The Last Mage Guardian January 27, 2012Posted by thehypermonkey in 4 stars, Fantasy.
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by Sabrina Chase
(also available on NOOK)
This magical tale starts out with Ardhuin. She’s a mage, except there are no female magicians in her world besides herself. So her great-uncle trained her in secret up until his death. Now she’s not at the seminary where her parents think she’s supposed to be, but she’s residing in a chateau in Bretagne — left to her by late great-uncle.
Her great-uncle left her more then a chateau. She is his heir as one of the Mage Guardians of Aerope. He also left dire warnings of magical attacks prior to his death.
That’s when a stranger in the from of Dominic Kermarec arrives at her doorstep. It’s up to her to find out if he’s part of the magical attacks and she’ll have to travel to the ends of Aerope to find out the why of the mystery behind it all.
Her adventures are wild and fun. She’s a well-developed character that grows and evolves as the story moves on. Her strength is admirable.
The correlations between Bretagne and Britain and Aerope and Europe are obvious, but charming. Science and magic co-exist in this otherworld.
The plot isn’t obvious and it had me guessing until the end. I didn’t know who the villain was, which made the story quite delightful.
The Last Mage Guardian was slow to start, but easily evolved to a quick pace that had me easily absorbed to the end. I had thought that, as this was one of her first works, Chase might have had a rougher time with it, but her writing style was true to form. A very strong novel that doesn’t disappoint.
This book is fun, engaging, and full of quick-wit. I’m glad I followed through and looked into further works by this author.
4 of 5 stars