By Alexey Glushanovsky
The realm that Glushanovsky paints is wonderfully-saturated with parts from all around the fable genre—though this isn't easily a story of sword and sorcery. those classical fable figures are well-executed and feature the sensibility of a professional Russian fable novel, specifically considering that this is often a part of a tetralogy formerly released in Russia. Readers of George R.R. Martin, Raymond Feist and Stephen R. Donaldson will adore the line TO MAGIC.
There are interesting parallel narratives at paintings within the highway TO MAGIC. On one point now we have the good-looking playboy Oleg Davidov as a modern day university pupil; on one other point now we have Oleg the demon savior of the princess; and on one other point, Oleg the monster hunter. Like Harry Potter, Oleg used to be a regular boy until eventually he's magnificently remodeled into anything supernatural, that is later used as a commentary/comic aid device as soon as Oleg is a demon. That’s what you get if you dabble in magic with a demoness. infrequently does Oleg ever strategy the realm of myth as an interloper actually he feels correct at domestic in that international.
After Oleg resolves the princess’s plight, he then takes to the air to profit magic on the college yet now not ahead of Oleg can slay a few monsters in a couple of Herculean feats on his option to turning into a scholar of magic. Readers also will research much approximately Russian popular culture from interpreting the line TO MAGIC. The complicated tale, relocating alongside at a brisk velocity, provides an clever tackle the character of delusion gods and the human courting to either gods and monsters.
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Magicians! Run! ’ yelped the bandits. in the beginning Oleg was once completely satisfied. He nonetheless hadn’t totally recovered and a skirmish with thirty no longer so badly armed bandits used to be certainly bad immediately. Or extra accurately, he might most likely pop out of it alive and should also have been capable of slay the attackers – it’s not going they might were in a position to do whatever to counter the capacities of his demonic physique. yet to concurrently guard his partners from the various arrows and different projectiles lots of the bandits have been armed with - that, unluckily, used to be no longer inside his powers. And so the panic which started to unfold between them used to be certainly to Oleg’s liking. it might be far better for everybody if the bandits simply ran off permitting them to proceed on their approach. ‘Stand your floor! ’ The leader’s cry stopped the bandits of their tracks as they have been getting ready to run. It appeared that regardless of their worry of magicians, the bandits have been even more scared of their chieftain. ‘These are not any magicians! in the event that they have been, they’d have became us to ash a long time in the past! ’ The chief roared, agily utilizing the physique of a giant bandit in a tattered tunic to protect himself from the ball of sunshine Clairene threw at him. The latter screamed in affliction and then a nasty smelling brown substance plopped to the floor. The chief moved quickly to conceal himself within the crowd, carrying on with his functionality from there. ‘Charge! permit fly the arrows! the most factor is to wreck during the protect after which they won’t be capable to do something. Wizards are typically prosperous and they’ll pay handsomely on the slave marketplace for a maid with magical powers. fireplace! ’ The leader’s rhetoric hit the mark. A volley of arrows rained down on Oleg’s guard, immediately sucking out a 3rd of his weakened strength reserves. With an evil grin, Oleg used to be close to thoroughly shedding his defend and remodeling right into a demon, whilst an concept got here to him—an concept that may let him not just to kill the bandits but in addition to save lots of the lives of his partners. nonetheless keeping the safeguard, he mentally despatched out a choice, followed by way of a psychological photograph of what was once happening. ‘We’re on our approach. ’ Notes of chilly fury should be heard in Viss’s answer. ‘Hold on for 5 mins. I’m sending the Hounds. ’ inside 3 mins, sixty operating torpedoes confirmed up at the highway. the group of brigands used to be hit seriously by means of the armored our bodies of the hounds, sweeping them off their ft and onto the floor. A pathetic try at resistance was once instantly suppressed. it seems that Viss had given an order to take the bandits alive, as the hounds didn’t use their poor fangs. Then one of many bandits, miraculously nonetheless on his toes, brandished a sword at one of many hounds. The hound, with a shockingly speedy stream for this kind of sizeable beast, dodged the blade, and closed its sharp fangs at the bandit’s arm. you can pay attention the quiet crunch of bone; slowly, with noticeable reluctance, the creature published the bloody stump from its jaws. abruptly, one of many robbers, with the braveness of depression, brandished a spit, outfitted at the spear shaft—the traditional software of peasants.