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A Bad Spell in Yurt by C. Dale Brittain

Review by Caleyna

The Wizard Daimbert didn't pay attention in school, so he's in trouble when he's hired as Royal Wizard to the Kingdom of Yurt. He's supposed to make telephones, but doesn't know how to go about it, but that's the least of his problems. He soon learns that there is an evil influence in the Kingdom and he must stop it. Too bad he doesn't know how.

As books go, this wasn't too bad, but it wasn't too good either. The writing style is easy with dashes of humor, but the plot is nothing outstanding or orginal. I like bumbling heroes, and Daimbert fits that role to a T, but he is almost too bumbling for me. He becomes a little irritating toward the end, but overall he is quite likeable.

On an intersting side-note, the religion in the book was very Christain. The world seemed to be some alternate reality where magic beat out technology, but Christ was still the Savior. Daimbert's only friend in Yurt is the priest, even though the priest doesn't trust magic at all and feels a responsiblity toward Daimbert's soul.

Overall, I'd rate this book a 3 out of 5 amulets. A nice, light read if you are in the mood for pure entertainment. It won't strain your brain or give you any wonderful insights into the world, but it is fun.


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