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A Lovesome Thing by Patricia S. Bowne
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A Lovesome Thing

by Patricia S. Bowne

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The logic of the magic arts is challenging and thought-provoking, particularly as it relates to the study of demons, and this is expanded on in the second book of the Royal Academy of Osyth series, A Lovesome Thing, when Neil Torecki and Teddy Whin enter a lost garden in search of Neil's partner, Bill. At times gently funny, this is a book where the use of language is of utmost importance, as a materialised demon is defined by the stronger will of those who surround it, through a charm of discourse, and exorcised by erasing its identity - a relationship which becomes infinitely more complex when exorcist Cham Ligalla has to deal, not with a demon, but a person. Professional niggles are magnified into debilitating antipathies, more than a mere disadvantage when breaking the code can mean a death sentence, as Bill has cause to know. The lost garden turns out to be a prison where very, very bad things happen, not just once, but over and over again, and who you are is thrown into constant question.

In this book we get more of a view of life outside the university, as well, with the introduction of the endearing Father Rameau, a mild-mannered priest who finds himself having to take decisive action when a corpse turns up in his newly-opened church. Could his god be responsible? The police seem to think so...

I am hooked on this series and can't wait to read more - they're intelligent, funny and inventive, and the regular characters have started to feel like friends. ( )
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