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Eye of the Wizard Paperback – 29 Nov 2011
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About the Author
Daniel Arenson is an author of fantasy fiction, from epic to dark and surreal. He began his career writing short stories. He sold his first story, "Worms Believe in God", in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various publications, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. Recently, Arenson's stories have appeared the anthologies A Land of Ash (edited by David Dalglish) and Devil Music (edited by David McAfee). Five Star Publishing, an imprint of Gale, published Arenson's fantasy novel Firefly Island in 2007. Since then, he's written the fantasy novels The Gods of Dream, Flaming Dove, Eye of the Wizard, Blood of Requiem (Song of Dragons 1), and Tears of Requiem (Song of Dragons 2). Visit DanielArenson.com.
Top customer reviews
Romy is a delightful character, perhaps the best in the book. As a fearsome-looking demon she scares everyone who sees her, yet her childish and immature character provokes quite a lot of hilarious situations. Put her together with a brutish but nice Scruff, the warlock who conjured her up to Earth, 15-year old Jamie who loves to wield her sword at everything and the charming Webcob who was expelled by her spiderling-clan for her speaking impediment. Together they form the Misfits, the Bullies for Buck, who are desperately trying to survive after being kicked out of their respective groups. The Thistle siblings, Jamie, Scruff and Neev, are all still haunted by the death of their parents, especially when their murdered seems to be chasing them.
Reading this book I felt delightfully nostalgic. I always loved stories about travelling knights, slaying monsters, simply being heroic. That is what I loved about stories about Knights and 'Eye of the Wizard' brought back those feelings brilliantly. There is a great sense of comradeship in the book that extends to include the reader in such a way I felt sad at the end of the book for having to leave them. There had been a perfect mix between darker and scarier moments and more light and fun moments, all coming together in a rather touching finale.
Although sometimes the moral of the story is a bit too obvious for my taste, Arenson's descriptions are amazing as always. I have to show myself from my nerd-side for a minute and tell you that this story brought me back to my Dungeons & Dragons - days. This is exactly the kind of set-up I would wish for in one of those games and I thanks Arenson for bringing me back to that.
I recommend it as a good lighthearted way to pass the time.
This book was refreshing!
This book is tongue-in-cheek and that what makes it readable. It has some nail biting moments, a villain who is dispicable but can't get it right, an elf-like character with a bad lisp, a demon who is sweet and lovable and the 3 siblings who must right a wrong.
There are some really funny moments. It's not Tolkein and it's not Pratchett. It needs it's own category. I loved it!
I've already downloaded the next book (which is just as good!).
If you are looking for a deep fantasy novel then perhaps this is not for you. If you want something that encompasses everything good about fantasy and you feel like a chortle then this is for you.