Od Magic

Od Magic

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Brenden Vetch has a gift. With an innate sense he cannot explain to himself or describe to others, he connects to the agricultural world, nurturing gardens to flourish and instinctively knowing the healing properties each plant and herb has to offer. But Brenden’s gift isolates him from people—and from becoming part of a community.Until the day he receives a personal invitation from the wizard Od. She needs a gardener for her school in the great city of Kelior, where every potential wizard must be trained to serve the Kingdom of Numis. For decades the rulers of Numis have controlled the school, believing they can contain the power within it—and punish any wizard who dares defy the law.But unknown to the reigning monarchy is the power possessed by the school’s new gardener—a power that even Brenden isn’t fully aware of, and which is the true reason Od recruited him...

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ISBN-13: 9781433224003
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 10
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Patricia A. McKillip is a winner of the World Fantasy Award, and the author of many fantasy novels, including The Riddlemaster of Hed trilogy, Stepping from the Shadows, and The Cygnet and the Firebird. She lives in Oregon.

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“McKillip demonstrates once again her exquisite grasp of the fantasist’s craft.”—Publishers Weekly

“Lyrical prose, well-limned characterizations, vibrant action, a sense of the wonder of magic, and a generous dollop of romance . . . a story that will bind readers in its spell.”

“More enchantments and wonders from McKillip.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A terrific fantasy tale starring a delightful protagonist, a vile villain, and an assortment of eccentric supporting characters including the mysterious wonderful Wizard of Od. The story line grips . . . mesmerizes readers until the final spell is spun.”—Midwest Book Review

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Od Magic 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Northern Country of the Kingdom of Numis, the giantess wizard Od asks Brenden Vetch to come to the capital of Kelior to become gardener at the Old School of Magic that she established years ago after protecting the city from invaders. Living in sorrow since his parents died and his brother Jode and his girlfriend Meryd left the sadness behind by moving on, Brenden accepts the position. Brenden arrives at the school after walking for several months, but shocks instructor Yar Ayrwood by entering through the door under the big shoe; a portal not used in almost two decades and not seen by most people. The students are mostly the sons and daughters of the ruling class hoping to gain an edge in their loyal support of King Galin. Former student Wizard Valoren arrives as the monarch¿s chosen one to spy this year¿s students to insure none display disloyalty. Valoren is unaware at this time that the real threat lies in a reticent new employee who talks and listens to the plants as he speaks their language. --- OLD MAGIC is a terrific fantasy tale starring a delightful protagonist, a vile villain, and an assortment of eccentric supporting characters including the mysterious wonderful Wizard of Od. The story line grips the reader from the moment that a befuddled Brenden enters the school through an unused for two decades portal and though wizardry driven, mesmerizes readers until the final spell is spun. Patricia A. McKillip writes a charming tale that showcases why she consistently one of the best fantasists on the market today.--- Harriet Klausner
sylvan_eyre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I find myself again of two minds about McKillip's style; on the one hand, her prose is as gorgeous and as odd-brained as a Joanna Newsom album, and is a delight for me because it gets close to what I think is the heart of magic in fantasy books. On the other, well, her characters may have grown outward and upward from Riddlemaster (revealing all of your closely-held and potentially world-altering secrets to the antagonist? Really, Morgon and Raederle?), they still require some leaps of understanding.That said, this book in particular is now one of my favorites of hers. It echoes the plot of Riddlemaster in many ways, but is much more compact and understandable without losing the deep metaphorical sense and wondrous metaphysical, almost synesthetic sensations of magic. All of the characters are flawed and defined in relation to each other, which is very nice to see and adds much of the depth that I enjoy. The setting itself, usually McKillip's extra and most important character, kind of recedes into the background but it's still resonant. My problem with the book, then, is the END. I don't think I've seen a more literal DEM since watching a Gluck opera. I wanted to see a real resistance to the authorities, and I thought maybe that would happen with the penultimate scene (sorry, trying to avoid spoilers), but alas, no. Instead of a showdown between censorship and freedom *ahem* magicians and the government, we get a gentle, impossible-to-obey reprimand from the magical authority to the secular one (rather like Jesus coming back, was my first thought), a unbelievable change of heart for a few characters, and a vague promise of change. Very disappointing for a book that held me literally in rapture for about three hours on a Sunday afternoon.In all, it's about average for a McKillip book; a trip to a hazily defined but specifically detailed magical world, strange characters that float between the real and the unseelie, and breathtaking scenes of magical power. I might add that this one struck me forcefully because of personal psychological buttons, but your mileage might vary.
phoebesmum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Having thoroughly disliked the previous book I'd read I was in the mood for something nice, and I'd been saving this for about a year so it seemed as good a time as any. It's not the most plot-driven of McKillip's works by a long chalk ¿ there isn't even really an antagonist; people are foolish, blinkered, misguided, but not actually bad ¿ but it was, as one expects from this author, a lovely, enchanting read, lyrically written and peopled with characters one would not at all mind spending one's life with. (By the way, although I can figure out most of what's going on in the cover art, I am at a loss to account for the man in what appears to be a diver's helmet in the upper left-hand corner.)
susiesharp on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a good book..have to agree with other reviewers about the ending..but what I did like about the ending is she didn't tie it up in a little bow..I thought I'd guessed the ending and was wrong so to me thats a good book.
karinnekarinne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh, Od Magic. You are so fluffy and earnest and full of wizards and magic and princesses and labyrinths. These things are familiar and pretty and can be interesting, I guess, if you're in the mood for them. I was not.Maybe if I were sixteen I would have loved this, but it was a little too heavy-handed and predictable, and I got tired of McKillip's characters being so . . . I've got to go with "earnest" again. Maybe it IS a YA novel. That would make sense.Whatever it is, it's pleasant enough. That is just what it is: a pleasant book, a nice book. I probably just picked it up fifteen years too late.
Herenya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is a certain comfort in discovering a new favourite author who has written a lot of books. Ooh, these will last me a while, I think happily. And there's a certain anxiety when I realise the number of books I've read is greater than the number left to read. What if I've already read the best ones and cannot properly appreciate the others because they don't live up to my expectations?When it comes to McKillip's novels, this anxiety is greater because sometimes I like the parts of her novels more than I like the whole. I say McKillips are worth reading for the writing alone and I mean that... but I still prefer it when I reach the end and have no cause to be disappointed by the novel's bigger picture.Consequently I was tempted to review Od Magic while I was halfway through, because I was enjoying it so and I wanted to write about that, unhampered by whatever I might think of the story's ultimate bigger picture. However, that required putting down the book and ... no, I couldn't. And I needn't have worried, because the bigger-picture was just as satisfying as all the things which added together to make that bigger picture.Od Magic gorgeously written, vivid and poignant. It felt subtly meaningful, as if it were highly metaphorical and yet not explicitly so. Quietly thought-provoking. Its characters were beautifully realised; even though the numerous protagonists have to share the narrative with each other, they seemed to be emotionally complex and convinced me that their lives continued beyond the borders of the story.The story begins with a young man, sent to be a gardener at Od's School of Magic in Numis, but the story is less about him than the school of magic itself, and the impact of the king's fear of magic. It's about Yar, one of the school's teachers, who is beginning to doubt and question; Sulys, the king's daughter, who has just been told who she is to marry; Mistral, a performing magician's daughter; and Arneth, the warden of the Twilight Quarter, investigating the magician's appearance. Although these characters do not know each other and their lives are initially disparate, there is a strong thematic unity binding them - undercurrents about grief and power and choice. The mystery is about the story itself, not about how the strands of the story twisted together. Sorrow was like sleeping on stones, he decided. You had to settle all its bumps and sharp edges, come to terms against them, shift them around until they became bearable, and then carry your bed wherever you went.
Staramber on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Od Magic deals with the politics of a nation that doesn't allow magic that it can't control in to its borders. It explores this through very rich, very compelling, very human characters. There's the jaded teacher, the travelling magician looking to settle down, the gardener stung by loss and many more just as wonderful minor characters.The only phrase I can think to describe this book is 'no expense spared'. It has beautiful characters, a beautiful setting, and a beautiful story. McKillip writes with a great understanding of loss, love, and the need we all have to be our own person. The one down point was the ending which, while believable enough, seemed slightly forced and hurried. Especially given how much was going on before. Ambiguity isn't a bad thing, it's the suddenness that detracts.
the1butterfly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patricia A. McKillip's Od Magic had the same sort of feeling about it that all her work does. If you've read a lot of her stuff, you'll know what I'm talking about... It's a good read, however, once the story comes together.
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Booknymph More than 1 year ago
Od Magic is a book that I am happy to give a permanent space on my bookshelf. The characters are fascinating, the story is lovely and the imagery, Patricia A. McKillp's words bring to the mind, is just beautiful. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If I have one disappointment it is that it ended.
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I love Mckillip's style of writing, and am drawn in to her stories by their depth of imagery and rich magical threads. So much of life and inner workings go with each book. This one was especially wonderful the way the characters wound around each other, and brought beauty to everyday life by showing how much magic there is in our own perceptions.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story and plot might of had a chance of being great. But, the characters were poorly developed and the telling of the story jumped around from character to character. Yes, in the end, it did all tie together, but I felt the authour never took the plot to the next level the level in which you want to keep reading. This was a good example of fantasy gone bad.