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- Print Length: 279 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539596044
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- Publication Date: November 11, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M9I9WOA
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The sylphen Adeline meets initially appears as a tortured young boy named Isaachar. Isaachar is actually a dragon sylphen who was locked away and tortured for a very long time. Adeline rescues him and then there is an about two decade time skip.
After which, it basically turns into a family drama. Adeline is the mother so to speak and Isaachar the teenaged son. The story is basically a coming of age story with a magical murder mystery. That aspect is where the novel is the strongest—pure family dynamics in a not-at-all typical family. It’s cute.
The magical aspect is also very well thought out. I really liked how magic interacted with mechanics and robots. The description of programming robots was very accurate to real life programming which was kind of humorous.
The only drawback for me was that dragged on a bit in this sort of 2nd-3rd act period where all of the battles and ‘important’ plot points happen. It was winding and maybe could have been streamlined a bit.
Overall, Magic’s Perdition was a very quaint story. I’m not sure if I’d read anymore of this story thread, it ended nicely and left enough room for imagination. It also had that warm and fuzzy feeling where everything is sort of happy at the end. Adding more might detract from that. But, regardless, I recommend it as a light family-drama with lots of magic and mechanics (literally!).
Magical and mystical, Jensen weaves a pretty tale building a wondrous world with fantastical creatures. A fun trip into a fantasy land.
So, now that I've gotten that out of the way, it's time to gush. Very rarely do I get a beta copy of a book that I return to the author with the note: this is perfect, but this is one of those books. I'm a huge fan of hybrid and alternative genres and this is a shining example of what makes them great.
First, let's start with the world. This is fantasy. There are magical folk and fantastic creatures, but instead of the usual medieval setting or urban landscape, the story takes place in a small town with early twentieth century technology. In many ways this is a noir detective story, but with dragons.
So it's time to talk about the dragons. Well, one dragon and his human companions. The characters are fantastic. Each with their own unique personality and quirks. I loved them all and loved the story. I'd love to see more of these folks and do hope the author has plans to visit this world again soon.
It took me a while to settle into the stride of this book. There's a lot of magickal things to become acquainted with. It's far less complicated than my illness ridden self was trying to make it.
But we soon meet Issachar, a dragon sylphen with a tortured past.
Adeline is his main companion as the characters all face challenges, both external and internal as they go on a quest to defeat a mysterious enemy.
More and more magickal beings get drawn in, and a lot are based in existing myths and legends.
Some tremendous battles ensue, in a classic tale of good vs evil.
Very nicely done.