The Hour of the Gate

The Hour of the Gate

Spellsinger Jon-Tom follows bespectacled turtle wizard Clothahump for allies against invading insect Plated Folk with new magic - and way home to our world.

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The Spellsinger series follows Jon-Tom, a law student/musician from our world who gets accidentally pulled into another world by the wizard Clothahump, a turtle; in Clothahump's world, all animals -- spiders, insects, mammals, and birds, but not lizards (other than dragons) -- act more or less like humans. The kid-who-has-powers thing was obviously big in the 1980s, and maybe Luke Skywalker started it or maybe he was just the latest iteration of it, but Foster's take on Jon-Tom's stumbling version of magic is kind of fun: he's a "spellsinger," so when he plays music and sings he can do magic, magic that's loosely based on the song he's singing -- so, for example, when he tries to conjure a boat in one book he sings Sloop John B. Jon-Tom's magic comes in mostly when Foster needs it to; although the books are about being a spellsinger, like most books in which characters have magic there are limits on the magic, both artificial and in-story. In The Hour Of The Gate Jon-Tom decides not to use his magic sometimes because he's too angry, or at others because the group deems it too dangerous, and so on. Whenever I read characters who have magic that have limits on it (for whatever reason) I go back to my list of dream stories I would like to write, which include: 1. I know, I know: it only works on weak minds or something, but the point is: there is a limit to Jedi power that is applied only when the story requires it. If your limits are built into the story, like Superman's kryptonite, Jon-Tom's unfamiliarity with how magic works, then they're fine. It's perfectly fine to have Jon-Tom's magic fail at a key moment because he's been doing magic for like 2 days. If your limit needs to be created at that moment simply to create drama -- the wizard is suddenly too tired or magic 'doesn't work' on that thing or some such - -it's just poor storytelling. This is a good book, as good as I remembered it being, and if you like pulpy-fun fantasy fiction Alan Dean Foster is your guy.

I liked better while writing review. I thought I was done with series, easier to review book I didn't like. (view spoiler) She and smooth-talking rabbit gambler Caz are an item.

The party of adventurers (which is what they are) have reached the main mammal city to warn the council of the invasion of a race of insects called the Plated Folk. As can be expected in most books, they manage to broker a deal between the two sides, get to the gate in time, and fight off the invasion of the Plated Folk. In fact, most of the flying insects out there (such as bees) really shouldn't fly. So, in answer to my initial question, I guess the reason why insects are always portrayed as nasty, evil, invaders is because to us they are probably the most alien animal life form that we know.

This is a good stopping point; will likely reread the third book after I polish off a few of the twenty other series I haven't finished yet.

about to be invaded by the "plated folk" who have a new evil magic brought across from our world... The setup and antics of the book are quite funny as it is a contrast of a "fantasy world" but the main character (and general tone) is straight up realistic... Mr Foster plays with the "chosen one" in that the wizard Clothahump was searching out for a magician of our world - an En'giniear - and Jon-Tom as a part time job at the university as a janitor (sanitation engineer...) I love that Jon-Tom is just your average university student... Given that Clothahump the wizard summoned Jon-Tom to counter an evil invasion...

Jon-Tom, Mudge, Clodsahamp, Talea, Flor, Pog, Caz und der Drache Falameezar haben es bis nach Polastrindu geschafft und müssen nur noch den Rat davon überzeugen, dass die Bedrohung durch die Gepanzerten real ist und ein Angriff unmittelbar bevor steht. Jon-Tom und seine Freunde möchten das Unmögliche schaffen und machen sich auf den Weg. Der zweite Band des Bannsänger-Zyklus schließt unmittelbar an den ersten (Bannsänger) an. Jon-Tom entwickelt sich weiter, auch wenn er mit seinen magischen Kräften nicht gerade Fortschritte macht. Doch merkt er, dass er sein Studentenleben nun endgültig hinter sich gelassen hat und auch über seine Zukunft nachdenken muss. Und so muss er sich nicht nur Gedanken um den bevorstehenden Krieg machen, sondern auch um sein Liebesleben.

The book starts off with a lot of travel adventures, then at the end there are a lot of predictable plot twists with the battle.

Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies. Splinter of the Mind's Eye, a bestselling novel based on the Star Wars movies, received the Galaxy Award in 1979.

  • Spellsinger

  • English

  • Fantasy

  • Rating: 3.84
  • Pages: 300
  • Publish Date: February 17th 1984 by New York : Warner Books
  • Isbn10: 0446341819
  • Isbn13: 9780446341813