The new novel in Mercedes Lackey's best-selling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real - and Elemental Masters are in control.
Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He's an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn't take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he's no ordinary magician - and for Lionel to discover that she's no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She's also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal?
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"Good, but not great."
I enjoy Lackey's books, the elemental masters series especially, but I don't think Steadfast lived up to the rest of the series. It had some great moments, but overall, I felt there were too many loose ends.
The heroine was a little flat. She has an interesting back story, but she doesn't seem to grow very much, and where their was the potential for her to--regain herself?--it wraps up too quickly to feel like anything momentous has occurred.
An old favorite character is briefly trotted out and just as briefly disappears with no explanation of what happened, and no real reason for his having been included.
I was left feeling like there was a lot left unsaid and I'd love to see the author's notes on this story.
On the other hand, it's the Elemental Masters series! I still enjoyed listening, and I'll probably listen to it again. It gave a little more information about the rules of elemental magic in the Lackey-verse. It was a very different class/culture of people than she has written about before. While there are are shades of Reserved for the Cat, I think the story is different enough to stand by itself.
Overall, I'd say that if you are a fan of the series, it's a must have just as part of the collection. If you are just starting, don't start with this book.
"something about nothing"
No. The characters are flat. They seem like they can grown and be super interesting but nothing happens. They might come up with a plan, the super wizard might come and help and the heroine might get the courage or wit to escape, but in the end a fluke happens and there is no need for characters to do anything.
yes. Have liked many of her books previously, and she does have a tendency to wrap up things in the last 5 minutes, but this one really goes nowhere.
She talks very very slow and with no, NO expression aside from the very sweet, shy, girl. Her pauses are too long between sentences and I kept wondering if I had run out of battery or I was about to get a call. Also, it's infuriating when she reads "what?" (in a shy voice) and the narration continues: " she said outraged" or "she said angrily" . Her family must enjoy the narrators angry moments if this is all the expression she is able to manage
boring and a waste of time
"Domestic Violence PTSD Trigger"
If you have ever been though domestic violence be warned some bits here are graphic & may stir up unpleasant memories.
The narrator needs work at changing voices.
The stories in this series have gotten a bit too "preachy." The tales are being lost in the lessons.
I would recommend this to help someone understand domestic violence victims better. I don't think I'd recommend it as a. Story.
Really not worth your time, I'm a Mercedes lackey fan and I have no illusions that she produces great literature. But wow this book was terrible, boring plot, uninspired characters, pointless rape scene, no interesting magical world building tidbits. The most frustrating part was that the plot and main character were almost completely recycled from another of the elemental masters books. Also the narrator mispronounced a lot of words, I'm not talking about accents but actually said words wrong, although her voice acting was pretty good.
i think this was wonderful. the book was great and the narrator is wonderful to listen to.
"Lackey does it again!"
Well developed characters, interesting story. The plot is a bit "we've been here before", but the secomdary characters are realistic. And the villain can be hissed without compunction.
"Just doesn't have any spark"
I'm a huge Lackey fan. I especially enjoy her elemental masters series. This one....just doesn't have it. It's not terrible, (it has some good scenes and scenarios) but it isn't up to Lackey standards. It reads as if she took the research from Phoenix and Ashes and Reserved for the Cat and churned out a book before deadline. It's too bad, because she's tackling a big issue here and I really want to like it, but I came away feeling cheated.
Waited to write it until she liked the book herself.
The singer giving the main character advice.
I'm still a loyal fan.
As always, Lackey writes an excellent story. The narrator does a great job too. Enjoy!
"Mercedes, this is not your best"
The story was really poorly executed, not common for Mercedes. The characters were simple, not complex and the story seems chopped up.
She left the story as a weak soap opera with lots left out. Was the marriage in fact real? Her parents were clearly murdered and that story line just dropped off. If Mercedes is planning a sequel, I will probably not purchase it.
I liked the stage magic bits and the use of the dragon in the end sequence was fun.
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