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Swordplay: A Gendarmerie Magique Novel (Volume 1) Paperback – January 29, 2014
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I do know this author, because our "online paths" have crossed, but we are continents apart. She did not ask for this review. I am giving it, because I enjoyed her books so much. I do not do many reviews. I bought all my copies of the books. The first story I bought was done well, and very original, which is why I tired more. That first story I read was "Hero's Wanted", containing, I think, three short stories.
The mystery is well written. The flow and plot tightly-woven, and developed well. I would have like to see a stronger beginning, but the author was establishing a whole new kind of world and magic. The slow build allowed me to learn how her world worked. I was definitely surprised at the end, and it was not what I expected. I did not like the villain, but I was not sure I totally bought the villians motivations for participating in such an elaborate brutal crime to get their own agenda, completely. However, this was very minor, and did not disrupt the story. I like Moria, but she was not my favorite. Sabio was my favorite. There was an emotional connection there, and I think that was, because the two main characters connected emotional with him. Plus he was the type of person who is brilliant in their own way, and can see things others cannot. He cared very much. I will not say more, because it will create spoilers. Moria's meticulous, paying attention to her magic, thinking of others, and her own lack of pretense and self-confidence made her an enduring character. She was very stubborn and determine, which made you want her to succeed.
I did not at first buy the romance part, as being a serious lasting relationship, but the author slowly builds on it, so by the end I wanted it for both the characters. I think if the authors write more books in this world, the romance will grow on you, because it is a very small part of the overall story, and not the theme or focus. I thought at times Moria was a little too quick to accept that "the one" she cared about would do something so horrible, however, the author did setup the premise for her feelings this way throughout the book, as related to her own personal family history.
Overall, this was a delightful, unique read, and very fun world. I want a nerl. I would definitely recommend this author, and this book if you are looking for something different, because it does deliver. I will be reading more.
Nineteen year-old Moira manages to secure employment with the magical police in their crime scene investigation department. Assigned to a theft and murder case, things take a turn when she discovers a very personal link in the course of the investigation.
I found this book to be a great read and the characters to be well-developed and interesting. I certainly hope that there will be a sequel or a series developing from this.
Like most of the Urban fantasy I've read so far, the story is a murder mystery. But it was engaging and left me guessing until the end. I found the whole book enjoyable and hard to put down. I loved the setting it has all the charm of a steampunk novel, without the corsetry and high-heeled boots. It's at once modern and historical.(I'm still trying to imagine the logistics of portable parlebol and how it manages to fit in a pocket.
Anyway, if you love steampunk for the manners and tea or you love cozy mysteries, give this boot a try. It's a fast read, but very, very enjoyable one. I'll definitely be buying more books in this series, as well as others the author has written.
Thanks to the author, Katharina Gerlach, for providing me with a copy of her book, in exchange for an honest review.
Moira lives in a magical world where magic are the law, the norm. But unfortunately she has very little ability to perform magic and still wants to pursue her aim to be a Gendamerie Magique. Surprisingly, she becomes one and the latest case, which is stealing of valuable weapons from a museum and series of murders caused by those weapons, in which she starts investigating; she figures out that she is linked to the case. And hence the drama begins which will blow you out!
The flow of writing was smooth and hats off to the author for creating a whole new world using her best possible imagination, for instance, she has mentioned, a creature called Nerls, which are thumb-sized, making the lives of humans easier, by being a lift-man to making coffee, and in return they are paid with the energy from the humans they work for. Sounds way too interesting!! Yes, there was also a little bit of sweet, innocent romance between Moira and Druidus, which will keep you engaged more. The plot was nicely developed and the progression of the story is also perfect with all those twists at the right moments is what makes the book more compelling.
So it’s a fantasy young-adult novel and if you like to know more about this magical world, do read this book.
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