A Wizard in Rhyme

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A Wizard in Rhyme is a series of fantasy novels written by Christopher Stasheff. The series follows the character of Matthew Mantrell, a Ph.D. student, who is transported to a magical world where poetry is used to cast spells. There his knowledge of poetry, gained through his literature studies, establishes him as a powerful wizard and positions him as "lord wizard of the realm".[1][2] The series consists of eight novels,[3] and is said to have hints of L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt.[4]

A Wizard in Rhyme takes place in an alternate history of medieval Europe, featuring several geographical differences (most notably a land-bridge connecting Britain to the mainland) and two major supernatural differences: the existence of magic, which can be influenced by the speaking of rhymed verse; and the established and real presence of the Judeo-Christian God and Devil, leading to a prevalence of Christian thought and morality.


The following are domains of the realms covered in the novel, with the approximate geographical counterparts in the real world.

Note: There are some inconsistencies with the actual name of Britain and Ireland in the series. In book 4, Matthew mentions that the countries England, Scotland and Ireland are respectfully named Angland, Scotia and Erie, yet in Book 6 Britain is called "Bretanglia," and Ireland, "Erin."

Novel series[edit]

  1. Her Majesty's Wizard (1986)
  2. The Oathbound Wizard (1993)
  3. The Witch Doctor (1994)
  4. The Secular Wizard (1995)
  5. My Son, the Wizard (1997)
  6. The Haunted Wizard (1999)
  7. The Crusading Wizard (2000)
  8. The Feline Wizard (2000)


  1. ^ Jacob, Merle; Apple, Hope. (2000) "Stasheff, Christopher: 1496. A Wizard in Rhyme". To Be Continued: An Annotated Guide to Sequels. Second Edition. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9781573561556. pp.271–272.
  2. ^ Buker, Derek M. (2002). "Crossing Over to the Other Side". The Science Fiction and Fantasy Readers' Advisory: The Librarian's Guide to Cyborgs, Aliens, and Sorcerers. American Library Association. ISBN 9780838908310. p.165.
  3. ^ "All Works By Type", Christopher.Stasheff.com. Retrieved January 30, 2013.
  4. ^ Steinberg, Sybil S. (1997). "My Son, the Wizard: Book V of A Wizard in Rhyme". Publishers Weekly. 244:46. p60.

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