TO FINISH THE BOOK NOW.
Nine years later, Serena has developed her wizardly talents far enough that she can get into all sorts of trouble. Wizards do not like for the world to know about them, and Serena has managed to make herself the subject of a journalistic investigation that could rip the wizardly world right open. Only then does she learn of the bedrock of distrust that the wizards have for the only female wizard alive. And Merlin has been ordered to strip her powers from her. Merlin has inherited the extreme distrust of all male wizards, but after spending nine years instructing Serena, he cannot bear to take away the power that is so much a part of her. So he devises a way to possibly save the situation. To rewrite history. To take them back to before the early wizard texts. To before Atlantis was destroyed, and the distrust began for male wizards.
The book is a mixture of the modern world and modern people with those of Atlantis. I’m not sure I ‘bought’ the historical details – I think Hooper essentially created another world and hung the name ‘Atlantis’ on it, but the world she created was thought provoking in the ‘what happens if you rewrite history’ way. The relationships between men and women (wizards!) are fresh, and I think Hooper explores well the trust issue for both those of Atlantis, the wizards of the future, and especially Merlin’s problems.
This is no heavily erotic novel – the intimate moments are based on more than that. The scene where Roxanne, who earlier in the book was so incredibly damaged, comes to trust Tremayne in a very fundamental way is to me both very touching and significant to the plot. The emotional development is mostly Merlin’s but is not generally told from his viewpoint, which is an unusual device and can lead to not being able to identify with the character when we’re unsure of his motivations. But I found the section where Serena unintentionally spies on Merlin to such painful effect made me feel deeply for Serena, and we later find how it was a catalyst for Merlin too. Merlin the Master Wizard is stunted in this area, and requires Serena’s help to discover his emotions as much as she needs his to save her wizard powers. He is not unaware of the situation, and is working to overcome it. That there is no ‘instant fix’ made his dilemma the more convincing.
I enjoyed the give and take of the book, the playing of the sets of couples against each other’s circumstances and seeing how they grew, or how they failed. I found the tale to be well crafted and full of interesting themes and theories.
A wizard with years of training finds someone who has great power and decides to train this being - the only problem is that it is female, and females are not allowed to be wizards. Females are actively hated and distrusted by wizards, so the protagonists take it upon themselves to find out why - and end up in Atlantis just before it was destroyed. Need I say any more???
When two powerful forces of come together, a wizard and a sorceress, there is only one outcome - magic.
Now I've got to find more of Kay Hooper's books!!!!
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