Reviewed by Sally Roddom
Dale has been stranded on a planet.
The reader is not told why, only that something went wrong. He quickly
discovers that his powers havenít arrived with him, and while he has a
special survival suit it cannot be trusted to work all the time.
Unfortunately for Dale, he also discovers that Gorgs, big ugly ogre-like
creatures that can travel through space warps, have followed him. He just
canít figure out why.
Gradually, Dale becomes the leader of a mismatched band of people: a young
thief, the spoilt son of the local ruler, a woman who can communicate with
animals and an old friend who is under a spell. They are travelling to
Villenspell, the city of wizards. Initially this is because Dale thinks
they can help him regain his powers, but as the Gorgs attack again, the
group realise there is a far more urgent reason. The Wizard's War, which
ended over fifty thousand years earlier, may not have ended. A survivor of
that war is now attacking the world with the Gorgs in order to destroy it
and harness the magic for himself. The world's only hope for survival
rests with Dale and his group reaching Villenspell and enlisting the
magical aid of the City of Wizards!
A fascinating blend of science fiction and fantasy, WIZARD'S BANE. The
characters are all believable, realistic and down to earth. There is
marked character growth, and enough untold backstories to keep the
readerís curiosity piqued. The author, Crystalwizard, grabbed my
attention from the first page and kept me enthralled and wanting more by
the end of the book. Fortunately I donít have to wait too long as I have
the next two books ready to go.
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