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THE WARLOCK IN SPITE OF HIMSELF [w1]
Ace (#87300, 1st printing) 1969 paperback Cover by Jack Gaughan, 285 pages, 75 cent cover price. Condition is near-Fine: tight and square with flat spine; mild uniform age tanning (insides of covers are darker), trace of overall wear. No stamps, marks or writing - a clean copy.
The Warlock in Spite of Himself - [review from IF December 1969]:
But at least half of Gramarye works by magic. There are witches galore and elves all over the landscape, all mixed up in the government. There is even a group of fine, upstanding ghosts who dutifully haunt an ancestral castle. And Rodney is recognized by all as a genuine warlock. Maybe he is, despite his protests. In the end most of the magic elements become integrated into the science framework. But it isn't one of the horrible "logical" endings that so often ruin science fantasy. The Little People are far more than mutations and the ghosts remain honest ghosts. The mixture should not work at all - but somehow everything comes together into a good and satisfying adventure. The story is not a major one or particularly significant but it's more fun to read than anything I've seen by a new writer in much too long a time. There's room here for a sequel, since Rodney really should be proved an authentic Warlock eventually. I hope Stasheff is working on it." [-Lester del Rey]