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Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. Preview saved Save Preview View Synopsis. Unavailable in Russia This item can't be purchased in Russia. Definitely get this book and read it! I have to admit I avoided this book because I tend to dislike "cutesy" books, and I thought it looked kind of silly.
Thank the stars for fantasy and science fiction! The War with the Mein Epic fantasy series often introduce members of the royal family who are destined for some kind of tragedy. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Love and loss play a big role throughout the books as the unlikely pair adventure across the lands of Nehwon, meeting wizards, thieves, and others who would like nothing better than to part them from everything they own, including their lives. See our Returns Policy.
For this reason, for quite I while I avoided Alan Dean Foster completely, partly because of this, and partly because of all the tie-in novels. I ended up reading one of his science fiction novels "The Man Who Used the Universe" which I really enjoyed, reminding me of the best space opera by Mike Resnick and Steve Perry, both of whom I really enjoy. So I started picking up his sc I have to admit I avoided this book because I tend to dislike "cutesy" books, and I thought it looked kind of silly.
So I started picking up his sci-fi, though I haven't read many yet. Then I started picking up some of his tie-in novels, and I ended up with the first two Spellsinger books, and I recently thought, what the heck, and I gave the first one a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The plot is more or less a generic epic fantasy trope, the hero is called, refuses the call, finally accepts the call, etc.
Characters swear, think about sex, there is some mild drug use, etc. There are some clever turns, though the first book doesn't stand on its own as a complete story really, it is the set up for the series, and the first few steps in the quest and the first fumbling attempts of the main character, JonTom becoming a true Spellsinger sort of a magical troubadour more or less.
The world itself consists of largely anthropomorphic characters, with a sprinkling of humans, about to be attacked by a coalition of Insects and Lizards, who are the bad guys in this worlds. Lizards being largely the main source of protein, and lacking in any intelligence, the Insects having intelligence and the desire to wipe out all the mammals, and having failed in this endeavour for thousands of years. This time, however, they have formulated a plan that should see them succeed, and the turtle wizard Clothathump attempts to call forth a wizard from our world also potentially at risk and instead ends up with JonTom The characters are interesting, and the plot, while generic, moves the story forward and the writing is genial and inviting.
There are some truly fun touches, such as a Marxist river dragon, that make it rise above the average. I am more than willing to follow these characters into another book. Jun 18, Crystal Miller rated it really liked it. I read this one off of the advice of a coworker, and boy did he have me right.
I wouldn't say that this is my favorite fantasy world but it sure was fun. I really am a fan of anthropomorphic animal stories, and this one really did have something. Despite some emotional turmoil in my life the past few days and a tablet whose app kept malfunctioning I was able to keep reading and finish in a relatively short amount of time. I must admit that this story reads a bit like the dream of someone very hig I read this one off of the advice of a coworker, and boy did he have me right. I must admit that this story reads a bit like the dream of someone very high, probably because when you first meet our main character he is high.
This could turn off some readers, but I enjoyed his reactions. Like most coming of age in a fantasy setting type books the main character is sometimes an annoying prick, but for all that I forgive him because he's an academic without much world hardening to him yet.
The story isn't very complex, mostly being about a group of people bonding to each other on a wandering adventure to save a magical version of Earth. This book was clearly a warm-up to the series. I like the take on magic. It's cute, the use of scientific jargon as key magical terms, I'd just caution people not to take that literally in our dimension. Overall, I'd say furries and fantasy fans alike would enjoy themselves as long as they are looking for fun and not something deep, so if you're considering, then give this series a go. Jul 19, Nealis rated it liked it.
This reads like a blast from the past. Anybody who reads fantasy novels will see many fantasy troupes in the series, but at the time of publication in the 80's maybe readers had a different perspective.
Other things I like to highlight is the main character. I wonder if Thomas was the original hapless modern male transported to a fantasy novel cliche with more martial women as companions. What may have been refreshing back then is of course predictable in Not really sure how to rate this b This reads like a blast from the past. Not really sure how to rate this book, it is decades after the original publication date so different times comes different expectations. However putting that aside, this specific novel suffers from being an introductory novel.
There isn't much going on, everything is a set up for next books which means 3 star rating for me. I'm finally getting around to a reread.
I remember liking it quite a bit when I was younger. I don't think it's holding up quite as well this time around. It is a quick light read with some interesting concepts anthropomorphic animals, spellsinging, and some of the focus on politics. It's not very deep especially compared to more recent books with some simple, not fleshed out characters. The plot was a bit slow and the book had no real ending leading in to book 2. A passage I liked: I loved this series when I discovered it in middle school. Re-reading it now, I'm less impressed However, there are some quite entertaining and creative elements e.
The magic itself is nearly marginal - not complex, interesting, or well thought out these days magic systems that impose no cost on the caster make no sense to me. On the other hand, our protagonist firmly embedded in I loved this series when I discovered it in middle school.
On the other hand, our protagonist firmly embedded in the s, perhaps like the author was at the time does have some great musical tastes - the Beatles, the Stones, Moody Blues - and maybe that's what charmed me the first time around! New words I learned: Long ago I stumbled to read and understand. I was reluctant and recalcitrant. Ino school they wanted 'right' handers with right thinking. This was never me! Thank the stars for fantasy and science fiction! I have read most of Alan Dean Foster's works. So thanks for making a good read that just gets better as I age!
Jun 28, Frantick Reader rated it really liked it. This is a great idea and is executed well. A vivid world that merges fantasy with a love of music. I really enjoyed the interactions and the creativity that went into this story. It is amazing how a writer like Foster who spends so much time bringing other peoples creations to paper, namely novelizations of films, can write with such originality.
I loved this series. Jun 21, Craig Russo rated it really liked it Shelves: I didn't really like the opening scene yet it picked up from there. Aug 02, Whizilliam rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is the most unique fantasy novel I have ever read. The plot is very basic stop the evil from invading, but the characters and story are incredible. There's a communist dragon. Jan 22, Zivan rated it liked it. Nothing original, but a Marxist dragon is a brilliant idea.
Oct 18, Aris rated it liked it. Combine Spellsinger editions 2 15 Mar 25, About Alan Dean Foster. He received a B. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in , but raised mainly in California.
This interest is carried over to his writing, but with a twist: Foster began his career as an author when a letter he sent to Arkham Collection was purchased by the editor and published in the magazine in His first novel, The Tar-Aiym Krang, introduced the Humanx Commonwealth, a galactic alliance between humans and an insectlike race called Thranx. Several other novels, including the Icerigger trilogy, are also set in the world of the Commonwealth. Other books in the series. Books by Alan Dean Foster.