Mandir would rather wrestle a lion with his bare hands than confront the dark secrets of his past He s a quradum, one of the Coalition s magic using warriors, and when the Coalition elders send him to his childhood home to recruit a boy with magical abilities, Mandir must face his sadistic father and the family he hoped never to see again Taya, his partner and lover, arrMandir would rather wrestle a lion with his bare hands than confront the dark secrets of his past He s a quradum, one of the Coalition s magic using warriors, and when the Coalition elders send him to his childhood home to recruit a boy with magical abilities, Mandir must face his sadistic father and the family he hoped never to see again Taya, his partner and lover, arranges to join him on the mission, knowing that Mandir will need the support of a companion he trusts But when someone in the household is murdered and Mandir finds himself the prime suspect, Taya will need all her wits, not to mention her fire magic, in order to clear his name.
When I find an enjoyable first book in the serires I simply must read the second! And I was happy that this one was as enjoyable as the first one!The characters were the same and they're true to themselves. They didn't just become something else, better or worst. They contiued to be themeselves, even if a little bit different because of how their relationship made them grow. Very believable and nice!The misteries in these books are simple and probably you'll guess who did it very soon, but I sti [...]
3.5 StarsSpoilersI feel like I can never find the perfect blend of characters vs. plot. If one aspect is good then so often the other is lacking. This book is a perfect example. What it boils down to is a murder mystery in a fantasy setting. I felt like the author spent some time developing the mystery and attempted to write an intelligent story. This is the second book in the Coalition of Mages Series and I mentioned in my review of the first book, "The Fire Seer" that I appreciated and enjoyed [...]
Taya and Mandir have worked through their old grudge in the previous novel and are slowly building a relationship together. Still new and fragile, their new found love will be put to the test when Mandir is sent to his old home and Taya insist on accompanying him. She is NOT ready for what awaits her. Will their blooming romance hold to the test?I am extremely lucky to serve as a Beta reader for Amy and she makes things so easy for me. It's the third or fourth book I've read for her, and I haven [...]
After reading, The Fire Seer (the first in the Coalition of Mage series) I had extremely high expectations for this book. Sadly, in my opinion it did not stand up to its prequel.The beginning was awkward. I know the author needs to catch everyone up from the first book, but I think this could have been done better. I was sad in seeing Mandir and Taya struggle in their feelings for one another. I had my happy ever after in the first book and the beginning of this one took it away.Honestly though, [...]
Taya and Mandir return in this second novel in Raby's mystery series set in a Bronze-age fantasy world. The two Coalition mages are partners sent on a mission to bring a young boy with recently-discovered magic into the Coalition fold, where all magic is regulated by law. The problem: the boy is Mandir's half brother and to collect him, Mandir must return to the abusive home in which he grew up and face his sick bastard of a father.This novel has conflict in spades. Mandir is still recovering fr [...]
The Fire Seer and Her Quradum picks up a little bit after The Fire Seer. However, Mandir is tasked to going back home since one of his half brothers has exhibited magic but refused to join the Coalition. Per Coalition rules, Mandir's half brother would have to take kimat (a potion that can hamper magic for a day or take it all away depending on the dosage) if he refuses, but the Coalition wants to use the kimat as a last resort. Taya manages to come along. After their arrival, a murder occurs wi [...]
You can't start with this book, start with the first one. But this book was a good continuation of the first, which thankfully didn't end on a cliffhanger like a lot of authors do. It was a complete story in and of itself. This one also felt finished without a cliffhanger, it's just context and backstory you'd miss out on if you didn't read The Fire Seer first. It was nice to see the background for Mandir's personality quirks and some of his issues while still having a mystery to solve.
Not too bad if a bit short.The story is essentially a murder mystery framework for the Quradum, Mandir, to return to his hated childhood home and begin to heal from the traumatic experience of living in such a toxic environment during his childhood.There is a couple of adult scenes but the vast majority of the story was non-relationship. It was well written, well edited, and engaging. It wasn't particularly compelling, though.
Magic, mystery and no warWell written medieval fantasy/murder mystery, with no wara big relief when you're a fan of this genre! Ms. Raby creates characters of psychological and emotional depth, and handles action and plots with style. Looking forward to the next in this series.
This story was interesting but the first book was much better. This ones focus was too much on the problems of the quradum. Nice the problems are resolved but just seemed to need something else also.
Don't judge this book by its cover.
Probably not a true four-star rating, but I enjoyed it. I liked the mystery and its resolution and I hope the author is able to/decides to continue the series.
Great second bookThe author tied the first and second books together very well. Now the wait for another. I will wait with baited breath!