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The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1)
The Knight - Wizard Knight, Bk 1
Author: Gene Wolfe
A novel in two volumes, The Wizard Knight is in the rare company of those works that move past the surface of fantasy and drink from the wellspring of myth. Magic swords, dragons, giants, quests, love, honor, nobility -- all the familiar features of fantasy come to fresh life in this masterful work. — In The Knight...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780765347015
ISBN-10: 0765347016
Publication Date: 8/2/2005
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 46 ratings
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Wolfe weaves the strands of many legends into a meandering tale of a young man seeking his destiny. Though the narrative occasionally gets off the ground, it can't seem to stay there.
reviewed The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Feels like something ancient...mythological...heroic. Beautiful simple prose style. Very well written, this is the first of two books. Ironically, I am waiting for the second one to come out in paperback. The only criticism I have is that there are a couple of places that were a bit slow...I felt like I had to work a little harder to stay with it through a few scenes. But, overall, a very good book and I will read the second one.
reviewed The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
The best part of this series is the genius with which Wolfe adds various myths into his tale. The norse mythology mixed with faerie and the different levels/worlds is fun, and the characters he uses are also interesting. This is one I'll keep on my shelf.
althea avatar reviewed The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1) on + 774 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
The Knight - Gene Wolfe
The Wizard - Gene Wolfe

One story, two books.
I expected to LOVE these - I'd really been anticipating reading them.
But - I didn't love them. I tried, but I just didn't.
For one thing, this story uses the exact same gimmick as Wolfe's The Book of the Short Sun trilogy (you are reading book written for an unseen, not-present person). Not only that, I am sorry, but the narrator has the EXACT SAME VOICE as in that other book. It is written as the exact same character, even though superficially, they are supposed to be two very different people. If you've read one of these books, the similiarity will be unavoidable and distracting.
Another distraction is that the main character is an American boy who, wandering in the woods, slips into a complicated hierarchy of seven other worlds altogether. Due to the magic of an Elf-Queen, he is instantly transformed into the shape of an older, big, muscular man.
The shape/age change is used in the book to some degree, mainly for the repeated philosophical observation that most men feel like boys masquerading as men.
But the fact that he is American, or even from our world, is not utilized in the story at all. He forgets most of his life in our world, it hardly ever comes up, and is not essential to the plot in any way. It's just an unnecessary complication. Odd things occur - and it's alomost as if the character just doesn't react - not like an American would react, and really not like the typical inhabitant of the world where he is would react either. It's just sort of odd. And dull.

I hate to say it, but the books are kind of boring. They're slow-moving, and I just didn't feel that Wolfe's usage of classic fantasy elements worked very well. (Not nearly as well as in any of Wolfe's other books that I've read.) His hierarchy-of-worlds had some interesting elements to it, and some of the characters, especially the fire-elf 'sisters' were cool - but I feel it either needed more action or a more-coherent philosophy pulling it all together.
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Helpful Score: 1
Gene Wolfe is the smartest, subtlest, most dangerous writer alive today, in genre or out of it...important and wonderful.
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davehuth avatar reviewed The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1) on
Not as great as Wolfe's New Urth cycle, but still head and shoulders above most work in the genre. Very entertaining, fast read, filled with rich and surprising characters and ideas.
reviewed The Knight (Wizard Knight, Bk 1) on + 33 more book reviews
A little confusing. Jumps around quite abit. Not a smooth flowing story, but I stayed interested to see how it turned out. I want to read the next one (Wizard Knight) to finish the story.


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