A Forthcoming Wizard
by Jody Lynn Nye
Review by Carolyn Frank
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765314345
Date: 14 April 2009 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Tildi Summerbee is one of the smallfolk, a member of a created race of half-size humanoids. In this fantasy trek to replace a magical book in the safeguarded vault from whence it was stolen, Tildi makes her own journey from wizard apprentice to A Forthcoming Wizard. This is the second part of the tale begun in An Unexpected Apprentice, and if the reader has not read the first part, this book only provides a scattering of background. But if the reader accepts the basic foundations of a fantasy trek: a diverse group of companions; limitations on the magic that can be performed at any given point; ongoing movement through the standard farmland, forests, rivers, mountains, ocean; and a steadily increasing set of battles with stronger and stronger magical beings along the way; this book is an entertaining diversion. From official release/information:
Product Description: Halfling Tildi Summerbee led a typical, unexciting life, tending the house for her brothers while they managed the family farm...until she was forced to assume the identity of her recently deceased brother and accept his position as apprentice to a great wizard. Now she is on an important quest where the lessons of her apprenticeship pale in comparison to those learned in life-or-death situations. She has become the guardian of a very special book that can alter everything in existence… a race of centaurs gone with an editor's pen, a mountain range flattened with a revised rune, and life as Tildi has known it changed in the blink of an eye. Gone are her preconceptions of society and order. Gone are her trusting ways and belief in her superiors' honesty. But also gone is the shrinking violet smallfolk who masqueraded as a boy to secure an apprenticeship. Tildi has changed too, and she realizes that the fate of the world rests in her hands.
(Source: Tor Books)