Book Reviews of The Serpent Mage

The Serpent Mage
The Serpent Mage
Author: Greg Bear
ISBN-13: 9780441759101
ISBN-10: 0441759106
Publication Date: 1/1987
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 4 ratings
Publisher: Ace Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Grateful to return from the land of the Sidhe to his Los Angeles home, Michael Perrin is shocked to learn magical beings have followed him there.
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A fun action-packed ending to an interesting series, March 30, 2000
Reviewer: Bruce Ewing (Eugene, OR USA)

This is the 2nd book of a 2 book series. The first is The Infinity Concerto. My detailed rating would be 4.5 for this book. The main character (Michael) has completed his magical training, and now he has to use it. There is lots more of a story to this book compared to the first. What with meeting a nice girl, training an apprentice Sidhe, trying to force a peace between Sidhe and humans, and trying to save the world, Micheal has much to do. The main problem in the book is that the Realm, created by Tonn as a home for the Sidhe, is literally falling apart. So everyone there needs to find a new home, quick! And considering the history of this universe, there will obviously be cosmic problems with that. The book also includes a lot of film/film score/classical music scholarship. It doesn't interfere TOO much with the story. The book DOES answer some questions -- what IS the Loch Ness monster? But at the end I still have a few. What happened to Michael's horse? Why did saving Tonn's wife fall to Michael, not the Crane Women, or the Ban? In any case, this pair of books is quite satisfying when you reach the end. If you can't find the first book, this one stands on its own fairly well.