Matt Mandrell, unsuspecting graduate student, never imagined his
research would lead him to a strange scrap of parchment that would
change his life forever...
Crossing the void of time and space, Matt is whisked away to an
enchanted world where speaking in rhymes works the most dazzling
magic. There he wins not only fame and power as the Lord High Wizard,
but the heart of the beautiful Queen Alisande. His dreams are
shattered, though, when he learns that he can?t marry his true love;
wizard or not, Matt is just a commoner in this bizarre land.
So Matt makes a foolish vow: to conquer a kingdom, any kingdom, if
that?s what it takes to claim his bride. But, as Matt discovers, in
this world of enchantment, such an oath cannot be broken. He has truly
committed himself to win a crown or die trying.
In search of lands to conquer, Matt sets his sights on neighboring
Ibile, where the evil Gordorgrosso rules with an iron fist and
sinister magic. Matt marches off against the tyrant, gathering a small
band of unlikely allies, including a surly dracogriff, a well-spoken
cyclop, and a damsel in distress. But against Gordogrosso?s foul
genius, Matt is going to need much more than a few stout-hearted
companions and some clever rhymes...
Poetry's magic--real magic--draws Matthew, Lord Wizard of Merovence, deeper into trouble in this sequel to Her Majesty's Wizard . In his alternative world, where words become truth and magic spells are created by verse, Matt's thoughtless declaration that (in order to be a worthy suitor to Alisande, the queen of Merovence) he would unthrone Gordogrosso, evil sorcerer-king of neighboring Ibile, lands him in the middle of that unhappy kingdom. He's joined by Narlh, a discontented dracogriff with an inferiority complex; Fadecourt, a cyclops with an unsavory reputation in Ibile; and the beautiful and noble Yverne, fleeing the attentions of the king's hoodlums. As the ill-assorted band moves in on Gordogrosso, Queen Alisande marshals her knights to save the beloved commoner whom she cannot wed (even though he is a wizard), and Matt's magic produces unusual results, including the addition of Robin Hood and his band to his forces. Stasheff's fantasy romp has a strong theological underpinning: God is serious about his creatures and about their taking responsibility for themselves, their actions and their words.