Thu 24 Apr 2008
This novel is the first in a trilogy; Alma Alexander, I have to admit, was not an author I’d heard of prior to a few months ago, but it seems she’s published five or six books prior to this one. According to her back-of-the-book bio, she was born in Yugoslavia, grew up in the UK and Africa, and now lives in Washington state. The last seems like a bit of a let-down, but at least there’s a much lower possibility of getting shot to death out there.
In this novel, we are set in a world roughly analogous to our own, but with magic. People transport; computers are used for storing spells; children study Ars Magica. Thea is a minor celebrity; she’s the seventh child of two seventh children. Unfortunately, she can’t perform any magic at all. Her next-older brother, Frankie, messes up magic as often as he succeeds, but he can still DO magic. Thea’s father, in a last-ditch effort, calls in a really big favor and sends Thea somewhere — or somewhen — to study with someone who should be able to teach her magic. Will it work? (more…)