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"The sequel to A College of Magics takes place in the same magical, Victorian-Edwardian Britain, and shows yet again that Stevermer is a worthy follower of Jane Austen for wit, of Dorothy Sayers for suspense and erudition. This emerging series will likely draw readers from across a very wide spectrum of the fantasy and alternate history audiences, including—indeed, never forgetting—the adult readership for the adventures of the boy named Harry."—Booklist on A Scholar of Magics
"One of the best fantasies I've read of the 2004 crop. A wonderfully conceived and described setting, likable characters, worthy villains, a reasonable mystery, and delightful writing."—Chronicle on A Scholar of Magics
"A Scholar of Magics is, quite precisely, wonderful—full of wonders."—Lois McMaster Bujold
"Such wonderful atmosphere. This is a very well written book and a pleasure to read."—SF Revu
Posted March 19, 2004
After spending time with Kiowa Bob's Wild West Show in locales like Wyoming, sharpshooting Samuel Lambert receives a job offer to work on the Agincourt Project at Glasscastle University in England. Though he is not entirely sure why a place of magical learning would invite an expert marksman, he jumps at the offer....................... After six months at the college Samuel feels he can adapt to anything though his snooty roommate Fell gives him much cause to doubt his belief but not as much as whenever he sees Jane Brailsford. Sister of one of the Project sponsors, Jane teaches math at Normandy¿s magical Greenlaw College. Strange things begin occurring with Fell seemingly in the middle that is when you can find him, but only Samuel and Jane seem to realize that weirdness is happening. Soon they learn that Fell shirks his duty as the Warden of the West, but vanishes before they can persuade him the world needs his powerful magic performing the tasks assigned a warden. Jane and Samuel realize trouble is brewing, but have no idea how to prevent it.................... The sequel to A COLLEGE OF MAGICS is a fine fantasy that leaps to and fro London as magic goes astray. Samuel and Jane make a fine couple with her being the magic practitioner and him the swordsman (with bullets instead of blades) while the support cast brings a feel that magic is real inside the Stevermer universe. Though the ending lacks action when compared to the sword (make that bullets) and sorcery of much of the plot, readers will relish this enchanting tale and look forward to more magic starring the lead pair.................. Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2010
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