The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England

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Pub Date 27 Jul 2023 | Archive Date 31 Oct 2023

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#1 New York Times Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson meshes Jason Bourne, epic fantasy, and time travel together in a standalone adventure where an amnesiac wizard's only hope of survival in medieval England lies in recovering his missing memories.

A man awakes 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?


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#1 New York Times Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson meshes Jason Bourne, epic fantasy, and time travel together in a standalone adventure where an amnesiac wizard's only hope of survival in...

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Thank you so much to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for allowing me an e-arc copy of this book in exchange for my review.

I love Brandon Sanderson and anything that he writes, so I was so happy to be given access to this book!

And as per usual, I loved this book. It was outside of his normal book universe and was definitely more sci-fi than fantasy. I loved the more comedic writing style the book had, with the main character giving anything any everything reviews.

This books focuses on the main character (we don’t know his name at first) but we get to see him as a bit of an antihero. He starts out as a blank
slate, dumped into an alternate reality medieval
England, with no memory of who he is or how he got
there. But he has a lot of modern thoughts, keeps trying to use the internet and sometimes even reaches for a gun… the plot thickens.

The premise of this story is that somewhere in the future, people have created a business selling alternate realities to people. Most of them with the premise of controlling them. And somehow our main character ends up dumped in one of these realities with no idea how he got there or even who he is. The story follows him in this universe, figuring out who he is and helping the people of the reality - while also finding out that there are other people from his time period here… and they aren’t the best of people.

I’ve never read anything like this before, and I was sucked in from the beginning. It was a lovely story filled with comedy, redemption and a little bit of a love story. If you want a quick sci-fi book that is a lot of fun and you are a fan of hitchhikers guide to the galaxy and Westworld?? This book is for you!

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Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this story. I’ve only read a few of Brandon Sanderson’s novels ( something I intend to remedy), all in the ‘magical fantasy realm’ genre. This is something a wee bit different, combining his talent for world-building with a significant dose of Sci-fi.
The main character narrating the story finds himself in an unknown place, with no recent memories and very fractured older ones. He has gone from a futuristic world where people have various technological ‘augmentations’ to a medieval one where he is mistaken for a magical being (The ‘Wizard’ of the title).
That’s all I’m going to say about the plot.
But to give you an idea of how enjoyable I found it:
Take Michael Crichton’s ‘ Timeline’, chuck in a generous handful of ‘Stargate’ and ‘Project Hail Mary’ and maybe a soupçon of Doctor Who, mix in Terry Pratchett’s ability to turn the way we look at things on its head, and you have a very humorous, very readable adventure story full of characters I’d love to get to know better. Than you, Mr Sanderson.

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