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The Wizard of London: Elemental Masters #4 (Elemental Masters #5)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  5,074 ratings  ·  148 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, 384 pages
Published October 3rd 2006 by Daw Books (first published 2005)
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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
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
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Kat  Hooper
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
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
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
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
Carol W
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
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
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
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 Faller
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
Sherrill Watson
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
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
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
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
Kimberly Tsan
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.
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
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
Jun 23, 2013 Joan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
Lis Carey
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
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
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
I have been a Mercedes Lackey fan since the very first book of hers that I ever picked up, when I was probably around 13 years old. I devoured her numerous novels of Valdemar – in fact, they still fill much of my bookshelves today – but never found myself unduly interested in any of her other series. Having been so long finished with the Valdemar series however, and interested in a guaranteed good fantasy read, I decided to go ahead and grab a book off of my shelf that I hadn’t read yet: The Wiz ...more
Too-perfect characters (the biggest flaw anyone has is 'not pretty'), pages and pages of needless backstory and redundant narrative (literally takes up half the book), absolutely no conflict between the protagonists (despite the author telling us that they're all so different from each other, they all get along perfectly), and utter ridiculousness (sorry, but birds do not nod, nor think like humans. You could have spared a line or two to say that these are special magical birds, but no, we're su ...more
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
Mary Beth
Not one of Mercedes Lackey's best books, in my opinion. There were several things she kept repeating - e.g. that 3 of the servants came from different, oftentimes opposing, cultures but had come to respect each other and work together as a unified group. As this is one of the main themes of the book - differing cultures/classes/genders working harmoniously together as equals - I understand the desire to stress it, but over and over? I'm not stupid (and I really hate being treated as such) and I ...more
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

Jayme(the ghost reader)
Overall, I liked the story. I loved the two young girls. I even loved the eagle and the crow. I had to search because it said in a review, this book was a retelling of the Snow Queen. I have not read the original story. I also liked that they had Robin Goodfellow and they used a "Midsummer Night's Dream into the story. That is one of my favorite plays.
I did not like David Alderscroft. I thought him arrogant, British prick. I did not agree with his Victorian age views on women. I also didn't like
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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 &a ...more
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Elemental Masters (1 - 10 of 11 books)
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