Spellsinger #01

By Alan Dean Foster

Snatched via a portal right into a land of magic, a tender musician needs to use a mysterious, multistring duar to rescue the area into which he has fallen prior to he can go back to his own

Jonathan Thomas Meriweather is a customary university pupil, attracted to ladies, song, and an occasional flavor of reefer. but if a trip via an interdimensional portal lands him in a global of conversing animals and ominous sorcery, he reveals he's on a truly diverse journey certainly. the following, while he performs a wierd device referred to as a duar, bizarre issues take place: strong magic that could be the single method to cease a gloomy strength that threatens his new world—and his outdated one. Reluctantly, he unearths himself teaming up with a semi-senile turtle wizard; a thieving, backstabbing otter; and a bewildered Marxist dragon to rally a military for the struggle approximately to come.
Spellsinger, the 1st in Alan Dean Foster’s eight-book Spellsinger sequence, introduces a global of magic and mayhem, the place animals are humans and plunging forward it doesn't matter what the implications could be the merely option to survive.

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Mist endured to hose down them, softening the lamplight that buttered the road and shopfronts. With the easing of the rain, different pedestrians had reappeared. Animal shadow-shapes moved dimly in the course of the fog. “Hungry, mate? ” requested the otter ultimately, black eyes shining within the gentle. “Starving! ” He used to be by surprise conscious he hadn’t had a specific thing to consume all day. Mudge’s shop of jerked meat had given out the former night. “I additionally. ” He clapped Jon-Tom on his cape. “Now you appears similar to a true individual. ” He leaned conspiratorially shut. “Now i do know a spot the place the silver we ’ave left will carry us as fats a ceremonial dinner as a pregnant hare may perhaps want. perhaps even adequate t’ fill your attenuated belly-hollow! ” He winked. “Maybe a few leisure in addition to. You and that i ’ave performed our responsibility for the day, we ’ave. ” As they strolled extra into city, they encountered extra pedestrians. An occasional wagon jounced down the road, and contributors on saddled using lizards hopped or ran earlier. lengthy pushbrooms got here into play as shopkeepers swept water from porches and storefronts. Shutters snapped open. For the 1st time Jon-Tom heard the wails of youngsters. Cubs will be the higher time period, he corrected himself. younger squirrels scampered via. One ultimately tackled the opposite. They tumbled to the cobblestones, rolling many times, punching and kicking whereas a small mob of alternative kids accumulated round and recommended them on. To Jon-Tom’s dismay their preliminary cuteness used to be muted via the way within which they gouged and scratched at one another. now not that his personal native land was once without violence, however it a lifestyle the following. One cub ultimately acquired the opposite down and was once assiduously making pulp of his face. His friends applauded enthusiastically, providing feedback for extra disfigurement. “A lifestyle, mate? ” Mudge acknowledged thoughtfully while Jon-Tom broached his ideas. “I wouldn’t be aware of. I’m no thinker, now. yet i do know this. you'll be well mannered and lifeless or revered and breathin’. ” He shrugged. “Now you may make your individual selection. simply don’t be too able to set aside that great new toy you’ve obtained. ” Jon-Tom made yes he had an outstanding grip at the employees. The expanding crowd and lifting of the fog introduced clean stares. Mudge guaranteed him it was once purely as a result of his strange measurement. If something, he was once now clad much better than the typical citizen of Lynchbany Towne. 5 mins later he was once now not easily hungry, he was once starving. “Not for much longer, mate. ” They grew to become down a winding facet highway. there has been a nearly hidden front on their left, into which Mudge instructed him. once more he needed to bend approximately double to transparent the overhang. Then he used to be in a position to stand. The ceiling within used to be an outstanding ft above his head, for which he was once greater than a bit of thankful. “The Pearl Possum,” acknowledged Mudge, with significantly extra enthusiasm than he’d displayed towards anything to this point. “Me, I’m for somethin’ liquid now. this fashion, mate. ‘Ware the lamps. ” Jon-Tom the otter into the bowels of the eating place, elbowing his approach in the course of the shoving, tightly packed crowd and protecting a lookout for the occasional placing lamps Mudge had warned him approximately.

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