Just by looking at the cover, 'Her Majesty's Wizard' would appear to be just another fantasy adventure. Well, not so fast...
A graduate student named Matt finds and reads an ancient manuscript, unknowingly transporting himself to another time/another world that has some interesting differences from our own world. Matt finds that through reciting poetry and literature, he can cast "spells" which help him and his new-found friends through some really tough spots as they seek to reclaim their kingdom from a wicked tyrant and his magic.
Two aspects of 'Her Majesty's Wizard' kept me hooked:
1 - The action is practically non-stop. You will have to turn many, many pages from the very beginning to find a place to breathe! Stasheff has given action/adventure fans their money's worth.
2 - The deeper implications of moral and theological thought. Stasheff's writing goes way beyond a casual look at "good vs. evil." He is able to examine, without getting too preachy, what drives his characters to do what they do. Stasheff gives us some very good scenes in which characters have to make some serious and possibly costly decisions that affect not only themselves, but many others. I appreciated the deeper look into the moral and theological issues, although it seems from other reviews that other readers don't. I found it refreshing.
If you enjoy fantasy or just like a good adventure, I highly recommend 'Her Majesty's Wizard.'