I read this Young Adult (YA) historical fantasy book as part of a blog tour for Rachel’s Random Resources, and I am pleased that I did.
An enjoyable and well-realised novel, full of an author-invented plethora of spells and wizardry and set against an anchoring backdrop of 17th Century Europe, ‘Kithseeker’ is the second in the ‘Bookminder’ series. It is a shame that I hadn’t read the first in the series (‘Bookminder’), in order to fully appreciate how the characters had gotten to where they were at the start of this book, but I felt brought up to speed in pretty good time and did not feel like I had to go back and read the first – though I wouldn’t mind doing so.
The multiple viewpoints could alienate or confuse some readers – and I am guessing this format is prevalent in ‘Bookminder’ – but I feel that it was handled as deftly as that style could be, and that I gained some insight and back story that otherwise might have been either missed or over-described. The characterisation was strong (essential when using the first person POV for so many of them) and Wiseman does not often fall into the trap of making their names too similar for the reader to keep a grasp on (though even Tolkien sometimes did that!).
I did sometimes find myself just wanting to shake a couple of the characters (‘get a grip’!) regarding some of their internal monologue and the assumptions they made; I am unsure whether this was down to my properly investing in the characters – which of course would be a good thing – or if, on occasion, Wiseman belaboured a point overly much. I leave it to you to decide!
Wiseman’s writing is of a solidly good standard, my appreciation of it cemented when I saw that she had avoided one of my bugbears; when she writes ’round’ (the shape) and ”round’ (the abbreviation of ‘around’ – the direction), she differentiates with the apostrophe and that pleases me greatly!
A pleasing and enjoyable example of the genre for a YA audience, I would recommend it for that age group and give it 4*
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.
Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.
Author Bio – M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.
I do not get paid for blog tours and this is my honest review.