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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 ...more
Well that was a wild ride - This book was very different to Nix's other work! I thoroughly enjoyed the transportive world building, and I always am engrossed by his immersive writing; he remains an instant buy author for me because of this. I think the use of angels here was original, especially when one considers the prevalence of such stuff as Cassandra Clare and whatnot, where the depiction is something more superpowered and less ...more
World building? Amazing. Characters? So well drawn. Magic system? Consistent and creative (fans of the Bartimaeus trilogy by Jonathan Stroud, you should totally read this next). It has a pretty different vibe from the Old Kingdom series, but it's equally amazing. From what I understand, this is a stand-alone novel, but I seriously hop ...more
This was a solid book in that the writing was competent, the world building was strong, and the pacing was fairly well done. However, I couldn’t help feeling like it was missing something as I was reading it. I really liked the “Abhorsen” trilogy as a teen, as well as “Shade's Children,” so I was really looking forward to this.
I think what was missing here was a connection to the characters. I just didn’t connect to any of them, so I just didn’t really care about what happened to the ...more
83 points, 4 stars
It would have been natural for her to ask how long she had been in the coffin. But that was not her first question. She thought only of what was needful, for her all-consuming plan.
I really enjoyed Angel Mage. In part because I really like reading Angels in fantasy. In part because Garth Nix is an amazing writer. And in part because of the influences Garth Nix drew from to create this boo ...more
The characters are realistic and likable. I’m a fan of Agnez in particular as she has all of the swashbuckling qualities of a Musketeer. I also particularly enjoyed the fact that the majority of the characters are women. Not only that, but they are women of color. The representation in this novel is simply fantastic, as it seems that fluidity in sexual attraction is also a completely normal an ...more
I am a huge fan of the Abhorsen series and so I was excited to see a new adult fantasy from Garth Nix. The book was overall a fun read with a fantasy setting that resembles the world of Dumas' Musketeers. The four main characters are all engaging and very different from one another. Several of the supporting characters are also intriguing, and I was pleased to note that Garth Nix was obviously very careful to make many of the main supporting characters women. ...more
This was a fun, diverse Four Musketeers-esque saga, with lots of women and people of color in power, and some pretty solid LGBT rep. So, the world building was really interesting (although fairly verbose, lots of camp/city descriptions that I skimmed) and the magic/Angel system was also not what I expected, but overall it really worked.
But it feels like so much happened but somehow also not enough? The role of Lilliath/what happened ...more
Would recommend to fans of Claire Legrand’s Furyborn; it’s also reminiscent of Tamora Pierce’s Emelan books, in ...more
In his newest book, Angel Mage, Nix brings both the setting and the characters to life with such detail that I felt like I was right there with Agnes, the musketeer; Dorothea, the icon-maker; Henri, the self defined fortune seeker; and Simeon, a student doctor. Their bound with each other becomes strong with each adventure as they battle Liliath ...more
Thank you to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the E-arc copy of this nov ...more
Strong and unique world-building combine well with a classic "rag-tag group of misfits" cast.
For me, those characters fell a little flat until about halfway through the book, but the magic and world Nix created kept me reading until I got to that point. All things considered, this is a definite hand-sell for me!