Review: Spellwright – Blake Charlton

Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 352
Published: 2010, book 1

Nicodemus is a young, gifted wizard with a problem. Magic in his world requires the caster to create spells by writing out the text . . . but he has always been dyslexic, and thus has trouble casting even the simplest of spells. And his misspells could prove dangerous, even deadly, should he make a mistake in an important incantation.

Yet he has always felt that he is destined to be something more than a failed wizard. When a powerful, ancient evil begins a campaign of murder and disruption, Nicodemus starts to have disturbing dreams that lead him to believe that his misspelling could be the result of a curse. But before he can discover the truth about himself, he is attacked by an evil which has already claimed the lives of fellow wizards and has cast suspicion on his mentor. He must flee for his own life if he’s to find the true villain.

But more is at stake than his abilities. For the evil that has awakened is a power so dread and vast that if unleashed it will destroy Nicodemus… and the world.

My Thoughts:
What was great about this book was that Nicodemus was “dyslectic”. When he tried to write his magic he misspelled and the spells often become something else. This is called cacography and those who are afflicted are thought as broken and also dangerous since their magic can be out of control. The author used own experiences as he is dyslectic and created a wonderful tale about a wizard who can’t write spells. It certainly brings that something extra to this book, the hero has flaws, and it’s something we do know about. It is great to see a hero with a disability, and a hero who tries to work through it.
The other great thing is the magic in this world. They use spells and write them on their arms and let them take form. Magic in this world is made up from words, prose, sentences, and in the end it’s words that can harm you. There are linguist and grammarians, and all in all, a believable magical system that leaves in impression on you.
The characters are well rounded. There is Nicodemus who most of all wants to spell, and not cause chaos. Then there is his master Shannon who is the old clever magician of the story. Another character that is memorable is Simple John, a cacographer who can say only 3 words. His handicap is a lot bigger, but Nicodemus still feel they are the same. That is always a good quality in a hero.
The story becomes something more too. Evil demons wants to cross the sea and a final battle is to come. There is talk about a saviour who will wield powerful magic to save humans. There are fights between countries and different magical schools do not trust each other. And there is the enigma of the ones that walked the continent before them. The ones that Nicodemus people killed. The theme of the conqueror that gets rid of those that already live there. An interesting world, and a story that promises more.

Recommendation and final thoughts:
New and refreshing systems of magic are always fun to come across and Charlton manages with this. He also creates a hero that is different from other ones out there. I enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to book 2 and finding out what will happen.
Reason for reading:
Sounded good
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37 thoughts on “Review: Spellwright – Blake Charlton

  1. Blodeuedd says:

    DemitriaThanks for stopping by πŸ™‚ And yes I do like unique fantasyShellieThanks πŸ˜€ You're the best!VivienneI have a gift..ok it's more like I stumble upon them and then can't forget about themCarolI sure liked it too. it made it elegant

  2. Blodeuedd says:

    @AnaIt sure does, I think I even read a review that pointed out how every booklover will love this system :)@AmusedI do like good fantasy that brings that little extra@MandiThat's why I am here :D@MelissaThe play with words was the best, and things made sense. Nice book

  3. Cherry says:

    This book caught my fantasy buff eyes last year, but when it came out it was a thick hardback which costs heaven and earth at Waterstones, I so could not afford. All I could do is drool over it πŸ™‚

  4. Blodeuedd says:

    Chris*waves back*MelissaI get picky too. There is just so much out there, and it's so hard to know if it's the fantasy for meLadytinkOh, did not know that, well I have only seen the movie and can't remember if they brought it up there

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    ElysiumIt is sure something us booklovers can relate too :)CherryTell me about it. I never buy hardback, well except for Robert Jordan cos I heart him. They are so expensive, and hard to hold too.DeannaIt's amazing πŸ˜€ Or I am really picky these days..cos trust me, it takes months for me to make my mind up whether to buy or not

  6. Blodeuedd says:

    NaidaFantasy is the best genre ever πŸ˜€ Will always love itBermudaI am sure she would enjoy it!NaidaI do like when they bring something they know about for realStaciAnd that is why I like fantasy :DDarAnd this fantasy was a bit lighter too so it would work

  7. Yvonne says:

    You do love the fantasy books and they do sound good. I haven't been into them very much, but once in awhile I'll find one that intrigues me. Great review!

  8. Blodeuedd says:

    DCIt was sure a nice concept, and how he could not make spells cos of thatYvonneI do love them! It was a genre that took a hold of my imagination and will always like itCarrieVery nice not to see the usual hero, even if I do love those too

  9. Aarti says:

    I've heard so many good things about this book! I am glad you enjoyed it. The author is Gail Carriger's husband, did you know? (Er, at least I think he is.) Just thought I'd mention that since I know you like Carriger!

  10. Simcha says:

    I also enjoyed this book and I'm looking forward to the sequel.And in response to Aarti's comment, Blake and Gail Carriger are definitely not married. Though they do seem to be friends.

  11. Blodeuedd says:

    JennyWell, I am always trying to make more people like fantasy ;)AartiSeems they aren't, but hey I liked the gossip πŸ˜‰ You should give it a goSimchaYou and me both πŸ™‚ I wonder what is gonna happen..considering certain events to comeMishelI would recommend it πŸ™‚

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