It s 1831, and Lady Gwendolyn Crichton has been appointed Royal Sorceress following the tragic events known as the Swing.Although unleashed by the rebel master magician Jack in battle with Gwen s mentor Master Thomas, the popular press firmly laid the blame at the feet of the French.Now alone at the head of the Royal College of Sorcerers, Gwen must overcome prejudice against her gender and age if she is to exercise her authority and fulfil her responsibilities.Soon an unexpected responsibility is made manifest when Sir Travis Mortimer, a senior magician recently returned from India, is found murdered in a locked room.Gwen is required to investigate, but before long her inquiries lead her into a web of intrigue that combines international politics, widespread aristocratic blackmail, gambling dens, and personal vendettas.Should she believe apparent evidence that Mortimer betrayed his country, or is she being manipulated to keep her away from the truth Who can she really trust Is a title or popular acclaim a valid basis for trust Soon, some of the unsavoury aspects of the case get dangerously close to home, which means Gwen must make hard decisions and ask difficult questions of her own nearest and dearest.Continuing on from the end of The Royal Sorceress, The Great Game follows Gwen s unfolding story as she assumes the role vacated by Master Thomas.A satisfying blend of whodunit and magical fantasy, it is set against a backdrop of international political unrest in a believable yet simultaneously fantastic alternate history....
|Title||:||The Great Game (Royal Sorceress Book 2) (English Edition)|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Publisher||:||Elsewhen Press 14 August 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||564 Pages|
|File Size||:||880 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Great Game (Royal Sorceress Book 2) (English Edition) Reviews
Gwen ist mächtig, aber sie hat gegen die Voruteile einer Frau als oberste Zauberin zu kämpfen. Selbst heute wäre dies außergewöhnlich, zur Zeit des Buches (altes England) unvorstellbar. Da wird ein Magier ermordet, der eine wichtige diplomatische Mission hatte und schon als Geheimagent in Indien diente. Gwen soll ermitteln, was passiert ist. Zwischen Vorurteilen, erster Liebe und staatlichen Intrigen muß sich die junge Zauberin mühsam ihren Weg bahnen, dabei aber auch immer ihren guten Ruf im Blick behalten. Eine Jonglage, die zu scheitern droht, als alte Familiengeheimnisse plötzlich bekannt werden....Der Titel spielt auf den britischen Geheimdienst an, der besonders in Indien gern als das große Spiel bezeichnet wurde. Diesbezüglich verweise ich auf die hervorragen Bücher von Kipling.Eine Fortsetzung ist angekündigt, auf die ich bereits warte!
Basis-Idee interessant, Ausführung ok.Nuttall macht keinen schlechten Job, hat nur, wie oft bei ihm, ein paar Probleme mit der internen Logik seiner Fantasy-Welten, was Zeitfenster und Zahlen angeht.Ich muss jedoch sagen, er verbessert sich.
Great story about that brings to light all the luxuries today that we take for granted. Today we are angry that when we don't have free wifi so we can wiki an obscure thought, but back in the time of this story, you had to get off your duff and find the answer to the question in a book, in a library!!!Today we scream about social injustice because Chick-fli-a is closed on Sundays because the owner wants to honor the sabbath and you can't get a chicken sandwich. What a travesty!In Gwen's time you had to actually draw a bath, get the water from a well and women were not equal, not all could vote and education wasn't a right.I like how Nuttall calls Lady Mary's secret for what it really is and the luke warm euphuism that we we get from the media. Usually, I can't stand the underlying social brainwashing you get from writers today, but he does s great job of interweaving historical fact with enough fantasy that make it not only an enjoyable read but makes you thankfully for the necessities in 2015 that would be absolute luxuries in ANY time before today.
I originally picked up the first novel in this series as a distraction, as well as a genuine love for the steampunk aesthetic. What I found within its first pages was a tale with masterfully defined characters, a thrilling plot that who's conclusion, unlike many books today, could be guessed within the first 30 pages, and, most of all, a world built by an author that was an insightful student of history. The sheer number of books available to us, especially with online book stores, often makes us hyper-critical in our selection of reading material. It becomes easy to think that the value of a book can be judged by a brief description, and a handful of reviews. Never again will I pass a book by simply because it was not the product of a corporate publishing house. This book, and the one before it, have given me hours of real enjoyment such as I have not had since reading the classics for the first time. It has proven something that I began to suspect a year or two ago; the digital age has made it possible for readers to, once again, have a chance at reading something unique, genuine, and interesting. No marketing team, or focus group is required for a genuinely talented author to bring their work to the public for consumption. No longer will my choices be limited by what a corporate publishing house believes will sell. I have made a point of buying more of this authors books, and look forward to reading them. But more than that, I made a point of buying in the hope that this author might come to the conclusion that he not only can, but should write for a living. I anxiously await the sequel to this book, and encourage anyone reading this review to give this authors work a chance. I haven't had this much fun reading in a very long time.
Most of the horrendous events of the last book - the army of Revenants - have been conveniently blamed on the French. Lady Gwen Crichton, only surviving Master Magician, has little choice but to toe the official line. She has now been confirmed as the Royal Sorceress, though most of British aristocracy and several of her own sorcerers don't truly believe a young woman of little experience can or should hold that position. But Gwen has little time to concern herself with such matters as she is busy fixing the mistakes made in the past by her predecessor and playing the lead investigator in the recent murder of one of her own cadre. A Sensitive, a British spy, one she never knew existed, has been murdered and he is the main person on which an alliance with Turkey hangs in the balance. The future of nations hangs on this treaty. Gwen must use her wits to determine why her magician was murdered and by whom, whether he was still loyal to Britain or subverted, her charm and will to stand against her political detractors and her magic to combat the underground magicians that her opponents will place in her path.All in all, a great read, closer to 5 stars than 4, but I believe the author can write human interactions better - he is top-notch on everything else.
The revolution has triumphed! Hurrah! And now welcome back to politics as usual, enjoy your stay. Lady Gwen is the great grand magus of Britain (officially at least). The only problem is she is a woman, which translates to zero experience in politics in the 19th century. Worse yet, while she got the job. she did not inherit the map of key closets with skeletons inside to control her opponents like her mentor did. So she has to fight an uphill battle for control of the mages, her position and actually uncovering that evil foreign plot that's looming on the horizon. Great follow up to the book 1 in the series keeps both the characters and setting fresh and interesting.
To me, it felt like the author hit stride in this book with the characters and "world" already created in the first book of the series. It's a "whodunnit" mystery, and while the reasons for the murderer's actions weren't completely clear to me at the end of the book, it was still a very enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the development of the relationship between Gwen and her mother and Gwen and many of the other characters. I hate to say the sexist thing of "surprisingly good relationship development for a male author," but I would expect this book could have very wide appeal.