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DOC ¹ READER The Soul Mirror ☆ Collegia Magica FREE ☆ By order of His Royal Majesty Philippe de Savin Journia y Sabria Anne de Vernase is hereby summoned to attend His Majesty's Court at MeronaAnne de Vernase rejoices that she has no talent for magic Her father's pursuit of depraved sorcery has left her family in rBy order of His Royal Majesty Philippe de Savin Journia y Sabria Anne de Vernase is hereby summoned to attend His Majesty's Court at MeronaAnne de Vernase rejoices that she has no talent for magic Her father's pursuit of depraved sorcery has left her family in ruins and he remains at large convicted of treason and murder by Anne's own testimony Now the tutors at Collegia Seravain inform her that her gifted younger sister has died The Soul Mirror was not just a worthy seuel to The Spirit Lens it was its superior in almost every regard The Collegia Magica series is not your typical epic fantasy It is of a mysterydetective story set in a high magic fantasy world that is a bit reminiscent of Renaissance France Carol Berg dealt with the mystery aspects well enough that I was kept guessing for most of the story Anne de Vernase has just been summoned to the court of her Goodfather King Philippe de Savin Journia It is a place filled with plots and intrigue of both the magical and the mundane It is also a place where Anne has few friends and allies She is the daughter of a notorious traitor her brother is imprisoned on orders of the King her mother has been driven insane by sorcery and her younger sister a mage has just been murdered Anne finds herself forced into a position where she has to identify those who are plotting against the King because those very same people are responsible for her sister murder To make matter worse they believe Anne's sister might have passed on information crucial to their plans to Anne before they silenced her The only allies Anne has come in the shape of the foppish Lord Ilario and the King's cousin Portier de Savin Duplais a man she loathes as he lead the investigation that saw her father branded a traitor and saw her family destroyed All in all this story was a very engaging read that captured my full attention Anne was intelligent strong and resourceful She was also very likable Characters like Dante Portier and Ilario were back and it was fascinating to see them from Anne's perspective The ending was satisfying but not fully complete It sets things up nicely for the final book in the trilogy Rating 45 starsAudio Note I liked the narrator Angele Masters She did pronounce a few words weirdly but that did not hurt my enjoyment of her general narration She did well with the character voices and seemed a perfect fit for Anne as a character and the formal feel of the story

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Ht and collapse buildings Whispers of hauntings and illicit necromancy swirl about the ueen's volatile sorcerer And a murder in the ueen's inner circle convinces Anne that her sister's death was no accident With no one to trust but a friend she cannot see Anne takes up her sister's magical puzzle plunging into the midst of a centuries old rivalry and coming face to face with the most dangerous sorcerer in Sabria His name is Dante I love the Collegia Magica series by Carol Berg I've now read the first book The Spirit Lens 4 times since January 2010 and The Soul Mirror 3 times since it came out in January 2011That said I have to confess I didn't like The Soul Mirror uite as much as The Spirit Lens I think it has to do with the differences between the protagonists most of which are based on genderThe hero of The Spirit Lens Portier de Savin Duplais was self deprecating and rather vulnerable Because he was a man in a Renaissance society he had certain choices unavailable to Anne de Vernase nez Cazar the heroine of The Soul Mirror For example Portier is given a choice at the beginning of the first book and accepts it with enthusiasm Anne however is taken from her home by Portier and installed at the ueen's court in Merona She doesn't know why or who ordered her there and she dislikes Portier intensely because he was instrumental in the condemnation of her father as a traitorBecause I liked Portier so much I found it hard at times to deal with Anne's negative opinion of him At the same time I thought it was a very interesting strategy on the part of the author set up a character as likable in one book and then show him from the POV of someone who doesn't like him in the second bookAfter Anne arrives at court she must deal with what she considers the trivialities of that position and she seems to have few choices and a lot of anger For this reason less seems to happen in the first 100 or so pages of her book than in Portier's However by the end of the book she is revealed as a fierce young woman who is uite as capable as Portier at solving mysteriesI put solving in uotation marks because the overarching theme of these books is that things are never what they seem The events of the second book overturn many of the truths of the first book To avoid spoilers I won't say any The Soul Mirror is a truly feminist book because it accurately portrays restrictions on women's lives but also shows female characters getting around them It's also a subtle and surprising love story I wish I didn't have to wait until next January for the third book

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The Soul Mirror Collegia Magica #2 In a magical accident It seems but life's final mockery that cool distant Portier de Savin Duplais the librarian turned royal prosecutor arrives with the news that the king intends to barter her hand in marriageAnne recognizes that the summoning carries implications far beyond a bleak personal future and they are all about magic Merona the royal city is beset by plagues of rats and birds and mysterious sinkholes that swallow lig Just awesome this takes the Collegia Magica series to the next level with a gripping tale that essentially ends all the threads from Spirit Lens though enough loose ends are left so new series books can followSpoilers for Spirit Lens followspoiler spacespoiler spaceFour years after the end of The Spirit Lens 22 year old Anne du Vernase goddaughter of King Philippe is trying hard to keep her family estate going with a disappeared father condemned in large part by her testimony as murderer and traitor a mad mother now in keeping of her brothers far away an imprisoned brother and a magician younger sister whose discoveries kill her at the magical College at Seravain where the 17 year old was studying just before the novel starts And they don't even let Anne inside when she goes to collect her sister's belongingsThe hated Portier the investigator who broke open the big treasonnecromancy case in Spirit Lens and was the prosecutor in the King's name at the trial in absentia of her father and main accomplices arrives with a royal warrant for Anne to come to the ueen's palace in Merona as a maid of honor while also announcing the dispossession of the Vernase estates for the treason of the former king's bosom friendPortier is now chief of the ueen's household administration his former friendhelper Dante is ueen's magician and a figure of dread and darkness Ilario is still playing the fool and the ueen's adopted mother and former Regent Antonia is playing a 'I want power manipulation game with the ueen and her semi estranged and pretty much always away husband King while portents of dread and magic are continually seen in MeronaSo Anne is thrown into the fray where nothing is at is seems friends and enemies are hard to discern the Aspirant supposedly her traitor father and his cliue is ready to take the final step in the plans laid so long ago and that were only partly thwarted in Spirit lensThere are so many superb moments in the book and Anne makes an awesome heroine while we see Portier from afar nowIntrigue magic suspense and just pure awesomeness A will add the full FBC reviewAs promised here is the FBC reviewINTRODUCTION The Spirit Lens was the first novel by the author that I read completely and I uite liked it Towards last January's review of it I saidAfter I got into the style of the novel and its happenings started hooking me its main attraction were the twists and turns and the characters about whom slowly we start having uite different impressions than at the start Revelations from the past coupled to traits that come at fore only after a while mean that what we believe at the beginning will be uite changed by the end This unpredictability raised The Spirit Lens most in my estimation since in so many genre books the characters are marked the destined one the sidekick the love interest the villain the noble but doomed one while here there is much subtlety and even at the end when we seemingly know a lot there is a lot of uncertainty at least with regard to the big pictureAs time passed The Spirit Lens stayed much in memory than other books I seemingly enjoyed on first read so it got a place in my recommended books of 2010 while its seuel The Soul Mirror became a high expectation novel for 2011 And it deliveredThe following part will have spoilers for The Spirit Lens so beware if you have not read it so farOVERVIEWANALYSIS The first thing to know about The Soul Mirror is that while a first person narration as The Spirit Lens it switches narrators from Portier to Anne du Vernase who was a relatively minor character in the first novel though her actions are uite important at the end of itFour years after the end of The Spirit Lens 22 year old Anne du Vernase goddaughter of King Philippe is trying hard to keep her family estate going with a disappeared father condemned in large part by her testimony as murderer and traitor a mad mother now in keeping of her brothers far away an imprisoned brother and a magician younger sister whose discoveries kill her just before the novel starts at the magical College at Seravain where the 17 year old was studying And they don't even let Anne inside when she goes to collect her sister's belongingsThe hated Portier the investigator who broke open the big treasonnecromancy case in The Spirit Lens and was the prosecutor in the King's name at the trial in absentia of her father and his accomplices arrives with a royal warrant demanding Anne to come to ueen Eugenie's palace in Merona as a maid of honor while also announcing the dispossession of the Vernase estates for the treason of the king's former bosom friendPortier is now the chief of the ueen's household administration his former friendhelper Dante is the ueen's magician and a figure of dread and darkness Ilario is still playing the fool and the ueen's adopted mother and former Regent Antonia is playing an I want power manipulation game with the ueen and her semi estranged and pretty much always away husband King while portents of dread and magic are continually seen in MeronaAnne is thrown into the fray where nothing is at is seems friends and enemies are hard to discern while the Aspirant supposedly her vanished traitor father and his cliue are ready to take the final step in the plans laid so long ago and that were only partly thwarted in The Spirit LensIf this description does not hook you let's talk about the other strengths of the novel The narration of Anne is pitch perfect and seemed to me much smoother than Portier's from the first page It may just be that I got used with the author' style in this series but the pages really turned by themselves and the book hits no narrative wallsThe characters of The Spirit Lens are now seen through Anne's uite different perspective and I greatly enjoyed the glimpses we got of Portier and Ilario while Dante becomes the truly dominant character even as an object of fear and dread for Anne that Portier's narration could not really portray him We encounter other old friends and sometimes uite different facets of them than in The Spirit Lens while the nasty and power hungry Antonia is enjoyably loathsome and naive new ueen's physician Roussel a kindly middle aged commoner may be Anne's only friend at the court or at least this is what she believesThe Soul Mirror takes place in a shorter period of time than The Spirit Lens as in there chapters are named by daytime and the tension builds inexorably towards a powerful action filled last part that is awesome Twists and turns abound and while some are of could it really be? far fetched ones that experienced fantasy readers always enjoy guessing others are easily discernible though all in all they keep the reader on his or her toes all the timeThe only minor niggle I has was that the author truly puts a lot on Anne's shoulders and at some point I was thinking enough let the girl have a break though she proves than adept to handle her known enemiesThe world building is even better than in the first novel again familiarity helps but The Soul Mirror brings uite a lot of new things to what we know from The Spirit Lens and there are uite a few moments that make one want to revisit the book uite a few timesA novel that stakes an early claim to my Top 10 list of 2011 currently at #2 #3 The Soul Mirror A takes the Collegia Magica series to the next level with a gripping tale that essentially ends all the threads from The Spirit Lens though enough loose ends are left so new series books can follow Magic science family feuds a kingdom and maybe even a world or at least its laws of nature in peril a great heroine with a superb cast and traditional fantasy does not get better than this