- File Size: 425 KB
- Print Length: 129 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: High Flight Arts and Letters (April 13, 2014)
- Publication Date: April 13, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JOOQHVE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Magic 101 (A Diana Tregarde Investigation Boxset) Kindle Edition
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I read the other reviews of this book; and I understand that if you haven't got the other Diana Tregarde books and short stories she has written, this is a treasure. However, I did go back and look up Mark and Diana's meeting as described in "Burning Water", and there were whole pages that were a direct quote simply copied down in the "new" story. Including copying the statement that Mark "recognized her as one of Quasi's upstairs neighbors" although she had established in the new story that they lived in different buildings next to each other.
If you haven't got them already, may I respectfully recommend "Killer Byte" and "Satanic, Versus" as completely different short DT novellas. "Nightside" is another one that corresponds to a book, "Children of the Night"; but I don't know if the book or the short story was written first. All three of these short stories are currently available on Kindle.
However, there were several glaring problems with it.
First, the switch between the two short story's that make up the book was jarring. There was no attempt to blend them, or to tie them together, it was simply turn the page and then bam, new story.
The second problem was the character of Diana herself. When she wasn't whining about her willingly accepted duties, or her studies, she was looking down on everyone else as 'idiots' or 'amateurs'.
when people do get into trouble, and she has to help (which is a duty she chose to accept at 16?) she berates them as idiots.
So, on the one hand, she enjoys feeling like she knows secrets others don't and then, when people get into trouble because they don't know about the 'secret world' she talks down to them, and insults them.
To me, that makes the character unlikable, and you kinda want someone to slap her down, hard.
All that said, the concept is interesting and engaging and Lackey is a talented writer, but I think this character needs a pretty major overhaul.
The book is set at the beginning of Diana's college days and involves fellow students. There is a strong theme of the wisdom of knowing the consequences of your actions because you will have to deal with them. Personally I found it enjoyable and entertaining..
In her introduction to "Arcanum 101" in "Trio of Sorcery", Lackey points out that "it takes place in the 1970's and it will be hard for anyone younger than thirty to realize what a different world that was... So, as you read this, if you find yourself thinking, 'Well, why didn't they just--' the answer is probably, 'Because they didn't have it then.'" And that applies to the story, "Witching Hour" as well.
Diana is already a practicing witch and a Guardian in these stories, but she is just beginning her freshman year at Harvard. (Which makes Diana one of the first women students at Harvard after it became coeducational in 1977 -- possibly a task requiring as much magic as being a Guardian.)
Both stories maintain Lackey's clear writing style and sharp characterization and she maintains the suspense up until the surprise ending.