The Wizard of London: Elemental Masters #4 (Elemental Masters #4)
This book was extraordinarily scattered; it couldn't fix on a protagonist, a storyline, or even on a personality for any character which could be maintained for longer than a few pages without contradiction. Everything was entirely predictable except for one possible twist in the ending which I was really hoping for and, alas, did not in the slightest receive.
Really, the best part of this book was that I was reading a library copy into which some pr ...more
Again I enjoyed this very much as it provided background on David, Lord Alderscroft, who has been a supporting character in other books in the series. Unlike the last book this was very vague on when it was set aside from the fact that it was during Queen Victoria's reign and The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was in existence making it likely mid 1890s. Aleister Crowley is also mentioned and his involve ...more
Basically, besides nothing happening, the biggest problem is the re-telling of 'The Snow Queen' forgets that at its heart is the story of a person willing to go to the ends of the earth and go through hell to rescue someone she loves. In this case, the woman just happens to be next door when the guy is in danger, and rescues him almost as an after thought to her day.
Two things worth mentioning:
One: A very minor character is described as having parties where f ...more
The story starts when a little girl named Sarah arrives from Africa (where her parents are missi ...more
First, a little background is needed. Generally, the characters are elemental masters, able to command supernatural creatures of fire (salamanders, lyons), water (nymphs, selkies), earth (fawns, brownies) or air (sylvans, dryads). In addition there are people with psychi ...more
From my Audible (audiobook) review, 2010:
Much as I love these tales, this is the weakest of the Elemental Masters novels. Most of the story involves Sarah and Nan, young, magically-talented girls who come to live at the Harton School in London, run by the also-ta ...more
Okay. Other than that, I honestly don't know what the point of the story is. ...more
I have been hoping for a Mercedes Lackey book to be different for awhile now. I was starting to dread reading her books for fear of more of the same. It's always aome boring girl who barely can touch magic (would it kill her to have a mc be a Master?) meets some guy who is infinitely more interesting than she is and insta loves him, tie in some fairy tale bits for the heck of it, throw in some super jerk for a villain, and that's i ...more
I hadn't read any Lackey in quite a while, having grown tired of what I thought of as her typical output. A friend recommended this, and I was very pleasantly surprised.
This is a "secret history" set in late Victorian England, with Elemental M ...more
The strength of this book, I thought, was in the characters and the setting rather than in the magic or the plot. I e ...more
This is one of the most mindnumbingly boring books I've ever read, and I've read The Grapes of Wrath. It's based on "The Snow Queen," a very odd and confusing fairy tale to be sure, but that d ...more
The letter that introduced twelve-year-old Sarah Jane Lyon-White to Isabelle Harton, who ran the Harton School in central London, seemed quite simple and straightforward. But it was what was not written in the letter that resonated to Isabelle's own finely turned 'extra' senses - 'Sarah has gifts we cannot train,' the letter whispered to her, 'nor can anyone we know. Those we trust tell us that you can...'. And it was true, for the Harton School was far from ordinary. It was Isabelle's job to tr...more
However, after I realized just what David Alderscoft had done to himself, it was hard not to feel sorry for him. Thanks to Cordelia's manipulations, he had lost the one thing that he could have prized above everything. Now the juxtapo ...more
The best part of this book was the magical world presented. It's an alternate history, set in England in a past much like ours. There was a world of elemental mages, with the power to control an element and the magical creatures associated with that sphere, and those with more psychic gifts-- like speaking with the dead as well as various battle related skills.
The characters were also interesting, particularly David Alderscroft. He's a basically goo ...more
Lord Alderscroft is a ninny and the biggest arrogant sod I've read about in a great while. I don't like him. I don't like him in any other b ...more
This novel was absolutely Excellent....except for ...more