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Dagger Magic (Adept #4)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  683 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Adam Sinclair, the Adept, faces mankind's most dire threat--a cult older than Christianity, with the power to resurrect a new, demonic Third Reich.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Ace (first published 1995)
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Dec 07, 2007 Josh rated it liked it
The re-read continues, as I got sucked into this series again.

There's some fun stuff here, with the introduction of some Eastern esoteric traditions and Buddhist thurbas. Nazis, of course, always make the perfect villains, so those ties certainly ramp up the threat, even if what we're actually seeing has more to do with historical Nazis ties to occultism rather than anything to do with a modern ideological affinity.

There's a secondary plot thread that resonates nicely as a counter-point to the p
Christy Ford
Dec 09, 2009 Christy Ford rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: people who like the earlier books, and want to stop.
The previous books in this series certainly aren't literature, but they're passable enough as light reading.

This one? Well, this one's a mess.

The general feeling of the book is that the author(s) are just phoning it in. It really doesn't introduce any new ideas or character points from the previous ones, and just feels like the characters are going through the same old motions once again. What few new concepts are invented seem tangential to the plot, hastily thought out, and often internally in
Lianne Burwell
Mar 31, 2013 Lianne Burwell rated it it was ok
Shelves: reread, urban-fantasy
After the previous book being a stand-alone break, this one returns to Francis Raeburn, the lead villain of the first two books. And the plot?

Evil Nazi Buddhist monks. Seriously.

Okay, and there was a b-plot that was completely unrelated and seemed to come from the need to take a story of more novella length and make it novel length. Really, this book is more a novella and a short story smashed together, and they didn't really fit. Enjoyable, but not much more.

So, one more book in my reread of th
Nicholas Whyte
Apr 08, 2009 Nicholas Whyte rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012, sf, set, in, ireland, xh, 1209, books, i, won-t, finish[return][return]Starts with Irish coastguards discovering a long-wrecked Nazi submarine and being promptly murdered by sinister Asian monks. Then we shift across the water to Scotland where the police are aided by a psychic order of nobility linked to the Templars (and white so therefore not sinister). The first line of page 72 is, "At the heart of the Inner Planes lay the Akashic Records" - and at that point I decided I could read no further. Sorry, lif ...more
Jan 26, 2012 Julia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the previous books in the Adept series. They combined the right blend of history/occult for my tastes. This one, unfortunately, was marred by bad copyediting with typos and dropped words. I enjoyed the scenes between Peregrine and Julia; she finally came alive in this book, rather than the angelic cypher of the earlier books. But it was a slog to get through.
Jan 26, 2013 Gail rated it liked it
Really enjoy this story, but not as much as the previous books. It tends to drag a bit as it crosses previously covered territory. The characters remain interesting and their continuing development does assure that I will read the next book in the series.
Feb 08, 2014 Devi rated it liked it
This is the fourth volume of the series. While a descent read I don't feel it is as good as the previous volumes

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Jan 18, 2016 Katharine Ott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Dagger Magic" - written by Katherine Kurtz and published in 1995 by Penguin Group. An enjoyable continuation of the Adept series.
Michele Bariani
Carino se vi piacciono i gialli esoterici, ma la trama è un po' deboluccia e molte scene sembrano un incrocio tra Harry Potter e Holly & Benj. Non credo leggerò altro di questa autrice.
Dec 09, 2015 Maggie rated it liked it
I don't remember this book in particular but I know I liked it because I'm continuing to read more of Katherine Kurtz
Nov 11, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
Fighting evil and magic in Scotland. Tons of fun and excitement.
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Katherine Kurtz is American fantasy novel writer. She is best known for her Deryni series. She currently lives in Virginia.
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Other Books in the Series

Adept (5 books)
  • The Adept  (Adept #1)
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