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Publisher's Summary

A new fantasy masterpiece from Garth Nix, best-selling author of the Old Kingdom series.

More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than 19, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. 

It's a seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. Four young people hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, a glory-seeking musketeer; and Dorotea, icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. 

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet but do not suspect their importance. And none of them know just how Liliath plans to use them, as mere pawns in her plan, no matter the cost to everyone else....

Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Leigh Bardugo will fall in love with Angel Mage, a feminist fantasy that takes place in an alternate European world ruled by fearsome magic and deadly passions.

©2019 Garth Nix (P)2019 Listening Library

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God I hope this becomes a series

I always expect great worldbuilding and wonderful characters from Garth Nix. What I wasn't prepared is to get caught in a delightful adventure. So many powerful and incredible women of vice and virtue in this book, so many stories and personalities that made my time with this worthwhile. The changes from the original inspiration (Dumas' works) were more than welcome, especially to have a growth in Rochefort that didn't ended unnecessarily in a trágica way. Also, her side plot of the blooming complicated romance and devotion with Dorotea was only bested by the unshakable unresolved sexual tension. Never a hand holding was so intense. Most of the action in the book were focused at the start and end of the story, but I didn't mind. It was a journey to get to know each character. I love it and I hope it becomes a first book in a new Garth Nix series. Oh and excellent job on the audiobook narrator.

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So Boring

I could not get interested in this book at all. I listened to the first 6 hours twice and I still don’t want to finish it. I’ve always been a big fan of Garth Nix but the last couple of books have not been good. This book is slow, confusing, and pointless. The reader tried really hard and did a decent job.

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Decent

Very slow build, I got bored several times. The ending wrapped up very quickly. I’ve enjoyed Nix’s other works more.

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wonderful new world

love this aurther and everything he writes this book is independent of his old kingdom books but it's absolutely amazing I can't wait for more books in this world

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Another amazing Nix world

I am continually amazed by Nix’s world building and ability to write characters and a storyline that remains consistent and is logical within the framework created. If you enjoyed Sabriel and the Old Kingdom you should enjoy this book. Atherton does a very good job of narration. Recommend

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NOT like the Old Kingdom Series

I keep returning to Garth Nix because I adored the Old Kingdom series–well, the first four anyway, I am pretty sure he hired a ghostwriter for Goldenhand. I keep getting disappointed. The writing here is better than some of his recent stuff and the world is unique. I really wanted to like it but after suffering through 5 hours, I had to throw in the towel. I still have hope. I should note that the reader is quite good.

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I hope there'll be more.

Angel Mage is an enjoyable adventure. Surprisingly, it is also more adult oriented, which was quite refreshing, but I'm trying to put my finger on what it is about the story that makes me give it four stars, instead of five. It...has the feel of an introduction. It's a complete story, for sure, but maybe that 'it's not all there' impression is because of the writing style. It feels like I only got the bare bones of the complex social levels of the varying classes, guilds, religious orders and military divisions. They've been sketched out, hinting at the much grander picture. I know I'm sounding overly critical here. I liked Angel Mage. I enjoyed it very much. It kept my attention throughout. It's both politically complex and a fun, rousing adventure, but there's a distance to the story, where it kept me at arms length, more of a bird's eye view of things for the most part, interspersed with vivid interludes with the different characters. All the characters are interesting and engaging and Kristin Atherton does an excellent job bringing them to life. So I sincerely hope this is the start of a new series, because I want more of this fascinating world.

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unexpected delight

I really enjoyed the twist and turns. A little different from Nix's other stories. It was a great adventure!