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The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England

By Brandon Sanderson
The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson digital book - Fable

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson—creator of the smash-hit science fiction and fantasy series Skyward, The Stormlight Archive, and Mistborn—comes a new science fiction adventure.

 

A man awakens in a clearing in what appears to be medieval England with no memory of who he is, where he came from, or why he is there. Chased by a group from his own time, his sole hope for survival lies in regaining his missing memories, making allies among the locals, and perhaps even trusting in their superstitious boasts. His only help from the "real world" should have been a guidebook entitled The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England, except his copy exploded during transit. The few fragments he managed to save provide clues to his situation, but can he figure them out in time to survive?

 

Note from Brandon:

 

Sometimes an idea just won't let go of you for years. The initial seed of this novel was the title that eventually turned into The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England. At first there was no story go to with that title, but I wrote it down and kept coming back to it, wondering what that book could possibly be about. Something else I thought about off and on for years was the classic concept of a man waking up in another time and another place, with no idea how he got there. It was when those two ideas came together, and I placed a book with that title into that man's hands, that this novel was born. I hope you'll have as much fun with it as I did!

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169 Reviews

3.5
“So, I knew it was bound to happen but I didn't expect it to be the third Sanderson book that I read. If you've read some of my other reviews, then you know I'm not super into low fantasy. While the "main" part of this story takes place in an alternate dimension, the main character is from a futuristic time of our world and the new dimension is very reminiscent of Medieval England (hence the title of the book). I did enjoy the book enough to read it in about 3 days and not dread picking it up, but the comedy felt a bit forced in some areas and I personally don't like when comedy is forced. This was still a fun book but I won't be rereading it anytime soon, as it is what I assume is going to be a rare miss from Sanderson for me.”
Thumbs Up“Far from perfect, but this was a neat enough time. It was like an in-depth LARP session.”
Descriptive writingUnpredictableMagical settingComing of ageLack of diversityPredictableUnengaging characters

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