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Retro Review: Wings of Wrath (2009)

Celia (CS) Friedman

Orbit (2009)

ISBN: 978 1 84149 533 0

The Magister Trilogy #2

Kamala is the only female Magister in a brotherhood of magicians – except that most of them don’t know she exists and has accessed the secret of their power. Outsiders don’t know the secrets of the Magisters, so Kamala is a massive threat to their supremacy, being not only a woman, but not being as constrained by the rules that bind the rest of them to keep their secrets. Kamala has secrets of her own, and is forced to keep her powers hidden under the guise of witchery, the only other option for a woman with her abilities. She has proven to herself and her master that she can hold her own as a Magister, but the events unfolding before her test her will and her own self-belief. Continue reading

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Retro Review: Tangled Webs (2008)

Anne Bishop

Harper Voyager (2008)

ISBN: 9780732286460

Black Jewels #6

Reading this book was an interesting experience. On one hand, my prior knowledge and pleasure of reading Anne Bishop’s work gave me a certain expectation of character and story. On the other, the style of Tangled Webs altered my expectations and left me feeling the novel was somewhat, well, under-done in some way. Not necessarily a bad way, but not entirely what I was expecting.

Tangled Webs takes us once again on a journey into Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels world. Bishop has ventured many times into the Realms of the Blood, a fascinating and intricate world that takes our deepest fears, clothes them in nightmares and cobwebs and dreams, and turns the dark unknown into a rich tapestry of intrigue and magic. Bishop’s world is powerfully and realistically drawn, her characters multi-faceted and challenging, and her writing is gorgeously reminiscent of fantasy masters such as Robin McKinley and is as sexy as today’s best romance authors. Which is why I have high expectations of her work. Continue reading

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Retro Review: The White Cat (2010)

Holly Black

The Curseworkers Book 1

Gollancz (2010)

ISBN: 978-0-575-09671-4

Cassel is trying to live an ordinary life. He attends boarding school, gets good grades, and flies under the radar, even if he’s not, strictly speaking, following all the rules. But then he wakes up on the roof of his dorm and finds himself shunted back to his family. His very un-ordinary family. Cassel’s family are curse-workers, users of magic who are forced underground, into the crime world, by law. In a world very like ours, where one in 1000 people have a gift, or curse, to be able to work a form of magic, Cassel’s family blossoms with talent.

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