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Phoenix and Ashes by Mercedes Lackey
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Sep 10, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, historical-fiction, young-adult

This book isn’t strictly history at all. It’s Cinderella meets Harry Potter set in World War I. The characters make “elemental magic” (magic based on the four Greek/medieval elements: fire air water and earth) credible. And assigning the progress of the war to a Wizardess’s pique is interesting, at least. What makes this novel a candidate for inclusion in a history class is one of the best personal accounts of trench warfare, gassing, and shell shock, all very historical, indeed. Positive and fun to read.


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