Today is my stop on The Kithseeker blog tour!
Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.
Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.
Thus, the pair finds themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.
The Kithseeker is a YA historical fantasy novel, and book two in the series. I love the time period of this novel. It’s 1680 in Dvigrad, and Liara and Nagarath are racing aainst time to find a legendary mirror before Anisthe. Their journey takes them through Europe. I love the fantasy aspects mixed with the glamourous 1680 Parisan court. This is the type of historical fantasy I live for. Vivid descriptions that really make you feel like you’ve been transported back in time.
Nagarath has a unique sense of humor and a kindness not everyone has. I really enjoyed his character. Liara on the other hand is spunky and reckless – which I always love to read about. The two characters are fantastic. This book does have quite a few POVs, and I do admit, sometimes I felt there wasn’t a need to be in certain people’s heads. I liked that we were able to see Liara, Nagarath and Anisthe’s inner thoughts, but I wasn’t sure if I needed to know the supporting character’s thoughts. I think I may have enjoyed the multiple POVs a bit more had we just stuck with the main three characters.
M. K. Wiseman’s ability to create a unique voice for each character really shines here. I was never confused about which character I was reading. I also love her use of description that really made me feel like I was back in 1680.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves YA historical fantasy. My only suggestion would be to read book one before diving in, so you get the full story.
M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.