The Wizard of London: Elemental Masters #4 (Elemental Masters #5)
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
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
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
I picked The Wizard of London up at a garage sale for a quarter, planning on reading it during a bout of the 'flu some day or something, but ended up reading it sober and healthy and enjoying the experience more than I'd thought.
It's an unobjectionable little pulp romp that hits all the notes you want out of a romant...more
This novel was absolutely Excellent....except for...more
Okay. Other than that, I honestly don't know what the point of the story is....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 Wizard of London contained a magical element that I felt the previous Elemental m...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
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-talented Isabelle Harton and her husband. Sarah has been sent home to England "for her health" from her parents' hospital in Africa, along with her remarkably wise and capable African Gray parrot, simply called Gray. Nan is taken in from the st...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
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
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...more
But there are couple of things that nagged me.
(Note: this is the very first Mercedes Lachey's book that I've read.
So maybe I'll change what I feel about it after reading other books.)
•First of all, there were spelling errors. A lot of them.
e.g. Alderscroft (the wizard of London)became Ashcroft
and he's one of the main charactors!
•Unlike the title indicates, the main character is a girl called Nan.
•How did the others put it? Anticlimax?
I was waiting for something to happen but...more
But I'm just not a fan of Lackey's Elemental Masters Victorian fantasy series, no matter how hard I try. This one in particular was more a YA fantasy. Not because children feature in it, but because the level of writing is juvenile.
I wish I liked it better. There is such a good premise...more