Shelves: from-library , fantasy , read This could be the poster-child for a book that needs more editing. Spellwright is equal parts complex yet confounding, intriguing yet boring. It simultaneously stokes that fire for fantasy that first launched me into writing my own stories waaay back when I was a wee pre-teen, reminding me of those halcyon days of lying crosswise in an armchair, reading the Belgariad or chunky page Recluce hardbacks, not a care in the world because there was no school and I didnt have a job. Ahhhh, youth. This could be the poster-child for a book that needs more editing. Spells are literally spelled, using runes of various magical languages, composed by wizards within their bodies and sent forth.
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Spellwright In Brief Imagine a world in which you could peel written words off a page and make them physically real. Such a world is home to Nicodemus Weal, an apprentice at the wizardly academy of Starhaven. Because of how fast he can forge the magical runes that create spells, Nicodemus was thought to be the Halcyon, a powerful spellwright prophesied to prevent an event called the War of Disjunction, which would destroy all human language.
Runes must be placed in the correct order to create a spell. And Nicodemus has a disability, called cacography, that causes him to misspell texts simply by touching them. Now twenty-five, Nicodemus lives in the aftermath of failing to fulfill prophecy.
But when a powerful wizard is murdered with a misspell, Shannon and Nicodemus becomes the primary suspects. Proving their innocence becomes harder when the murderer begins killing male cacographers one by one…and all evidence suggests that Nicodemus will be next. Hunted by both investigators and a hidden killer, Shannon and Nicodemus must race to discover the truth about the murders, the nature of magic, and themselves.
Sometimes, they can kill. The spells of textual magic of this enthralling tale will demonstrate just how. Spellwright features a unique system of magic and characters that are genuine inhabitants of that world.
Spellwright is a letter-perfect story: an absorbing read and recommended. The lucid complexity of the magic reminds me of Jack Vance, which is high praise indeed.
You will be, too. Charlton makes a timeless plot fresh by drawing from his own experience, and he manages the difficult balancing act of writing with a real sense of delight in his world while meanwhile tackling some darker themes. I look forward to seeing what comes next. Inventive, but in a traditional vein: good vs evil, deathmatch. Blake Charlton has built a world that is as new as it is classic, and a story that kept me reading late into the night.
Blake Charlton is a talent to watch. Fast-paced and well-written, Spellwright is an enjoyable read. Highly recommended. The character is eminently believable, and his difficulty with spelling will strike a chord with many.
The title of the book is a play on words, of course, since Nico must learn to spell right to become a true spellwright. So charming in fact, that it sometimes felt like I was reading a Harry Potter novel, although comparisons can also be drawn to Patrick Rothfuss, Tad Williams, and Raymond E.
No hyperbole. I know that many readers are fed up with traditional fantasy books…This is a shame, because some traditional fantasy books are fascinating and worth reading. The worlds, past and present, that Blake Charlton describes are richly imagined, and the complex plot advances at breakneck speed without leaving the reader behind…[H]ighly recommended for all fantasy lovers.
I was easily won over by his beautiful style, his colourful characters and his unique magical system. Murder, prophecy, cursed heroes, political factions, gods, druids, even a dragon; they all appear in this first novel, set in a well-constructed world which is beautifully described without detracting from the overall plot.