The Outsorcerer's Apprentice by Tom Holt download in iPad, ePub, pdf
The point of the story is not to impart a lesson or message, but rather to ridicule tall tales. However in Holt's work the links between reality and fantasy are more explicit than the chuckle inducing cross-references of the Discworld novels. Despite Balthazar's disdain of his relationship with Becky, Dave convinces to allow him to meet her for a date. And early on, I was consistently impressed by the cleverness of the writing, the snarky observational satire, and generally the wittiness.
David nevertheless keeps the ring. While he searches for his descendant throughout history, Balthazar imprisons Morganians, sorcerers who try to release Morgana, including Horvath, into successive layers on the Grimhold. For whatever reason, the book felt like it was less than the sum of its part. Before dying, Merlin gives Balthazar a dragon figurine that will identify the Prime Merlinean, Merlin's descendant and the only one able to defeat Morgana.
The sorcerer is, instead, an Egyptian mystic, a priest of Isis called Pancrates. In a post-credits scene, Horvath takes his hat at Balthazar's shop. Horvath pursues Dave and the Grimhold. He revives Balthazar by restarting his heart with plasma shocks. Maybe it was that the I picked up this book because I like clever wordplay, and the title amused me.
Perhaps I would've liked The Outsorcerer's Apprentice more, if I'd read the first two books in the series, but if they're written at all like this, I somehow doubt it. They attempt to kill Dave, but Balthazar saves him. Dave makes another, larger Tesla coil out of the square's lamp posts and power lines to overwhelm her and then fires a plasma barrage which finally destroys her.
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