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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wishlist Wednesday: Spellwright/Tome of the Undergates

A weekly event on my blog where I post about books (not necessarily pre-release or new) that I've just added to my wishlist, along with a little blurb on why I want to read it.
(hosted by Book Chick City & Breaking the Spine)

Spellwright #1:
by Blake Charlton
release date: 16 February 2010
Nicodemus is a young, gifted wizard with a problem. Magic in his world requires the caster to create spells by writing out the text...but he has always been dyslexic, and thus has trouble casting even the simplest of spells. And his misspells could prove dangerous, even deadly, should he make a mistake in an important incantation.
Yet he has always felt that he is destined to be something more than a failed wizard. When a powerful, ancient evil begins a campaign of murder and disruption, Nicodemus starts to have disturbing dreams that lead him to believe that his misspelling could be the result of a curse. But before he can discover the truth about himself, he is attacked by an evil which has already claimed the lives of fellow wizards and has cast suspicion on his mentor. He must flee for his own life if he’s to find the true villain.
But more is at stake than his abilities. For the evil that has awakened is a power so dread and vast that if unleashed it will destroy Nicodemus...and the world.

Why it's on my wishlist
As a reader, I'm always fascinated by the written language and how words can mean so many different things in different contexts. I'm also a sucker for characters who struggle against mental illnesses or deficiencies, such as autism, multiple personality, schizophrenia, etc. Plus, the author has had personal experience with the topic at hand (dyslexia) so I'm pretty excited about the character development =D

Tome of the Undergates
by Sam Sykes
release date: 15 April 2010
The name never uttered without scorn, they are long loathed for their knowledge of nothing beyond violence and greed and their utter disregard for human life, least of all their own.
And Lenk, a young man with a sword in his hand and a voice in his head, counts them as his closest company.
Charged with retrieving the Tome of the Undergates, a written key to a world long forgotten by mankind and home to creatures determined to return, Lenk is sent after ancient evangelical demons, psychotic warrior women and abominations lost to myth. Against them, he has but two weapons: a piece of steel and five companions as eager to kill each other as they are to help him.

Why it's on my wishlist
Ohhh, I do adore adventure fantasies with bloodthirsty pseudo-companions always at each others throats. Terribly curious about the "voice in his head" part ;D
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brizmus said...

Both of these sound absolutely AMAZING! Like books I would LOVE! I'm adding them to my wishlist right now!

miss cindy :) said...

these sound great :) good choices!

Lori said...

I just looked at Spellwright at the bookstore, I put it back though, it cost a bit too much, I was able to get two books for the price of one. Here's mine.

Book Chick City said...

Both books sound and look great. Have seen a lot of buzz for these books too. Great picks!