Angel Mage (Paperback)
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Angel Mage (Paperback)

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Paperback 560 Pages
Published: 09/07/2020
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Stunningly accomplished world-building from a grand master of fantasy fiction, Angel Mage centres on a practitioner of angelic magic and the complex plots and intrigue of the richly evoked kingdom of Ystara. Exciting and immersive, this is Garth Nix on simply unbeatable form.

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, a genius at making icons to summon angels, and supremely adept in forcing them to do her bidding.
Liliath already 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 neighbouring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran's descendents. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will become ashes, or they will turn into beastlings. 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 fix her interest, for they are the key to her quest: 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.

The four feel a strange, immediate kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. Only Liliath knows their secret, and she draws them in to her complex plot, just as she manipulates Queen Louisa and her musketeers; King Ferdinand and his guards; Cardinal Duplessis and her pursuivants; and the Refuser Night King Biscaray and his criminal gangs.
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.

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9781473227736
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 360 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 40 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Garth Nix sets the standard for Fantasy - Leigh Bardugo

A swashbuckling adventure . . . and the most original magic I've seen in years - Joe Abercrombie

Garth Nix is one of the best world-builders in fantasy. - BRANDON SANDERSON

Angels are called, and swords are swished and there are jealousies and romances galore in this riotous romp. - DAILY MAIL

An exciting adventure full of intrigue and action while portraying women in power in a refreshingly casual way. - KIRKUS REVIEW

Vivid characters, who jump off the pages. Each of the young people has his or her own interesting back stories, and their growing relationships, as they try to figure out just how they are connected, steals the show. But there are plenty of embellishments that enhance the more personal aspects of the story: scary beastlings, brutal battles, and the harnessed power of angelic magic . . . and kudos to fantasy stalwart Nix for a story with gender and racial equality, a fact that is shown but not discussed, because it shouldn't have to be. - Booklist

A unique magical system based on angel summoning and icons, deft characterization and an affectionate rendering of Dumas's style will delight fans of swashbuckling romance - Publishers Weekly

Angel Mage is wholly entertaining and likely to stay with readers for quite a while after they've finished. And it is simply wonderful to see so many bad-ass intelligent, talented, magical women prop up the world and threaten to take it down. - SHELF AWARENESS

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I can say I'm so disappointed with this.
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“A unique fantasy with an interesting magic system.”

I've been meaning to see what Garth Nix's storytelling was like, so I had to give Angel Mage a try to see for myself, and I was really impressed. I loved the magic system that was used here, and I found... More

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