Nicodemus Weal lives in a world where wizards cast spells out of words whose meaning become
real. He was born with a mark that suggests he might be the Halcyon—the only mage with the
power to stop the Disjunction, the fall of the human world, in a near future. But his inability
to spell suggests otherwise, for how could he be a powerful magician if he canít keep the
simplest spells straight?
Frustrated by his condition, Nicodemus struggles to serve his mentor, Shannon, to the best
of his ability. But when Shannon is accused of killing a fellow wizard, and ghouls made of clay
keep coming, searching for him, Nicodemus questions his previous beliefs. Could he really be the
Halycon or is he somebody else, the destructor who will help the demons defeat the human race?
Spellwright puts a new spin in the epic battle of good versus evil by creating a unique
system of magic that works from languages. The worlds, past and present, that Blake Charlton
describes are richly imagined, and the complex plot advances at breakneck speed without leaving
the reader behind. And with so many characters being introduced and so many twists in the
storyline, that is no easy feat.
To me, the weakest part of the book was the ending, which is not so much an ending as an
introduction to a sequel. Yes, I want to know what happens to Nicodemus next and will read the
sequel, but I also expected a better resolution in this first book.
Overall, highly recommended for all fantasy lovers.