A massive thank you to Gollancz for sending me this stunning hardback copy of Angel Mage by Garth Nix and for letting me be a part of the blog tour.
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We start the story with Liliath awakening from a one hundred and something year long slumber and we learn straight away of her plans to reunite with Palleniel, the Ystarian angel she fell in love with before her sleep. Her plan involves four people from Sarance who know nothing of each other (Simeon, Dorotea, Henri and Agnez), until they are thrown into each other’s paths by the plans Liliath has set in motion, and end up becoming the closest of friends almost instantly.
I adore the world that has been created for us here, the descriptions were detailed enough that I could picture everything in my mind as I was reading, but not too detailed that it became boring and repetitive. I was intrugied to find out what brought about the reason that the Refusers were unable to be touched by angelic magic; as they would either die instantly or turn into Beastlings (which might I add were described incredibly).
I loved the main four characters, they all had four very different personalities, backgrounds and dreams for their futures, yet they still fit perfectly together and became their own little family throughout. And although it was quite a serious plot, what with the devastation with the Ystarians, there were many parts (especially with Simeon, Dorotea, Henri and Agnez) which made me laugh, they had that friendly banter that true friends have.
Also I’d like to point out that I really enjoy it when I can read a fantasy book where women are actually equal with men. Samantha Shannon made a point about this at the talk with Jay Kristoff last month, and then again at the talk with Brigid Kemmerer this week; it is literally a fantasy world which the author has created, yet some authors still insist on writing women beneath men (as you can tell it boils my blood). But this book doesn’t do that so that was a huge positive for me as a reader.
Make sure you check out all the other stops on this blog tour (full dates are from 1st October, all the way to the 15th)