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The Wizard of London: Elemental Masters #4 (Elemental Masters #4)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  5,847 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
Isabelle Benson has learned that an Elemental Master is behind the attempts on her students' lives-and the would-be murderer is someone very close to her former flame, "The Wizard of London."
ebook, 299 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Daw Books (first published 2005)
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Ruby Hollyberry
This book is the perfect example of what Mercedes Lackey does to me. She makes constant errors in spelling and grammar. She apparently can't remember what she wrote in the last book and contradicts herself. She is very sloppy with minor characters. She sometimes puts speeches into the wrong major character's mouth. Her books are unpredictable in quality, some great, some awful, some patchy. This one is very patchy, zooming ahead and then dropping you awkwardly. I don't agree with her morality at ...more
Oh God, I'm so ashamed of enjoying this at all.

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
Nov 09, 2011 M— rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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This tale in the series is very loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen.

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
Aug 03, 2011 Kara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ft-1-fairy-tales
Oh Ms. Lackey, where do I start?

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
Kat  Hooper
Mar 20, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
The Wizard of London is the fifth of Mercedes Lackey’s stand-alone novels in her ELEMENTAL MASTERS series of fairytale retellings. It’s so loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” that you probably won’t even notice the few similarities. There’s an ice queen, but the theme of The Wizard of London (if there is one, which I doubt), has nothing to do with the theme of “The Snow Queen.”

The story starts when a little girl named Sarah arrives from Africa (where her parents are missi
Jun 07, 2008 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of Misty's Elemental Master's series, where she rewrites fairytales into a real world, historical setting. The Wizard of London is based on "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Anderson, and is set in Victorian London.

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
9/30/14 - this time of listening I heard a lot of mispronunciations, bobbled/transposed words, and a couple of places where the text repeats/stutters. I guess I'm a more-experienced listenter, or less accepting of this sort of mistakes.

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
Dec 03, 2013 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, gave-up
I thought the premise was good, and there were a few interesting characters I like enough to keep me going. At first, Nan; I love how she is street-wise, resourceful, and exact. And then, Grey and Neville. I love Isabelle Harton, although she seems too perfect to be true. To me she represents an ideal as she embodies equality, harmony, motherly and unconditional love, maturity and a down-to-earth attitude towards life.

Okay. Other than that, I honestly don't know what the point of the story is.
Jul 24, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2015
I'm not really sure why I finished The Wizard of London. It wasn't particularly horrible, but it doesn't really seem to fit in with the rest of the series. While it does take place in the same universe as the Elemental Masters, it mostly doesn't involve Elemental Masters (the two who are major characters aren't really present until the end of the book). Instead, it is about three characters who have psychic powers. Two of them are young girls who have animal companions (and, fitting with most of ...more
Apr 07, 2014 Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always I find myself drawn to this series time and time again. I would suggest it to those who are pro-fantasy and stories of heroine girls (who just happens to possess a magical parrot and is an accomplished medium). Sarah and Nan end up meeting on the edge of London's out of sight Boarding School. They grow into their powers and find themselves in the midst of a great evil that yearns to capture the world under it's claw. The only thing I didn't appreciate was the drone of politics in the n ...more
Libby Ames
Jan 08, 2011 Libby Ames rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Mercedes Lackey is hit and miss with me. I usually enjoy her books that have hints of old fairy tales in a different setting. The Wizard of London contained hints of The Snow Queen, but I missed some of the more direct correlation. I enjoyed the young characters of Sarah and Nan--a change for Lackey to have some of her main characters be children. The story was interesting, but nothing gripping or unique. I enjoyed the read, but it wasn't really remarkable.
May 27, 2016 Rhia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful romp through a fictional London. Mercedes Lackey has a brilliant skill with creating worlds, and this is no different. The characters are all diverse and surprisingly well developed, the setting is well presented, and the plot had me from beginning to end. (view spoiler) This book is a treat, and a fairly easy read.
Feb 13, 2008 Greta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
A Victorian England setting for the Snow Queen. Interesting in that it's set in the same "world" as the rest of the Elemental Masters series, but deals with the "Warriors of Light"; disappointing in that it never really explores what being a such a warrior entails, nor does it explore in any great depth the conflict between those warriors and the mages.
Sandra Strange
This series blends historical settings and events with fantasy: magicians who draw their powers from the four elements and use them to promote or fight evil that influences world events. Really fun, though plenty dark! Positive
Dec 27, 2016 Vorbis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hi, my name is Amanda and my house is such a mess that an hour and a half after I started cleaning my room I still can't see my floor.

I can however see this book that I finished a week ago and never got around to reviewing.

I borrowed a couple of Mercedes Lackey books off a friend and this is the second one that I didn't hate but didn't click with either. It flips from character to character viewpoint for no obvious reason other than the author got bored.

Same with the storyline. First it's about
Filia Martin
This took me seemingly forever to finish. And I have no idea why.
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
Nov 29, 2016 K.l. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love Nancy and Sarah even tho she was a bit pi. Puck a good side character
When Isabelle's heart was broken by David Alderscroft, a young Elemental Master who was rising in his power and fame within the magical society of London, she fled to India where she found true love with a commoner like herself. Now, she and Frederick have returned to London where they've opened up a school for children who, like themselves, are not masters of magic but rather possessors of more occult talents including extrasensory perception and prophecy. It is to this school that little Sarah ...more
Lis Carey
Aug 19, 2012 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf, fiction, audiobooks
I listened to the audio edition. Amazon continues its foolishly short-sighted practice of not allowing linking to Audible editions, even though they own Audible and presumably make money from the sale of Audible editions. So, I'm linking to a print edition.

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
Carol Wilde
The Wizard of London is a relatively light-weight and entertaining fantasy set in an alternate Victorian England where various kinds of magic exist. It's one of a series – Elemental Masters -- and not the first, though it's the first one I've read. It stands alone, but other titles in the series that precede it are: The Serpent's Shadow, The Gates of Sleep, and Phoenix and Ashes.

The strength of this book, I thought, was in the characters and the setting rather than in the magic or the plot. I e
Hannah Givens
Aug 13, 2015 Hannah Givens rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Skip this one, if you have the power. (I, too, have felt the urge to finish terrible books just because I started them, and to start them just because I've read the rest of the series. I feel your pain, completionists, especially where this book is concerned, and I support you in your coming time of trial.)

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
Ward Bond

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

This book took me far longer to read than I would have liked thanks to problems in real life. However, I enjoyed it, for the most part. It was a little draggy, in certain aspects, and I can understand how the romance between Isabelle and Frederick seemed a bit much.

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
Laura de Leon
Probably more of a 3.5 stars, but I enjoyed it.

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
Jul 22, 2014 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In my local library, there are a couple of shelves labeled with the names of the librarians where they can place their favorite books. I like to look through these shelves because it's always changing, and I had such success in finding the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson. This is where I found The Wizard of London which is a funny title because it's mostly about the heroines in the story. Even though it is the fifth book in the series, I broke my own rule to start from with the first book, ...more
Jun 23, 2013 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fanatsy readers
This held my attention but others in the series seemed to be more successful to me. I think perhaps Lackey has discovered with there being only four elements, that that rather limits the story lines. In this one she is bringing in psychic talents as well as the original elemental mages. The problem is, the story is very black and white. I'm still not so clear as to why the talented children were attacked in the first place and who the attacker was. I felt that the attacker was supposed to tie in ...more
Renee Webster
Jun 17, 2015 Renee Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lackey's books can get fairly formulaic (being as prolific as she is, I imagine new and surprising twists can sometimes be difficult to obtain), so I was very pleasantly surprised when she introduced Talented characters instead of strictly Elemental magicians. I would really like to see more stories surrounding the Talented. I think they have a lot to offer.

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
Sarah is a twelve year old girl whose parents (English medics helping the people of Africa) have sent her back to England for her studies. Unspoken is the understanding that some of her studies might be...of a mystic (but not magical) sort. Isabella and her husband run an academy where some of the students have "extra" lessons. Sarah's very abilities and possible future are a threat to some unknown force, and that force is trying to eliminate her.

This novel was absolutely Excellent....except for
Fawkes Phoenix
As always, a well done beginning and middle with great back story into the characters and the magic. I really loved to two bird guardians. But I found it a bit difficult to wrap my head around the true ages of Sarah and Nan. They spoke and interacted like teenagers but we're actually what 7? 9? I don't know. I couldn't really nail them down in my head. Maybe that's part of their character description as having "old souls"?

As is standard this book had the ever so frustrating typical lackey-esque
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Mercedes entered this world on June 24, 1950, in Chicago, had a normal childhood and graduated from Purdue University in 1972. During the late 70's she worked as an artist's model and then went into the computer programming field, ending up with American Airlines in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In addition to her fantasy writing, she has written lyrics for and recorded nearly fifty songs for Firebird Arts &am ...more
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Elemental Masters (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters, #2)
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