The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters Series #5)

The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters Series #5)

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by Mercedes Lackey
     
 

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Set in Victorian London-where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth-the fourth novel in this best-selling series tells the story of Lord Alderscroft, Master of the British Elemental Masters Council-the most powerful Fire Master ever to lead the Council. Loosely based on The Snow Queen, The Wizard of London delves into

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Set in Victorian London-where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth-the fourth novel in this best-selling series tells the story of Lord Alderscroft, Master of the British Elemental Masters Council-the most powerful Fire Master ever to lead the Council. Loosely based on The Snow Queen, The Wizard of London delves into Lord Alderscroft's youth, when he was bespelled by an evil Elemental Master who hoped to use him for political gain.

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This installment in Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters saga is a very loose retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale “The Snow Queen.”

Set in 19th-century England, The Wizard of London pits powerful mage Lord David Alderscroft against a cunningly evil Elemental Master obsessed with omnipotence and immortality. Alderscroft, a Fire Master of unequaled talent, is the influential head of the British Elemental Masters Council. He seemingly has it all -- power, fame, fortune -- but his heart is ice cold. It's almost as though an integral part of him is missing…

Isabelle Harton is Alderscroft's former childhood infatuation. Now happily married and running a boarding school for children who have the potential for unusual magical ability, Isabelle is truly content. Teaching students like Sarah Jane Lyon-White, a well-mannered child of African missionaries who can communicate with the dead, and Nan Killian, a precocious street urchin with rare clairvoyant abilities, Isabelle feels that her life is close to idyllic: until someone -- or some thing -- tries to kill the girls. When Isabelle and Alderscroft's paths finally cross, earth-shattering revelations abound. But is it too late to save Sarah and Nan?

Fans of Lackey's previous Elemental Masters novels (The Serpent's Shadow, The Gates of Sleep, and Phoenix and Ashes) should thoroughly enjoy this book. Comparable to works by Patricia A. McKillip, Juliet Marillier, and Cecilia Dart-Thornton, The Wizard of London blends historical fiction with folklore and mythology to create a fantasy suitable for all ages. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756403638
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Elemental Masters Series, #5
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
375,200
Product dimensions:
4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.06(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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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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The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters Series #5) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Mercedes Lackey-- I really do. This book was a little flat compared to many of the others she's written, but there are a few very good scenes, some tasty characterization, and an interesting premise. ... so why the '2'? Mostly for the sanctimonious piety. It's not completely absent from her other books-- and in its more complex and self-reflective form-- it's almost a comforting thing to encounter. But here... it's completely. out. of. control. The desire to smack the heroine silly hits about thirty pages in and never really abates-- but Lackey is so good at the 'craft' of writing that one is compelled to keep reading anyway... all the way to the bitter end. gah.
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Savana88 More than 1 year ago
This books was truly another Mercedes lackey masterpiece. She really lets us see what it was like in old time Europe. If you ever get the chance read the book after this one where she brings these Characters back. Seeing Pan, Sarah, Nan, Grey, Neville and all of them older and wiser is quite a treat. I accidentally read the later one first and when i realized these characters had a back story I jumped to the challenge and hunted this one down. Very interesting! Definitely a treat! She includes so much fantasy elements that just see plausible the way she incorporates them that I wish I lived sometimes in those early London Streets!   
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