The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters Series #5)

The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters Series #5)

by Mercedes Lackey

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Overview

Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series recasts familiar fairy tales in a richly-imagined alternate Victorian world

The letter that introduced twelve-year-old Sarah Jane Lyon-White to Isabelle Harton, who ran the Harton School in central London, seemed quite simple and straightforward. But it was what was not written in the letter that resonated to Isabelle’s own finely tuned “extra” senses: “Sarah has gifts we cannot train,” the letter whispered to her, “nor can anyone we know. Those we trust tell us that you can….
 
And it was true, for the Harton School was far from ordinary. It was Isabelle’s job to train children who possessed the odd types of magic that could not be trained by London’s powerful Elemental Masters: clairvoyants, telepaths, those with the ability to sense hidden danger, the vision to see into the past, and even that rarest of all talents: the ability to see and communicate with the dead.
 
But Isabelle was uneasy, for though she knew that Sarah Jane had a touch of telepathy, there seemed to be something else about the girl—something that had not yet manifested.
 
And Isabelle was right to be worried, for as soon as Sarah’s full talents became evident, there was an attempt made on her life. For Sarah was that rarest of magicians: a true medium, and for some reason, a powerful Elemental Master wanted her dead.
 
Isabelle knew that to protect her ward she would have to seek help from the Elemental Masters of the city. That meant she would also see Lord David Alderscroft, the man she had once loved, but who had inexplicably chilled toward her and broken her heart long ago—for he was the leader of the city’s Elemental Masters, the man who was now called the Wizard of London.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756403638
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/03/2006
Series: Elemental Masters Series , #5
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 202,747
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.76(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Mercedes Lackey is a full-time writer and has published numerous novels and works of short fiction, including the best-selling Heralds of Valdemar series. She is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband, artist Larry Dixon, and their flock of parrots. She can be found at mercedeslackey.com or on Twitter at @mercedeslackey.

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The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters Series #5) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Mercedes Lackey-- I really do. This book was a little flat compared to many of the others she's written, but there are a few very good scenes, some tasty characterization, and an interesting premise. ... so why the '2'? Mostly for the sanctimonious piety. It's not completely absent from her other books-- and in its more complex and self-reflective form-- it's almost a comforting thing to encounter. But here... it's completely. out. of. control. The desire to smack the heroine silly hits about thirty pages in and never really abates-- but Lackey is so good at the 'craft' of writing that one is compelled to keep reading anyway... all the way to the bitter end. gah.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the Elemental Masters' novel, Lackey has created a world with magic based around the elements, each book follows another tale and sometimes has a slight reference to fairy tales within them. The Wizard of London follows Nan and Sarah, two unlikely friends who see more than most but aren't old enough to control what happens around them. There are hints of Andersen's Snow Queen within this story but I didn't notice until this reread. Young readers who enjoy Stroud's Bartimeus books will find much to enjoy here as will any readers of fantasy works. Lackey paints a striking picture of Victorian London and though she does at time point out social differences more than showing, the charming characters and fast moving plot quickly move beyond these shortcomings. The great joy of this series is that there are many books to read and each one is a different experience.
ImBookingIt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Probably more of a 3.5 stars, but I enjoyed it.The best part of this book was the magical world presented. It's an alternate history, set in England in a past much like ours. There was a world of elemental mages, with the power to control an element and the magical creatures associated with that sphere, and those with more psychic gifts-- like speaking with the dead as well as various battle related skills.The characters were also interesting, particularly David Alderscroft. He's a basically good guy being lured by the pull of power, led by a mentor who is much more than she appears. Isabelle also had an interesting story, linked long ago with David's. After their relationship ended, she went to India, and found her husband. Together they have built a very satisfying life, including a school for children of British citizens living abroad-- particularly those with magical talents of the non-elemental variety.At the center of the action are two very talented young girls. I had a problem when reading that if their age was given in the first part of the book, I missed it. If I'd been reading a print version I would have gone back to check, but that's much harder when listening. I kept trying to guess, and my estimates ranged from 8/10 to 15/17. I did figure it out, but I think I would have liked the book better if they had been older. As it was, it felt more like events were happening to them, and they weren't mature enough to make good decisions about their involvement.I'm planning to go back and fill in earlier books in the series. I don't think they are particularly tightly linked, but I'd like to explore this world a little more.
puckrobin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As is often the case, Lackey's characters are likable and quickly draw the reader into caring about them: their dreams, their challenges and their joys. The plot of this novel, however, often seems oddly disjointed, rather as if it was a series of related short stories that were patched into a novel. References to events which, in the context of the novel, were recent, seem redundant and make the reader wonder if Lackey lacks faith in the memory or attention of their audience. Enjoyable and amusing with some nice ties to other installments of the Elemental Masters series, this novel is not the best representation of the series or of Lackey's style.
Meijhen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoy the world of the Elemental Masters, but this book is the weakest of the series so far. The first part of the book is more like a series of short stories, where the first part of each chapter rehashes information you already have.Also, the students with animal companions overcoming the bad guy who is trying to live forever is a plot sequence that I'm getting a bit tired of in Lackey's work.The editing perhaps needs a little work as well -- there were several bits where character gender changed, and some of the grammar was bad (repeated words in the same sentence, etc). Those are minor points, of course.
ericnguyen09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was partially on a quest when I started this book: I wanted to appreciate genre fiction, this coming from a self-proclaimed literary geek, who despised popular fiction; but one has to widen his/her horizons now and again. So I picked up Mercedes Lackey's fourth book in Elemental Masters series. The main plot line as advertised follows the adventures of two girls in their adventures in a boarding school for the "talented." However, at the same time, the highlight of the book is in the character Isabelle "Memsa'b" Harton, the head mistress of the boarding school, and the problems she runs into while protecting these two new children from unknown sources, which are linked to her ex-lover, a man known as the Wizard of London and his tutor, Cordelia.What stands out about Lackey's series here is that it is not your classical high fantasy a la Tolkien. Instead, it can be termed "historical fantasy," in that she takes a historical period and tells a story of that time, yet she adds fantastical elements, such as magic. What we get in this combination is an interesting mix. We get characters who are psychics, wizards, as well as "elemental masters" or Lackey's London, those who can control the elements. Fantasy is all about world building, and the author takes a twist, by adopting a world we already know and changing it. For the most part Lackey does a believable job, terming the magicians, wizards, and elemental masters as a hidden part of society and at the same time very human. We see a woman who reminisces about the past and wonder if she regrets anything; on the other hand, there's a man haunted by his past, seeing everything as a mistake despite his success; and there's a woman who will do anything for power, that precious thing that had been denied to her due to her sex (indeed, we see many feminist themes). The characters are life like and are people we can relate to, either directly or as figures we've seen in past books and stories, such as "The Snow Queen" which is the basis of this novel.The weak points, however, are the parts when the book leaves the road of reality and enters a fantasy that is too outrageous to believe. For example, we see Shakespeare's Puck as an important character, who out of anything Lackey could have done, this was perhaps second to worst. The worst is perhaps the quick ending (I will not spoil it here) which simply leaves the audience hanging: at the end, the author wraps everything up quickly to the typical "happily ever after" ending, but seemingly her characters feel forced into this ending. Lackey could have done with extending the story a bit more, not just simply give us the ending. This, however, is a disappointment.On the bright side, my first experience with fantasy (besides Tolkien's novels) is a decent one. I plan to read more by Lackey for her characters, for the themes she develop, for that Lambda Literary Award she won, and for the cover: it's a really beautiful cover!
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read several times before. I really don't like the Snow Queen story - there never seems to be much story there. This is one of the better reformulations of it, mostly because it references people I've encountered in other Lackey works and am pleased to learn more about. The Young Lion who will be the Old Lion, Sarah and Grey and Nan (with the addition of Neville in this book). Robin Goodfellow is an interesting addition - he doesn't _do_ much, but his presence makes a great deal of difference in several points. And there are several mysteries that are _not_ cleared up - just what is the Ice Lord, and who or what imprisoned him? What did happen to the man in the well (minor, but interesting)? Etc. It's enjoyable - not my favorite of this series, but not bad at all.
Ceysa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My least favorite book of the Elemental masters. It does explain one of the primary characters back history, but I do not like it, though the children are far more impelling characters than the supposed Wizard of London who is washed out.
EowynA on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Young Adult fantasy set in Victorian London. The heros are two girls at a boarding school: Sarah, daughter of African missionaries, sent back to England for school and training of her magical Talents, and Nan, guttersnipe and also Talented. They each have a familiar - a grey parrot and a Tower raven. Their pleasant life at boarding school becomes entangled with some of the higher Elemental magicians and their power plays. This is apparently book 4 of a series I haven't read, but it stands well on its own. It is a pleasant diversion - easily read, well-written for its intended audience. It reminded me less of Harry Potter and more of early Shirley Temple movies.
EvaElisabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love the world Lackey has built here but the first third of the book read like a string of short stories. Perhaps there was not enough time to thoroughly edit before going into production. If she writes more in the series I hope she has more time that she seems to have had on this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read all of the elemental magic books, this one certainly delivers again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good. Continue please.
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Savana88 More than 1 year ago
This books was truly another Mercedes lackey masterpiece. She really lets us see what it was like in old time Europe. If you ever get the chance read the book after this one where she brings these Characters back. Seeing Pan, Sarah, Nan, Grey, Neville and all of them older and wiser is quite a treat. I accidentally read the later one first and when i realized these characters had a back story I jumped to the challenge and hunted this one down. Very interesting! Definitely a treat! She includes so much fantasy elements that just see plausible the way she incorporates them that I wish I lived sometimes in those early London Streets!   
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