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The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s bestselling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real—and Elemental Masters are in control.

Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician—and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She’s also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal?

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4.3 / 5
October 2nd, 2014
Excellent read. Great characters.
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Mercedes does it again.
June 22nd, 2013
Awesome book as always, a great story
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June 16th, 2013
Sadly this book is no where near as good as her early Elemental Masters novels. The magic was much more of a side note to the story of unattainable true love. Had all mention of magic been removed this book would be a typical romance novel as magic seems to play no significant part in the tale at all. There's only brief back story, some of which is hinted at as being suspicious but never actually explained in full, I found the characters difficult to connect with as well as lacking development, and the story felt almost preachy at times with no real point. Overall a very disappointing read, it's unfortunate that Mercedes doesn't seem to be writing at the same caliber as her older novels which held me until the last page.
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