- Paperback: 442 pages
- Publisher: 47North (17 Jun. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477823484
- ISBN-13: 978-1477823484
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spell or High Water (Magic 2.0) Paperback – 17 Jun 2014
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About the Author
Scott Meyer grew up in the small town of Sunnyside, Washington. He began his career in humor by working as a standup comedian and radio personality, a highlight of which was participating as the opening act in Weird Al Yankovic’s “Running with Scissors” tour. Following a long stint touring the United States and Canada, Scott settled down in Orlando, Florida, where he works on his ongoing comic strip, Basic Instructions. Spell or High Water is his second novel.
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Top Customer Reviews
First the good - if you enjoyed the first book there is nothing in the sequel that is going to spoil the series for you, it is largely more of the same in terms of style, plot and characterisation.
For me, I would say that is the main problem. The first book was fun as the premise and characters were novel, but by book two I felt it needed to branch off in some new directions or gain a layer or two of depth.
Instead, we get a society run by females that feels even less plausible than the men's mediaeval society. For example, there is a one-note joke about the women surrounding themselves with buff man-toys who spend their days looking pretty and having spa treatments, which fell rather flat for me the first time, let alone the tenth.
Then there is a mystery to solve, that is too reminiscent of the first book.
The magic system is expanded upon, and at least the women use it in more interesting ways than the men - but there are not really any ideas that thrilled me with their originality - if anything I found myself wondering why with almost limitless power they were so unimaginative.
The romance could have been the saving grace, as the main characters are likeable, but it felt clumsy rather than sweet to me.
A major time-travelling plot point is based around the character of Brit and this is quite interesting. The internal logic of the way time travelling operates isn't consistent though, which I found detracted from my enjoyment.Read more ›
Now it starts and throws you write in. The people of Atlantis (mainly the delegates and servants) are brilliant, and it doesn't stop once to go over stuff already said in the first book.
However, I do get the feeling that Atlantis was just a bright shiny show to distract you from the main event. It has a bit of a murder-mystery guide going on, and let's just say it's not something Sherlock would bother himself with. No, the true event is with a returning character, and I will say no more on them.
I do think it's a shame that I got distracted by the undercurrent, as the Atlantis bits a brilliant. The author didn't spend much time on the actual summit, but that's fine. Witty humour and dispute their obvious incompetence the villains are just so perfect.
Parting thoughts: read the first book to enjoy this one properly, like I said earlier, it builds on what was written before. A great read.
And just because I know no-one will read this far down-or at all-...
The story carries on seamlessly, Martin is still rather naive and Philip is his usual testy and caustic self. Martin sees this visit to Atlantis as an opportunity to further his cause with Gwen but Martin’s luck in that department has not improved.
Anything in the world of wizards is possible and probable though, and strange and wonderful events occur with regularity. Really good and humorous interaction and drama between the characters.
The two interwoven storylines, the time travellers in Atlantis and the events unfolding in the ‘real world.’ Agents Miller and Murphy from the US Treasury Department play a big part in the real world scenario and add to the comedic impact of a very enjoyable narrative.
As with the first book, I love the humour and there were lots of laugh out loud moments and witty banter and, as always, Luke Daniels gives his own inimitable and distinctive performance, differentiating and individualizing each character.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
even madder than the first book! and I just loved it, on to book three!Published 10 days ago by robert
I enjoyed the book
Nearly as much as the first but not quite.
I'm still hooked enough to get the next one
After the first book i had high expectations. Were they met? Meh.
I enjoyed it and had finished it in under two days, it was a bit flatter than Off to be the Wizard but... Read more
The world as a computer simulation that can be hacked into to give its occupants magical powers.Published 5 months ago by epona
I enjoyed the last book but this one is even better; more depth, and reminds me of Douglas Adams (complete with dolphin references).Published 5 months ago by P. Nicholas
A change of pace and location from the first one which allows good character development and entertaining scenariosPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer