James M. Ward

James M. Ward has written Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe (Tor) and has been a successful author and game designer since 1974, creating the first science fiction roleplaying game in Metamorphosis Alpha. He was later inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design Hall of Fame. In 2002, Ward became president of Fast Forward Entertainment, a position he still holds today. James M. Ward is an Origins Award-winning game designer, bestselling co-author of the Pools trilogy for TSR, and designer of the Dragon Ball Z card game. His most recent book, Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe, was published by Tor Books.

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Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe

by James M. Ward

A nautical fantasy of dragonships, wizards and spell warfare on the high seas.

Halcyon Blithe is a young man of good breeding and lineage who also happens to be endowed with qualities and abilities of a sorcerous nature. Aiming to seek his fortune and fulfill his full potential in the magical world, Blithe gladly accepts his rank as Midshipwizard. In doing so, he becomes a member of the crew who tend and sail the awesome nautical juggernauts - vessels which harness the bodies and strength of living dragons with seafaring technology.

Combining elements of Robert Louis Stevenson with Robin Hobb, Midshipwizard Halcyon Blithe is a nautical tale rich in magic and intrigue, a tale set against a panorama of fantastic naval battles as it follows the career of a young midshipwizard moving up through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy.

"Horatio Hornblower meets Harry Potter in a tale of magical martial warfare of the high seas."
--Ed Greenwood, creator of Forgotten Realms

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Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe

by James M. Ward

His yeoman voyage now behind him, Blithe must now accept new responsibilities as he ascends to the rank of Dragonfrigate Wizard Halcyon Blithe.

In the latest chapter of the young wizard’s nautical education he finds himself second in command of a captured enemy vessel that must engage a demonship in combat before returning to port. Upon his return he is assigned duty on a dwarven dragonship where he and his shipmates encounter the deceit of politics and diplomacy before they can regain the security of their Arcanian dragonship and the company of their trusted crewmates.

Combining elements of Hornblower with Harry Potter, and Robert Louis Stevenson with Robin Hobb, the Halcyon Blithe are nautical tales rich in magic and intrigue set against a panorama of fantastic naval battles as we follow the career of a young midshipwizard as he moves up through the ranks of His Majesty's Navy.

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