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The Resource The soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica, Carol Berg

The soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica, Carol Berg

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The soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica
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The soul mirror
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a novel of the Collegia Magica
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Carol Berg
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eng
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Anne de Vernase rejoices that she has no talent for magic. Her father's pursuit of depraved sorcery has left her family in ruins, and he remains at large, convicted of treason and murder by Anne's own testimony. Now the tutors at Collegia Seravain inform her that her gifted younger sister has died in a magical accident. It seems but life's final mockery that cool, distant Portier de Savin-Duplais, the librarian turned royal prosecutor, arrives with the news that the king intends to barter her hand in marriage. Anne quickly recognizes that the summoning carries implications far beyond a bleak personal future. Merona, the royal city, is beset by plagues of rats and birds and mysterious sinkholes that swallow light and collapse buildings. Whispers of hauntings and illicit necromancy swirl about Dante, the queen's volatile sorcerer. And a murder in the queen's inner circle convinces Anne that her sister's death wasn't accidental. Unable to trust anyone, Anne, who is devoted to science and reason, must take on her sister's magical legacy to discover the truth, and thrust herself into a centuries-old struggle that could forever alter the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine.--From book cover
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  • /* Starred Review */ This lavish quasi-Renaissance fantasy, a worthy sequel to 2010's The Spirit Lens, traces "plain, plodding, rational" Anne de Vernase's multipronged quest to discover her sister's killer, clear her beloved father's name, rescue her brother from unspeakable torment, and heal her mother's madness. Caught up in the swirling Machiavellian plots of Sabria's glittering court, in a land barely recovered from the fearful Blood Wars, Anne gradually learns whom to trust, only to discover her own latent magical talents and a strange, powerful romance. Berg's characters return to vivid life, especially Zorro-like Lord Ilario, a court fool turned dashing masked swordsman, and former librarian Portier, kin to Sabria's king and possible human sacrifice. Berg refreshes and reinvigorates the familiar trappings of epic fantasy, shaping a novel that rings true both linguistically and imaginatively. This is one to savor. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 22, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 46, p)
  • Magically untalented and happy for it, Anne de Venase finds herself in a royal dilemma when she discovers the king has slated her for a political marriage. The sudden death of her sister, a student of magic, plunges Anne into a maelstrom of intrigue and deadly sorcery as she must accept her sister's magical legacy to prevent a disaster of worldwide proportions. Berg's second series installment (after The Spirit Lens ) tells a complex story of science versus magic and of one woman's determination to maintain her integrity while embracing an alien knowledge. VERDICT Berg brings life and grace to a story of magic and politics that should appeal to the author's fans as well as lovers of Renaissance-style fantasy. --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed January 1, 2011) (Library Journal, vol 136, issue 1, p86)
  • /* Starred Review */ The second installment in Berg's quasi-Renaissance fantasy trilogy, following the well-received The Spirit Lens (2010), with many of the characters carrying over from the previous volume.     In Berg's world, four years have passed. Practical, well-educated narrator Anne de Vernase, devastated to learn that her beloved sister Lianelle died in a magical accident, receives an unexpected summons to the court of Philippe, King of Sabria—unexpected since her vanished father purportedly masterminded a ghastly plot to assassinate the king in the prior adventure. Anne, skeptical that magic even exists, refuses to believe that her sister died accidentally. Her escort to the palace is the curiously solicitous royal librarian Portier de Savin-Duplais, her father's chief accuser, and she realizes that she cannot afford to trust anyone. Soon it becomes clear that the former regent, the viperous Lady Antonia, intends to marry her off. Queen Eugenie lies ill, enchanted or poisoned by Antonia, her only protectors seeming to be her brother, the clownish chevalier Ilario, dangerously volatile sorcerer Dante and stammering physician Roussel. Among the oddments left her by Lianelle, Anne finds a powder that turns her invisible and also casts her mind into the ether, full of raging souls—and one single, truthful voice who's astonished to learn that he's not the only one that can communicate thus. Methodically, Anne uncovers plots that go far beyond Antonia's murderous schemes, threatening not only the kingdom but reality itself. The fully realized characters and strongly visual, tactile prose help to offset the sheer length, weight and intensity of the narrative. A compelling and altogether admirable work.(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2010)
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Berg, Carol
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Collegia Magica series
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  • Sisters
  • Wizards
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a novel of the Collegia Magica
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The soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica, Carol Berg
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23 cm.
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515 p.
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9780451463746
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(pbk.)
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2010034844
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(OCoLC)617550978
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The soul mirror : a novel of the Collegia Magica, Carol Berg
Publication
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
515 p.
Isbn
9780451463746
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2010034844
System control number
(OCoLC)617550978

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