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Posted July 9, 2012
I devoured this series in just a few days. Holly Lisle writes very imaginative cultures and compelling characters, but I especially love how she incorporated dragons (not a spoiler - look at the cover) into this story. The plot twisted and turned most satisfyingly - just when you think you know who someone is and what relationships, you're surprised again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 7, 2001
Posted June 14, 2000
'Mind of the Magic' starts out quickly with a small conflict, then another, and again another, leading us toward the central story. Then things slow, or seem to, but one of those early bits of conflict quietly holds in place. It keeps reminding us that there's more happening under the surface, that something bigger is lurking, waiting for Faia to become complacent. As in the previous 'Arhel' books, Holly's style is very clean. She never allows the story to lose focus. We learn what we need to about the characters and the world, but never to the point where gaining this knowledge pulls us from the meat of the story. I became a zombie reading 'Mind of the Magic.' In fact, in 4 days I read this and 'Fire in the Mist,' finishing them in two sittings each. For me, the real gem of this story is the conflict between the Servants and Faia's party. Such horrid, repulsive men, hiding their thieving and murdering behind a mask of Holy self-righteousness. This is followed closely by Faia's visions from within the emeshest, seeing the futility of what she'd done.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2012
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