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Mage's Apprentice (Mages of New York Book 1) Paperback – February 4, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (February 4, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 338 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1791562590
- ISBN-13 : 978-1791562595
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.85 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,783,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the plus side: There was never a boring moment. Action-filled! Action - attack - defend - action - more action!
On the minus side: It was all too tough, too hard, too serious. I missed some relief. Aspen is only tough, hardened, and while that’s understandable given the circumstances, I want some level of softness. She is loyal to Brune and I could appreciate that. She is skilled and I could admire those skills.
All in all, it turned out that this just wasn’t totally my thing. I guess I’m a bit overly sensitive. I’m telling you that, so you can see for yourself if this’d be your thing or not. Because I sincerely believe this will speak to readers who like action-filled stories. Who like their main characters to be tough.
Even though the contest is a major plot point, not much time is actually spent on it. But then, the contest didn’t seem like all that much of a challenge anyway. The heart of this book was mainly fleshing out the magical world of New York City and all the main players inside it, from the flashy mages, to the criminal underbelly (reminded me a lot of Chicago in the Harry Dresden books). It is a fascinating world and all of the characters were interesting. The least interesting character though was Aspen herself. She had an interesting background and things to discover about her, and she excelled at action scenes (which there were plenty of), but she was rather focused on the one guy who screwed her (even though she really didn’t have any evidence that pointed to him, and she knew another certain character was bad, which didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense). But with being a cliché tough chick in black leather (I gripe about those regularly since they all seem to be clones of Black Widow), she considers showing emotion as a weakness. And because of her being emotionally distant, I’m not feeling emotionally attached to the story. Lucien reminded me mostly of Doctor Strange from the Marvel movies, complete with the cape that could move on its own and Chinese training facilities (okay, so the one in this book was Japanese, but you get my point). He was also a lot like Harry Dresden. He had the same scorn, cavalier regard for, and itch to screw with the High Council that Harry had, and the same reputation as a loose-cannon (come to think of it, the High Council itself felt very borrowed as well from the Harry Dresden books or even the Star Wars prequels). He also used a lot of the same rune powered rings and shield bracelets. Isak was interesting that I couldn’t pick out who his character was borrowed from and he had a lot of depth to him and loyalty, even though he was hiding behind the same emotionally distant wall that Aspen was hiding behind and I liked that they had similar backgrounds and were able to bond over it. I was a bit annoyed that the elven borough was named Rivendell, without even bothering to acknowledge that it was borrowed from Tolkien. I did like Aspen and Lucien’s relationship, the little I saw of it. And also like the Harry Dresden books, this world also has plenty of diverse supernatural/paranormal creatures residing within the city (from mages, and druids, to necromancers, and ghouls, and ghosts, and vampires, and fairies and elves, giants, and even primordial gods). Fans of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden books might find this an action-filled read with their vein of fantasy.
But I kept asking questions. When did she learn to read ancient languages? Why is New York important to the magical community? More importantly, why does she have to be attracted to her opponent?!?
The MC doesn’t seem able to carry the load of the plot. I quit after about 62% of the book. The holes were growing bigger, not smaller.
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This time, we get to know all sorts of supernatural and magical races, and we learn that there is generally no love lost between "supes" and "Norms". Enter Aspen, our Norm protagonist living in one of the magic boroughs of today's New York.
While some aspects of the story might seem overly familiar (orphan whose parents got murdered by a powerful wizard, half-giant best friend, ...), and there are many nods to other authors' works (hello, Charlotte!), Sean Fletcher provides his own spin on common tropes and delivers an entertaining tale.
As always, I enjoy his blend of action and humor, and not to forget a hefty dose of teenage shenanigans, nicely summed up by Lucien (one of my favorite characters, by the way):
“Spoken like a true teenager. No understanding of the weight of your consequences.”