- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: Dog Star Books (July 6, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935738852
- ISBN-13: 978-1935738855
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Getting to see more of the world outside of the city-state of Limani was a treat, especially as I'd been intrigued by the political makeup of this alternate reality where the Roman Empire never fell and it and the British Empire are the dominant players (at least around the setting of the first book) is an interesting setup. (note to the author: GIVE ME A MAP!! Please!!!) I also really enjoy finding out about more of the magic and magical creatures of the world, and seeing what twists the author has put on old ideas.
What really makes the book though is the strong personalities of the characters. You really know who these people are, you get the voice that they speak with, and their reactions ring true. I can't wait to see where Kane and Toria and their friends and family (not necessarily overlapping circles) go from here.
Disclaimer: I read an advanced reviewer copy of this book from the author, who is both a friend and one of the players in my Friday night D&D game. Didn't stop me from buying a copy for me and one to give away.
Steel Magic reveals a larger world outside small town Limani with wildly different social, political and class structures--all of which have consequences.
Where other writers might craft vague secondary characters there to prop up the protagonists, this author created vivid heroes of their own stories that intersect with the protagonists of this one. They have their own voices and quirks and goals. Hopefully they'll return. And if you're looking for queer characters who are more than their sexual orientation, you're in the right place!
I can't wait for the next book!
The protagonists of this novel were still students during the events of the first novel. Toria is a warrior-mage, bonded with another, Kane. As a rare bonded warrior-mage pair they have a great deal of power and potential. In this novel they are about to embark on their 18 month period of journeyman quests in order to become full mercenaries. Before they can really start their adventures, however, they find that they are the last remaining mages in their city. They need to figure out why mages appear to be disappearing. When a friend is kidnapped, they will travel across the ocean to rescue her and to save magic itself.
I enjoyed this novel. Many of the characters from the first novel appear in this one as well, including the intriguing character of Victory, Toria’s adoptive vampire mother. The way magic is used in this series is quite interesting, with a combination of science and ritual. In both books much of the story revolves around the various races and the different empires and how they coexist peacefully (or not). There is an engaging mix of sword and sorcery and cars and guns. The relationship between Toria and Kane, who are a bonded pair yet not romantically involved, is a different take on the trope of soul-linked characters.
While this novel doesn’t end in a cliff-hanger, there is enough left unresolved to make further novels welcome. Toria and Kane have more growing and learning to do. I would also enjoy seeing some prequels. There seems to have been many interesting adventures, especially with the vampire Victory, that could be explored. I would recommend this series for fans of traditional fantasy as well as urban fantasy.