WINNER OF THE 2019 AUREALIS AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL
The icon-maker and angel-summoner Liliath, long believed dead, has woken from her century-long sleep to pick up the threads of a plan that has already destroyed one kingdom and may yet destroy another. To succeed, Liliath must bring together Agnez the musketeer, Simeon the doctor, Dorotea the mage, and Henri, one of the Cardinal's clerks, and take them into utmost danger ...
Set in an alternative seventeenth century where angels can be summoned (and controlled) by those with a talent for magic, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, gunpowder and high magic.
Nix (Frogkisser!) builds a Dumas-inspired world filled with angelic legions in this tremendous fantasy that follows Angel Mage Liliath, newly risen from more than a century of magical sleep and ready to reunite with the archangel of Ystara, whom she both loves and compels. Her scheme to return to Ystara depends on the presence of four friends, all 18-year-old provincials newly arrived in the neighboring capital of Sarance: a scholar and icon painter of unusual ability; a new cadet in the Queen's Musketeers; a clerk who serves the Cardinal; and a student doctor of some skill. Liliath gathers supporters among the Refusers, whose ancestors fled their native Ystara and cannot be touched by magic following an angelic disaster that cursed the population. Readers familiar with The Three Musketeers will see echoes of it here: a chance meeting among the four friends, an intrigue with some jewelry, and Liliath in the role of the mysterious female foe. A unique magical system based on angel summoning and icons, deft characterization including male and female protagonists and LGBTQ representation and an affectionate rendering of Dumas's style will delight teen and adult fans of swashbuckling romance. Ages 14 up.
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I’ve only read this through once, and will need to read it several more times to fully grasp the world. Then I shall continue to read it a hundred or more times (as I do with The Old Kingdom series) this book transported me to a completely new world I could never have imagined visiting. The use of the angelic magic is perfect, and possibly endless, with as many angles and their scopes as one could imagine. I admit, I am still completely lost with all the character mentioned, especially with so many similar names (all the ones starting with “D”!! Save me!) and the over use of the “iel” at the end of names, I’m still not sure who most of the characters are. But I shall read, and read again, and eventually I’m sure they will be all known to me, as if they always were.
Thank you Garth Nix for another incredible adventure, I look forward to many more in this new world you’ve created.