A Scholar of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
I had a lot of complaints about Stevermer’s book College of Magics, and yet still wanted to see where the story went so I had to read the follow-up title.
That ended up being not the best reason to read this one though – there is actually very little plot connection between the two books. Jane, a supporting character in the first book (and one of my favorites) plays a very prominent role in this one, and I loved that. The main character from the previous book appears only briefly, and I found I didn’t miss her at all, thanks to Jane and Lambert.
I enjoyed this one more, maybe because I liked the characters more, but maybe because my expectations for what the book would be were more in line with what it actually was. It’s a crazy tale in an alternate England, where magic plays a role but somehow still isn’t the predominant element in the story.
Glasscastle. University of dreaming towers and distant bells, pompous dons and disputatious undergraduates, exquisite architecture and grass that can choke you to death if you walk on it without the proper escort. On the surface, it is one of the most beautiful and peaceful places in England. But underneath, its magic is ancient and dangerous.
Samuel Lambert, sharpshooter, adventurer, late of the Wyoming plains and Kiowa Bob’s Wild West Show, has been invited to Glasscastle to contribute his phemomenally accurate shooting eye to the top secret Agincourt Project. The only dangers he expects to face are British snobbery, heavy dinners, and tea with the Provost’s pretty wife. But when the Provost’s stylish sister Jane comes to town, things get much more exciting.
This sparkling sequel to A College of Magics is a whirlwind of secret weapons, motor cars, mysterious assaults and abductions, thugs in bowler hats, and a mild-mannered don who is heir to a magical power greater than all Glasscastle. The resulting tale is as funny as a Gilbert and Sullivan Victorian romp, with the wit and suspense of a Dorothy Sayers mystery and a dash of John Wayne thrown in for good measure.
Title: A Scholar of Magics
Author: Caroline Stevermer
Category: Fiction / Young Adult Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars
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