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Tor, Dec 2002, 24.95, 269 pp.
ISBN: 0765300125

In Ethshar of the Rocks, apprentice wizard Kilisha returns to the shop after collecting ingredients for her next lesson when she realizes a disaster has occurred. The shell of her mentor Ithanalin the Wise lies perfectly still as if he has been turned into a statue. Using a magic mirror that absorbed much of Ithanalin's memory she learns what happened to her teacher. He was working on a spell when someone knocked on his door. When he went to answer, he tripped over a spriggan and lost control of the spell sending his essence among the nearby inanimate objects. The knocker opened the door letting out the fleeing rug and much of the furniture.
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Kilisha begins an effort to gather up the animated inanimate objects so that she can get help from the Wizards Guild in performing a restorative spell. However, because of rebellion elsewhere, Kilisha receives little aid from the guild so she must depend on her own resources to gather the now living artifacts, amuse a spriggan that just wants to have fun, and hopefully with fingers crossed bring back her teacher to his former self.

This amusing fantasy is a delightful tale that showcases Lawrence Watt-Evans' ability to cast a spell on his audience. The entertaining story line is an action-packed journey into wizard-hood that teens will especially like, as there is plenty of cotton candy to sweeten the tale. Kilisha is a wonderful heroine who faces the responsibilities thrown on her with trembling fear, but performs her duties majestically. The support cast, especially the spriggan, adds to a gentle frolic for genre fans.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   magical artifact Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   a teen


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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