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Buy *Spellwright* by Blake Charlton

Blake Charlton
480 pages
August 2011
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Starhaven, a great wizard university and city, is in an uproar when multiple deaths by misspelled magical texts are discovered. That an intruder could be assaulting wizards within the safety of the city’s walls is unthinkable, so it must be an inside job. Cacographers are unable to spell texts correctly, and therefore someone from their ranks is most likely responsible for the murders.

Nicodemus Weal has been an apprentice of Starhaven since childhood, never reaching full wizard status because of his inability to spell texts correctly. His power has always been great, and he has created some amazing things with his misspellings, but in the end he is still a cacographer. The famous wizard Agwu Shannon has guided the good and bad in Nico’s skills, hoping that under all the disasters lies the true Halcyon, a powerful mage destined to prevent a magical apocalypse called the Disjunction. Now more than ever his quest for the Halcyon must be successful—or they will all die.

Nicodemus can’t be the Halcyon—he can’t spell! But as new and unusual friends begin to aid him, convinced of his destiny like wizard Shannon, Nico entertains the possibility of his future being more than that of a mere cacographer. He can’t help within the dangerous walls of Starhaven - he must seek the truth outside, where the greatest dangers lie. As he pursues the truth in forests and beyond, reality will be revealed, but he may not like it. A war looms before him, and his soul is split in two. If Nicodemus wins, will good triumph over evil?

Spellwright is the first book in the Spellwright Trilogy. Spellbound, the second novel in the series, has yet to be assigned a scheduled release date but will be eagerly anticipated by fans of this book. Charlton’s introductory novel is a fictional wonderland in a mystical world of wizards and literary creation. The concepts of words bringing imagination to life, the power of the pen, and losing oneself in books (or words) are all beautifully woven into the story’s theme, that magical spells are literally written text produced by wizards. For a novelist whose personal pursuits focus on education and the mastery of his skills, Blake Charlton does a spectacular job weaving his perspectives into motivational characters and inspiring themes. An element of “cool” has returned to the act of cracking a book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2010

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