A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller — book review

A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller. Orbit ‘14.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Barl is a talented clock mage ‘ too talented for the Artisanry she works in. She is the best clock maker in Dorana, she is sure, were she given the chance. She longs to take up a place in the prestigious College of Mages and fulfil her potential, but her lowly family status as an unranked mage denies her that dream.

Morgan is from a First Family and holds a seat on the Council of Mages, but that is not enough to satisfy his ambition. With his dying father pressuring him to produce an heir, and his jealous colleagues tainting his reputation and discrediting his abilities, he is driven to prove to them all that he is the greatest mage in the land.

Their paths cross in a blaze of power and lust but hindered by arrogance and self belief, what starts as a desire to break the boundaries of new magic soon becomes more than they can control.

A Blight of Mages is an intoxicating and heart-wrenching story depicting two young people torn by desire and ability. In a world that is as appealing as it is imaginable, Miller uses great pathos to portray their plight, and the more I read, the more I needed to read to find out whether their mastery would be their undoing.

A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller. Orbit ‘14.99

Reviewed by Elloise Hopkins

Barl is a talented clock mage ‘ too talented for the Artisanry she works in. She is the best clock maker in Dorana, she is sure, were she given the chance. She longs to take up a place in the prestigious College of Mages and fulfil her potential, but her lowly family status as an unranked mage denies her that dream.

Morgan is from a First Family and holds a seat on the Council of Mages, but that is not enough to satisfy his ambition. With his dying father pressuring him to produce an heir, and his jealous colleagues tainting his reputation and discrediting his abilities, he is driven to prove to them all that he is the greatest mage in the land.

Their paths cross in a blaze of power and lust but hindered by arrogance and self belief, what starts as a desire to break the boundaries of new magic soon becomes more than they can control.

A Blight of Mages is an intoxicating and heart-wrenching story depicting two young people torn by desire and ability. In a world that is as appealing as it is imaginable, Miller uses great pathos to portray their plight, and the more I read, the more I needed to read to find out whether their mastery would be their undoing.