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10 thoughts on “Lady of Magick

  1. says:

    Lady of Magick started off really slow for me I felt like it didn t pick up pace until about half way through I had really enjoyed the first one, and was looking forward to this one Once it picked up, I had found myself caught in a web of mystery, betrayal, and a coup against a kingdom, but it took way too long to get there I felt like this one could have been better The world and characters were familiar, but neededdepth and development The plot twists in the second half of the book Lady of Magick started off really slow for me I felt like it didn t pick up pace until about half way through I had really enjoyed the first one, and was looking forward to this one Once it picked up, I had found myself caught in a web of mystery, betrayal, and a coup against a kingdom, but it took way too long to get there I felt like this one could have been better The world and characters were familiar, but neededdepth and development The plot twists in the second half of the book were intriguing and entertaining, but I wish the first half of the book had hadI will most likely read the next book, but may not be so quick to pick it up


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    Somehow I forgot to post the review when I d finished, even though I must have written this at least four times in my head And naturally they were all far superior to this I hadn t realized Lady of Magick was a second book when I requested it, but enjoyed it so much I didn t care other than immediately putting book 1 on my to read list.Set in an alternate version of Britain, here Roman influence is still strong, Practical Magick is a popular subject for mages while legal magickal ethics c Somehow I forgot to post the review when I d finished, even though I must have written this at least four times in my head And naturally they were all far superior to this I hadn t realized Lady of Magick was a second book when I requested it, but enjoyed it so much I didn t care other than immediately putting book 1 on my to read list.Set in an alternate version of Britain, here Roman influence is still strong, Practical Magick is a popular subject for mages while legal magickal ethics creates many discussions, Scotland Alba has remained separate from the rest of Britain and we re up to Henry Tudor the Twelfth, making it just that little bit different from regular history but close enough to be familiar, just as Din Edin s streets may be familiar to readers but this was only a tiny part of the charm Gray and Sophie s relationship, while relatively easy, still required work on both sides Learning a new language had its own difficulties as well as rewards, friendships were built through scrapes as well as proximity, politics is messy, and rushing to the rescue requires both planning and patience as well as support The combination of magic, history and realism made it a winner.Disclaimer I received a free copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


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    Nothingdisappointing than loving the first book in a series and finding the second a crashing bore While I don t mind meandering plots and slow development, I DO object to the story not even starting until halfway through the book, dragging for another quarter, and then resolving all at once in the final stretch Even that, I suppose, I could accept were there interesting character development, but Sophie and Gray did not develop at all Sophie, in fact, seemed to regress , and Joanna see Nothingdisappointing than loving the first book in a series and finding the second a crashing bore While I don t mind meandering plots and slow development, I DO object to the story not even starting until halfway through the book, dragging for another quarter, and then resolving all at once in the final stretch Even that, I suppose, I could accept were there interesting character development, but Sophie and Gray did not develop at all Sophie, in fact, seemed to regress , and Joanna seemed to make a rapid change from obnoxiously precocious child to dull teenager, while Gwendolen was changed so rapidly throughout the story she never seemed to have a genuine personality at all.I did, however, enjoy the switch to Alba for this one, and the differences shown between kingdoms


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    Two years after the events of THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Sophie and Gray Marshall are studying hard at Merlin College of Magick in Oxford But while Sophie is clearly a brilliant mind, there are many who believe that females should never have been granted admittance to the College, regardless of their royal status Side note why is it that only sexist people refer to women as females in casual conversation Does anyone else s skin crawl when people use that word Females Ugh.Needless to say, the Two years after the events of THE MIDNIGHT QUEEN, Sophie and Gray Marshall are studying hard at Merlin College of Magick in Oxford But while Sophie is clearly a brilliant mind, there are many who believe that females should never have been granted admittance to the College, regardless of their royal status Side note why is it that only sexist people refer to women as females in casual conversation Does anyone else s skin crawl when people use that word Females Ugh.Needless to say, the sexist collegiate culture makes life in Oxford difficult for Sophie and by extension, Gray is feeling pretty miserable as well So it s little wonder that the Marshalls jump at the chance to spend a year abroad in Alba aka Scotland at their magickal University where Gray will take a post as a teaching fellow and Sophie will complete her undergraduate studies Many women attend university in Alba so Sophie can blend in, and few people know her parentage there which is how she likes it But secrets especially royal secrets never stay secret for long.Meanwhile Sophie s younger sister Joanna remains in London, under the care of her Lord and Lady Kergabet At fifteen, Joanne is starting to come into her own and has changed considerably since we last saw her She still loves to bound about outdoors and get into scrapes, but her position as Lord Kergabet s assistant prot g at court requires her to keep up appearances Joanna becomes very involved in politics and is sworn to keep the court s secrets, but can she really keep Sophie in the dark when she learns of unrest in Alba Seeing Joanna all grown up and making some slightlyrational decisions was a treat, although I confess that I did miss her sass a bit.LADY OF MAGICK introduces a new kingdom in the Noctis Magicae world, and does a wonderful job of expanding the alternate UK that Sylvia Izzo Hunter established in the first book I especially loved how she develops the political tensions between England and Alba, and how those tensions impact Sophie and Gray s new friendships I ve always been really interested in Scottish history and I was very impressed by the amount of research that went into writing this If you have even a passing interest in Regency era Scotland, I promise you ll find Alba and its people absolutely riveting.Another thing that I loved about LADY OF MAGICK is the emphasis placed on scholarship Let s be real most books that take place at university conveniently exclude all of the studying and reading and essay writing that is entailed Not so in this series Not only is Sophie studying for her undergrad, she s also struggling to learn Gaelic so she can participatefully in Alban society Talk about having a lot of homework Although it shares many characteristics with England, Alban society is considerablyrelaxed in terms of etiquette and its clan royalty I really loved that because people wereopen about difference, most notably people in queer romantic relationships There s a super adorable queer ship in LADY OF MAGICK that I was cheering for every step of the way, which made me happy because 1 diversity in historical SFF and 2 SFF needsqueer ships This relationship was very well done and pretty subtly wrought, definitely a treat to read.If you enjoyed Sylvia Izzo Hunter s debut novel QUEEN OF MIDNIGHT then you won t be disappointed with LADY OF MAGICK It is just as well written and atmospheric, and expands on world building and characters alike If you re not reading this series and you like historical fantasy, I highly recommend it


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It fell short of the first book, but it wasn t so terrible that I wouldn t read the third.Lady of Magick actually felt like 2 separate books to me The part where they journey to and find their place in Din Edin and the part where people go missing and there s a mystery to solve This isn t to say that there wasn t some build up and allusions to some mysteries to be solved in the first half, but the plots felt disconnected to a certain extent probably just to me, maybe I m weird Also, some It fell short of the first book, but it wasn t so terrible that I wouldn t read the third.Lady of Magick actually felt like 2 separate books to me The part where they journey to and find their place in Din Edin and the part where people go missing and there s a mystery to solve This isn t to say that there wasn t some build up and allusions to some mysteries to be solved in the first half, but the plots felt disconnected to a certain extent probably just to me, maybe I m weird Also, some of the wonderful in the first book was watching Sophie come into her magical abilities, but a lot of this book seemed centered around Joanna and was frankly a little boring I enjoyed taking the historical fiction meets magical feeling to another place with different customs traditions etc but I think there was a real missed opportunity to explore the depth Sophie s magical abilities when unencumbered by a sexist or closed minded university.Now for my biggest pet peeve Spoiler ahead I do not understand Joanna s unexpected romance Not because I don t accept or value homosexual relationships, but because there was no build up in Joanna s POV chapters She never expressed anything other than platonic feelings in, what we can assume to be, honest narrative Just because she is irritated by the advances of one particular male suitor doesn t mean she s not attracted to men, it means she s not attracted to that particular man Also, I sort of resent that Hunter had to make Gwen a tomboy you re making a statement here and part of your statement seems to be that you can t be totally feminine and gay Also, that even if you don t realize you re gay, when your friend makes advances, you ll roll with it I realize that Gray and Sophie had discussed other gay women, but the whole thing felt forced, like a poorly executed social statement.Summary slow plot, shabbily thrown together social statement, inadequate coverage of Gray and Sophie s growth, weaker protagonist, seemedsexist even though the majority of the book occurs in aopen place


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    Another netgalley D Check me out RIGHT


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    3.5Originally posted at Vampire Book ClubIt s been two years since Sophie and Gray Marshall thwarted a plot to kill the King, and along the way revealed Sophie as the long lost Princess of the crown.Sophie has been diligently pursuing her studies at Merlin College, while Gray has been teaching Being the only female student has not been easy on Sophie Despite all her hard work, genuine desire to learn and be at the college, many regard her as an interloper Her royal status also doesn t help wi 3.5Originally posted at Vampire Book ClubIt s been two years since Sophie and Gray Marshall thwarted a plot to kill the King, and along the way revealed Sophie as the long lost Princess of the crown.Sophie has been diligently pursuing her studies at Merlin College, while Gray has been teaching Being the only female student has not been easy on Sophie Despite all her hard work, genuine desire to learn and be at the college, many regard her as an interloper Her royal status also doesn t help with those who view it asof a means for Sophie to gain special treatment, however much this is untrue.So when Gray is invited to teach at the university in Din Edin in the Kingdom of Alba, Sophie is excited to go to a place where female scholars are treated as equal to male But once they arrive it seems that things in Alba are not as peaceful as they thought, and when certain clans voice discord in an apparent marriage alliance between Alba and Britain, Sophie and Gray find they might be in danger.When I started reading Lady of Magick and realized that Sylvia Izzo Hunter had picked up a couple of years after the first book, I was happy she decided to do this because the image that readers get of the characters is one of growth All of the characters have grown up and hadexperiences whether good or bad separate from that of the conspiracy plot in the first book, and I rather liked seeing where everyone found themselves this time around.Of course, it s not long before Gray and Sophie, along with Sophie s sister Joanna and Joanna s friend Gwen, find themselves in an equally messy situation.I d say that the complaints I had about the first book pretty much stand the same for this second book The progression is pretty slow It takes quite awhile to understand the overlying conflict of the book and from there the action tends to ebb and flow Once the path is known I kind of wish it would have kept the faster pace, but alas it was not to be so.I also found myself never really warming up to Alba, which is the reason why this book got a lower rating from me than The Midnight Queen For all that Sophie and Gray are there for months, I felt like I never really got to know their acquaintances or friends in the way I should have They form relationships with people but that verifiable connection was never there for me I m thinking this is a result of the fact that most often a month s time would pass in the change of each chapter.What doesn t disappoint of course are Sophie and Gray Their sweet relationship has only grown stronger in the intervening years, and though they are not ones to overtly show their affection, I find I like the small subtle way they do show it I also liked when seemingly inconsequential occurrences from the first book would pop up again and actually have an effect on what was happening in the storyline Based on the blurb, I think we re going to be in forof the same in A Season of Spells


  8. says:

    Another fun adventure with Sofie and Gray This time they are in Alba which is based on Scotland.


  9. says:

    Love this series Excellent second installment.


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    Overall an intriguing mystery with elements of magic, romance, betrayal and, of course, magical universities with Dumbledore like wizards and mages It was an exciting fantasy that somehow wrapped up in the last few pages This was not your fairy tale ending, but rather a truer ending that was faithful to the main characters of Sophie, Gray and Joanna At times I was distracted by the many Gaelic, Latin, Cyrmic and other languages that cropped up from time to time However, I think this added to Overall an intriguing mystery with elements of magic, romance, betrayal and, of course, magical universities with Dumbledore like wizards and mages It was an exciting fantasy that somehow wrapped up in the last few pages This was not your fairy tale ending, but rather a truer ending that was faithful to the main characters of Sophie, Gray and Joanna At times I was distracted by the many Gaelic, Latin, Cyrmic and other languages that cropped up from time to time However, I think this added to the authenticity of the story and perhaps it was my failing that I stumbled over unfamiliar words, places and names Regardless, I recommend this book to anyone with a post Harry Potter dearth of magical novels as this one nicely offers you magic and mystery in a believable Regency England setting


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Lady of Magick Sylvia Izzo Hunter Brought Both Rural Brittany And An Alternative Regency England To Vivid Life In The Midnight Queen, Her Debut Novel Of History, Magic, And Myth Now, In Her New Noctis Magicae Novel, Sophie And Gray Marshall Are Ensnared In An Arcane Plot That Threatens To Undo Them Both In Her Second Year Of Studies At Merlin College, Oxford, Sophie Marshall Is Feeling Alienated Among Fellow Students Who Fail To Welcome A Woman To Their Ranks So When Her Husband, Gray, Is Invited North As A Visiting Lecturer At The University In Din Edin, They Leap At The Chance There, Sophie S Hunger For Magical Knowledge Can Finally Be Nourished But Soon, Sophie Must Put Her Newly Learned Skills To The Test Sophie Returns Home One Day To Find A Note From Gray He S Been Summoned Urgently To London But When He Doesn T Return, And None Of Her Spells Can Find A Trace Of Him, She Realizes Something Sinister Has Befallen Him With The Help Of Her Sister, Joanna, She Delves Into Gray S Disappearance, And Soon Finds Herself In A Web Of Magick And Intrigue That Threatens Not Just Gray, But The Entire Kingdom National Bestselling Author Juliet Marillier