Monday, July 21, 2014

Wizards: From Merlin to Faust

Wizards: From Merlin to Faust

author: David McIntee

name: Wayne

average rating: 3.80

book published: 2014

rating: 4

read at: 2014/07/21

date added: 2014/07/21

shelves: non-fiction


'Wizards: From Merlin to Faust' is another fun entry in the Myths and Legends series. These short volumes pack a lot of information into a scant 80 pages including some great illustrations.

This volume focuses on literary wizards from history. While the focus is mostly on Western civilization wizards, I enjoyed learning about Zhang Guo Lao as well as his familiar likeness in Asian art. Others in the volume include Virgil, Nicholas Flamel and Hermes. There are references to more modern wizards like Harry Potter and Gandalf, but nearly no time is devoted to them, and that's how it should be. Alchemy is discussed as well as forbidden books and the kinds of revenge that wizards will take on you if you cross them.

I've enjoyed most in the series, but this is the only one that felt like it could have been longer. That's probably in line with my preferences and it fits the page count of the rest of the series. It's a light reference series that has some great information packed in it's pages.

I received a review copy of this ebook from Osprey Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.

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