The Warlock in Spite of Himself
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Rod Gallowglass is a man of science who does not believe in magic.
Gramarye is a world of witches and warlocks. Of strange abilities and phenomena. A world where society mirrors Earth's own Middle Ages, and a world headed for doom.
Rod Gallowglass must become a part of the local fabric to save the world from both itself and external forces that threaten its existence. But to do so, he must put aside his own convictions and beliefs, and become a warlock, in spite of himself.
A grand adventure mixing science fiction with elements of fantasy, this is the book that launched a whole series (fourteen books and counting).
I read this and immediately wanted to read the rest of the series. The characterization is bold, the actual characters you fall in love with and the world is wonderful.
It's got sarcasm, wit and tricks galore. I'd recommend this book to any sci-fi or fantasy reader in a heartbeat!
Many years ago...
I read this entire series, probably four or five times, because it was so good. It got lost in so many other books, but I've found it again and I'm looking forward to entering that world again.
Christopher Stasheff excels at creating characters you want to spend time with and writes dialog that will both make you think and laugh out loud.
I highly recommend this series and his Wizard in Rhyme series which I loved even more.
Edited vs. Censored
They removed an scene from the original book, one where the young queen is spanked by her suitor. I assume they removed this scene due to “violence against women” and I’m not saying that I’m for that sort of thing, but it was a pivotal scene, darn it! Not only did it explain why the queen did not ride out at the head of her army the next morning, but Gwen’s explaining to Rod that she could read all minds by his is a plot point that affects future volumes. Terrible editing for a silly reason!