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Elemental Magic: All-New Tales of the Elemental Masters (Elemental Masters Collection Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mercedes Lackey
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Among Mercedes Lackey’s many novels, few are as critically acclaimed and beloved as those about the Elemental Masters. The novels in this series are loosely based on classic fairy tales, and take place in a fantasy version of turn-of-the-century London, where magic is real and Elemental Masters control the powers of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth. Now other authors join Mercedes Lackey to add their own special touches to this delightful alternate history, in a world where magic is always just around the corner...

Editorial Reviews


"This is Lackey at her best, mixing whimsy and magic with a fast-paced plot."
(Publishers Weekly)

"Fans of light fantasy will be thrilled by Lackey’s clever fairy-tale adventure."

"Richly detailed historic backgrounds add flavor and richness to an already strong series that belongs in most fantasy collections. Highly recommended."
(Library Journal (starred review))

"Mercedes Lackey fans will thoroughly enjoy this fun escapade into turn-of-the-century England.... I find Ms. Lackey’s Elemental Masters series a true frolic into fantasy and Reserved for the Cat is no exception. Witty and dry, the magic in her books is always so believable, as are her characters."
(Fantasy Book Spot)

"The Elemental Masters novels are beautiful romantic adult fairy tales.... Master magician Mercedes Lackey writes a charming fantasy."
(Midwest Book Review)

"Once again, Mercedes Lackey has created a rich, lush depiction of England's Elemental Masters, combining elemental magic, fantastic creatures, coming-of-age elements, and the realities of war.... Lackey's elegant wordcraft combines humor with the knife edge of desperation.... I highly advise people to read this book, and I desperately urge Mercedes Lackey to keep writing the Elemental Masters Novels."
(Fresh Fiction)

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds Of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at

Product Details

  • File Size: 698 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (December 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UCJ67I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,992 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A book in want of an editor January 6, 2013
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While I am an avid reader of the fantasy genre, I'm not a real fan of most alternate reality novels. I do enjoy Mercedes Lackey's Valdemar series (some better than others). I received the first volume of her Elemental Masters series as a gift. From there, I read all the rest of the books in the series. While not at the top of my list of favorites, they do remain on the bookshelf, as opposed to going to the Good Will.

This newest book in the Elemental Masters series has serious problems. While a number of the recent DAW (and Baen) books suffer from poor editing, this book's is just downright bad.

These examples are from the story by Tanya Huff (another writer whose work I generally enjoy). The text and formatting are directly from the book, with the following notations -
[ Text in brackets is where I have made changes for clarity. If you read the book, you'll see why.] { My comments are in braces. }

"Dr. Harris! Brian! Over here!"
[Ellie] Harris tightened the grip on her father's arm and directed his attention to the man trying to get his attention at the end of the pier. She felt muscles relax as he raised his other arm to wave.
Short and stout with bristling, blond muttonchops, Dr. Evans was the physical opposite of her tall, thin father, although they shared a certain indefinable similarity. Most would assume that those similarities came from their shared profession, but Ellie knew that is was as much their Earth Mastery as their medical degrees.
Her father actually staggered under the enthusiasm of Dr. Harris' greeting and Ellie braced herself as he turned to her. But he only smiled and said, "So you're [Ellie]."

{Line 2 of the story makes it clear that Ellie is a Harris, the daughter of Dr. Harris.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Anthology December 19, 2012
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I was too desperate for reading material. I should have read the description instead of just relying on a favorite author having a new release. Barely got through the first story, trudged through the second, the third? Don't care! The stories were underdeveloped, with no depth of character or story line. The only good point is that I can add the contributing authors to my do NOT read list. A true disappointment.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag of good to what?? were they thinkin' January 22, 2013
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Fifteen short stories revolving around Lackey's theme from her Elemental Masters series none of which are in a time period later than 1919.

I have to confess that I found these stories to be uneven in quality. A range of two's to five's. Unless you have a passion for several of the authors, consider carefully before you spend the money to buy this collection. The way authors in general are going, they'll release these stories again. Hopefully, in a group that merits the purchase.

I don't see any of these stories as essential to a series.

"I Have Heard the Mermaids Singing" (Elemental Masters, x.5)
Gail Sanders and Michael Z. Williamson's "A Flower Grows in Whitechapel" (Elemental Masters Fan Fiction??, pre-8)

The Stories
Diana L. Paxson's "A Song of the Sea" is a song of Sirens and sea travel as Kyria sails off with the man her parents have chosen for her.

If the captain knew this could be an issue, why wasn't he prepared? This is a short blip in Kyria and Meto's voyage.

Samuel Conway's "Fire Within Him" uses the tale of Icarus flying too close to what we thought was the sun. Instead it's a tale of trickery and a set of double bluffs.

Mostly sad.

Fiona Patton's "Makana" was cute and takes place in old Hawai'i as an orphaned young man discovers the truth of his family, his destiny, and helps to rescue a beleaguered chief.

Rosemary Edghill's "War to the Knife" is a tiny, unsatisfying blip into Captain Sir Beverly St. John St. Andrew Laoghaire Darwen's life as one of Wellington's Exploring Officers when he tries to set straight an untutored Fire Mage using power wrongfully.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Less than I hoped for January 16, 2013
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Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors and editors of short fiction. Her short story collections from other authors that are set in Valdemar have generally been of high quality. And I am a fan of the Elemental Masters novels. But these stories seem strained, and do not build on the fantasy structure that Lackey so carefully developed. Which was sad.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bait and Switch? January 25, 2013
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I am a devoted Lackey reader and, as such, have devoured the previous Elemental Masters books. They are stories of the Elemental Masters in Edwardian Britain and most have cameo appearances by protagonists from previous books in the series. I pre-ordered this book and eagerly awaited its arrival. The event was a disappointment.
The cover promises "seventeen all-original stories of the elemental magicians of Edwardian Britain including an original story by Mercedes Lackey" The cover art carries same theme as previous books.
Only one story features elemental magicians from Edwardian Britain. Another can be allowed since it takes place in the same time frame in Massachusetts and has a reference to a previous book's character.
The others are well-written and interesting as always. The anthology should just have a different title.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I truly enjoy Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series
I truly enjoy Mercedes Lackey's "Elemental Masters" series, and I was looking forward to reading this collection of short stories by various authors writing on the same... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Printprof
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
as usual good stories
Published 1 month ago by Mrs. Kelley McMunn
5.0 out of 5 stars elemental Magic: all new tales
I really enjoyed all the different tales of elemental magic that the different authors created. It was a good read, and I'm looking forward to more!
Published 3 months ago by Lynda
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
More wonderful characters and stories. Mercedes Lackey is a rare talent in the fantasy genre. She out distances all others!
Published 4 months ago by C. Whitaker
4.0 out of 5 stars Varied, but good collection of tales
This anthology is a set of short magic stories set in the Lackey Elemental Masters world, with the two guiding boundaries of a focus on the Greek elements (plus spirit) and nothing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rover
4.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more.
The first few stories where so short that they left you with more questions than answers. But after that getting through them the rest of the stories left you just wanting more. Read more
Published 8 months ago by T. Hindes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Elemental Universe
Elemental Magic (2012) is a Fantasy anthology in the Elemental Masters universe. It contains an introduction and fifteen original stories. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Arthur W. Jordin
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Versitle writer. The Elemental Masters series is just as exciting as the Valdemar tales. Can't wait to read the next book.
Published 12 months ago by MAG
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
Although I prefer the Elemental stories set in the Victorian era, I enjoyed the collection. Good for the "grab 10 minutes to relax and read" times.
Published 12 months ago by dontknowhybutilike
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete disappointment!
The publisher's review list was so glowing that I couldn't resist..."This is Lackey at her best, mixing whimsy and magic with a fast-paced plot. Read more
Published 13 months ago by pocatello50
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Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction. In her "spare" time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and frequent collaborator, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots.

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