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This review does not represent the opinions of the general public. It reflects my personal thoughts and opinions on the book.
That said, on to the review!
My Son, The Wizard is a wonderful book that brings us back in part to the charms of discovery so evident in Her Majesty's Wizard and The Witch Doctor, when Matt and Saul respectively learned about the great powers they had in this other universe. We get to see it again as "Papa" and "Mama" Mantrell learn about the gifts their own knowledge of literature, history, and culture has given them in this other universe. Like Matt and Saul, they're stuck learning things in the heat of battle, but this time they have experienced wizards to help them through their initial trials. Of course, it's also interesting that they are more than able to surprise the younger wizards with strengths and abilities of their own.
I think what I like best about this book wasn't that Matt, although being well into his twenties (or maybe even starting his thirties), continues to call his parents "Papa" and "Mama", nor that people like Saul and Alisande start to think of them as "Papa" and "Mama" themselves. Although...in Alisande's case it is really appropriate since she is Matt's wife. No, what I liked best is that Matt was exceptionally real to me this time around. Not that he wasn't real before, but this time we get to see that he is as vulnerable to a child's perogatives as anyone: he doesn't realize until their in the midst of the battle that his mother is extraordinarily beautiful, or that his father was extremely handsome, or that his father (who, admittedly, he spends more time with because of the fighting) was human enough to be tempted by beautiful women even while married to Mama. I think most people don't realize these things until they're actually confronted by them.
My Son, The Wizard is the fifth installment of the Wizard in Rhyme series. It does a good job of tying up a loose end that's been bugging me since the beginning: what about Matt's life back in his home universe? Mr. Stasheff answered it in part during The Witch Doctor, but now he spends more time on it. Thank you, Mr. Stasheff!
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