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Trio of Sorcery: Arcanum 101, Drums, and Ghost in the Machine
     

Trio of Sorcery: Arcanum 101, Drums, and Ghost in the Machine

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by Mercedes Lackey
 

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mercedes Lackey presents Trio of Sorcery, three exciting short urban fantasy novels featuring three resourceful heroines and three different takes on the modern world and on magics both modern and ancient.

Arcanum 101: Diana Tregarde, practicing witch, romance novelist, Guardian of

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Trio of Sorcery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
butterflypooka More than 1 year ago
I almost did not bother with this after reading a rather scathing review regarding the Diana Tregarde story. To that reviewer, I can only say that everyone has their own interpretations and while I can accept that you were unhappy with the story and it's ending revelation, I was not. I found it tragic and sad but certainly not any sort of attack on any group of people. You have to keep in mind the time that this story was set in and keep in mind that a good writter realizes that their villians can come from any sort of background or group. To not accept that is as bad as singling out a specific group as being the "source of evil". To anyone considering reading this book, I would say: If you enjoyed Lackey's other Tregarde books and if you enjoyed the Jennifer Talldeer setting, then you will probably enjoy these stories too. If uncertain, get it from your local library to try out before buying it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
"Arcanum 101". Diana Tregarde is just starting college, but also is a Guardian witch dedicated to keeping mortals safe from nasty supernaturals. She makes friends with four other students who reside in the same building she does. They saw her banish a dybbuk; but rather than fearing her, they offer to assist her in finding a kidnapped little girl. There only clues come from the fortune teller advising the distraught mother, but the Harvard freshman Guardian believes the woman practices the dark arts. "Drums". Nathan Begay, the new client of private investigators Jennifer Talldeer and David Spirited Horse, hires them to follow his girlfriend Caroline. She does not want to see him or any of her friends. Caroline seems lifeless as of her soul has been drained from her. Jenny observes Caroline dancing with a ghost; a raging evil spirit who died without honor or love and has chosen Caroline as his death bride. "Ghost in the Machine". Tom Bishop was intimately involved with the MMORPG (multi-player online game); he helped create another zone to the game. Dark Valley is very popular, but the programmed Wendigo is doing things outside the coding and Tom cannot stop him doing what it wants. The programmers hire Ellen McBridge to fix the flaw. She uses shaman magic to try to get the ghost out of the machine. The returns of Diane Tregarde (early 1990s; see Children of the Night and Burning Water) and Jennifer Talldeer (mid 1990s; see Scared Ground) will elate fans of Mercedes Lackey. While this is Ellen McBridge's first tale, she holds her own with the other two paranormal investigators. The three novellas are well written and entertaining while starring strong females with similar traits but different scenarios confronting the supernatural. Harriet Klausner
jumpup More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey, long the bastion of treating people like human beings has created a level of fail in her Diane Tregarde story that has left me nauseated and in tears. I am not sure I will even be able to read the 2nd and 3rd stories in this book as I no longer trust her as a storyteller. I was so excited to have a new Tregarde story but I now wish she had left this universe alone. If you have always admired Lackey for having openly gay, normal people as characters in her books, then, walk away now. Really, I have no words to express the level of disgust that I feel towards Lackey at this point. I do know that I will never purchase another one of her books again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Trio of Sorcery" contains three distinct novellas, united by their common magical/paranormal theme. The characters are well-developed, the magical meanies are scary, and the heroes do whatever they have to do to save the day. I enjoyed all three, though I admit to being a bit lost by some of the technical speak in final tale (techno-shamanism is not my forte). Recommended to fans of Mercedes Lackey, Jim Butcher and Natasha Hoar.
Fast_Reader11 More than 1 year ago
It was nice to see Ms. Talldeer again and being a gamer, I loved the last story a lot!
Steve2 More than 1 year ago
3 stories, good quick reads. I bought this book because of the Dianna Tregarde story. Loved all the novels and wanted to read this prequel. Did not dissapoint. The other two stories...good, but not great. Still I am pleased with the purchase...my 1st NookColor purchase!
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Mercedes Lackey always hss great stories
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