Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe, by James M. Ward

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This was another book that, orthopedist like last week’s Cobwebs, I got from the GIANT BOOK SALE. Ben picked it up originally, but recognizing in the title a reference to C. S. Forester’s Mr. Midshipman Hornblower (complete with improbable name), I was awfully interested in reading it as well. James M. Ward apparently has written a lot for the Forgotten Realms series, as well as a G. I. Joe book; this was his first standalone original fantasy novel in about twenty years. There is also a sequel, Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe, that was published in 2006.

In a world where a parallel to England is called Arcania and the enemy is the Maleen, Halcyon Blithe is a brand-new Academy graduate; he’s received the commission to be a Midshipwizard Fifth Class aboard the dragonship Sanguine. His entire family is in the navy, as well, and they’re all fantastically successful. He’s the seventh son of a seventh son and came into his magical powers very late, so he could possibly be very powerful; he doesn’t know yet. Anyway, of course he makes friends and enemies in the first fifty pages of the book, and these relationships will all come to play during his first battle. Continue reading Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe, by James M. Ward