A musician is transported into a land of magic—from the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Into Darkness.
Jonathan Thomas Meriweather is a typical college student, interested in girls, music, and an occasional taste of reefer. But when a journey through an interdimensional portal lands him in a world of talking animals and ominous sorcery, he finds he is on a very different trip indeed. Here, when he plays a strange instrument called a duar, peculiar things happen: powerful magic that may be the only way to stop a dark force that threatens his new world—and his old one. Reluctantly, he finds himself teaming up with a semi-senile turtle wizard; a thieving, backstabbing otter; and a bewildered Marxist dragon to rally an army for the war about to come.
Spellsinger, the first in Alan Dean Foster’s eight-book Spellsinger series, introduces a world of magic and mayhem, where animals are people and plunging ahead no matter what the consequences may be the only way to survive.
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While Foster's work is prolific, this particular beginning of a series was wondrous to me as a teen hitting puberty. JonTom is a bit wimpy and whiney but solid enough to merit a youngster's fantasies. The concept of a bard switching universes and having magic powers is good and has some of the feel of any of the Xanth novels to it. I just hope the sequels will be available electronically as well since this novel does leave you hanging at the end...but then, most of Alan Dean Foster's writing does leave you wanting at the end so he could write more, publish more, and get paid more. He is as mercenary as Bob Aspirin was. Doesn't mean the work isn't good...just that there is no closure.
Do not purchase this book! It is short on plot and pages. It is a clear attempt to keep you purchasing short novellas at highly inflated prices. One short section following another at final cost which is not equal to the enjoyment. I have loved this author in the past but now feel very disappointed.