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Ink Black Magic by Tansy Rayner Roberts
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Aug 04, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: fantasy
Recommended for: Everyone with a sense of fun

What can I say about Tansy Rayner Roberts and her fantasy novel, Ink Black Magic? 'Brilliantly intriguing and witty' is a start, but that doesn't really cover it. For genre, think Terry Pratchett meets J.K. Rowling and you may have some idea, yet Tansy Rayner Roberts has a gift all her own that sets her apart from all other fantasy writers.

She begins her book with a stern warning not to do magic, then proceeds to do it herself with gusto. Her heroine, former pirate and current witch, Kassa Daggersharp, aka mild-mannered?(not likely!)Lecturer at Mocklore Polytechnical College, Mistress Sharp, is beautiful, feisty, intelligent and has more costume changes than a Barbie doll. But then all the characters in this story have multiple costume changes, not to mention persona changes, all done with magic.

There's a world that's only supposed to exist in the sketchbook of a would-be comic book creator, but which begins to take over Mocklore and has to be stopped by any means. There's Kassa's stormy relationship with the dishy Aragon Silversword (it's complicated), also a flying sheep, a suavely sexy and sinister villain and a large cast of unforgettable characters, each more hilarious and bizarre than the one before. In fact, Tansy doesn't seem to do minor characters, every one of them is a stand out.

I have to confess that Ink Black Magic is the third of the Mocklore Chronicles and I haven't yet read the previous two. But that doesn't seem to matter, as it is a story marvellously complete in itself. So do read and love the Mocklore Chronicles in any order you like, because that's what I intend to do.
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August 4, 2014 – Shelved as: fantasy

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