Title: Gravity's Revenge
Author: A. E. Marling
Pages: 378 File Size: 2336 KB
Summary (from Amazon):
A magic school. A heist. And enchantresses falling from the sky.
the Mindvault Academy, magic imbued within the stone reroutes the flow
of gravity. The school's enchantments allow for architectural wonders
that inspire the empire's next generation of great minds.
those minds are falling. The Academy's spells are collapsing, its
keystone jewels stolen. Saboteurs have invaded the magic school in a
political heist a year in the planning. The attackers make but one
mistake: Getting between Enchantress Hiresha and her research.
Provost of Applied Enchantment, endures her own pathological sleepiness
to study unorthodox magic. Now twelve warriors have invaded the
Academy, the only home she has ever known. Hiresha plans to expel them
with the help of a dangerously charming illusionist, her loyal
bodyguard, and spells by no means in the approved curriculum.
I'm going to sing nothing but praise for this latest installment of A. E. Marling's series. From the first book I read, (Brood of Bones) I have loved Enchantress Hiresha. The magic system in this book has always intrigued me.
Marling's writing, once again, flows like an elegant river. To read one of these books is pure joy for me. There is something about the way Marling writes that is intelligent, captivating and delightful. Yes, I used the word 'delightful'.
You are finally introduced to several things in 'Gravity's Revenge'. First, Hiresha's Mindvault Academy. The school of magic where Enchantresses are trained. You get a glimpse of her room, her home and the other teachers and leaders. The other thing you are introduced to in this book are illustrations! You're finally shown what Marling's world looks like. You also learn the source of the magic, and that when removed or tampered with, can fail.
Enchantress Hiresha becomes the target of Bright Palms, priests dedicated to ridding the world of Feasters. They'll do anything to get the Lord of the Feast, including sacrificing Hiresha's Elders. The issue is made more complicated when they strip Hiresha of her own, personal power. The power of her gems. But most everyone is on Hiresha's side, wanting to help, even the little Fennec fox.
You can either start with this book or at the beginning, with 'Brood of Bones'. There is an order to the stories, but they stand alone rather well. You won't get lost if you start here. So kudos to Marling for yet another enjoyable read that I could not put down!
5 out of 5 skull and crossbones.