The plot of Sorcerer to the Crown is mainly straightforward. It’s early 19th century (or so I guess because of the references to Bonaparte) and there is a noticeable decline in English Magic. Zacharias Wythe, the Sorcerer to the Crown needs to discover what that’s all about.
Like the two previous novels, the author takes elements of fantasy and mixes them in with the real word. In this case it’s Mayan gods alive in Mexico during the jazz age.
Phyllis reminded me of Reggie from The Rewind Files, though if anything more fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pantsness. But delightful, flawed, tough, sarcastic and with a deep sense of fairness and faith in her friends. Sarcastic lead characters win my heart every time.
Storm of Locusts is the sequel to the amazing Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse. If anything, I think it’s better than the original, but that might be because I know the world and characters. It was a bit stressful in the middle, but has a thrilling conclusion.
Usually I am delighted and besotted by a story, but I think this story is being caught in a dizzying and compelling spell that won’t let you go.
The plot revolves around Ava, a young woman who can create and control fire. She has been forced to work for the Coterie, a magical mafia headed by a psychopath vampire named Venus. They have a flashy bar, ooOOOOOoo.
There are four women who are Mercies: they are essentially a mercy-killing service, travelling their areas and help people have a merciful death when they are ill, old or just want to die.
So the story is quite simple, but it’s beautiful in how simple and straightforward it is. It’s very atmospheric, all forests and rivers, darkness and light. It follows a boy named Vren who is exiled from his home because he’s ‘shadowed’ which basically means he has some sort of power.
So, basically, djinns are real, they have their own politics and rules and also power. They have human emissaries who deal with their earthly affairs (which sometimes is procuring human things as they don’t sully themselves with money. The novel revolves around three main people: Kaikobad, Indeled and Rais.
So, it’s the world as we know it, but suddenly people start losing their shadows (yes, physics etc, just go with it). But then they start losing their memories. And because they can’t remember things, they start to misremember things into reality. Like alligators that are the size of cruise ships, guns that fire lightening, or that you can’t actually talk to animals.