⇒Featuring angels, magicians and beastlings
It’s been a while since I read adult fantasy, but if it’s all like Angel Mage, you can bet I’ll be reading more. Garth Nix’s latest novel is, of course, a masterpiece, with luscious world-building and astonishing magic backing up developed characters and an awesome adventure.
After a century of sleep, Liliath awakes to a world different from what she left behind but is determined to find her angelic lover, Pallenial. In order to do so, she needs the help of four unique people, who are drawn together through her power without knowing why, and wrapped up in her adventure.
I was truly absorbed into the world that Garth Nix created, it felt very developed and unique. It was well described and imaginative. As well as this, I really appreciated that there is no discrimination between race, sexuality or gender in this novel. Many of the main characters are dark-skinned, and it’s implied that one or two are queer, though there isn’t really any romance. I find that fantasy books these days too often take on the bigotry of this world, and this book was all the better for not doing so, especially being written by a white male.
The idea of the angels and how they could be summoned with icons was immensely interesting and something I’d never seen before. The entire magic system was wholly unique and I loved learning about its complexities and particulars, especially when they played a role in the plot.
The prose of Angel Mage reminded me of literary fiction. The complicated style of writings more common in adult novels than YA, and so at first it put me off, but as I continued reading I realised it really complimented the story and characters, and once I settled into it it didn’t take anything away from the book at all, and I found it very enjoyable.
The characters were wonderful in their differences. Agnez, the warrior, Simeon, the doctor, Dorotea, the scholar and Henri, the mathematician. They didn’t have much in common, but they were pulled together by Liliath’s need for them. Their friendship was a great point of the book because it was so genuine and fun. Despite the heaviness of the plot and writing, they brought fresh, funny dialogue to the book and made it all the more wonderful. Individually, they were all such great characters whom it was a joy to read about.
The plot of Angel Mage was enticing and fresh, building up tension with guarded secrets and the looming presence of Liliath’s goals, which remained a partial mystery until the very end of the novel. The storyline really sucked me in, and I was continuingly curious to see what would happen next.
Angel Mage was a wonderful novel, complete with luscious world-building, kickass characters and literary prose. It was a joy to read, and I would recommend it to all those who love Adult fantasy or perhaps are just warming to the genre from YA, like me. It was simply extraordinary.
Thank you to Gollancz for including me in this awesome blog tour! Angel Mage was out a week ago, and I’d definitely recommend you check it out 🙂