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Season of the Spellsong. 1985 Season of the Spellsong
by Alan Dean Foster
First Edition 1985.
Nelson Doubleday / Science Fiction Book Club.
New York.
Publisher Code: 01827.
Hardback in dust jacket.
Cover illustration by Steve Ferris.
vi+730 pages.
Price: $8.50.

Notes
An omnibus edition of the first three Spellsinger novels.

Includes:

  • Spellsinger
  • The Hour of the Gate
  • The Day of the Dissonance
Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
Meet Jonathan Thomas Meriweather, frustrated musician and desperate graduate student cramming for an exam – until he suddenly is bespelled into a world not his own, brought there by the magic of a master wizard, a turtle named Clothahump. Clothahump’s world, a realm where humans are but one minor species amidst countless intelligent animals, has been endangered by a great yet mysterious evil from Earth, and the turtle wizard has worked a mighty spell to bring a sorcerer from that world to stand with him against this force of darkness.

What he gets, however, is no Earthly wizard – otherwise known as an engineer – but Jonathan, who is quickly nicknamed Jon-Tom and placed in the guardianship of the otter thief Mudge until such time as he adapts to this strange new world. But Jon-Tom doesn’t want to adapt, he wants to go home. Unfortunately, the spell Clothahump used to bring Jon-Tom there has left the turtle so exhausted he cannot possibly return the human to Earth for some time to come – if ever….

Then Jon-Tom accidentally discovers that he does have a magical skill – the ability to cast spells through music — and, as a Spellsinger, he eagerly joins in Clothahump’s plans, helping the wizard in a final attempt to bring an Earth wizard across the dimensions while at the same time hoping to ride the spell back home.

However, Jon-Tom's spellsinging proves unreliable, and he ends up still in Clothahump’s world, with a fellow Earth exile to deal with. She is Flores Quintera, a woman he has long secretly admired, and she is delighted at the adventure she finds herself in and quickly proves a skilled warrior. Shamed by Flor’s enthusiasm, Jon-Tom resigns himself to aiding Clothahump, Mudge, Flor, the lovely human thief Talea, the con-artist rabbit Caz, and the Marxist dragon Falameezar in their desperate quest to rally the warmlander animals against the menace of the evil invaders – the insectile Plated Folk – and their secret force of destruction. After all, if he doesn’t try to help save this world, what chance will he ever have of returning to his own?

 
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