Angel Mage – Blog Tour

 

 

 

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GoodReads:
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .

Book Information:
Written by: Garth Nix
Published by: Gollancz
Publication date: 17/10/2019
Format: Hardcover

 

My Review

 

Something, something, Musketeers, something something, omg I can’t believe this magic system, something, something fangirl screeching…

That’s what my review was at first ^ After taking a couple of days to try and become coherent again, I was able to form full sentences about how kickass this book was.

First off, thanks soooooo much to Gollancz for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion as part of this awesome blog tour.

Now that, that’s been covered, onto the review!

This was an amazing read. If you’ve read or even watched/know about the 3 Musketeers -or just any musketeers in general- then you’re going to probably enjoy this. If you haven’t, you’re still probably going to enjoy it. This is a beautiful homage to Dumas and the adventures of the musketeers. Taking the inspiration from Dumas, Nix completely turns it into something new and vital to fantasy readers.

The magic system is unlike anything else I’ve ever encountered before, using Angel icons, icon makers, and those who choose to use the icons to summon angels for uses, but, each time you call upon an angel it requires a price of you. Each time you summon an angel, it takes a bit, or a lot, of your lifespan, away depending on what you’re asking the angel and what angel you’re asking.

Tell me that’s not unique, mixing that with amazing fantasy worlds and musketeers.

Uniquely, our ‘Angel Mage,’ Liliath, may be the focus of our story, but, our heroes are the four which she seeks. Why? Well, read and find out if you like!

This is also where my 4.5 instead of full 5 cups of coffee rating comes in, the ONLY reason I did not give this the full five [though I’ve rounded up to so on GoodReads because it deserved it and I loved it] is because I really really really wish we would have more of the four ‘musketeers.’ [I also found sometimes chapters went a bit too long with certain details, but, I also enjoyed those details]

Liliath was super well written, holy cow I loved reading about her and her chapters were amazing. The chapters and parts of the book were spread out between her and the four friends and it was great that way, and really well-paced, not a lot of backtracking or feeling like you were missing out on anything. [On that point though I wish I would have known more about Liliath’s past and how she ended up on such a mission as the one she was on.]

I wanted to see them do more, it didn’t even need to be to develop them or huge character growth, I just wanted more time on them to get to know them better or at least see more adventures for them. But. I may just be greedy on that point.

Before this, I had not read anything by Garth Nix, but let me tell you, after today, I intend to keep an eye on this author because his prose was brilliant. He builds a world and he gives you this fantastic magic system and a blend of angels and mages and its own land and you are just craving more by the end.

Damn it. I want moooooore!

So! 4.5 HUGE cups of coffee from me!

 

 

 

About the Author

Website
Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve.
Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Seventh Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many anthologies and magazines, Garth’s selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge.
More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book is Frogkisser! now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation.

Author Links

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The Rest of the TourANGEL MAGE BLOG TOUR PART 1

Kingdom of Souls eARC Review

 

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GoodReads:
Magic has a price—if you’re willing to pay.

Born into a family of powerful witchdoctors, Arrah yearns for magic of her own. But each year she fails to call forth her ancestral powers, while her ambitious mother watches with growing disapproval.

There’s only one thing Arrah hasn’t tried, a deadly last resort: trading years of her own life for scraps of magic. Until the Kingdom’s children begin to disappear, and Arrah is desperate to find the culprit.

She uncovers something worse. The long-imprisoned Demon King is stirring. And if he rises, his hunger for souls will bring the world to its knees… unless Arrah pays the price for the magic to stop him.

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My Review

This is hands down one of the best YA fantasy books I have EVER read. Barron’s writing is superb, her worldbuilding engaging and the pacing was perfect. Honestly, there is little to no complaint out of me other than I wanted more haha [and let’s face it, that’s a pretty common complaint from me].

The magic system is out of this world, I mean, it’s not born or earned, it’s given and it’s not even necessarily a good thing depending on the situation. Though in Arrah’s case, it’s something she wants and yearns for. Still, it’s such a great change of pace to the things we’ve gotten used to seeing in magic systems.

Arrah is such a wonderful protagonist and the side characters are so easy to love [or hate depending on which side of the plot they’re on] and I think I could never get enough of the relationship between Arrah and her Father. So often we find not enough positive parental relationships in YA but Barron gives you the good and the bad and Arrah’s father and grandmother are two of my ultimate favorite characters in this book.

I really want to focus on Arrah and her Father though. There is not enough YA with healthy parental relationships, like not even anything outstanding, just HEALTHY. So the fact that Barron used this as an opportunity to show both sides of parental relationships the amazing on both ends of the spectrum, speaks VOLUMES. Arrah and her Father are close, there is a deep sense of trust and love and the affection is so blatant from her father that it made me teary-eyed several times. His love is what I hope Fathers show their children more often than not and it’s a great balance to strike against the relationship Arrah has with her Mother. [Who still loves her in her very misguided way]

There is so much love in this book, between friends, including Rudjek, between Arrah and her father, and her grandmother, and it makes all the difference when you read this story.

Arrah’s strength is in her love for those close to her, and she comes to realize that it’s a strength, that even if she hadn’t been gifted magic like those around her, she still has something to fight for and the spirit to do so. Not to mention there are some great twists and crazy obstacles that she faces.

If you want lore that’s drenched in the wonders of different African-inspired tribes and cultures with a kickass magic system, heartache, love, and perseverance, well, I present Kingdom of Souls.

** I preordered this in February, and I even was lucky enough to get the Goldsboro edition, but for this review, I used the eARC that HarperVoyager UK gifted me, via NetGalley **

[I could sincerely gush about this all day and feel so lucky to have had a chance to read an eARC of it….But…if you have a physical ARC and wanna talk trades or something, hit me up, please, that is high on my wishlist lol.]

 

About the Author

Rena Barron grew up in small-town Alabama where stories of magic and adventure sparked her imagination. After penning her first awful poem in middle school, she graduated to writing short stories and novels by high school. Rena loves all things science fiction, ghosts, and superheroes. She’s a self-proclaimed space nerd. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading or brushing up on her French.

Author Links

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Kingdom of Souls Site

^^ This site is AMAZING and has so many cool extras ^^