I'm currently behind on reviews, so don't be surprised if the recent reviews are a bit sparse.

The Warlock in Spite of Himself

Cover of The Warlock in Spite of Himself.

The Warlock in Spite of Himself has a really good setting.

That’s it, that was the good part. It also has the height of 60s sexism in Fantasy: Protagonist (who is always right and good) disdaining help from women, recommends spanking arrogant women, falls in love with every pretty one, one violent graphic assault/rape/coercion (later justified b/c she was faking him out), โ€ฆ I could go on.

Then there are politics more blatant than in Sword of Truth (literal Marxists itching to shoot the aristocracy) โ€“ though that part was fun, really. I can get behind “it’s so bad it’s good”, but I can’t get behind the sexism and to be honest plain middling writing.