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A wizard and a warlord
Stasheff, Christopher.
Personal Author:
lst edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, [2000]

Physical Description:
224 pages ; 22 cm.
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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X Adult Fiction Popular Materials-Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Under the nom de guerre of Gar Pike, renegade psychic wizard Magnus D'Armand travels the stars fighting injustice and oppression, like his father, Rod Gallowglass, the Warlock in Spite of Himself. But unlike his famous father, Magnus refuses to play by the rules, sowing the seeds of freedom and revolution throughout the galaxy.

Author Notes

Science fiction/fantasy writer Christopher Stasheff was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1944. He received a BA and a MA in Speech and Broadcasting from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Theater from the University of Nebraska. He taught theater at Montclair State University in New Jersey before leaving to become a full-time author. He writes the following series: Warlock, Star Troupers, Rogue Wizard, and Wizard in Rhyme.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The latest adventure of interstellar traveler and reformer Magnus d'Armand differs significantly from its predecessors. For one thing, Magnus is no longer alone; the woman he met on Midgard, Alea, is with him, and her healing and telepathic powers admirably complement his. For another, the planet on which they land seems to have no government at all, let alone a corrupt one in need of reform. Its people manage comfortably at a preindustrial level (there are signs of advanced medical and agricultural techniques) and seem in harmony with nature and one another. Exploring as "Gar Pike," Magnus discovers that this arrangement is a legacy of New Age and neopagan founders, who also left in place what amounts to an order of assassins as a remedy for tyrants. For her part, Alea learns that the planet's original nonhuman inhabitants have encouraged this state of affairs to continue. Regardless of whether they find this utopia credible, readers will enjoy Magnus' disguises as he seeks the truth, and the growing attraction between him and Alea. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Magnus d'Armand, son of the warlock from Stasheff's popular The Warlock in Spite of Himself, travels the galaxy to save Terran colony worlds ruled by corrupt governments. The seventh novel in the Chronicles of the Rogue Wizard (after A Wizard in Midgard) finds Magnus--aka Gar Pike--and his Midgard-born companion, Alea Larsdattar, exploring a planet with no apparent government. The colonial society seems placid, prospering at a Neolithic level, with the world populated by small farming villages. The only technology is in the hands of priestesses who believe each machine and bit of hoarded knowledge is magic from their gods. Unwilling to take the culture's peaceful nature at face value, Gar and Alea travel the land to learn more. A local warlord threatens villages, yet no one seems concerned. Villagers assure Gar that if the warlord becomes a real threat, he'll be dealt with by a mysterious group known as the Scarlet Company. Alea eventually solves the riddle of this secret organization thanks to ancient history books, and she and Gar meet the group firsthand as the warlord is finally, easily, vanquished. Despite Gar's previous experience, here he seems blind and deaf to obvious questions. Meanwhile, Alea's surprising encounter with a native whose life there precedes the colonists' arrival fails to add any real depth to the story. While Stasheff's fans are sure to want to read the latest of Gar's adventures, others will find the plot and characters lackluster. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Pursuing their self-imposed mission to save as many planets as possible from self-imposed tyranny, Gar Pike and his companion Alea Larsdatter discover a world of simple peasants who seem to survive without any formal government except for a legendary group of warriors who call themselves the Scarlet Company. The latest addition to Stasheff's popular "Rogue Wizard" series offers a blend of science and magic laced with tongue-in-cheek humor. Purchase where the series is popular. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.