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The well-favored man : the tale of the sorcerer's nephew
Elizabeth Willey
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Willey's first novel is an entertaining, though meandering fantasy strongly reminiscent of Roger Zelazny's Amber books. Lord Gwydion has been ruling the Dominion of Argylle since his mother, Freia, fell into the family's magical Spring during a sorcerous battle. Following that conflict, Freia's grieving brother and husband went into a self-imposed exile, leaving Gwydion and his four siblings without the help of their elders' prodigious magical and leadership skills. Alone they must face numerous tribulations: a gigantic dragon of immeasurable age and magical power who threatens their borders; an untrustworthy cousin from a neighboring realm; and most disturbingly, a young woman who arrives claiming to be a lost sister. Meanwhile, Gwydion stumbles across some highly sensitive secrets--including hints about his mother's true fate--which could exact a terrible price from his family. This book is an occasionally bewildering but interesting amalgam of medieval gentility, high-tech alternate worlds, family drama and the sometimes jarring inclusion of SF elements in a fantasy framework. Willey's characters and their interactions, if a bit derivative, are appealing; her potential as a fantasist makes her atmospheric tale worth reading. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Prince Gwydion faces his first real challenge as ruler of Argylle when a Great Dragon makes an unexpected appearance in his land. This first novel introduces a fantasy world where modern technology coexists with a magic that stems from the Earth itself. Reminiscent of Zelazny's ``Amber'' series, this quirky fantasy adventure takes a lighthearted approach to the genre. A tendency toward overcomplication is a minor flaw in an otherwise entertaining novel. Large libraries should consider this for their fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Prince Gwydion
Age: Young adult
Inexperienced; reluctant occupant of the throne; his father and uncle have disappeared; his people are suffering a plague of monsters.

Timid; claims to be Gwydion's long-lost sister.

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