On Sunday, March 14, at 2:00 PM, words are magical, and time is important (it’s the start of Daylight Savings) when Blake Charlton signs and discusses his debut epic fantasy novel, Spellwright. (See Maryelizabeth’s review below.) Blake offers some background to the creation of his world: “In writing Spellwright, one of my primary goals was to create an epic fantasy that added something original, in the modern sense, to the tradition of epic fantasy and language. In attempt to do so I drew upon my personal experiences as a dyslexic and upon my studies of the molecular languages of DNA and proteins, first as an undergraduate then as a medical student. Using those experiences I asked myself, what the world would be like if you could peel written words off the page and make them physically real?”
Imagine a world in which the pen is quite literally mightier than the sword – or at least words can indeed hurt you, more than sticks and stones. Blake Charlton has taken a classic wizarding / Ivy League school setting, and infused it with a special magic – the magic of words. In a world where words are magic and powerful, a dyslexic sorcerer is generally at best a low-level mage, and at worst a danger to himself and others. Nicodemus Weal is such a spellwright, working carefully to assist those who can manipulate magic without misspelling; once he was thought to be a figure of prophecy, but his disability seems to dispel that likelihood. However, he still finds himself emeshed in the midst of several battling factions when his mentor is accused of murder. A fascinating new magic system and a debut author to watch. Meet Blake on Sunday, March 14.
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.