The Unwilling Warlord

The Unwilling Warlord When the foreigners confronted Sterren in Ethshar of the Spices he was uneasy when they all but abducted him taking him to an obscure kingdom in the south he knew he was in a terrible predicament

  • Title: The Unwilling Warlord
  • Author: Lawrence Watt-Evans
  • ISBN: 9780345354136
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When the foreigners confronted Sterren in Ethshar of the Spices he was uneasy when they all but abducted him, taking him to an obscure kingdom in the south, he knew he was in a terrible predicament.

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    1. Another entertaining entry in the Ethshar series. What Lawrence Watt-Evans excels at is writing an entertaining and humorous story without things getting too absurd or slap-stick. His books are well-written, fast-paced, and have well-developed characters.Another nice thing about this series is that even though the books are part of a series, the only real connector between them is that they take place in the same world. You can pick up any book in the series and read it without having any knowle [...]

    2. Allow me to rant about my new favorite book. Actually, it seems like every book is my new favorite these days. This is entirely the fault of the books themselves; they insist on being epic--and this story did not break that trend, though it succeeded in breaking quite a few others. The Unwilling Warlord begins by introducing us to the somewhat self-interested, vaguely roguish character of Sterren, who plies his trade of professional gambler ably enough to make a comfortable living, but quietly e [...]

    3. You’ll hear me say I love fantasy and I hate it, because most fantasy lacks realism. Not that I’m suggesting there shouldn’t be elements of fantasy in a fantasy novel, but that the characters should be less than perfect, the situations less than ordained and less than typically heroic, and the scenery not so overly scenic. If you can give me a story like that, that is well written, I’ll give you a fantasy novel I’ll enjoy.There are a select few fantasy writers I love, because they deli [...]

    4. This is one of those books that I've had on my shelf so long that I don't even know where it came from. I also didn't know it was third in a series when I picked it up to read. Maybe I was missing some things, but it seemed like I was able to follow it without problem. And it was amusing. It's basically about a guy who finds himself in a series of ridiculous situations and finds his way out of them. The problem was that even though I chuckled regularly, I never found myself overly interested in [...]

    5. This is one the Magic of Ethshar series of books. I recorded most of them, including this one, in 50-55 minute installments for my local Golden Hours radio service for blind or reading-impaired listeners. I also made CD copies for myself.My favorite book in the series is The Missenchanted Sword, closely followed by The Blood of a Dragon.

    6. Another Ethshar book, another mundane fantasy as only Watt-Evans writes. This one is more frustrating than the prior two, because while it shares the tone and elements of the other book the second act is fully of really interesting stuff - a clever cast of misfit magicians with an untrained warlord running a guerrilla war - to which the first act has built towards nicely, the third act changes gears in ways that I don't want to spoil, but not only is the solution obvious, the protagonist knows i [...]

    7. The interesting thing about all of these Ethshar books is the non-conventional situations the characters are in and how they get out of them. The dilemma posed is solved in the first two-thirds of the book, only to create a bigger problem - which is solved without fighting or battles, a refreshing change in a fantasy novel.The writing and characters are pretty basic and simple and basic which holds back this book from being top of the line.

    8. This was a very entertaining read. I really liked how the main character was a pretty ordinary guy who just made the best of his situation. Enough fantasy elements to be interesting and not too much to be irritating or confusing.

    9. Ethshar for the win! I loved how you grow to love the characters by the end of the book. The world is ever so intriguing. Love it!

    10. I read this book after seeing Yudkowsky recommend it in an old LessWrong post. When reading it, I also thought I saw passages that influenced Yudkowsky, but I unfortunately didn't make note of them. One might be the refusal to use magic in battles as something similar to similar to the Interdict of Merlin. Another might have been the inherent restrictions on power (Warlock's die when they get too powerful, mages need ingredients, witches just aren't that powerful, etc) as the importance of count [...]

    11. Reviews Of Unusual Size!Re: Sterren is bad at pretty much everything but dice, and that's mostly due to a very slight touch of warlock abilities. And it's hard to be too successful without people being sure you're cheating, especially when you are, technically. So he's tempted when a mysterious band of foreigners appear, certain that Sterren is their long lost hereditary warlord. Though he entertains thoughts of sneaking away, Sterren goes along, off to the distant kingdom of Semma. Where he lea [...]

    12. Imagine a land unlike anything on earth. Where magic is more common than bugs and the world is constantly changing. That's where the Unwilling Warlord takes place. A world like ours but very unlike at the same time. It's very juxtaposing to our own world. The book the unwilling warlord is a fantasy book written by Lawrence Watt-Evans and revolves around a young man named Sterren. Apparently Sterren is first in like to be warlord for a far off country so he is kidnapped and taken there, being tol [...]

    13. This is my second favorite of the Ethshar series, of which I'm very fond, after The Misenchanted Sword (5 stars). The world has an elaborate and very well-concieved system of magic, with vastly different rules and capabilities for Wizardry, Witchcraft, Demonology, and a host of other disciplines.**SPOILER ALERT**The Unwilling Warlord tells the story of Vonn, an ordinary guy not only thrust into an extraordinary situation, but also suddenly granted extraordinary abilities. He develops Warlockry, [...]

    14. This is the third book in the Ethshar series. One of the defining things about this series (forgive me if I'm wrong, this is only the second novel I've read so far) is that the magic contained has strict limits. A magical sword turns on its wielder after a being drawn a certain number of times. Or, in this book, a warlock only has a certain amount of magic that he can cast before he goes insane.It's a lighthearted sword and sorcery type series. The characters aren't quite as fully fleshed out as [...]

    15. I am a huge fan of the Ethshar series. The secret to this series is that it's originally based on the author's RPG world, which grew in complexity until it was no longer feasible to actually run an RPG in it. Most of the books focus on some aspect of his world (in this case, the power known as "warlockry"); they describe how it meshes with the rest of the world, and the forces keeping it in balance.Characterization is not one of Lawrence Watt-Evans's strengths, but he more than makes up with it [...]

    16. Not a bad Ethshar book, just not the best I've read so far. It was a hard read, mostly because the first 150 pages are very slow and not all that interesting, but then the story starts to unfold in a way that you had not seen coming. Unfortunately, the book unfolds too late and it ends up being just ok.It's a must-read for Ethshar fans, and especially if you are planning on diving into the Vondish Ambassador, which I just have!

    17. Another addition to a great legend. The world of Ethshar is richer and new characters have come to life. Warlockry is amazing and mysterious and we have here a tantalizing taste. This story carries us to a far corner of the world and fills in blanks we didn't know were there. Delightful and addictive.

    18. Typical fantasies are too realistic, not fantastic enough. The true fantasies are those where the protagonist is an intelligent, sensible person who clearly assesses situations reasonably and deals with them pragmatically.

    19. Another Ethshar story, featuring a young man hired to defend a kingdom who creates something of a monster while finding a way to carry out his mission and must then deal with the consequences. Part 1 features the kingdom defense; Part 2, the consequences. Good fun.

    20. Another well-done lightweight story in the Ethshar series. The title bugged me a bit, because I kept waiting for Sterren to do some actual warlording, but he really didn't, and Watt-Evens kept harping on his desire/plan to flee.

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