Finding new authors of epic fantasy is hard these days. Urban fantasy and its cross over paranormal romance are waving their banners high. So, why did it take me so long to find this author and the book released Spring 2010? I have no excuse, but I will make up for it now.
Blake Charlton's Spellwright  is the book. The magic system is inventive, but soundly organized and structured. Wizards wield the power of words quite literally, constructing texts that can then come alive to heal, harm, and transform. The language must be spelled correctly, and those who have mastered the complex languages become the influential ones in politics and their world. So what happens to a young apprentice who is a cacographer -- one who has difficulty spelling and can destroy spells with a touch? There are prophecies to fight and fulfill, of course, and deaths along the way.
Blake Charlton took his experience with dyslexia and constructed a wonderful new magical system and world. It is complex and engaging, and it is truly not to be missed.
Spellbound will likely be published next year. I will not be late reading that one.
Other magical reads to catch in the Harris County Public Library system:
Antiphon  (book three of series) by Ken Scholes
Wizards  (short stories by the likes of Neil Gaiman, Tad Williams, and Garth Nix)
The Way of the Wizard  (short stories) edited by John Joseph Adams -- coming to HCPL
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms  by N.K. Jemisin