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Angel Mage

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  2,564 ratings  ·  582 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
Hardcover, 560 pages
Published October 17th 2019 by Gollancz (first published September 30th 2019)
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Garth Nix No, it's a standalone novel, at least at this stage.
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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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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
Charlotte May
I adored the Sabriel series so I am ALL OVER THIS!!! ...more
Nils | nilsreviewsit

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

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
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

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
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
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review-copy
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
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
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
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
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)

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.
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
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura ☾
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

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
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
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Alice (Married To Books)
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
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
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
Cori Reed
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A bit slow to get into, but I loved this Three Musketeers inspired world!
Books, Coffee & Passion
Books, Coffee & Passion

Angel Mage is the best written book I’ve read this year. Garth Nix is a painter with words, everything in this world was vivid, interesting and exciting, combine this with an unique magic system and impressive characters like Liliath, Rochefort, Dorotea and Agnez and the result is an amazing story that kept me engaged until the very last word.
The world building is absolutely epic, there’s angelic magic, a magic “plague”, a mysterious mission, lots of angels summoned, 4 cha
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was actually extremely better than I anticipated, and I already assumed it would be great.

We have 4 amazing characters – Henri, Agnez, Dorotea and Simeon. They are all brought together without realizing why but they all seem to have this connection to each other that they can’t quite place. I felt like each character’s POV was interesting and kept me wanting to read more.

The magic and world was beautifully written although I would’ve loved more detail on the world. This is a stand alo
Moony MeowPoff
Actually raiting: 2.5 stars.
I am honestly so dissapointed. I had hoped for something so amazing, so interesting and magnificent. Plus the cover was so stunning! But first the building to meet the characters took long time, and when we had meet them i didn`t actually care for them nor did i care for Liliath. Liliath were sort of meh and bland? she was supposed to be stunningly beautiful, so powerful and graceful...but i did not care for her at all. This book were supposed to be amazing, but for m
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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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