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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.

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Title: Spellwright. Nicodemus is a young, gifted wizard with a problem. Magic in his world requires the caster to create spells by writing out the text. 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. 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 did I read this book: I have seen nothing but praise for this debut novel from Blake Charlton, and I was intrigued by the clever, unique magical system and premise of the book. Young Nicodemus Weal is an intelligent and talented apprentice in the remote academy of Starhaven — a bastard, but of noble birth, Nicodemus bears a remarkable keloid scar on his back that may or may not signify that he is the Halcyon.

That is, the child of the Spellwright prophecy that will save human language and the world by teaching greater magical languages and staving off the demon hoard of chaos and disruption.

Nicodemus is a cacographer. Though he and other cacographers are seen as crippled, retarded, and mentally handicapped, Nicodemus has found a mentor in Agwu Shannon — a powerful, old Magister with a controversial past.

Spellwright is the debut novel from the very sharp Blake Charlton, and I have to say that it is quite an impressive one. Though the general setting and plot direction of the novel is nothing remarkable suggesting more of the same child of the prophecy fulfills his destiny with Glowy Awesome Magic! Charlton has created is nothing short of spectacular. In this strange new world, magic is literally cast by spelling, and I love all the clever little hints and double entendres throughout.

As for the magic itself, I loved that the system was divided into a different hierarchy of languages and balanced accordingly. The simplest language, Jujunus, can be wielded even by the most distracted cacographer, but in order to learn the higher languages of Numious and Magnus, a spellwright must metaphysically and actually physically combine their bodily strength with written language.

So if order, language and spelling are so valuable in Mr. Cacographers suffer from a type of magical dyslexia, though with consequences a tad more drastic than a dyslexic in our own world. Nicodemus himself reflects on this constantly; he believes that a part of him is missing, that his brain has been altered, and that a cacographer inherently has something wrong with him. Nico refers to himself in these denigrating terms and has a consuming mission to get that part of himself back so that he can become the Halcyon…but this is one of those self-discovery journeys that I think will unfold nicely in later books as Nico learns to embrace just who and what he truly is.

The other facets of the book are still solid, if somewhat less impressive. Beyond the magical system Mr. Charlton has created, his world feels reminiscent of many a fantasy novel. There are elements of Harry Potter a much darker, more mature, Harry Potter here, particularly in an opening Jujunus spelling duel; there are also elements of Robin Hobb who has a cover blurb for this book , Raymond E. Feist, with even a little Mercedes Lackey in the mix.

In terms of plotting, however, Spellwright is basic. That said, Mr. And they were long sharp words, written in a magical language and crushed into a small, spiny ball. Her legs faltered. She fell onto her knees. The creature standing beside her covered his face with a voluminous white hood. The grammarian fought for breath. Her head felt as light as silk; her vision burned with gaudy color.

The familiar world became foreign. At various heights, ribbon- thin bridges spanned the airy gaps between neighboring spires. Before her loomed the dark Pinnacle Mountains. Her heart began to kick. It led not to a path or a cave, but to blank stone. It was a bridge to nowhere, offering no chance of rescue or escape. To the west, above the coastal plain, the setting sun was staining the sky a molten shade of incarnadine.

The creature robed in white sniffed with disgust. Two golden sentences glowed within his wrist. With five small cracks, the sentences in her throat deconstructed and spilled into her mouth.

She fell onto her hands and spat out the silver words. They shattered on the cobblestones. Cold air flooded into her greedy lungs. You can read the full excerpt online, HERE. Additional Thoughts: In addition to being a debut fantasy novelist, Blake Charlton is also a med student at Stanford.

Though Mr. Charlton does not have a synopsis or cover art up for the second book in the Spellwright trilogy, he does have two quotations up that hopefully will be epigraphs for this novel:. As for the poem, one dragon, however hot, does not make a summer, or a host; and a man might well exchange for one good dragon what he would not sell for a wilderness.

And dragons, real dragons, essential both to the machinery and the ideas of a poem or tale, are actually rare. Once he is wakened, there is something glorious in the way he manifests himself, a Fourth of July effulgence fire-working its path across the night sky; and yet, because of the centuries he has spent dormant in the tumulus, there is a foundedness as well as a lambency about him.

Verdict: A truly unique and fully-realized magical system sets Spellwright apart from the rabble and distinguishes Blake Charlton as a strong new voice in the fantasy genre.

Thea James is half of the maniacal book review duo behind The Book Smugglers. By day, she does digital operations things over at Penguin Random House. Ha ha, I just mentioned this on a covet post. This is kind of reminding me of my thoughts on Warbreaker by Sanderson. What if magic demands absolute accuracy in how your spell out the spells? What if the wizard is dyslexic? An absolutely brilliant debut novel! Notify me of follow-up comments by email.

Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Stand alone or series: Book 1 in a planned series How did I get this book: Review Copy from the publisher Why did I read this book: I have seen nothing but praise for this debut novel from Blake Charlton, and I was intrigued by the clever, unique magical system and premise of the book. Review: Young Nicodemus Weal is an intelligent and talented apprentice in the remote academy of Starhaven — a bastard, but of noble birth, Nicodemus bears a remarkable keloid scar on his back that may or may not signify that he is the Halcyon.

Cold autumn wind surged across the tower bridge. Dimly, she realized that her confused flight had brought her to the Spindle Bridge. She tried to scream, but gagged on the words caught in her throat. She could do nothing but choke. She tried to gasp. The creature cocked his head to one side. Charlton does not have a synopsis or cover art up for the second book in the Spellwright trilogy, he does have two quotations up that hopefully will be epigraphs for this novel: As for the poem, one dragon, however hot, does not make a summer, or a host; and a man might well exchange for one good dragon what he would not sell for a wilderness.

Tolkien, Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics Once he is wakened, there is something glorious in the way he manifests himself, a Fourth of July effulgence fire-working its path across the night sky; and yet, because of the centuries he has spent dormant in the tumulus, there is a foundedness as well as a lambency about him. Blake Charlton Fantasy Spellwright Trilogy. By Thea. Renay April 26, at pm Ha ha, I just mentioned this on a covet post. KMont April 26, at pm This is kind of reminding me of my thoughts on Warbreaker by Sanderson.

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Title: Spellwright. Nicodemus is a young, gifted wizard with a problem. Magic in his world requires the caster to create spells by writing out the text. 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.

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So with these ringing endorsements in my ears — OK, yes technically they were in front of my eyes - I plunged into the book. All in there are some great ideas. As a result of this ability the magicians live a lot longer than the average human in this world and this of course brings its own complications. Here is the blurb on the book: Nicodemus Weal is a cacographer, unable to reproduce even simple magical texts without 'misspelling' — a mistake which can have deadly consequences. He was supposed to be the Halcyon, a magic-user of unsurpassed power, destined to save the world; instead he is restricted to menial tasks, and mocked for his failure to live up to the prophecy.

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