This book is the first of two books by Delia Marshall Turner, who sadly hasn't written anything other than these two. The second book is "Of Swords and Spells". This book is about a strong-headed girl, Lisane, who is a magic user and queen of her people. Lisane escapes persection against magic users on her planet by the "enforcers", and arrives on a new planet where only men are believed to have magic powers. There she is enrolled in a school for adepts and clashes with King Kaihan. This book combines fantasy and magic use with science fiction and spaceships very well. There is also a little romance. Very unique story and I thought the ending came together very well. It also ties in with the next book but both can be stand alone.
I got this as part of my recent quest to find all the "Del Rey Discovery" books that I haven't read, since whoever was doing the picking for that line was really doing an excellent job finding talented new sci-fi authors - I've liked all the ones I've read. Unfortunately, I don't think Del Rey is doing it anymore, and I haven't been able to just find a list...
"Nameless Magery" did not disappoint! This was a thoroughly fun, enjoyable book, with an unusual mix of sci-fi and fantasy, and a good sense of humor.
Lisane was raised to be queen of her people, a powerful user of magic, worshipped as a near-deity. However, violent aliens have destroyed her society and taken her people prisoner. As the book opens, only she has managed to escape the invaders, and now she is wandering a wasteland on an alien world, ragged and starving...
But, as luck would have it, she is discovered by a handsome wizard, Simon, and brought to his home, a school for mages, where she meets the intriguing Master Kaihan, and a fellow student who immediately becomes her nemesis, Detter.
Elements of school story, quest tale, romance and space opera combine here in a surprisingly successful way, brought together by Lisane's spunky, lusty, self-deprecating character (and Turner's funny chapter titles, which are priceless!).
Although this is a stand-alone novel, apparently, Turner also published a companion volume, "Of Swords and Spells."
Excellent novel about magic and human anture
A great read! The story is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy. The main character, Lisane, is not your standard girl. She doesn't fit in the world she is in. Definitely give this one a try if you've been a little bored with fantasy lately. It is different.
Lost in a strange new world, could she wield the magic that was her destiny? Raised to be Queen, can she master the magic?