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A wizard in the way
1st ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 2000.
Physical Description:
224 pages ; 22 cm
Number in series:
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Gar Pike encounters his most magical challenge yet on the planet of Oldeira, where Gar and Alea's task is to assimilate the serfs into a force with a chance to overthrow the cruel Wizard Lords.


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Under the nom de guerre of Gar Pike, renegade psychic wizard Magnus D'Armand travels the stars fighting injustice and oppression, like his father, Rod Gallowglass, the Warlock in Spite of Himself. But unlike his famous father, Magnus refuses to play by the rules, sowing the seeds of freedom and revolution throughout the galaxy.

A Wizard in the Way

When his longtime traveling companion settled down and got married, Gar Pike--the Rogue Wizard--had thought it would be even better to work alone: no distractions, no disagreements, no one to care about but himself. But he wasn't alone for long. He recently managed to saddle himself with a new companion: Alea, a young woman with a certain amount of psychic ability and a heavy dose of attitude to boot. The funny thing is, he's beginning to like having her around--particularly when they land on the planet of Oldeira.

The problems Gar and Alea encounter on Oldeira include not only the tyrannical Wizard Lords who rule the provinces, but also the attitude that has been beaten and bred into their serfs. To complicate matters, Gar and Alea adopt two desperate peasants who are perfect examples of the mind-set of the entire lower class. How to raise morale and shape these people into a force that will overcome their oppressors while not getting caught or killed themselves--these are all questions that Gar and Alea must answer fast. And the only way to do it is: The Way.

Author Notes

Science fiction/fantasy writer Christopher Stasheff was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1944. He received a BA and a MA in Speech and Broadcasting from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Theater from the University of Nebraska. He taught theater at Montclair State University in New Jersey before leaving to become a full-time author. He writes the following series: Warlock, Star Troupers, Rogue Wizard, and Wizard in Rhyme.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

The latest chapter in Stasheff's ongoing Rogue Wizard fantasy series about well-meaning renegade Magnus d'Armand (aka Gar Pike) and his quest to free lost colony worlds from oppressive local governments stumbles in the execution, but is still likely to satisfy fans. Gar and his plucky female sidekick, Alea (introduced in A Wizard in Midgard), arrive on the forgotten Terran colony world of Oldeira to discover a medieval society in fear of its magician oppressors. These psychically talented men came to power in the void left centuries ago when Earth stopped sending supplies. They rule by force of minor psychic talents, commanding ghosts (the psychic remnants of dead colonists) and cleverly disguised technology to frighten the unruly into obedience. With help from runaway peasant girl Mira and young "ghost-leader" Blaize, Gar and Alea introduce the population to Taoism and the idea of balance in interconnecting life forces. Blaize's ability to lead ghosts and Mira's burgeoning talent as a wyvern wrangler come in handy as the team faces increasingly larger armies sent by wizard lords to quell the uprising. Fortunately, the peasants and ghosts are all willing and quick studies; most absorb Gar's version of the Tao in a few weeks or less. Evanescent, a catlike psionic who secretly stowed away in Gar's ship at the end of A Wizard and a Warlock, also manages to help the do-gooders without giving itself away. While Stasheff treats Taoism as lightly as learning to ride a bicycle, his fans are likely to forgive that in favor of his usual fast-paced storytelling, light humor and well-meaning heroes. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Kirkus Review

Another appearance for wizard Gar Pike (a.k.a. the psi-powered Magnus l'Armand: the alias is designed to throw the wrong-headed do-gooders of SCENT off the scent), his sidekick Alea, and their chatty spaceship, Herkimer ( A Wizard and a Warlord , p. 28; etc.). This time, the trio visits a lost colony world of ghosts, wizards, and oppressed peasants who need enlightening and liberating. The usual brisk, lively, succinct blend of puns, one-liners, and social commentary.

Booklist Review

The latest adventure of interstellar troubleshooter Magnus Armand, aka Gar Pike, and his companion, Alea, takes them to the planet Oldeira. There the collapse of technological civilization has led to a feudal society, complete with oppressed peasants, wizards who mostly oppress them, and an active and vocal population of ghosts and wyverns. The spacefarers take two peasants and turn them into rebels whose rebellion is based in Taoism, the Way of the title. The sexual tension growing between Magnus and Alea as well as the cat-headed alien, Evanescent, promise that future series installments may break unusual ground. That doesn't happen here, though, and the number of subplots leads to too many too quickly resolved conflicts in such a short book. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

Gar Pike and his galaxy-hopping companion Alea encounter a planet of downtrodden serfs suffering under the tyrannical rule of "wizard lords." With the help of a pair of fugitives, Gar and Alea strive to introduce the concepts of hope and freedom to a world too ready to accept oppression. The latest in Stasheff's popular "Wizard" series provides a fast-paced plot, likable protagonists, and the expected blend of medieval fantasy and space opera. Libraries should purchase where the series is popular. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.