With a Single Spell

With a Single Spell A SINGLE SPELLTobas had been lucky to find a wizard to take him on as apprentice But then the wizard died suddenly and unexpectedly after teaching Tobas only a solitary spell and the youth was too ol
  • Title: With a Single Spell
  • Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • ISBN: 9780345326164
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • With a Single Spell
    A SINGLE SPELLTobas had been lucky to find a wizard to take him on as apprentice But then the wizard died suddenly and unexpectedly after teaching Tobas only a solitary spell, and the youth was too old to find a new master How could he earn a living when all the magic he could do was light fires A DESTINY UNFOLDINGIn the Small Kingdoms there were dragons to be slain, prA SINGLE SPELLTobas had been lucky to find a wizard to take him on as apprentice But then the wizard died suddenly and unexpectedly after teaching Tobas only a solitary spell, and the youth was too old to find a new master How could he earn a living when all the magic he could do was light fires A DESTINY UNFOLDINGIn the Small Kingdoms there were dragons to be slain, princesses and gold to be won, magic castles, witches who knew the secret of immortality, and other treasures But how could a wizard with a single, simple spell hope to find them and win them
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  • Classic fantasy is the best label for this book Young, apprentice wizard is forced to leave his home to discover his destiny, not to mention some spells since one fire spell won t a career make Along the way, he stumbles from one misadventure to another until finally being drawn into a quest to slay a dragon, so he can marry a princess and become wealthy beyond his dreams However, the quest doesn t go exactly as intended, and misadventures occur until finally our young wizard and a fellow adve [...]


  • I discovered Lawrence Watt Evans when i picked up the The Misenchanted Sword I read it fairly close to the time it was published and I didn t realise that there was to be a whole series of stories set in the same world.As the time The Misenchanted Sword was one of the most original, funny without being a parody and interesting fantasy novels i had read That is probably becuase at the time i was reading lots of epic fantasy series which were Tolkein inspired so this was a real palete cleanser I e [...]


  • While not quite as good as The Misenchanted Sword, With a Single Spell is still a well written entertaining novel Set in the same world, Ethshar, as the Misenchanted Sword, this tale takes the reader on an adventure with a young wizard in training whose master dies after he has only learned one spell Considered too old for another wizard to concern themselves with taking him on as an apprentice, Tobas must figure out what to do with his life and his one spell At least that spell is a fairly usef [...]


  • What a unique and creative take on a classic fantasy genre I don t know if the book was supposed to be humorous, but I was constantly entertained by the misfortunate life experiences of this one wizard


  • Reviews Of Unusual SizeRe Tobas the wizard s apprentice knows one spell He can light fires That was all he learned before his master died, he accidentally blew up the house he lived in and he found himself wandering Ethshar Without many options left, he joins up with a band headed to the Small Kingdoms to slay a dragon If successful, he stands to gain a fat purse and a princess as his bride Tobas is a clever young fellow, witty and fairly brave, but he s pretty unlucky In the depths of the Small [...]


  • Although it took a while to really get into this it seemed like Tobas was wandering all over the place for a long time , it finally got off the ground when the dragon showed up The rest is delightful I was really glad that Tobas didn t go the whole book with just a single spell and that his bad luck didn t last After all, continued bad luck is just something one has if one is not willing to learn from one s mistakes Another word for it might be experience, the hard way Tobas does learn and as a [...]


  • This is one the Magic of Ethshar series of books I recorded most of them, including this one, in 50 55 minute installments for my local Golden Hours radio service for blind or reading impaired listeners I also made CD copies for myself.This one of the lighthearted entries in the series, and I m looking forward to the sequel The Spriggan Mirror especially as the mischeiveous spriggan s appear in several other books in the series.My favorite book in the series is The Missenchanted Sword, closely [...]


  • More interesting than I expected it to be, but I found the ending to be very unsatisfying It seemed to cut off at what would otherwise have been the most interesting part Also, the author has a tendency to indulge in over description of the setting if you even halved the amount of description in each sentence, the book would be less than a third as long as it is There s description than plot It kept me busy for a few hours, but I doubt I d pick up anything else in this series.


  • Another Ethshar novel, this one about a wizard s apprentice whose master dies after teaching him only one spell Unable to find another master, he sets off on a princess saving dragon slaying mission and discovers that one spell plus ingenuity can get you somewhere Never quite what you expect.


  • As with my review of the first Ethshar novel, these are stories of young men striving tooth and claw to live ordinary, boring lives in a fantasy world that has lots of places for people to do just that, but our protagonists have to have some unusual things happen to them first.This second volume is a little cynical than the first and I supposed I should have mentioned that lack of faith in humanity as being part of Watt Evans Mundane Fantasy tales , and not quite as pleasant, but it does provid [...]


  • With a Single Spell was maybe the third ever Lawrence Watt Evans novel I have read As a teenager, I read his excellent Misenchanted Sword when everything was fresh and exciting to me and maybe 20 years later The Cyborg And The Sorcerer, also pretty decent.So to this one As with my previous experience of his writing, it is uncomplicated and easily read This doesn t mean bad, just that you can read it quickly enough Some aspects of it I found pedestrian, some of it was extremely clever the tapestr [...]


  • I am in love with the World of Ethshar I am also looking forward to a cameo in future books of Tobas of Telven.Honestly, I did not like Tobas in the beginning I love how he became a character I rooted for by the end The book is playful, witty, and unpredictable On to book 3


  • There is always a bit of room for improvement The ending of this story could have easily began another



  • With A Single Spell is nowhere near as good as Terry Pratchett s best, but it s still a fun comic fantasy Tobas is an apprentice wizard who has only learned Thrindle s Combustion , a spell to light any flammable material on fire before his master died Wizards don t give up their secrets cheaply, and he s too old to find a new master After accidentally burning down his cottage after reading the old wizard s spell book, Tobas has to make his own fortune.Tobas sails to Eshthar, and is amazed by the [...]


  • Lawrence Watt Evans With a Single Spell is the second in his Ethshar series of books Outside of a few historical names and places, it s essentially stand alone it appears this series consists of a set of books set in the same world and is not the continuing adventures of any set of characters Like the first book in the series, The Misenchanted Sword, this book is technically well written Since the scope of the book is very limited time wise, it also doesn t suffer from the chronological and char [...]


  • The StoryWith A Single Spell is an ethshar story about Tobas of Telven, a wizard s apprentice with, yes you guessed it a single spell When his master dies, it looks bleak for poor Tobas Apparently the world doesn t have much use for a wizard with just one spell, even if it does involve fire But wait, it gets even worse, when Tobas tries to read in his master s spellbook, he just happens to burn down the entire house Granted, it wasn t much, but it was certainly better then nothing, which is what [...]


  • Slow to start quick to end describes the tale With A Single Spell written by Lawrence An enchanting story of Tobas a young apprentice who s master dies before teaching him anything worth while Tobas wonders about for a large portion of the story, not only struggling to find his purpose but struggling to advance an interesting plot When Tobas reluctantly signs his life away to become a Dragon slayer he stumbles upon a surprising enchanting story Glad I was, when Tobas found mystical artifacts tha [...]


  • Hmm I feel like I m missing something This book was on the Shawn s Book Club list, so it came recommended And the reviews here are on the whole quite good And I just found it really unremarkable It seems to me like if you write a book about a wizard who can only cast one spell, and that spell isn t very useful, you ve set yourself up for a pretty slow book By about 3 4 of the way through the book it started to liven up a bit, but then it was over And the character development at that point with [...]


  • The plot was interesting, and I found this to be a book that was suspenseful, yet at times humorous The one thing that bothered me, though, was the author s shift in voice At times, the narration seemed to draw you in, but then it would suddenly shift, and the words used were as if the narrator was suddenly no longer from the intended time period, but rather from present day At times, this became so frustrating that I had to put the book down and step away for a while I really enjoyed the beginn [...]


  • This year I swear I m looking for some of Watt Evans other books I found this book at a book sale a couple of years back and I ve found it quite engaging every time I read it It has a bit of humor but not light fantasy, with a world building that keeps me reading to find out That s something I seem to look at often, world building, and I have to say he does an excellent job There are some minor things but nothing that kept me from the book Can t wait to pick some other of his books up.


  • I love the Ethshar books the I read of them As it turns out I read the first one just after it came out and didn t learn until recently had been added This story continues to expand and enrich the awesomeness that is the Ethshar legend Many new characters and further information has been added to this amazing story The only problem I had with this book is that I couldn t put it down.


  • Another one of my all time favorites, this is the story of a clumsy little fellow who is at first spited for his innate nature but has the windfall of a lifetime quite literally when his clumsiness strands him in a place where he has to practice and learn to get past the blocks others imposed upon him in order to escape and survive.It s hilarious and deep I loved it as a kid and I still love it now.


  • Actually I didn t get to finish it I was close to the end but have misplaced the book I wasn t really into it but was at least willing to finish it Whenever I find it I ll read the last chapter It was okay Nothing great Wouldn t recommend it to anyone The only cool thing was the tapestries.Found the book Finished it today march 17 Yeah, it had a cute ending but I still wouldn t recommend it.


  • This is one the Magic of Ethshar series of books I recorded most of them, including this one, in 50 55 minute installments for my local Golden Hours radio service for blind or reading impaired listeners I also made CD copies for myself My favorite book in the series is The Missenchanted Sword, closely followed by The Blood of a Dragon.


  • A pleasant diversion the story doesn t get epic, and there s no need to wait years for the next one to come out It seems like so much fantasy these days has to be a minimum of three books It s nice to read a one shot, all the threads are tied up sort of story It helps that Watt Evans is a good story teller and keeps things light.


  • Although not inherently as compelling as The Misenchanted Sword, the second book in Ethshar is nevertheless a great read Watt Evans uses the challenge of a wizard with, as the title says, a single spell and has him become something much greater than you could have imagined Truly a wonderful twisting tale that had me smiling and satisfied by the end of the journey.


  • I was liking it until the very end The book also read very slowly and somehow was not engaging in its writing Parts of the plot seemed unnecessary and added purely to add bulk to the page number It could have been a fine book, but ended up not being my cup of tea.


  • This is a favorite fantasy novelette that I have read and re read several times over the past years Original, fresh, laugh out loud funny, a little bit of introspection thrown inis is one GREAT read.


  • A routine, but passable sword and sorcery novel first published in 1987 Plotting is a little random at times, and the shallow level of background detail makes it seem at times like a novelisation of an ADD game scenario Nevertheless, an enjoyable and quick, if undemanding read.


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