Thank you to TorDotCom and Netgalley for the review copy in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Servant Mage by Kate Elliott
Release Date: January 18th 2022
Tags: Adult | Novella | Fantasy | Dragons | Lamplighter | Servants | Mages
They choose their laws to secure their power.
Fellion is a Lamplighter, able to provide illumination through magic. A group of rebel Monarchists free her from indentured servitude and take her on a journey to rescue trapped compatriots from an underground complex of mines.
Along the way they get caught up in a conspiracy to kill the latest royal child and wipe out the Monarchist movement for good.
But Fellion has more than just her Lamplighting skills up her sleeve…
I wish I could tell you that this is a must read novella, because everything about this novella and the cover sound and look good. Unfortunately it couldn’t grab me in the way I hoped it would.
Fellion is a lamplighter and an indentured servant mage just for having the misforture of having had parents who did the right thing and were hanged for it. As a servant mage she is required to do servant tasks throughout the day like cleaning. At night she has to light the lamps. And for that reason a group of rebels kidnap her and give her, her freedom. If she will help them rescue some trapped compatriots from the mines.
There is so much potential in this story. From the kind of mages this world has to offer, to the history the country had before its current state and the relationships between the various characters. Unfortunately the actual story lacked in depth. And with that I mean it felt like I was only getting surface level things.
I did not get swept up in this story of Fellion and this world because it just needed more room to expand. There was so much going on. From Fellion’s history to her current life and wants and needs, to her fellow travellers to the monarchs history and the current battle to take it back and to keep the royal line alive. There just wasn’t enough room for all these things. And for me it felt like we only got a little bit of everything.
I hope Kate Elliott is willing to write more in this world because like I said, it has the potential and there is so much room to expand on. That ending of Fellion alone.
8 thoughts on “Servant Mage | ARC Review”
Great review! It’s too bad that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you’d hoped to! I think that’s the thing with novellas is that you really don’t get the development and world-building that you crave; that’s why they’re always so hit/miss for me!
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Some do it so well but then others can be a miss.
It sounds like this one should have been a full novel rather than just a novella. (Or, if it was going to be novella, some of the stuff should have been scaled back to give more room for developing other things.) Hopefully you’ll get more stories in this world that are better suited to their book length!
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Yeah I was surprised to see that there wasn’t a next one announced yet to make it a series or something.
Oh, that’s weird! I could more easily see it being the start of a novella series based on the way you (and others) have described it.
Yeah I thought that was strange too. Maybe they’ll announce it in the future?