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'Sir Able of the High Heart is part Candide and part Conan the Barbarian,. Wolfe's version of Faerie is both allusive and elusive, beautiful and fatally glamorous' Tad Williams 'Wolfe doesn't just rearrange the cliches of sword and sorcery fiction; he recreates the genre. This is a compelling, breathtaking achievement' Publishers Weekly (starred review) 'Gene Wolfe is the smartest, subtlest, most dangerous writer alive today' Neil Gaiman Gene Wolfe's THE BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, published in two volumes in the Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks series, is a backlist bestseller THE WIZARD KNIGHT is published in the US as two volumes; this is the only omnibus edition available. Already a bestseller for the book clubs both here and in the US, and in hardback on the Gollancz list

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Gene Wolfe was born in New York and raised in Texas. He trained as a mechanical engineer, but began to publish short stories in the 1960s. He won a World Fantasy Award for THE SHADOW OF THE TORTURER and a Nebula for THE CLAW OF THE CONCILIATOR. He is a World Fantasy Life Achievement winner.


Nebula and World Fantasy awards-winner Wolfe's new novel-the first half of a massive epic-is a reminder that no one gets called a great writer without being first of all a great storyteller. This wonderful story is narrated by a teenage boy who wanders into a universe of interlocking magical realms. Transformed into a powerful man by an elf queen, he first calls himself a knight, Sir Able of the High Heart, then begins growing into that role. Wolfe doesn't just rearrange the clich?s of sword and sorcery fiction; he recreates the genre. Sorcerous knowledge is important to Sir Able's survival, but muscle and steel count for a lot too, while sympathetic curiosity and self-awareness may be even more crucial. Though beautifully told, the novel is not exactly Wolfe Lite; much of the plot underlying the action remains obscure. Able realizes that there's a lot he doesn't comprehend, some of it because knowledge was stolen from him. He must gain (or regain) understanding of the worlds around him and of himself. In this respect, Wolfe's tale somewhat resembles the quest in David Lindsay's visionary masterpiece, A Voyage to Arcturus. Whatever its literary antecedents or its ultimate destination, however, this is a compelling, breathtaking achievement. (Jan. 6) Forecast: Wolfe is known as a literary and arcane writer, but with a 50,000 first printing, Tor is making a serious effort to relaunch him as a popular author. Blurbs from a raft of big names-Brian Herbert, Tad Williams, Peter Straub and Robin Hobb, among them-drill home the point that this novel is one for both elitists and the masses. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

A young boy crosses from the modern into the fantasy world of Mythgarthr, where he finds himself in the body of an adult and receives the name "Able of the High Heart." As he quests for the sword that will make him a knight, he encounters both monstrous and human enemies, discovers romance, and learns about love and honor. Author of the classic "Book of the New Sun" series and one of sf's most elegant stylists and literary philosophers, Wolfe begins a new two-volume saga that uses the trappings of mythic fantasy to explore the human dilemma. Here he presents an artless and perceptive hero whose adventures are rites of passage. Highly recommended. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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