The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s bestselling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is realand Elemental Masters are in control. Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to... show more
The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s bestselling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is realand Elemental Masters are in control. Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magicianand for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She’s also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal?
Publish date: June 4th 2013
Publisher: DAW Hardcover
Pages no: 298
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Fairy Tales
, Historical Romance
Series: Elemental Masters (#9)
I love The Serpent's Shadow, one of the earlier books in the Elemental Masters series. I own it and re-read it. "Steadfast" feels like a lesser version. The themes in it -- abuse, class discrimination, etc -- are well handled, but the spark of magic and adventure isn't quite there. And as some peo...
I feel like this one was much stronger at the start, then collapsed with the villain. For some reason, instead of having threatening, magical showdowns like in the earlier books, Mercedes Lackey keeps writing these climaxes that happen more due to circumstantial events, and don't measure up to the c...
This is a really weak novel. The best one word to describe it is almost.The writing is dismal: too much telling, explanations, and preaching; not nearly enough showing. It was an effort to finish this book. The story is a standard Lackey’s coming-of-age tale, lightly spruced with magic, but unfortu...
A good but not great addition to the series. I enjoyed the story and the background, but there were a couple of plot points introduced and then dropped and the ending felt very rushed and definitely deus ex machina.
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