Go Quest Young Man - Quest, Bk 1 Author:K. B. Bogen "Here commences the adventures of Erwyn, sorcerer extraordinaire...." — So begins the journal of Erwyn, journeyman sorcerer, as he sets off to find his magical calling, preferably without running into any of the aforementioned adventures. Unfortunately, adventures just naturally seem to follow him. — Along the way, he solicits the aid of... more » an ancient knight, a couple of armed-to-the-teeth female warriors, an inept thief, and a cloud of damselflies.
Between battles of magic and wit with the evil sorceress Sharilan and complicated rescues of damsels in distress, Erwyn learns where his true magical talents lie: sand castles.
Large or small, coarse-grained or fine, he conjures sandcastles out of thin air. Or does he? He needs to know for certain. Soon.
The author's first published novel, Go Quest, Young Man is a marvelous look at the use of sand castles as an offensive weapon.« less
This reminds me of some of Terry Pratchett's books, especially the Rincewind series. While our hero here is better at magic than Rincewind, it's not by much, and the jokes come fast and furious. The finale is a bit open-ended and begs for a sequel.