With no magic talent of her own, Anne de Vernase must take on her sister's magical legacy to unravel the secrets behind the dark sorcery besieging the royal city of Merona-and to uncover the truth behind her sister's death. For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled. As the king's new agente confide, Portier - much to his dismay - is partnered with the popinjay Ilario de Sylvae, the laughingstock of Sabria's court. Then the need to infiltrate a magical cabal leads Portier to Dante, a brooding, brilliant young sorcerer whose heretical ideas and penchant for violence threaten to expose the investigation before it's begun. But in an ever-shifting landscape of murders, betrayals, old secrets, and unholy sorcery, the three agentes will be forced to test the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine...
©2011 Carol Berg (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
The Soul Mirror is the second book in the Collegia Magica trilogy, but stands well on its own. Indeed, I failed to note that this was the second and had not read (or listened) to the first book, but I at no time floundered with what was going on. In fact, I think I probably enjoyed the suspense more due to not being over familiar with the characters introduced in the first book. I thoroughly enjoyed Angele Masters performance. She has a lovely voice and was well able to tackle the male characters smoothly without the jarring that some other narrators cause when attempting to read a character not of their own gender. I'm looking forward to listening to the third book in this trilogy ( The Daemon Prism) and then will likely go back and tackle the first. Give this a go - you won't be disappointed!
Complex with some of the most fully realized characters I've encountered in years. The world building is beyond first rate. This is one of the best fantasies that I've ever read/listened to, and it's beautifully narrated. The climax left me breathless. It you like well plotted, character driven novels, treat yourself to this one. Pass if you need testosterone driven action in every scene.
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I LOVED this book; characters, pacing, storyline, just everything was great. Narrator was really good. Left me hanging for Book 3, which I am about half way through, Three moves slow, but hang in there, things happen that answer your questions, Happy listening,
I rarely read or listen to books more than once but I would certainly listen to this one again.
The whole book keeps you captivated by the mystery. The characters are deep and quirky and the story is very well thought out. Its one of the best fantasy's Ive listened to in a while.
I absolutely love the narrator's voice. She does all the characters, but not any in an annoying way that gets off your nerves. Her voice brings the story to life. Sometimes I do feel she goes a little fast but mostly because the names of people and places are a little difficult to remember and I find Im playing catch up. One of my favorites for sure!
I only listen to audiobooks when I sleep and if I could have I would have stayed up all night to finish. I just couldnt stop because I wanted to know what would happen next. I had to force myself not to listen to it if I wasnt trying to fall asleep.
Narrator consistently mispronounces several words -- "demonish" does not normally rhyme with "demolish", "tarry" meaning "delay" and "tarry" meaning "tar-like" are not pronounced the same, and I'm not sure, since I don't have a hardcopy to hand, but I suspect the word she keeps pronouncing "carry" is "chérie".
It would also be nice if she had kept the pronunciations the narrator of book 1 in the series used for some of the family names, such as "Mondragon".
Despite the flawed narration, yes.
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