Parents' Guide to

Angel Mage

By Mandie Caroll, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Riveting fantasy has fierce women, angelic magic, adventure.

Book Garth Nix Fantasy 2019
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This captivating, swashbuckling high fantasy has everything an epic adventure needs, but avoids the predictable with skilled worldbuilding, fascinating characters, and a high-stakes story. The 17th century France-like setting, where women and people of color lead, same- and opposite-sex love are equally accepted, and angels are summoned for magical help in everything from the mundane, like cleaning, to the extraordinary, such as reviving a life, never feels forced or uneasy. They are just the facts of life for this book. The characters are well drawn and interesting. Simeon, the imposing and attractive doctor, saves the day repeatedly. Agnez is a particular joy as a fierce, good-natured swordswoman ready to duel anyone with a word against her. Treasure-seeking Henri provides comic relief, while intelligent Dorotea unnerves and disarms people with her lack of common courtesy. Even the villain Liliath gets a compelling backstory.

The action is generally fast-paced and always interesting, with dips into the political and religious intrigue between the power players of this story. The plot holds and slowly unravels several mysteries that are a delight to attempt to guess at while reading. There's also a refreshing lack of a full-blown love story here, a rarity in books for teens these days. Yet another not-to-be-missed gem from fantasy master Garth Nix.

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