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Mask of the Sorcerer

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Darrell Schweitzer has been three-times nominated for the World Fantasy Award, twice for Best Collection, and once for the novella "To Become a Sorcerer," which forms the first four chapters of this book. He is also the author of _The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, _ and nearly 300 short stories, many of which are collected in such volumes as _Tom O'Bedlam's Night Out, Transients, Refugees from an Imaginary Country, Nightscapes, _ and _The Great World and the Small._ An expert on fantastic fiction, who has written books about Lord Dunsany and H.P. Lovecraft, he is also co-editor of the legendary _Weird Tales_ magazine.

_The Mask of the Sorcerer_ is one of the ten best fantasy novels of the past generation. The plot is compelling and moves at breathtaking pace. The characters are intriguing, multi-dimensional, lovingly drawn. The fear is chilling, the excitement intense. But mostly _The Mask of the Sorcerer_ is about magic. True magic. Magic that rings in the bones and the soul, magic that very few contemporary writers can understand or create. Darrell Schweitzer _is_ a sorcerer, and his knowledge of magic is awesome. _The Mask of the Sorcerer_ is authentic, a beacon shining above a sea of imitations. Unique as all great creations are unique, it stands alone." -- Morgan Llywelyn

Specifications

Publisher
Wildside Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
396
Author
Darrell Schweitzer
ISBN-13
9780809532827
Publication Date
September, 2003
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.86 x 6.00 x 1.20 Inches
ISBN-10
0809532824

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Probably one of the mo...

Probably one of the most original and touching fantasy novels read in years.The world is magic and it captures the reader.The plot is complex and highly satisfactory.The characters are fascinating.And the writing is absolutely perfect.An excellent book, a novel that deserves thehighest praise.

Probably one of the mo...

Probably one of the most original and touching fantasy novels read in years.The world is magic and it captures the reader.The plot is complex and highly satisfactory.The characters are fascinating.And the writing is absolutely perfect.An excellent book, a novel that deserves thehighest praise.

This will appeal to we...

This will appeal to weird fiction readers who are looking for Lovecraftian atmosphere in an adventure novel form. This is not Sword & Sorcery, but will appeal to that same crowd (it is very dark...all sorcery). This will NOT appeal to readers looking for soap-opera fantasy, young-adult fantasy, or a light read. The first three Chapters were amongst the most bizarre, inspiring fantasy bits I have ever read. The pace slows after, but by then I was emotional connected to Sekenre's character. Note, it is difficult to string together a series of weird stories into a novel, since the pulp- style of writing is known to be highly dense with description. The genre works well with short stories. H.P. Lovecraft tried with a lengthy novella with "The Dream-Quest to Unknown Kadath," which I have yet to complete after three valiant tries (despite my urge to see how the reappearance of the artist Robert Pickman fares). Schweitzer does better here, taking the readers to the ambiguous lands of dreams and death, making us feel as disoriented as his cursed protagonist; at the moment we are about to become totally lost in trippy language, he brings us back to firm footing. The battle scenes are intermittent but very vivid; given the lack of traditional weaponry, readers will be surprised by the brutality. From the book's description I thought I would be immersed in traditional Egyptian mythology; not so. Egyptian setting/lore is clearly an inspiration for this, but as Christianity (the Crusades) served as a foundation for Schweitzer's "We Are All Legends", the author rapidly takes the reader beyond these influences. His work is anything but traditional or derivative. The book is ~380pages; I would have given this 5 stars if it could have somehow been reduced to ~300. Sequel: There is a standalone sequel called SEKENRE The Book of the Sorcerer, which I look forward to reading.

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