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Sinners of Magic Paperback – May 23, 2012
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This book has a fun story to tell, with magic, betrayal, and courage. The fantasy gets you day dreaming of such a world with different races, tabooed magic, and forbidden love. The ending leaving you satisfied, yet keeps the story open for the next. It's an enjoyable read!
This is an excellent novel for teens. The characters are compelling, and the storyline is a good play on the traditional switched-at-birth theme. If at times the dialogue is a little stilted, over all this book was an enjoyable read. Crystal is a kind, rather cocky and headstrong girl. She is somewhat confrontational, but it seems to be her nature. Matt, whom she meets on Earth and whose life she saved is also a well-drawn, three-dimensional character.
Bridgemear is hard to like, but he is Crystal’s birth-father and a powerful magician, and Amella is a strong, usually likeable character. I like the way their relationship was handled.
Tremlon, the shape-changer and King's envoy, has a major role in this tale, and his burden of guilt and responsibility is handled well. At the end, I was left wondering about Amadeus, a strong, loyal and brave elf warrior who struggles with many issues. I’m definitely curious to see where that thread leads in the next book.
I did find the wood sprite, Bracken, to be quite hilarious, and I enjoyed Nekton, the innkeeper of Fortune's End, who longs for a real adventure. There is great atmosphere in this tale, and great adventure.
As in all good tales, bad things happen to good people, and worse things happen to the bad people. I liked the way the evil King Forusian, who kidnaps Crystal with lustful intentions, was dealt with.
I’d gladly recommend this book to any young teen, and give it four full stars for inventiveness and a good, immersive story. The narrative may be a little too young for some adults, but I found it to be an excellent afternoon of reading.
Crystal, the beautiful copper haired heroine, is 17 years old with a mysterious past and inexplicable powers. Her friend Matt, a teen heartthrob, follows her bravely, if a bit reluctantly into the unknown. Their adventure is nonstop action and filled with breathtaking suspense. They meet Tremlon a shape-shifting elf, in the public library, where he conjures a living miniature fire-breathing dragon. When sparks literally fly, they all flee into the extraordinary world where they meet an engaging cast of vibrant characters ~ dashing warrior wizards, suspicious eleven courtiers, a helpful, but reclusive woman, a sinister witch, and a delightful wood-sprite named Bracken. And what adventure would be complete without an evil villain whose plotting threatens to overthrow the entire Nine Winter's Realm?
In short, this cleverly told take packs adventure, intrigue and a distinctive world-wide that is sure to please both young adults and even a fun-loving, older young-at-heart audience. I highly recommend this book to all readers who love YA and light fantasy. I have even taken a peek into her next book, Betrayers of Magic, already promising to surpass this remarkable tale.
I'm really impressed. Thank you very much Lynette for world building, creating an epic coming of age journey for a reader to be carried away with in a more meal sized package. Other than a few point of view shifts that muddle unless you immediately reread the passages I feel that this is a well thought out story and worthy of reading for ages nine and up.
On a more mature literary note it is amazing how we can develop fantasies and display questions or views of race relations. I felt that it was going to get a bit preachy but the topics were presented as an undercurrent throughout the book and resolved to a side by the end. The manuscript could use another pass by an editor but so could several works I have read from Tor and Random House.
I recommend this book not only for personal entertainment but as a book for discussion in groups of readers as they challenge each other to find all the plots and ideas.