Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Angel Mage
Author: Garth Nix
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: October 1, 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

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 trans-formed 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 for-tune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of an-gelic 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 im-portance. 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. . .

I enjoyed Angel Mage it definitely is a good traditional fantasy and has a lot of interesting elements.

For some reason when you start involving a lot of different Angels I start to get confused. The good thing about the world Garth Nix created is that each kingdom has a main angel and then the lesser angels fall underneath. So even though I couldn’t keep track of the lesser angels, it’s okay as long as I have the general idea of the Archangels. I thought it was interesting but I think I knew more about them then the kingdoms themselves. At the same time I loved the Icon magic. I’m really a fan of Icons in general because they used prominently in Russian churches. I loved how the making of them and performing magic with them is how mages connect with the Angels.

I like a book that incorporates a lot of characters. I always think it’s a lot of fun to have a band of characters adventuring together to reach a common goal. Unfortunately the only character that really stood out to me in the band of four was Dorotea. I felt like the other characters voices were overlapping each other a bit. I still liked them all and the story was enjoyable but that’s who stood out the most to me.

Lillath is one interestingly crazy mage. I felt like we got to know her really well and is just an interesting villain main character type of character. She was important to the plot, she wasn’t a random villain waiting in the wings and then coming and creating havoc. Things happened and could not happen without her. I liked her importance to the story. She’s also super scary.

The plot was interesting and all the little parts that go along with it.

It reads like a classic fantasy. So if you are itching for a classic fantasy I think that you will be happy with this story. Again I really liked how the magic system and the villian that is really part of the story.

Garth Nix has been a full-time writer since 2001, but has also worked as a literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and as a part-time sol-dier in the Australian Army Reserve.

Garth’s books include the Old Kingdom fantasy series, comprising Sabriel, Lirael; Abhorsen; Clariel and Goldenhand; SF novels Shade’s Children and A Confusion of Princes; and a Regency romance with magic, Newt’s Emerald. His novels for children include The Ragwitch; the six books of The Sev-enth Tower sequence; The Keys to the Kingdom series and others. He has co-written several books with Sean Williams, including the Troubletwisters series; Spirit Animals Book Three: Blood Ties; Have Sword, Will Travel; and the forthcoming sequel Let Sleeping Dragons Lie. A contributor to many an-thologies and magazines, Garth’s selected short fiction has been collected in Across the Wall and To Hold the Bridge.

More than five million copies of his books have been sold around the world, they have appeared on the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Publishers Weekly and USA Today and his work has been translated into 42 languages. His most recent book is Frogkisser! now being developed as a film by Twentieth Century Fox/Blue Sky Animation.

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