Caught between renegade magic and cranky religion, what's a poor wizard supposed to do? When the king of Yurt goes on vacation, leaving his Royal Wizard Daimbert in charge, he is faced with the escalating crises of the cranky saint of the shrine of the Holy Toe, an all-too-beguiling wood nymph, bizarre horned rabbits, a scandalous duchess, the royal nephew's mid-life crisis, and a monstrous creature made with spells they never taught at the wizards' school. Daimbert had hoped--he thought--for a little more excitement and adventure, but at this rate the king won't have a kingdom to come home to.
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"The Wizard of Yurt" is the first book in this out-of-print, highly entertaining series. The callow Royal Wizard of the Kingdom of Yurt is an example of "C's get degrees," having graduated from wizarding school without putting much effort into learning. In the first book he learns what it means to be a Royal Wizard. In this book he must defend the kingdom from magical creatures, commune with a wood nymph and deal with a cranky saint who may or may not want to leave the grove where he was a hermit and was martyred. It's great fun.