The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica

by Carol Berg
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The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica by Carol Berg

Anne de Vernase rejoices that she has no talent for magic. But she is dismayed to learn the king intends to barter her hand in marriage. Anne recognizes that the summoning carries implications far beyond her bleak future. And a murder in the queen's inner circle convinces Anne that her young sister's magical death wasn't accidental.

With no one to trust, Anne must take on her sister's legacy to discover the truth-thrusting herself into a centuries-old struggle that could forever alter the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101478479
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Series: Collegia Magica , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 403,523
File size: 727 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Though Colorado is home, Carol Berg's roots are in Texas, in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. She has degrees in mathematics from Rice University and computer science from the University of Colorado, but managed to squeeze in minors in English and art history along the way. She has combined a career as a software engineer with her writing, while also raising three sons. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Colorado mountains.

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The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anzabel More than 1 year ago
There are really no words to describe The Soul Mirror. In reality, all of Carol Berg's novels leave me breathless and wanting more at the closing page, so I'm a little biased. But since this is the latest book I've read and I'm still floundering in the shock that comes with realizing it's over, I'm inclined to say it's the absolutely best she's ever written (mind you, I said that about pretty much every single book of hers). I was unsure about a new protagonist in the beginning. I was so attached to Portier (as well as Dante and that peacock Ilario!) that I didn't want to read about Anne de Vernase (daughter of Michel de Vernase), especially when she would display any anger or distrust toward Portier. She won me over, however. Her story is interesting and sad, and she does what she can to keep going. As always, there are twists and turns every which way; some you will see coming, others you won't. But it's hard to find anything disappointing about this book. Berg writes well and flawlessly (though there are quite a few ?????s instead of 's in the NOOKbook version), with perfectly chiseled characters and motives, and she wraps up the millions of questions you will be asking thoroughly (even if you have to wait until the very last page). Very satisfying and hihgly recommended
harstan More than 1 year ago
Anne de Vernase is traumatized with what has happened to her family. Her father committed treason using illegal sorcery when the natural sciences currently prevail at court; her mother unable to cope went insane; her brother lingers in prison; and her magical using sister was murdered. Although a believer in the natural sciences, she is unsure how she will survive the debacle but feels good about one thing that she lacks the magical ability that led to the destruction of her family. However, in the royal city of Merona, Anne is stunned when the Sabria King Philippe's secretary Duplais informs her that she will serve as a handmaid to the queen as she assumed the de Vernase name meant poison. She also concludes she must save her family, but not sure how. She hears her father whisper to her for help but she has never been trained in the use of sorcery. Still Anne knows she must start with her sister's homicide though the inquiry will take her to realms she preferred remained in her nightmares, but she cannot avoid it even though her world is collapsing into sink holes of sorcery. The sequel to The Spirit Lens is an enjoyable otherworld fantasy that has an Age of Reason historical feel to the story line. Anne is a super lead protagonist while Dante the queen's sorcerer is a grumbling cantankerous counterpart to the optimistic naturalist. Although the story line starts slow and remains as such for a third of the novel as Merona's war between science and magic is shaped for the reader, fans will want to accompany the reluctant heroine as she learns there is much more than science in the wonderful world of Carol Berg. Harriet Klausner
kproft More than 1 year ago
I would rate this highly, but having said that, I don't have a lot to compare it to. But it was good enough to hook me on the genre (it's not sic-fi, but strictly fantasy which is my preference)
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Carol Berg is an imaginative fantasy writer. Her concepts hold together well. Her characters are wonderful. Her books surprise and delight. Can't wait for another one.