The Knight

Book One of The Wizard Knight

The Wizard Knight (Volume 1 of 2)

Gene Wolfe

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A young man in his teens is transported from our world to a magical realm that contains seven levels of reality. Very quickly transformed by magic into a grown man of heroic proportions, he takes the name Able and sets out on a quest to find the sword that has been promised to him, a sword he will get from a dragon, the one very special blade that will help him fulfill his life ambition to become a knight and a true hero.

Inside, however, Able remains a boy, and he must grow in every sense to survive the dangers and delights that lie ahead in encounters with giants, elves, wizards, and dragons. His adventure will conclude in the second volume of The Wizard Knight, The Wizard.

With this new series, Wolfe not only surpasses all the most popular genre writers of the last three decades, he takes on the legends of the past century, in a work that will be favorably compared with the best of J. R. R. Tolkien, E. R. Eddison, Mervyn Peake, and  T. H. White. This is a book---and a series---for the ages, from perhaps the greatest living writer in (or outside) the fantasy genre.

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The Knight
CHAPTER 1DEAR BENYou must have stopped wondering what happened to me a long time ago; I know it has been many years. I have the time to write here, and what looks like a good chance to get what I write to where you are, so I am going to try. If I just told everything on a couple of sheets, you would not believe most of it. Hardly any of it, because there are many things that I have trouble with myself. So what I am going to do instead is tell everything. When I have finished, you still may not believe me; but you will know all that I do.

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"The Knight is astonishing: deep, involving, humane, and absolutely original. This is the start of something big."--Michael Swanwick

"Great fiction flows from Gene Wolfe as from a fountain under high pressure. The Knight is his latest superb novel, non-stop action of a surreal majesty. By the time he's done, knights and wizards will never seem the same."--Kim Stanley Robinson

"A grand adventure that combines classic elements with a fresh, highly imaginative approach. I can't wait to read the next book."--Brian Herbert

"Sir Able of the High Heart is unlike any other hero, part Candide and part Conan the Barbarian, and the worlds in which he travels are also appropriately unique. Most writers of the fantastic do their best to create magical lands. Gene Wolfe actually knows how to cross over and -- luckily for us -- invites us to come along with him. Wolfe's version of Faerie is both allusive and elusive, beautiful and fatally glamorous."-Tad Williams

"An absorbing meditation on honor and manhood that's not only Wolfe at his literate best, but romantic, charming, and exciting to boot."-Delia Sherman

"It took me about a page and a quarter to completely enter the world Wolfe creates in The Knight. Having arrived, I believe I'll spend the rest of my life here." --Steven Brust

"[Gene Wolfe] was producing fiction of immense, Nabokovian rigor and complexity thirty years ago. The Knight proves he still is."-Peter Straub

"Gene Wolfe is the smartest, subtlest, most dangerous writer alive today, in genre or out of it. If you don't read this book you'll have missed out on something important and wonderful and all the cool people will laugh at you."--Neil Gaiman

"Gene Wolfe's The Knight. . . breaks like a thunderclap over the safe suburban sprawl of hfranchise fantasy. This is the real thing, boys and girls. Are you ready? It will scare the daylights out of you, take your breath away, make you laugh aloud and give you honest-to-goodness tears. You will devour it and discover just how hungry you have been."--Patrick O'Leary, author of The Impossible Bird

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Gene Wolfe

Gene Wolfe has been called "the finest writer the science fiction world has yet produced" by The Washington Post. A former engineer, he has become one of the most widely praised masters of SF and fantasy. He is the winner of the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, the Nebula Award, twice, the World Fantasy Award, twice, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the British Fantasy Award, and France's Prix Apollo. His popular successes include the four-volume classic The Book of the New Sun. He and his wife, Rosemary, make their home in Barrington, IL.

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The Knight
Book One of The Wizard Knight
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Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
January 2005
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765313485
ISBN10: 0765313480
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 432 pages
$19.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Fantasy
August 2005
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765347015
ISBN10: 0765347016
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 544 pages
$7.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
August 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429915519
ISBN10: 142991551X
432 pages
$7.99
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