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Seraphs (Rogue Mage #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,982 Ratings  ·  105 Reviews
From the author of Bloodring comes its thrilling follow-up, set a century after the apocalypse and portraying a world in the throes of an ice age - and a never-ending battle among seraphs, demons, and humans....

Living among humans in a postapocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix has learned to count on her friends, but she's lost count of her enemies. She is a source
Paperback, 1st Edition, 356 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Roc Fantasy
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Kathy Davie
Second in the Rogue Mage apocalyptic, alternative history, science fiction series and revolving around Thorn St. Croix, a battle mage in hiding in Mineral City, Carolina.
"…no display of my scars to remind them of the battle I had fought … kept them safe … nothing like demonstrating that people were beholden to you to make them hate you."
My Take
I know…it's a busy story, lol, and totally fantastic. Enough so that I've already bought the series…and hope Hunter will continue!!

We see from Thorn's per
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Really not sure what I think about this series nevermind this book. There was more action of both the angelic and the sexual kind but i still feel like a lot of this book was filler and could've been fleshed out a lot more.

The premise of this book is very interesting and has soo much potential. What if the world didn't end like it had been predicted for several millenia and people and culture still existed but in such a modified form that while it's similar to ours it's extremely different? Curs
Oct 27, 2010 Ravyn rated it liked it
Shelves: z-uf-pnr

Honestly, I just don't even know what to say here. For starters, I'm not sure how to even classify the Rogue Mage series. Post-apocalyptic fantasy/mythology? Dunno. Actually, now that I think about it, that's sort of been a theme for me as I've been reading the first two novels of the series. What's going on? Dunno. What's up with the thwarted, useless mage-heat all the time? Dunno. What's the deal with the Amethyst lady's freakin' wheels? Dunno. What are the freakin' wheels? Dunno. And so o
Jul 26, 2010 Kt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the events of Bloodring, Thorn can no longer hide who she is. She has a few very loyal allies, but as for the rest of the town most are wary of, if not outright against her. Most fear her, and a few would love nothing more than to prosecute and execute her. Although their fears are mostly based on prejudice, some of them are warranted. The dark forces on the Trine are drawn to Thorn as they want Thorn and her powers, bringing the fight to the town. In the end, to save the ones she loves sh ...more
Nov 24, 2007 Topher rated it liked it
Recommends it for: maybe people who like urban fantasy, maybe
Shelves: modernfantasy
2nd book in the series.

Why is it that if your female character is female, they accumulate massive amounts of power rapidly, and have to have an interesting love life? Am I just missing this for the few cases where the lead character is a male (ie, Harry Dresden)? The concept is still interesting - the big A Apocalypse has come, most of humanity died, Good (big G) fought Evil (big E), and it ended in....not quite a draw, but not really a victory either. And then there are the unforseen - children
Sep 19, 2016 Debrac2014 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly, I enjoyed it! I found Bloodring confusing but Seraphs answered many of my questions! It's still a dark world, a dark story but the battle scenes made up for it! Now to find out what an omega mage is!
Aurian Booklover
Jun 01, 2015 Aurian Booklover rated it really liked it
The previous book exposed Thorn as a neomage to her own townspeople, someone to be feared and to blame for everything bad. Some want to see her dead and others stand up for her. Religion is important after the apocalypse, when Seraphs showed up and killed most of humanity with plagues and other punishments for their sins. But the Most Holy, The Host, has not yet shown himself, leaving the religious leaders in turmoil. A few new religions have developed, some very strict ones, and they want to ba ...more
Amanda Croley
Sep 07, 2010 Amanda Croley rated it liked it
Not really sure how I feel about this series. I like Thorn and LoLo seems to be becoming more important in her role. After the battle on the trine, Thorn is revealed as a neomage. Despite the fact that she has lived in Mineral City for 10 years a lot of people aren't happy with having her as a neighbor now. All of her friends, and several unexpected people show up to support her when the town elders try to bring phony charges against her. Her ex husband is a loser, and I wish she could give Thad ...more
Dec 27, 2011 Pauline rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: nklsweets
Recommended to Pauline by: erin pate
Shelves: fiction
Second read through for me and I'm enjoying it as much this time as the first time I read it.

This trilogy is ideal for readers who enjoy a strong, independent heroine with enough sensitivity and vulnerability to keep her fans from wanting to slap her silly for arrogant stupidity. I like that mix, it keeps the character real. Begin with Bloodring, the first book that explains what mages are, as well as what else is running around the planet with them.
Rachel Maloney
I can't give it one star, because I didn't hate it and I still somehow read the next one, but many many times I wanted to throw this book against a wall. It was extraordinarily frustrating and confusing, and the writing, like it was throughout the trilogy, was messy and convoluted.
Nov 25, 2009 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars. Actually liked this less on the second read, but that may be because this time I read it immediately after book 1 and it's just not as tight in comparison.
Jenn Carges
Oct 31, 2011 Jenn Carges rated it it was ok
Same as the first, I like the world and the characters, but the story line moves so slowly it's hard to stay interested.
Barbara Eichler-Cline
Interesting premise

The mix of biblical and fantasy made this book for me. Also heroine that kicks butt. Fascinating. Ill be reading the next book.
Feb 26, 2012 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I find this series a bit difficult to follow sometimes.
Jan 31, 2014 Lori rated it it was amazing
I actually liked this series even better than the Jane Yellowrock one.
Jan 30, 2017 Jaq rated it really liked it
Thorn's next instalment was at times heavy going, but worthwhile. An intriguing character and I do love her champards - but wish they could have an entire series devoted to them!
May 17, 2017 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely Amazing

Faith Hunter does not disappoint me. I can't stop reading her books. Too bad this adventure with Thorn St. Croix is almost over. Only one mo book to read. (Sigh)
Mar 22, 2017 Nicole rated it really liked it
Crap, crap, crap. If it could go wrong, it was going to go wrong. Murphy's law of the post apocalyptic storyline happening here, but still good reading.
Lianne Pheno
Mar 20, 2016 Lianne Pheno rated it really liked it
Chronique tirée de mon Blog :

Contexte du livre :
L'apocalypse à eu lieux, les anges sont arrivés, les épidémies qu'ils ont créés ont tué plus de 6 milliards d'humains ... mais tout ne c'est pas fait en un jour, les humains ont ripostés, des bombes ont été lancés et le résultat a été catastrophique, non seulement ça n'a pas empêché les différentes purges, mais elles ont plongé la terre dans une aire glaciaire, mini disent certains mais peu les croient.. Peu après que le calme soit rentré parmi les
Sep 24, 2014 He110Ne0 rated it it was amazing
This is a huge upgrade in read-ability from the first book. Now that the groundwork has been laid and we know (sort of) what we're dealing with in Thorn's world, we are free to read right into the action, which is exactly what happens.

There is no slow buildup this time, from encroaching Darkness coming to attack Mineral City in droves, more Seraph arrivals than you can shake a stick at, humans being hateful and seeking to put Thorn on trial for her having hidden her neomage status for the past
The Rogue Mage series by Faith Hunter is set in a post-apocalyptic world, some generations after Seraphs revealed themselves to the world and joined forces with humans to battle demons. Magic is unleashed upon the world when the offspring of Seraphs & humans come of age; these "mages" have the ability to cast spells, create amulets & wards. Because of their powers, they are kept in enclaves and strictly monitored. The heroine of the series, Thorn St. Croix, is a rogue mage, living as a h ...more
Barbara ★
Neo-mage Thorn St. Croix has been hiding in a human city for ten years before she is outed by a seraph. Then all hell breaks loose. 1-The religious zealots in her town are after her now. 2-Thorn has three men interested in her: Lucas Stanhope, her ex-husband who cheated on her and now wants her back...why? Thaddeus Bartholomew, a tri-breed, part-mage, -seraph, -human (kylen) who is forbidden as a lover for neo-mages...something about their offspring. And human Eli Walker. 3-An incubus is attacki ...more
Kate Woods
Sep 24, 2014 Kate Woods rated it it was amazing
The excitement continues in the second installment of the Rogue Mage series. Thorn has been outed to her town as a neomage. Her ex husband is back, now that she saved his life, and she knows there is more evil underneath the Trine that is going to come after her. The intelligent dialogue and beautiful description we saw in Bloodring continues in Seraphs, More of the history of this post apocalypse world is explained. we see more from the fascinating seraphs and Thorn gets herself into and out of ...more
Erin Penn
Sep 21, 2013 Erin Penn rated it really liked it
I started in the middle with "A Rogue Mage" series by Faith Hunter. I read Seraphs before reading Bloodring. And this book isn't *quite* standalone. Took me 4 to 6 chapters to understand most of the language of the world and the people and what happened previously.

But that is okay - the opening lines are "Claws gripped my throat, shutting off my air ..." And so we begin another novel by Mrs. Hunter - in the middle of things and continuing into a non-stop ride of urban fantasy adventure with just
Schuyler Greene
Nov 18, 2014 Schuyler Greene rated it liked it
The story progresses nicely here.

Besides that, my opinion of the book is pretty consistent with my review of the first book. The story drags with belabored details of here mage and artisan practices eg. she walks us threw jewelry making and her musings about how her spell is(n't) going. The trilogy does keep you going though, with it's cool premise and questions asked and answered.

Already on the next one.

Spoilers, if you want to know what happens...
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May 04, 2010 Vickie rated it it was amazing
I did what I typically don't. I immediately started the next-in-series after finishing the first. I had to, I felt compelled. I didn't want it to turn into how long it took me to start the Rogue Mage series if I didn't start immediately after finishing BLOODRING. I also really needed to know what was going to happen next.
Glad I did, as I am not sure I'd have remembered everything if I waited too long. Both books are busy, action-filled adventures. SERAPHS is bloodier I think. I still feel for Th
Well, there aren't really "witches" per-say. They're mages. Close enough.

In a way I liked it better than book one, I always do though. I get more attached to the characters.

I'm still not sure about the Seraphs, good? or bad? Angelic beings from scripture, or aliens who have taken over the planet pretending to be angelic beings from scripture. Hopefully Host will tells us, as it is the last book!

The author has a REALLY annoying habit of using two phrases often enough to make me not only notice bu
Julia Putnam
Aug 05, 2008 Julia Putnam rated it really liked it
9/2/11: After being a little bit let down by re-reading of book one, I'm definitely enjoying book 2 better. It's still a little repetitive, but not near as much... either that or I'm getting used to it. It's good! There's more battles and character interaction in this book, so less need for exposition (maybe?), when Ms. Hunter writes those scenes they are excellent, it's in the down times in between that it gets a little sleepy.

Having said all that, this is my third time reading the series! And
Nov 24, 2015 Chrissy rated it it was amazing
So happy to get this 2nd book, I could barely put it down. I was surprised how immersed I was in the book when I was breathless and heart racing with excitement and fear at times, ive only ever experienced that through movies so first time for a book! All the other characters I could virtually "see", the author really brings to life people and without endless info, just enough. Again particularly enjoyed the magic and its use and the Seraphs and blending with scripture is pure brilliance and art ...more
Dec 27, 2014 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Living among humans in a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix has learned to count on her friends, but she's lost count of her enemies. She is a source of both fear and fascination for the people of Mineral City: Her powers can save them from the forces of evil, but also attract demon spawn and succubae. And fighting on her own turf nearly gets Thorn and those she holds dear killed.

But Thorn's ultimate test awaits deep under the snow-covered mountains beyond the village, where an

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