Elemental Magic: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters

Elemental Magic: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters

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by Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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Among Mercedes Lackey’s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those about the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Now other

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Among Mercedes Lackey’s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those about the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Now other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Lackey opens up the sandbox of her Elemental Masters universe (The Fire Rose, etc.) to other writers in this slightly uneven and passionless historical urban fantasy anthology. A few tales have delightful sparks that facilitate immersion in the shared world, but most are more fluffy than memorable. Ron Collins’s “The Collector” stands out with passion and disquieting depth as an injured black veteran with slowly developing supernatural powers rages at the everyday racist injustices of civilian life in 1901 Georgia. In Michele Lang’s complex and evocative “The Phoenix of Mulberry Street,” a reporter investigating arson in 1885 New York’s tenements meets a very unusual little match girl. The repeated feminist themes are often too pointed and heavy-handed, but fans of Lackey’s work will easily slide back into the familiar universe while newcomers will find this an acceptable introduction. Agent: Russell Galen, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (Dec.)
Booklist
"Fans of light fantasy will be thrilled by Lackey’s clever fairy-tale adventure."
Fantasy Book Spot
"Mercedes Lackey fans will thoroughly enjoy this fun escapade into turn-of-the-century England.... I find Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy and Reserved for the Cat is no exception. Witty and dry, the magic in her books is always so believable, as are her characters."
Midwest Book Review
"The Elemental Masters novels are beautiful romantic adult fairy tales.... Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy."
Fresh Fiction
"Once again, Mercedes Lackey has created a rich, lush depiction of England's Elemental Masters, combining elemental magic, fantastic creatures, coming-of-age elements, and the realities of war.... Lackey's elegant wordcraft combines humor with the knife edge of desperation.... I highly advise people to read this book, and I desperately urge Mercedes Lackey to keep writing the Elemental Masters Novels."
From the Publisher
"This is Lackey at her best, mixing whimsy and magic with a fast-paced plot." — Publishers Weekly

"Fans of light fantasy will be thrilled by Lackey’s clever fairy-tale adventure." — Booklist

"Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended." —Library Journal (starred review)

"Mercedes Lackey fans will thoroughly enjoy this fun escapade into turn-of-the-century England.... I find Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy and Reserved for the Cat is no exception. Witty and dry, the magic in her books is always so believable, as are her characters." — Fantasy Book Spot

"The Elemental Masters novels are beautiful romantic adult fairy tales.... Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy." — Midwest Book Review

"Once again, Mercedes Lackey has created a rich, lush depiction of England's Elemental Masters, combining elemental magic, fantastic creatures, coming-of-age elements, and the realities of war.... Lackey's elegant wordcraft combines humor with the knife edge of desperation.... I highly advise people to read this book, and I desperately urge Mercedes Lackey to keep writing the Elemental Masters Novels." — Fresh Fiction

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756407872
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
329,175
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com.

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Elemental Magic: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JaynaM More than 1 year ago
Short stories should be complete entities. Too many of the stories in this collection read more like first chapters. They didn't satisfy me; they left me hungry.
NalikEDeyu More than 1 year ago
I have totally enjoyed all of the books in the Elementals series, and anticipated this collection with high expectations. I was not disappointed! I know it's hard for authors to allow others to play in their 'sandbox', but based on Ms. Lackeys other anthologies in her Valdemar world, she did a fantastic job in selecting stories to include here. Maintaing the same time frame while allowing the locales to expand made this fit in perfectly, giving the reader a lot more to think about. I love playing 'what if', so this collection really gave me that opportunity. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic and mystery!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Merecedes Lackey's Elemental Magic is a compelling collection of stories with intuitively observed characters, awesome plots and marvelous narration. It comes on the heels of The Usurper and Other Stories, which I equally enjoyed. Cool stories to read effortlessly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As Mercedes Lackey in one of my favorite authors, I eagerly await any new book of hers. I was not disappointed with Elemental Magic. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and look forward to more of the Elemental Masters books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy reading Ms. Lackey's works. She also is a great editor, choosing stories for her anthologies that deepen the worlds she has created. While she is a very prolific writer, she is unable to write as fast as most of her readers devour her work. Thank you Ms. Lackey.
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Having read all the previous Elemental Masters books, I was hoping this compilation would be a nice compliment to the stories I already knew. It was. It was fun to see different points of view from some of the earliest elemental magic practitioners to something more current and modern. It was an easy read, and each story is unique unto itself. I recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stories end too abruptly, plots are thin,not much charactee devwlopment. The worst book in the collection.
jmcissy More than 1 year ago
Mercedes Lackey has allowed other writers to enter her Elemental Magic world, with mostly good success, The locations are more widespread but the stories remain true to Lackey's vision.
lunapara2 More than 1 year ago
I love Mercedes Lackey's books and jumped on this immediately, without reading that is was stories by other authors based on the elemental masters theme. I was disappointed. There were only a few of the stories that I could even finish.
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