Od is a gray-haired giantess who wanders the land of Numis, healing animals with her magic. When her wizardry saves the life and throne of the king, she asks only that she be allowed to set up a school of magic in an old cobbler's shop, in the Royal City of Kelior.
The school expands and thrives, and Od wanders off into the world. She is sighted so infrequently that succeeding generations of students believe she is a legend. The kings of Numis keep the magic in their kingdom under strict control and the school becomes very conservative in its teachings.
Of course, 'conservative' is not a state of affairs that will last very long in a McKillip fantasy. The School of Magic's new gardener, a teacher-wizard, a new student, a street magician, and the king's daughter combine in Od ways to shake the stodgy foundations of the school and the kingdom of Numis.
As always, McKillip's characters seem a bit dazed by life, dazed even by their own good deeds. The bad guy is only a villain-manqué and never really gets a chance to commit evil before he is swept up in the movement to bring wild magic back to the Kingdom.
Unfortunately this author's books need an honest-to-satan slime-ball villain to bring them into focus. Otherwise the reader is inclined to wander through the plot, hypnotized by McKillip's strange and beautiful settings, until the novel glides to an end and he or she says, 'Huh, did I miss something?"
Beautiful surfaces, matched by a very beautiful jacket illustration by Kinuko Y. Craft, but not much depth to "Od Magic." I'm hoping for a sequel that brings all of the characters together against a much more formidable villain. Even the wild magic comes tamely to the denouement, about as threatening as someone's collection of pet rocks.
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