The Charmed Sphere (Lost Continent #1)
Once Chime had been the most promising mage in the land, feted and celebrated for her potential and future role in the kingdom. Then Iris, her young competitor, made a stunning leap in skill and turned Chime's world upside down.
Now no longer the most powerful, no longer promised to a prince-- and still unable to harness her magic properly-- Chime was set adrift. As was t...more
The characters, plot and style came across to me as pure romance aisle--and that's not a compliment with me. Even the names of the female protagonist and her love were eye-rolling: Chime Headwind and Muller Startower Heptacorn Dawnfie ...more
The concept of the shapes and colours forming spells was interesting. It ...more
Picked this up because the author will be at an event I'm attending in the nearish future and I'd never read any of her work. Blurbs here and there say she's got the chops in science: Harvard and UCLa in physics and chemistry, and deep into molecudyne (look it up if you don't know what it is) research. She also is a dancer, both jazz and ballet. (And married to a astrophysicist at NA ...more
Something odd about the novel was the way in which time flew. Often months and years pass in which nothing of note occurs. This is probably realistic, but given the characters are supposed to be experiencing crises over these periods of time, it removes a ...more
I love the fa ...more
HOWEVER, in the later books it becomes much more graphically sexual which turned me off. I don't read them anymore, but if you're ok with the sex, this series is really enjoyable!
However, that being said, there is a lot against t ...more
The novella is told from Iris's viewpoint, and Chime and Muller are not very well presented. This book makes Chime and Muller the main protagonists and fleshes them out into people you like, which means that Asaro has to come up with some st ...more
This reads very Young Adult–young Young Adult. The writing is juvenile and simplistic...it's just basic. Chime is your cardboard cut-out I-don't-want-to-be-the-most-powerful-mage footstamper who is also amazingly beautiful. Muller (I can't with these names) on the other hand makes no sense, he's like 3 different personalities thrown together in a messy pile.
I'd seen this book for years around Amazon, and decided to give it a shot. My mistake.
The author of more than twenty-five books, Catherine Asaro is acclaimed for her Ruby Dynasty series, which combines adventure, science, romance and fast-paced action. Her novel The Quantum Rose won the Nebula Award, as did her novella “The Spacetime Pool.” Among her many other distinctions, she is a multiple winner of the AnLab from Analog magazine a ...more