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The Spirit Lens by Carol Berg
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Dec 11, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, read-in-2011

Portier de Savin Duplais, the 14th or 15th cousin of the King is tasked to investigate an attempted murder of the King by ambush, where a secret telescope is left behind at the murder scene by the killer, who bears evidence that he was a mule. A mule is a person who is bespelled by a magician. The King requires that Portier use the services of Ilaro de Sylvae, the bastard brother of the Queen, who acts like a flamboyant fop and fool. The King believes that Ilaro will open doors to the Queen's court. The Queen, who employs the services of two magicians, is suspected by the populous of being involved in the attempted murder. The King also reveals that a close friend and advisor of his has disappeared as well.

Portier enlists the services of Dante, a renowned magician, who is not affiliated with the dominant College Magica, and he joins the Queens court under cover.

Berg stylistic novel shows how Portier with the aid of his fellow agents confide shrewdly investigate the Queen's magical advisors and other plotters and figures out who is involved in the plot. At the same time, Portier and Ilaro are revealed as much more than they seem, and the Magician Dante is revealed as a powerful magician.

There is a lot of intrigue and the plot is engrossing.

This is a dense novel and there are no short pages or short chapters ala James Patterson, so it reads a lot longer than its 465 trade pages.

Its a winner.
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Reading Progress

December 11, 2009 – Shelved
February 15, 2011 – Started Reading
February 18, 2011 –
page 47
February 20, 2011 –
page 165
February 20, 2011 –
page 305
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 21, 2011 – Shelved as: read-in-2011
February 21, 2011 – Finished Reading

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