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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A fantasy with magic
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Published March 21st 2011
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Joe Martin

I found this book through Jerry Pournelle’s site, Chaos Manor. David Friedman had written in to say that he’d had his agent publish it as “a Kindle”, just to see what would happen. After checking out the first two chapters (and seeing that it was priced at just $2.99), I decided to give it a shot.

I’m glad I did, as I really enjoyed the book. Friedman has constructed a magical system in which magic can be studied, experimented with, and controlled much as physics can be studied, experimented with

A brilliant young woman works with her mentor, a clever but unworldly theoritician of magic, to foil dynastic plots and ensure that a powerful new way of doing magic doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

Overall, I enjoyed this. I'm a fan of the growing "magic school" subgenre, I like clever protagonists, and the writing was reasonably competent.

I say "reasonably" competent because, while the author mostly knows where to put his commas, he occasionally gets apostrophes wrong with plural nouns ("magi
I thought that the world and the theory of magic was quite well-crafted, but the main problem that I had was just that the main characters were too smart... a bit ridiculously so. They were so much smarter and trickier and better at magic than everyone around them that there was very little tension: I knew that they would always be fine, and outsmart the bad guys, and that nobody would be really hurt. It also bothered me a little that some of the storylines were never wrapped up, and that we nev ...more
Not a bad book, a bit confusing though. Time skips along from chapter to chapter, in rather large chunks, and you might have to reread a bit to understand it fully. Still, not a bad book to spend some time on. Focuses more on the mechanics of magic than the magic itself, which makes the universe more fleshed out than it could have been.
A classic fantasy story, with the modern twist of wizards researching how magic works to learn how to create better spells. Then they have to deal with the question of what to do when they find a spell that's too powerful for anyone to be trusted with it.
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