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

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,682 Ratings  ·  176 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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Cait
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
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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
Vivienne
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
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M—
Nov 09, 2011 M— rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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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
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Kara
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.

Edit:

Two things worth mentioning:

One: A very minor character is described as having parties where f
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Kate
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
Kathryn
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
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CatBookMom
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
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Rhia
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.
Mary
Jun 23, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is a reread - getting ready for A Study in Sable which has Nan and Sarah as main characters.

I forgot what a mess this book is. The title character - Lord David Alderscroft does not show up for almost half the book. It jumps from POV to POV sometimes for a page or so in the middle of a chapter. Alderscroft has shown up in previous books (and later books) but this is earlier than the rest. In most of the rest of the series he is the undisputed Wizard of London and head of the Master's Circle.
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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
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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
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Trish
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
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.
Fantasy Literature
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
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Eli
Another enjoyable book in the Elemental Masters series! I’ve read several of them in no particular order, as they’re independent stories, but this book, as one of the earlier ones in the series, opens up the door to several things that come through in later books; minor things, but still something I picked up on. There are some new and interesting concepts in the story, although this book doesn’t deal as much in magical matters as it does with the simple concepts of love and friendship.

I know i
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Greta
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.
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
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Sherrill Watson
Jun 16, 2015 Sherrill Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Sarah is separated from Grey, her parrot, to attend Isabelle (and her husband's) school in London. The school is staffed by several Elemental Masters of different personalities, and Sarah soon learns from them and Isabelle about her own Gifts. She is reunited with Grey.

Nan is a child of the streets, befriended by Sarah and taken into the school. On a field trip, she is accepted by a certain rook (NOT a crow) at the White Tower. Isabelle, years ago, had an intrigue with David, and he decid
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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
Matthew
Dec 04, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Considerably different from the previous Elemental Masters books... this was not a romance. It is based on The Snow Queen, but so changed as to approach unrecognizability. "Gerda" in this version, has grown up and built her own life, but has to go back and rescue "Kai" to take care of unfinished business. It's interesting to be exposed to the non-Magical Talents of Ms. Lackey's world and to see how she keeps building up the powers of the Elemental Spirits... this story features very adult childr ...more
Ronda
Dec 12, 2015 Ronda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually put off reading this one when I found out it was the story of "the Old Lion"and somehow also the Snow Queen. He is not one of my favorite characters in this series and the Snow Queen has never been one of my favorite stories. I should have remembered that Lackey's treatment of the Snow Queen in the 500 Kingdoms series was good. I enjoyed this story far more than I expected and have to say that it ended with me feeling better toward Lord Alderscroft. even though the story is called The ...more
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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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
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Aurora
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
MarsianMan
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
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Kimberly
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.
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Beverly
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
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Jenn Dattilo Watts
LOVED this! Phoenix & Ashes was very good, but so far this has been my absolute favorite. Although the book is titled after an Elemental master of Fire who has lost his way, the main characters are 2 young girls & their "pet" birds. Nan is absolutely my favorite, but also loved Neville, Grey, & Sarah as well as Karamjit, Agansing, Isabelle, & Frederic (apologies if I misspelled any of the names.)

The Wizard of London contained a magical element that I felt the previous Elemental m
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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 12 books)
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