This series was a true disappointment. There were some great threads in the story, but the dialogue and prosewas so simple, dull and obvious. The voice of the heroine didn’t come through a all.
I didn’t hate these as much as I hated Kylie Chan and I managed to read through the entire trilogy. Afterwards I felt a bit used, a bit bored not excited or inspired that I have recently after reading Neal Asher, Naomi Novik or Marianne de Pierres. It was also a disappointment as I usually like the Orbit authors.
In its defence, this is the first fantasy/magic series I have read to include a homosexual character and explore the issues of being a homosexual magician in a conservative atmosphere. Also, younger readers might find it much more enjoyable than I did.
This is a classic rags to riches, urchin to master magician, nancy drew type story.
Sonea is a poor commoner whose family have barely managed to escape the slums of the city. During the annual purge of the city, when the less desirable are swept from the city by the magicians she discovers an inherent magical power which sets the guild of magicians after her. The first book follows her as she discovers her powers and suffers in school, book 2 sees her getting into more trouble than she can handle and book 3 culminates the ‘black’ part of the story with a dose of romance along the way.