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Seraphs (Rogue Mage #2)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,462 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The follow-up to Bloodring finds neomage Thorn St. Croix facing her ultimate test. Deep in the mountains beyond Mineral City, an imprisoned fallen seraph needs her help. There, the armies of Darkness assemble to ensure this rescue will be Thorn's final descent.
Paperback, 1st Edition, 356 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Roc Fantasy
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CJ - So, you wanna play with magic?
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

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
Nov 24, 2007 Topher rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
Amanda Croley
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
Aurian Booklover
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
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
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
Dec 27, 2011 Pauline rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nklsweets
Recommended to Pauline by: erin pate
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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.
Schuyler Greene
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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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.

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

Kate Woods
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
Jenn Carges
Same as the first, I like the world and the characters, but the story line moves so slowly it's hard to stay interested.
I actually liked this series even better than the Jane Yellowrock one.
I find this series a bit difficult to follow sometimes.
Another excellent series - I would have given this 9.5 if I used halves in my ratings. Since I don't, it got a 9, but only because, as with the first book, I got a little confused about exactly what was going on in the climax. I can't decide if I love or hate Faith Hunter, as she told a great story, answered some of the questions she had previously raised - and then raised dozens more fascinating and tempting ones I don't have answers too. I want the next one NOW.

[Copied from LibraryThing.]
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
Aster Brown
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
Julia Putnam
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
Janice (Janicu)
OK, I have to admit - I kept reading this series because I felt somewhat confused by the first book and I wanted to understand what was going on. Unfortunately, while a couple of things make more sense now (the strange hatred for neomages), others still do not (really what's with the mage lust?). I feel like I really had to make myself finish this book, because it felt like we were seeing the same thing happening in book 1 as in book 2 and I felt like I wasn't really getting anywhere in terms of ...more
Ah, Thorn. Now her neo-mage secret is out in the open, and nobody's sure how to feel about her. Never mind that she's lived among them for the last 10 years. In any case, she has bigger fish to fry. Like something living in the depths of the mountains. Is it good? Is it bad? Is there anything in between?

But there's hardly time to think about this, when there are demon spawn to kill. Before they are killed themselves. So an uneasy peace becomes the status quo between Thorn and her neighbors, and
Alexandre Frenette
Very little introduction to the world, the action is well described but the segue's are pretty thin, the relationships are mechanical. The main character is the only one that seems truly alive while the supporting cast is one-dimensional and we can't be brought to truly care for them.
The second book is better than the first a lot of things are explained from the first book, but its still confusing as hell. again the action was awesome even thou you dont understand half of it :)
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 i
May 01, 2015 Laurla2 added it
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"i took a shuddering breath and forced the hurt into a deep dark place inside me. it was getting full, that region of my heart where i shoved all the stuff i didnt want to look at."
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.
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I am determined to finish this series but it is not easy.
Thorn is back and now she has been outed as a Mage leaving her with a whole new set of problems. While her friends are firmly in her court the town seems to be split and she is brought up on charges that almost incites a riot in the aftermath. The trouble from the Trine is not done yet either and a Darkness keeps coming after Thorn forcing her to fight for herself, her friends, and the town. While in the fight things change very much for Thorn, those consequences I am sure will be evident in the ...more
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