To Become a Sorcerer by Darrell Schweitzer

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Title: To Become a Sorcerer
Author: Darrell Schweitzer
In: The Mammoth Book of Dark Magic (Mike Ashley)
Rating Out of 5: 3.5 (Liked this)
My Bookshelves: Dark fantasy, Magic
Dates read: 13th January 2020
Pace: Slow
Format: Short story
Publisher: Robinson
Year: 1991
5th sentence, 74th page: There was little to do that night.

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His Dad was a sorcerer, so how did he become one? And what will it take to make his son walk in his footsteps?


There are four acts to this story. Or chapters. But, to me, they kind of read like the more traditional acts used in the telling of a story.

The first act is all about losing family. About having that love and losing it. About the confusion that this brings along for a young child.

The second act talks more about sorcery. About being set on the path towards sorcery and the journey that that takes you on.

The third act, is really about going into the belly of the beast. Specifically, it’s about actually succumbing to the need for power and going on a journey into sorcery.

Finally, the fourth and final act is the epic battle in which all secrets and plans are revealed.

I enjoyed this unique set up and journey. And I would love to see how this was formed into a full-length novel.

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