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The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s best-selling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real - and Elemental Masters are in control.
Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician - and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician. She’s also on the run from her murderous and vengeful brute of a husband. But can she harness her magic in time to stop her husband from achieving his deadly goal?
©2013 Mercedes Lackey (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Tobias Betancourt on 06-10-13

Good, but not great.

I enjoy Lackey's books, the elemental masters series especially, but I don't think Steadfast lived up to the rest of the series. It had some great moments, but overall, I felt there were too many loose ends.

The heroine was a little flat. She has an interesting back story, but she doesn't seem to grow very much, and where their was the potential for her to--regain herself?--it wraps up too quickly to feel like anything momentous has occurred.

An old favorite character is briefly trotted out and just as briefly disappears with no explanation of what happened, and no real reason for his having been included.

I was left feeling like there was a lot left unsaid and I'd love to see the author's notes on this story.

On the other hand, it's the Elemental Masters series! I still enjoyed listening, and I'll probably listen to it again. It gave a little more information about the rules of elemental magic in the Lackey-verse. It was a very different class/culture of people than she has written about before. While there are are shades of Reserved for the Cat, I think the story is different enough to stand by itself.

Overall, I'd say that if you are a fan of the series, it's a must have just as part of the collection. If you are just starting, don't start with this book.

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By Rebeca on 11-03-16

something about nothing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The characters are flat. They seem like they can grown and be super interesting but nothing happens. They might come up with a plan, the super wizard might come and help and the heroine might get the courage or wit to escape, but in the end a fluke happens and there is no need for characters to do anything.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mercedes Lackey again?

yes. Have liked many of her books previously, and she does have a tendency to wrap up things in the last 5 minutes, but this one really goes nowhere.

What didn’t you like about Carmela Corbett’s performance?

She talks very very slow and with no, NO expression aside from the very sweet, shy, girl. Her pauses are too long between sentences and I kept wondering if I had run out of battery or I was about to get a call. Also, it's infuriating when she reads "what?" (in a shy voice) and the narration continues: " she said outraged" or "she said angrily" . Her family must enjoy the narrators angry moments if this is all the expression she is able to manage

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

boring and a waste of time

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