by: Garth Nix
Release date: 10.01.2019
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.
A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding.
Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives.
But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest.
The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . .
Garth Nix is a new-to-me author and Angel Mage is my very first read by him. This book is lively, action packed, character driven. I really enjoyed the world Nix has created here.
Right from the start Nix throws us into this world where monsters are real, battle is obvious inevitable, and Angels are at the center of it all. The magical system is very unique and unlike anything I’ve read before. The gist is that humans can actually harness angel power and even get them to do your bidding as long as you have the right “tools.” I thought Nix’s portrayal of this power was brilliant and easy to understand once you’re submerged in the story. I also adored how most people holding power in this novel were women. Was it supposed to be that way or happy coincidence? Who knows, but I love it.
The characters were unique enough to keep me interested. Liliath is a character I loved to hate for most of the book. Nix wrote her in a way that made me want to empathize with her in a weird round-a-bout way. The four main characters, Dorotea, Agnes, Simeon, and Henri, all played on each other well and their kinship could be felt throughout the story. I loved the unique take on the four musketeers; it was enjoyable and the characterizations of the four really fit well with the overall story.
The plot, as I’ve said is fast paced and keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat. It was easy to fall into the story even though Nix’s writing is something you really have to get used to. This isn’t bad, just different. It’s apparent he’s an English language ninja and his story-telling ability is phenomenal. Overall, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of his work.
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Thank you so very much to The Fantastic Flying Book Club (FFBC), Garth Nix, and Katherine Tegen Books for the opportunity to read and review this title for the blog tour. The views and opinions I have expressed here are solely my own and are in no way a representation of the views and opinions of the author, publisher, and/or distributor.