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3.64  ·  Rating details ·  3,997 ratings  ·  782 reviews
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of
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ebook, 576 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published September 30th 2019)
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Garth Nix No, it's a standalone novel, at least at this stage.…moreNo, it's a standalone novel, at least at this stage.(less)
Gray Mouser I think the tag is wrong in a way. Nix uses a matter-of-fact approach to sexuality, without taking into account gender barriers. Imagine a standard cl…moreI think the tag is wrong in a way. Nix uses a matter-of-fact approach to sexuality, without taking into account gender barriers. Imagine a standard classical musketeer novel, throw a dice for each character to decide if (s)he is male and female, without changing the plot and who pairs up with whom.

If you want exploration of LGBT and in particular transgender, forget about it. Transgender as a concept does not appear at all and while no difference is made between hetero- or homosexual relations, this is not discussed, just accepted as fact. If you have problems with homosexual relationships, this might distract you from the plot, otherwise it is just part of the world-building.(less)

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Robin Hobb
Dec 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Let's begin with my frequent caveat. I know and like the writer. And I received a free copy of the book as an Advanced Reader's Edition.
I will also apologize that I didn't post a review sooner!

Garth Nix has never disappointed me. He writes solid stories, with imaginative systems for magic and plots that are not a rehashing of old familiar tales.

This book stands very well on its own. I have no idea if he intends to write more tales in this world, but if you are hesitant to pick up a nice fat book
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Charlotte May
All hail Garth Nix and the incredible fantasy worlds he builds!

I’ve mulled this over. Fuck it I loved it so I’m upping my rating from 4 to 5 stars ⭐️

I had high hopes for this one because I loved the Old Kingdom series so much. Although this one is adult fantasy rather than YA and the premises couldn’t be more different Garth Nix just has a way of storytelling and getting me invested in characters that few authors do.

The city of Ystara was destroyed long ago and its people fled if not killed. No
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Chaos, death by the magical Ash Blood plague and by monstrous beasts have consumed the country of Ystara, killing all who remain within its borders. The last survivors, holed up in a cathedral, speculate that this disaster must have been caused by a “ferociously single-minded” young mage, Liliath, whose unprecedented power to call on angels, particularly the archangel Palleniel, has somehow led to things going catastrophically awry.

One hundred th
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The end of Ystara began with the disappearance of it's Archangel Palleniel and the Ash Blood Plague, that killed Ystaran's by turning their blood to ash and the rest into beastlngs.

Liliath, the angel mage, who can force any angel to do her bidding withought the usual cost of rapid aging, is in search of her lost love, Palleniel.

Liliath lead survivors out of Ystara to the neighbouring Sarance, where she herself went into hiding. Now, over a century later, Liliath is back and ready to find and re
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Krystal
I'd just like to begin with ...

ARE YOU FKING KIDDING ME??

and then follow that up with ...

THANK GOD THIS TORTURE IS OVER.

Everything about this book made me so mad and I don't even know how to properly express my rage. Buckle up, kids, it's going to be a bumpy rant.

Firstly, are we all aware by now that my favourite book of all time is The Three Musketeers? That's vital information. Here's an excerpt from my review of The Vicomte de Bragelonne to give you an idea of my obsession:

The Musketeers a
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destiny ♡ howling libraries
Excuse me while I weep tears of joy. Garth Nix's work was my introduction to in-depth fantasy worlds and I feel like I owe so much of my taste in reading to Sabriel. I'm also curious to see how this differs from the other things I've read from him, since he's already gone on the record that this new adult fantasy is a new take from him (and it's a stand-alone!).

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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Nils | nilsreviewsit
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5

Unfortunately Angel Mage by Garth Nix was a book I really struggled with. It had so many elements that I should have loved. Angels that worshippers could call upon for aid, a rogue angel that caused a devastating plague that could be spread if they were called upon, a delusional bishop out to reunite with her love who happened to be said fallen angel. Then there were a band of misfit characters who were the key to the bishop fulfilling her quest, but could they stop her? This was also pretty
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Ellie
WHAT DO YOU MEAN THIS IS A STANDALONE?! *cries*

I'm actually not kidding, I'm really upset. The world within ANGEL MAGE captivated me (I mean, it's basically Three Musketeers x Joan of Arc), and in my opinion, leaving it as a standalone . . . leaves so much out? (Not to mention it felt as if it was a trilogy opener. What about Liliath? What about Rochefort and Dorotea? What about the Ystarans?)

Full review to come after I come to terms with my grief/manage to condense all my love for this book in
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Kogiopsis
Unsatisfying.

That's what I keep coming back to when I think about this book, as sad as that makes me. Every strength it has ends up being a weakness when promises go unfulfilled: the worldbuilding is intriguing, but raises so many questions it feels incomplete; relationships are hinted at but not resolved; characters receive sketchy outlines but don't get much depth; and the plot builds and builds for hundreds of pages but is resolved almost effortlessly at the end. Even the ending feels incompl
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Wunderkind PR for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

this cover is beautiful

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TS Chan
ARC provided by the publisher, Gollancz, in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars.

Angel Mage is a stand-alone fantasy novel that engages with its fascinating magic, but less so in its plot and character development.

I've enjoyed Garth Nix's Abhorsen trilogy and was particularly impressed with the worldbuilding in that series of books. Similarly, I found the premise of Angel Mage to be intriguing as magic is bestowed by the ability to call upon angels with the use of icons. To make it even more
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Zitong Ren
I previously gave this book 3.5 stars and rounded it up to 4, but now, after writing the review and thinking it bit more about it, my final rating for this book is going to be 3 🌟.

I fondly remember reading this man’s work, and have always generally been excited for more books from him. In fact, I seem to remember that The Keys to the Kingdom series, with starts it’s Mister Monday was one of the first book series that I properly finished fully and started my journey into my middle school reading
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Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
3.5/5

Honestly, this is not as good as I hoped it would be. I absolutely love Garth Nix's books, but this was sort of...lacklustre. I didn't connect with any of the characters, the world didn't feel fully fleshed out, and I truly think this would've done better as a duology. I have so many questions that weren't answered, and I felt just meh overall after finishing it. It was good, but not nearly to the level I was expecting.
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Catherine
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I've never read Garth Nix before, and I absolutely plan to read more from this author. I loved this book. This book is beautiful, from the writing to the story itself. Garth Nix is talented, and the praise I've been reading about him was obviously well deserved.

Angel Mage is dedicated to Alexandre Dumas, one of my favorite authors, and to the director, the screenwriter and the entire cast and crew of the 1973 movie The Three Musketeers and the 1974 movie The Four Musketeers. For
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Sahitya
I remember owning a couple of books from this author’s Abhorsen series years ago but I never read them. Even this book wasn’t on my radar, but when I happened to read the synopsis around the time of its release, I thought it was a bit different from my usual reads and wanted to give it a try. I can’t say I was blown away by it, but it turned out to be a good read.

I liked the idea of this world, each kingdom having its own archangel with their own host of lesser angels, and the mages of the king
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Nemo (The ☾Moonlight☾ Library)
This review was originally posted on The Moonlight Library

Garth Nix is the Australian master of worldbuilding.

I’m not even joking.

Y’all should know that I don’t deliberately seek out male authors (because male authors tend to write books for men about men to the detriment of women) but Nix is one of my exceptions, and I’m happy to share that Angel Mage is not only an equal society gender-wise, with no sexism and many women in power and no labels like gay or straight, but it’s also racially diver
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Kitty G Books
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read this as I have previously loved the Abhorsen series by Nix and I wanted to see what he was releasing now. This is a standalone fantasy which is focused on a world where Angels are tangible and can be called on for everyday help or even magical deeds, however, there is a cost to your life if you are the summoner.

We follow a group of 5 characters. Liliath who is the 'bad-guy', a young woman who is rather an enigma as she's reborn and possesses magical summoning power beyond any other and t
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Courtney
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a review copy of Angel Mage from the publisher via Edelweiss.

First off, I have to say I've always been a big Garth Nix fan. Between Sabriel, Mister Monday, Have Sword Will Travel and the rest, he does a magnificent job with world building. Angel Mage was no different. I was a little hesitant to start reading the book at first because... angels? In my head I imagined the angel/human love stories that were big back when I was a teen that did not pique my interest. But, again, my head t
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Laura ☾
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Angel mage is a high fantasy in which the Land of Ystara was wiped out by the Ash Plague which turned its inhabitants into beasts or killed them. Only select few escaped, however these escaped Ystarans were rendered powerless, as angelic magic would corrupt them as well. Liliath, a powerful Ystaran angel mage, now reawakens from her 'sleep' and seeks to restore her homeland.

Nix has created an elaborate world loosely inspired by medieval Europe and the Three Musketeers. The magic system is unusu
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/10/20/...

Since this was my first time reading Garth Nix, I really had no idea what to expect. With the exception of his Old Kingdom series, his books have always given me the impression of being skewed towards younger, Middle Grade readers, which was why I was surprised at the maturity and richness of Angel Mage. I’m not just talking thematically, or the world-building either; even the writing style was very lush and complex, clo
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Toya (the reading chemist)
This was my first foray into Garth Nix’s writing, and Angel Mage was so much more than I was expecting. While this book is technically YA, it definitely reads more like adult high fantasy.

I was initially drawn to this story because of the angels and magic. I am such a sucker for these two plotlines in fantasy. I enjoyed Nix’s spin on this concept where Mages could summon angels through the use of handmade icons or tokens in order to gain access to the magic that they possess. However, summonin
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Jodi Meadows
Incredible worldbuilding.
Sandra
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Overall, I loved the world-building and the characters, but I just wished something more happened… I feel like it was closer to 3 stars than 4, but my nostalgia from Sabriel just won't let me rate it lower.

I just don’t know how I feel about this book. On the one hand, the characters were refreshing and their relationship was pretty funny to watch develop, but on the other… the characters didn't feel very complex and had maybe two to three characteristics each.

The pacing was so strange?? There
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Jennifer
May 07, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had know that this nearly 600 page behemoth was essentially about teenage hubris, lust, and their centuries-long repercussions. I just came for the swashbuckling, and boy does Angel Mage really not deliver in that department.

After two weeks of dutiful slogging, I finished this book with the same feeling as when I finish cleaning a sink full of dirty dishes: free at last! (It was my last library book, and now my library is undergoing renovations and doesn't want it back.) Garth Nix writ
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laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
Liliath has woken from her hundred year sleep, and is determined to complete the task she set out to do. But first—gather the Refusers, those refugees who fled her home country with her. Find the four chosen and bring them to her. And return to Ystara. To finish her goal.

Damn that blurb sounds fucking awful, right?

Not nearly as cool as the actual blurb, and you feel like you're missing a key part of the story, like a big, hulking gap is missing for a sense of completion?

Whelp, that's what readin
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Alice-Elizabeth (Prolific Reader Alice)
It was an amazing honour to be selected to be a part of the Angel Mage promotional blog tour, thanks again to the publishers for the chance!

Final rating: 3/3.5 stars!

As someone who is a first-timer to Garth Nix and his books, Angel Mage’s story-line really appealed to me, even though my most read genre isn’t fantasy. Immediately with the introduction of some gorgeous maps to the kingdom of Ystara, I found myself becoming more immersed into the plot before the starting prologue. I enjoyed the ele
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Cindee
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book there is no such thing as a bad Garth Nix book the world building and the characters were the best parts and I love anything Three Musketeers related.. I loved all the characters especially the main four Agnez,Dorotea,Henri and Simeon they were all four unique in their own ways the strong Musketeer,the maker of icons,the fortune hunter and the doctor and they meshed together so well an pretty much instant friendship. I really liked how many strong female characters were in this ...more
Jessica
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book initially felt really long, but then it got going and now it's ended too soon!

I loved the Three Musketeers vibe, and the really interesting magic system. I would like to see more about both our "musketeers" but also angel magic. I wanted more maps and charts and things, and I also wanted more backstory to some of the people, like Rochefort and the Queen vs. Cardinal situation. Really loved the writing, and the descriptions of clothes (which weren't overindulgent, but just enough to giv
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aphrodite
Dec 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
garth nix won’t be getting any awards for prose or pacing; but the world and magic system certainly would. this is a rare case where I wish this wasn’t a standalone. I think it would have fixed a lot of the issues I had with the pacing, mainly that we had to introduce so much that there wasn’t any time for the main plot. but regardless I really enjoyed this and it will become a highlight for favorite magic systems from now on
Vivianne
Spoiler free mini review.

This book was very much just an okay/average book for me. I feel like I never really got into it that well.

I do really love the magic system, which was the strong point of this book. I feel like that was so creative and well thought out. The world was also good. I especially liked the refusers element, angels and the beastlings. But I felt like more could have been added to make it more interesting. The story line was a bit underwhelming and I felt like there was just on
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing 'Hail the Conquering Hero Comes' or possibly 'Roll Out the Barrel'. Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra (the federal capital) and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat-up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver-Reed typewriter.

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