Spellwright (Spell 1)
by Blake Charlton
Harper Voyager Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780007349197
Date: 03 March 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
When the hardcover of Blake Charlton's Spellwright was released last year, there was a huge online campaign to get the word out. It seemed that everywhere I looked online there was massive visibility for this book - on Facebook, in Twitter feeds and in articles and interviews with the author on numerous genre related sites. That's how it's done folks! Get yourself and your novel out there, right in the face of those who might be interested in buying it. That it received consistently excellent reviews didn't exactly harm matters - and now Voyager issue their mass market paperback edition.
"In a world where words can come to life, an inability to spell can be a dangerous thing. And no one knows this better than apprentice wizard Nicodemus Weal.
Nicodemus Weal is a cacographer, unable to reproduce even simple magical texts without 'misspelling' – a mistake which can have deadly consequences. He was supposed to be the Halcyon, a magic-user of unsurpassed power, destined to save the world; instead he is restricted to menial tasks, and mocked for his failure to live up to the prophecy. But not everyone interprets prophecy in the same way. There are some factions who believe a cacographer such as Nicodemus could hold great power – power that might be used as easily for evil as for good. And when two of the wizards closest to Nicodemus are found dead, it becomes clear that some of those factions will stop at nothing to find the apprentice and bend him to their will…"