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An Oath of the Mage

by Valerie Zambito

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Even better than the first book! I loved it.

Plot
Six years after the events of the first book, a certain witch returns to disturb the peace. It's up to the Savitars to come together once again and save the day.

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Really interesting to see how the characters have changed over the intervening years in the book's world. Beck and Kiernan have a daughter, Kenley, who is so young yet already showing signs of shifting magic. And she is bonded to a Draca Cat too, who is also about her age, and so they get into mischief together. Like Kiernan and Bajan, they communicate through thought.

Politics have changed, and now shifting magic is allowed in the world -- but it's not universally accepted, and many people still mistrust it and fear it, leading, in fact, to an attack on Kiernan's home as an envious nobleman starts a civil war.

Everyone has their problems, too, new and old. Airron the Elf pretends to be an easy-going ladies man, but it turns out he is (accidentally?) married and not sure about his beautiful, but unyielding, wife. Rogan the Dwarf wants to send aid Beck and Kiernan, but the Dwarf king doesn't want to become involved with human issues. The gemstone ladies, too, are losing many of their followers to study shifting magic, perhaps causing a rift in their ranks as well.

At the same time, Avalon Ravener the witch has come out of hiding to take her revenge on the Savitars (Kiernan, Beck, Rogan, and Airron). And now there are children for her to target...

In face of the threat, Beck has to decide whether or not to become a Mage (which is a school of magic separate from shifting arts) as was his grandfather's wish, knowing from another character's prophetic visions that he may die if he seeks this path.

So, there is a lot going on, but the story flows well, and what everyone is doing is interrelated so it's not confusing.

I have to say, Kiernan is a very strong woman (fighting while she is pregnant!) and reminds me of Azhure from Sara Douglass's Axis trilogy, but perhaps more believable and human. I was very impressed with her, and knowing me you'd correctly guess that she is my favorite of the bunch (although Kenley is turning out to be just like her mother!).

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I wasn't sure what to make of the first book in the series, but this is a great continuation. Looking forward to more. ( )
  angevon | Apr 1, 2013 |
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