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Halcyon Blithe, being a young man of good breeding and lineage as well as endowed with those qualities and abilities of a sorcerous nature and wishing to fulfill his full potential, is ready to assume his proper place in the world. He aims to seek his fortune among those who tend and sail the awesome nautical juggernauts-the dragonships. With this in mind, Blithe gladly acHalcyon Blithe, being a young man of good breeding and lineage as well as endowed with those qualities and abilities of a sorcerous nature and wishing to fulfill his full potential, is ready to assume his proper place in the world. He aims to seek his fortune among those who tend and sail the awesome nautical juggernauts-the dragonships. With this in mind, Blithe gladly accepts his rank as Midshipwizard and becomes a member of the crew who man the dragonships-vessels which harness the bodies and strength of living dragons with seafaring technology. Combining elements of Hornblower with Harry Potter, and Robert Louis Stevenson with Robin Hobb, Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe is a nautical tale rich in magic and intrigue. A tale set against a panorama of fantastic naval battle as we follow the career of a young midshipwizard as he moves up through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy....

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ISBN : 9780765351104
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe Reviews

  • Wealhtheow
    2018-12-04 06:55

    Astonishingly awful fantasy. It's so badly written that I thought the first chapter was a parody or a play within the book--here's a sample line from the first page. "'Hook, me old friend, you've been complaining about storms for as long as I've known you. Here, take this to warm your salty bones,' said the friend while handing Hook a tankard of hot rum." The friend's name is Pegleg. Pegleg and Hook, I kid you not. They exchange a few lines of dialog about how they're hearty sea dogs, and then they meet (and are incredibly impressed by) Halycon Blithe, the newest midshipwizard in the Arcanian fleet. Here's what his dialog sounds like: "'I know I'll have to serve a few years to earn the respect of such men,' Halycon said to himself. 'But earn it I will, because I'm an officer with prospects, no doubt about it.'" Ye gods! Published by Tor, horribly enough.

  • Emilee Powell
    2018-11-30 06:00

    This military novel is all bright and shiny, like its spiffy new midshipwizard. It focuses on the ideals of war, the honor, nobility and code, without balancing it with the bloodshed and death that is the reality of war. The plot is initially overwhelmed by the Articles of War, then once it develops the answer to who the villainous saboteur was is obvious. Of course, I'm not a huge fan of military novels, fantasy or otherwise, so if you love them ignore my review.

  • Donna
    2018-12-04 03:10

    I really wanted to like this, but the opening passage was not promising. We meet the title character through a pair of dockhands who left me less interested in the overall setting or story and more curious how they, among the vast number of their fellow workers that they say had lost a hand or a leg to the navy, were the ones to end up blandly nicknamed "Hook" and "Pegleg."Halcyon himself comes across as earnest but a bit dull, and while he's from a naval family and has been trained as an officer, he's still a novice when it comes to ship knowledge. This leaves a convenient gap for his new friend, Midshipman Exposition, to lecture us all on.The author clearly put some effort into building a world beyond the "Harry Potter as Horatio Hornblower" concept, but the writing is awkward and often downright bad. For example, here's a snippet of dialogue from one of the previously-mentioned dockhands:"Settle me hearty, the Maleen fleets and our still-in-bed officers can wait for a few grains of falling sand in an Arcanian hourglass for two old sailors to finish their grog."I kept coming across sentences like that, bits and pieces that made me wish the author or his editor had tried to read them out loud. In the end, the writing style was just too unnatural for me to drag myself through the whole thing.

  • Artem
    2018-12-10 00:01

    Let me be perfectly honest here:I love books about ships.I love books about dragons.This book has dragonships.(That gives it an extra star or two).Otherwise it is my strong belief that Mr Ward should get back to game design.

  • Abbi
    2018-12-05 00:15

    It was awful. Got through thirty or so pages and couldn't take anymore. I believe I stopped at this sentence. ""Hurrah." the boys shouted."Great enthusiasm, boys. Head, meet desk.

  • Veiltender
    2018-11-17 02:18

    A fun little romp. There is some interesting world-building in the book. All-in-all, a nice little homage to Hornblower, with some interesting fantasy elements.

  • Jessie Orgambide
    2018-11-27 02:14

    This is a little slow at places, but overall an entertaining story. I found myself wanting more of Halycon so I picked up the next book. It is, like the back of the book says, a little like Harry Potter mets Horacio Hornblower. Lots of fun.

  • Roberta
    2018-11-28 03:52

    Very much a wizard meets Horatio Hornblower book. This book like Harry Potter details the training for a young man who is an officer in training or midshipman, but he also has magical abilities so he holds the rank of midshipwizard. The usage of "quotes" of the articles of war on each chapter is nice touch.The character of Halcyon is not perfect, but he is an exceptional young man just like Hornblower. He has red eyes that show his demonic heritage, but he is honorable, and holds rare talents not to mention that he inspires his men. Ward though does write the Arcanian navy much on the 18th and early 19th century model of the British navy, and combined with the fantastic elements of magic, dragons who have ships constructed atop of them, and fantastic races such as shapechangers and half-giants makes a new type of story.His writing style fits in well with the old Forester novels, and the only current writer who writes in a similar vein is Naomi Novik.If you like sea-faring yarns, and fantasy you'll like this book. If you like militaristic fantasy--sea or not--you'll also like this book.

  • Burt
    2018-12-09 04:00

    This series (if two books makes a series) has been called "Harry Potter meats Horatio Hornblower", or "Hogwarts goes to Sea". I can see where a reviewer could come up with these analogies, but to quantify the book like that is a disservice to both. Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe stands well on its own. It strikes me as another young adult book that appeals to oldsters, too.Set in a world where Arcania (read England) is in a constant state of war with the Maleen (read Napoleanic France, only not human), our hero Halcyon brings his family's naval heritage to his first posting. Personable and likable, he of course makes enemies, fights his way out of situations that cannot be ignored, and faces and defeats evil in all guises. He nearly hangs for violations of the Articles of War, and yet gets promoted for conspicuous bravery at the end of the book. Oh, did I mention that the motive power for first rate ships of the line are dragons?A good read; I plan on reading the second volume.

  • Jake Mcconnell
    2018-11-18 02:09

    Billed as Harry Potter on the high seas, Midshipwizard Halycon Blithe follows the adventures of the title character as he comes into his own as a wizard and a naval officer (and he has some big shoes to fill considering that all of his family for generations have been wizards and naval heroes in the land of Arcania). Wasn't a terrible read, but at the same time it wasn't a masterpiece by any scope of the imagination. Ward creates some pretty imaginative fixtures in Halcyon's world (namely the idea of nautical ships powered by sea dragons - the boats are basically built around the dragons and form a protective shell), but also has a maddening habit of describing in detail random scenes and characters that you think will have some kind of bearing on the plot, but end up being non sequiturs

  • Michael Kucharski
    2018-11-24 07:11

    I was less than impressed although the person who recommended it,loved it, because as she says she loves the underdog. Halcyon Blithe was far from an underdog. He is tall, good looking and comes from a wealthy, landed, titled family and was sent off to sea with a handful of magic artifacts, talks to dragons and is both an air and water wizard! About the only thing he didn't have going for him was he came into his magical powers until sixteen instead of the usual twelve or thirteen years of age. Oh, I also forgot to mention that Halcyon was the seventh son of a seventh son, poor kid, what an underdog, he has nothing going for him. Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe was like reading a Monty Hall adventure, not really unexpected as Ward is a TSR writer.

  • Garrett
    2018-11-17 04:14

    I really wanted to like this one because of all the Hornblower meets Harry Potter descriptions, having read both series multiple times. But alas, the writing was so horrible that Blithe never made it out of port before I gave up. There are examples in other reviews but one that I particularly recall is Blithe's initial meeting with a senior midshipwizard. There is a sense of impending rank struggle, like embittered Simpson's tyranny in Mr. Midshipman Hornblower, but without explanation in the next paragraph, they have become friends with intimate knowledge of each other's backgrounds. Weird.I hope that once out to sea, Blithe's fortunes would improve, but I just couldn't cut the bad writing enough slack to find out.

  • Ezekiel
    2018-12-04 06:56

    Poorly edited (at one point it's said that "all" dragonships are called "it" and "them" and are male, but literally one page later the character who *said* this is referring to the ship with female pronouns, later the main character does magic and passes out before he finds out what happens, wakes up and finds out what he did, is disappointed that it wasn't more impressive, and when later under a TRUTH SPELL is recounting it, states that he "intended" what happened to happen, and NO MENTION is made of that setting off the truth spell). And the book itself wasn't to my taste, but really, multiple instances of contradictory writing. Bah.

  • David
    2018-12-09 04:55

    I really don't get why people keep comparing to Harry Potter, is it just because he uses magic? In which case, are all fantasy stories suddenly going to be "Harry Potter meets X"? Started out a bit slow for me which, along with another book I had been waiting for showing up and jumping up in front of the queue, made it take a little longer than usual to read. But over all I enjoyed it and will be happy to read the next book in the series.

  • Deirdre
    2018-11-14 00:08

    In a world where ships of the line are carved from the body of living dragons and where officers wield magic comes Midshipwizard Halcyon Blythe. He came into his magic late in life and now has to try and catch up. This does cause him problems with his peers and he also has issues with understand his power and some of the implications.I enjoyed the read, it did have room for improvement but I did find it an interesting read with characters I cared for.

  • Becky
    2018-12-08 06:58

    All the critics reviews of this book were Horatio Hornblower meets Harry Potter / Hogwarts. Totally true- I am not that into high seas adventure mixed with fantasy- but I liked it and might read the other book in the series.

  • Paul
    2018-11-21 04:22

    This is a superb kids book / series, its a shame it stops after two books without the author concluding the various plot lines.In a nutshell its about a "Horatio Hornblower" style character in a magical world with all the goodness that brings ;)

  • Becca Stroebel
    2018-11-14 01:13

    This books is another Young Reader's Choice Award nominee for 2008. I don't usually enjoy fantasy novels, but I found this one to be engaging and worthwhile. Maybe partly because it contained sailing information and I was excited about remembering sailing terms.

  • Lindsey
    2018-11-24 00:22

    This is an amazing book! It's kind of like Harry Potter with a mix of sailing and a few other interesting elements (like the fact that the ship they sail in is actually a dragon).

  • Glenn
    2018-12-04 07:22

    Fun start to the series. Halcyon is a bit of a block head but not so much that it's annoying. I would read the second. Might make a good companion to The Ranger's Apprentice.

  • Matthew
    2018-12-01 06:52

    Quick, unique world that feels like a character and world study that leaves you wanting a bit more - until you realize it's fine for the quick read it is.

  • Emmett Williamson
    2018-11-22 03:03

    This is a really good book. It is as if Hogwarts goes to see and fights more.

  • Aiyana
    2018-11-23 00:02

    Um... I can really only describe this book one way: it's "Horatio Hornblower" with dragons and wizards. And better than it sounds.

  • Amanda
    2018-12-13 04:21

    Decent but not stellar. A throwaway read I probably won't remember in 5 years.

  • AM
    2018-12-01 07:15

    this was a breezy read that was all really cool set dressing and an okay story.

  • Eileen Phillips
    2018-11-16 02:14

    Sort of a cross betweenHarry Potter andHoratio Hornblower, and yet pretty unique. I dug it.

  • Heather
    2018-11-16 06:59

    This was entertaining and had some cool characters, (the dragon ship) but lacked in some aspects.

  • Samantha
    2018-11-23 01:09

    Some of the dialogue is a bit cheesy, but this is an interesting and fun story of wizards at sea. All I need to say is: dragonship. Too cool.

  • Amanda Krause
    2018-12-03 00:03

    Cool world, ended up hooking my attention by the end.

  • Barry
    2018-11-29 03:08

    Regardless of other reviews, I very much enjoyed this magical sea yarn