The Spirit Lens (Novels of the Collegia Magica, #1)
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The Spirit Lens

by Carol Berg
Release date: January 5, 2010
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasyhigh fantasy

In a kingdom on the verge of a grand renaissance, where natural science has supplanted failing sorcery, someone aims to revive a savage rivalry...

For Portier de Savin-Duplais, failed student of magic, sorcery’s decline into ambiguity and cheap illusion is but a culmination of life’s bitter disappointments. Reduced to tending the library at Sabria’s last collegia magica, he fights off despair with scholarship. But when the king of Sabria charges him to investigate an attempted murder that has disturbing magical resonances, Portier believes his dreams of a greater destiny might at last be fulfilled.

As the king’s new agente confide, Portier — much to his dismay — is partnered with the popinjay Ilario de Sylvae, the laughingstock of Sabria’s court. Then the need to infiltrate a magical cabal leads Portier to Dante, a brooding, brilliant young sorcerer whose heretical ideas and penchant for violence threaten to expose the investigation before it’s begun. But in an ever-shifting landscape of murders, betrayals, old secrets, and unholy sorcery, the three agentes will be forced to test the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine.

(updated 2015-04-12)

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Carol Berg has been one of my favourite fantasy authors for a long time. She's always been a good writer, because her books are entertaining and addictive. In my opinion The Spirit Lens is a great example of how well she can write entertaining and addictive fantasy books. The Spirit Lens is an entertaining fantasy book, because the characters are fascinating (I liked the main character very much) and the story is simply fantastic (it was a pleasure to read Berg's lush descriptions). This book ... (more)
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