The Spirit Lens

The Spirit Lens

A Novel of The Collegia Magica

Book - 2010
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View our feature on Carol Berg's The Spirit Lens . A brand new fantasy trilogy from an author who "brilliantly brings out her characters" ( Denver Post ).

For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery's decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life's bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria's last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the King of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled...
Publisher: New York : Roc, c2010.
ISBN: 9780451463111
0451463110
Characteristics: p. cm.

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Nephy
May 15, 2016

It was an okay read! It does drag on at certain parts, however. It's not a terrible book as the characters and the setting are flushed out. You just need a lot of patience to get through the book!

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enderwigginout
Jan 24, 2013

I'll admit I didn't even make it past the first 100 pages of this book. There was nothing interesting to keep me reading, not the writing itself, the characters, the plot, or the story world. The prose so overwritten as to be annoying.

I felt like the author was trying way too hard.

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mogie
Dec 31, 2011

I found this book dragged. It was overly descriptive and the ending was not satisfactory, even taking into account that it's part of a series.

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LT
Jul 08, 2011

There's nothing really wrong with this book. It's simply that I felt as if I was swimming against the tide all the way through. Plot developments were slow and unsteady, references to various characters, customs, and events were confusing and/or under-explained, and I had a general sense that a lot of editing needed to be done. I'm usually a very attentive reader, but I often found myself accidentally starting to read a chapter or two back, only realizing that I was in repeat mode after a few pages had passed.

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bibliofinn
Jun 23, 2010

Not my usual cup of tea: I picked it up from the new book display on a whim and was pleasantly surprised. Berg has created an imaginary world very deftly, proceeding by hints and asides rather than laborious explanation. She has created three compelling main characters, though one is a transparent rewrite of the Scarlet Pimpernel and the other Heathcliff with a magic staff. Together they investigate a series of murders that threatens to disrupt the delicate balance between magic and science in a kingdom ravaged by bloodshed. Solid prose with some lovely evocative touches and absorbing plotting. I gather this is the first volume of a projected trilogy. I hope to follow the next two volumes. For some reason, though, the cover art is a bit cheesy.

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