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  • Author:
    David C. Smith
  • ISBN:
    0890839867
  • ISBN13:
    978-0890839867
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    Zebra; First Edition edition (May 1, 1982)
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    Fantasy
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Oron: Mosutha's Magic. Oron by. David C. Smith.

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Oron : Mosutha's Magic. Book in the Oron Series).

Chronologically speaking however this should be considered the first book in the series as it details the beginnings of a young Oron

Chronologically speaking however this should be considered the first book in the series as it details the beginnings of a young Oron. The premise of the story is pretty straight forward. Tragically Oron returns to find the majority of his village aflame and the young/aged wiped out by mysterious soldiers bearing a seven pointed star sigil. Oron learns that his beloved Esa was captured and taken prisoner (along with many others) and is en route to the Northern fortress of a powerful and wicked sorcerer named Mosutha. Oron vows Mosutha's death and the rescue of his young love Esa.

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lt;< Previous bookNext book . Mosutha's Magic. 1982) (The third book in the Oron series) A novel by David C Smith. Used availability for David C Smith's Mosutha's Magic. May 1982 : USA Mass Market Paperback.

The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories, Oron, The Sorcerer's Shadow, Oron: Mosutha's Magic, Oron No. 4: The Valley of Ogrum, and Oron 5: The Ghost. 6 primary works, 6 total works. 5. The Man Who Would Be King and Other Stories. A collection of four new short stories, a novella.

Find sources: "David C. Smith" author – news · newspapers · books . Smith" author – news · newspapers · books · scholar · JSTOR (September 2010) (Learn how and when to remove this template message). Smith's collaborations with Tierney and some of his short fiction have been issued in German, and Oron has been translated into and reprinted in Czech. Oron and its chronological prequels--Mosutha's Magic (1982), The Valley of Ogrum (1982), and The Ghost Army (1983)--as well as the novel The Sorcerer's Shadow (1978) and 18 short stories and novelettes (1971–1984)are all set on the imaginary island-continent Attluma, for which Smith developed a detailed history

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Warned about Oron by a smoke demon, Mosutha, a wicked sorcerer, plots the approaching swordsman's death

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"Mosutha's Magic" is David C. Smith's third installment of the Oron series. Chronologically speaking however this should be considered the first book in the series as it details the beginnings of a young Oron. The premise of the story is pretty straight forward. Oron, age 16 is on the cusp of becoming a man within his barbarian tribe and plans on taking a young woman named Esa as his mate upon finishing his rite of passage. When his drunk, abusive and single father decides he wants Esa as his mate Oron is forced to defend Esa and himself. After the heated conflict Oron is unfortunately exiled from his tribe. Lost and without purpose Oron wanders only to return in an attempt to spirit his beloved Esa away. Tragically Oron returns to find the majority of his village aflame and the young/aged wiped out by mysterious soldiers bearing a seven pointed star sigil. Oron learns that his beloved Esa was captured and taken prisoner (along with many others) and is en route to the Northern fortress of a powerful and wicked sorcerer named Mosutha. Oron vows Mosutha's death and the rescue of his young love Esa. Here are my thoughts on Mosutha's Magic;

Pros

+ Plenty of action, swordplay, demonic sorcery, blood and gore. Everything a novel of this genre needs.

+ Well written and fast paced story.

+ Provided a nice overview of the tribal society in which Oron was raised.

+ Balanced but small cast of likable characters. I became rather fond of the wizard Saldum.

Cons <Contains SPOILERS>

- Esa was quickly forgotten when Oron met Uira and decided to take her as his mate. I found this extremely abrupt and out of place considering Oron killed his father in defense of Esa.

- Ending was a bit anticlimactic and felt rushed.

- Missed and unexplained opportunities with the various creatures presented in the book. Each one was only used briefly and never really confronted or fully explained. Examples include the giant serpents in the Nevga River, the invisible undead ooze creature guarding Mosutha's treasure room, the female vampire in the forest and lastly the lack of intervention of the demon Ernog.

- Oron being portrayed at only 16 years of age throughout the entirety of the book felt unbelievable. It was difficult to imagine people from such a strict and tribalistic society following a mere boy who physically wasn't yet a man nor had he passed any of the tribal initiations. Also, if you look at the cover art it's clearly not a picture of Oron at age 16. It appears to be an older Oron with a full beard and graying hair.

- Characters you start to invest interest in die too quickly. Examples included Thos and Saldum.

- No map. I would have loved to have seen a detailed map of the Nevga River Valley. The map in the original Oron wasn't much help either as Nevga is quite small and undetailed compared to the rest of Attluma.

"Mosutha's Magic" is an enjoyable first tale in the Oron series. Smith does a great job at explaining Oron's tribal society and the customs they follow. The action is straight forward and the plot simple and easy to follow. Kill the evil sorcerer, save the girl and the world from eternal darkness. This book was the same caliber of the original Oron but not as dark as Smith's "Shadow of Sorcery." Personally I prefer the darker sword and sorcery but all in all this was still an entertaining read and worthy addition to the Oron saga.
Gorisar
One of my favorite authors doing what he does best. Sword and sorcery in the Howard tradition. Lovers of grim dark fantasy would enjoy this book. I hope they will release this in an ebook edition.