Servant Mage – Kate Elliott

“By mid-afternoon the back courtyard of the gentles’ wing of the inn lay quiet.

Fellian works as an indentured servant for a tavern, where she is expected to use her gift – the ability to create light through magic. One day a group of soldiers arrive, and make her an offer: come and fight for the rebels, and they’ll free her.

It’s interesting that Fellian doesn’t just jump at the chance. For once, this isn’t a fantasy adventure entered into lightly, as she weighs up the offer and chance of severe punishment against the unpleasant but relatively quiet life she has. This struck such a nerve with me: jobs and homes and friendships stayed in too long, awful but known.

The rest of this short book follows the course of a day or two as Fellian is given a crash course in the rebellion, the lies of the current rulers, and many of the things kept from her about the magic she and her new companions wield. It’s impressive how much world building is done and/or hinted at in such a short space, plus a gripping slice of action.

However, my one complaint would be the length – I want more! A trilogy of big thick volumes could surely be spun in this world, and my fingers are crossed…!

NetGalley eARC: 176 pages / 11 chapters
First published: 2022
Series: none
Read from 15th-27th January 2022

My rating: 8/10

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