Fellian is a Lamplighter, able to provide illumination through magic. A group of rebel Monarchists free her from indentured servitude and take her on a journey to rescue trapped compatriots from an underground complex of mines.
Along the way they get caught up in a conspiracy to kill the latest royal child and wipe out the Monarchist movement for good.
But Fellian has more than just her Lamplighting skills up her sleeve…
In Kate Elliott’s Servant Mage, a lowly fire mage finds herself entangled in an empire-spanning conspiracy on her way to discovering her true power.
Kate Elliott is one of those authors whose books I’ve probably looked at over a dozen times over the years but for some reason just never actually checked out. So when I received an offer to review this book I figured it was about time to finally stop being lazy and check out one of her books. Servant Mage by Kate Elliott was an enjoyable read full of action, drama, and honestly a bit too much political intrigue for my liking. It’s one of those books that I really enjoyed while I read it and was unable to put it down but once I had time to thing about it I had mixed feelings.
One of the things I really enjoyed about this book was how fleshed out the world and its characters are. I loved Fellian as a protagonist and one of the things that kept me from being able to put the back down was my need to know how her story ended. Kate Elliott does a fantastic job creating a believable world and populating it with characters you love or ones that you love to hate. Unfortunately, I found the magic system in this book to be a little boring and the politics of the world seemed convoluted and confusing.
All in all, though, I think the good aspects of this book mostly outweigh the bad and I’ll definitely be checking out the next book in the series when it releases. Servant Mage also convinced me to check out the author’s Crown of Stars series and I’m already on the third book and absolutely loving it. So not only do I think most people would enjoy this book, I would also highly recommend the other books she has written.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.