A cast of offbeat characters who find themselves at Lost Lake, a collection of lakeside cabins. A story of family, loss and friendship. Magic also is a major thread – do we see the magic in everyday life when we need it?
Cassie feeds some fox cubs behind her flats in London, though the adults tell her not to. One night, she follows her favourite fox, and finds herself at the Frost Fair on the Thames, in the 17th century. Its a sweet, very simple tale about kindness and a little magic.
Unlike most of Garth Nix’s books, this is a regency romance, with magic. Lady Truthful Newington is just about to inherit her magical emerald when it is stolen, and she heads to London to seek it with the aid of magic, and a cast of eccentric, endearing, infuriating and handsome characters. A light-hearted, fun, sweet, romp of a story.
Uprooted is a high fantasy tale, with lots of references to Polish folklore. I’m glad I listened to the audio, as I wouldn’t have known how to pronounce the many names and spells. In the kingdom of Polnya, a darkly enchanted wood threatens those who live near it, and a reclusive wizard protects the people. For payment, he takes a girl from the villages, every ten years. The world is vividly drawn, there are epic, magical battles, significant girl power, and some romance (of the type where people who are never nice to each other fall in love).
In 1851 magic was extinguished , but now a Harvard linguistics expert, and mysterious, military agent make a discovery that could bring it back. Science, time travel, and magic, with lots of humour, this book is a great deal of fun. I think I have found another book to suggest to fans of The Rook and Stiletto.
Zelie is a girl who makes mistakes, who gets in trouble. The events of one particular day change everything for herself, her family, and the whole of her country. Children of Blood and Bone is set in a fictional version of Nigeria, where magic existed, but is now held back by a violent king. Zelie begins a journey to bring it back. I listened to the audio book, and really enjoyed the accent, along with the imaginative detail, and the passionate fight to end oppression.
Sisters, Muna and Sakti, wake up on a beach with no memories. They have been put under a curse, and must travel to England to break it. Set on a tropical island, in Regency London, and Fairyland, this is a fun fantasy novel with strong female characters and lots of adventure. I wasn’t quite as attached to the main characters as I was in the first book (Sorcerer to the Crown) but I still enjoyed it very much.
Circe is the least daughter of Helios, the god of the sun, but she does find that she has the power of witchcraft. Banished to an island, she hones her craft, and becomes caught up in great stories of the gods and mortals. A retelling of mythology, this book is ancient stories fleshed out in a timeless way. Adventure, longing, loneliness, power, vengeance, caprice, and the search for self, this book has it all.
Jude is a musician who becomes possessed by the cajou queen while playing at her funeral. The queen wants Jude to find out who murdered her and therefore has to venture into the world of vampires, spirits and witch doctors. Magic and music was very much alive in New Orleans, leaning more towards the darker side of magic. As someone who knew nothing of vodoo the author explained the concepts throughout which was much appreciated. I enjoyed the story but was probably a bit too much on the dark side for me.
Taking a quick break from London and Peter Grant, Ben Aaronovitch is keeping it fresh by taking us to Germany. Tobi Winter is our stand in for Peter, and he is in the same position in the German police force. Tobi isn’t as funny as Peter, but there was still amusement to be had, as well as some hints at Nightingale’s past, and the history of magic. A little bit of fun while we wait for the next London adventure.