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The Soul Mirror: A Novel of the Collegia Magica [Anglais] [Poche]

Carol Berg
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Anne de Vernase rejoices that she has no talent for magic. But she is dismayed to learn the king intends to barter her hand in marriage. Anne recognizes that the summoning carries implications far beyond her bleak future. And a murder in the queen's inner circle convinces Anne that her young sister's magical death wasn't accidental.

With no one to trust, Anne must take on her sister's legacy to discover the truth-thrusting herself into a centuries-old struggle that could forever alter the boundaries of magic, nature, and the divine.

Biographie de l'auteur

Though Colorado is home, Carol Berg's roots are in Texas, in a family of teachers, musicians, and railroad men. She has degrees in mathematics from Rice University and computer science from the University of Colorado, but managed to squeeze in minors in English and art history along the way. She has combined a career as a software engineer with her writing, while also raising three sons. She lives with her husband at the foot of the Colorado mountains.

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  • Poche: 544 pages
  • Editeur : Roc; Édition : Reprint (3 janvier 2012)
  • Collection : Collegia Magica
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0451463994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451463999
  • Dimensions du produit: 17 x 10,7 x 4,3 cm
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Carol Berg a ses racines au Texas, dans une famille d'enseignants, de musiciens et de travailleurs des chemins de fer. Elle vit avec son mari au pied des montagnes du Colorado. Elle est publiée pour la première fois en France avec cette trilogie de Fantasy riche et passionnante, dont la qualité d'évocation, le détail psychologique et l'intelligence de l'intrigue rappellent Robin Hobb, Fiona McIntosh, Guy Gavriel Kay ou encore la trilogie de l'Empire de R.E. Feist et Janny Wurts. C'est dire combien Carol Berg tutoie les maîtres du genre avec cette fresque extraordinaire.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intrigues à la Cour et magie dévastatrice 26 février 2011
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Ce livre est le deuxième de la série "Collegia magica" et fait suite au premier tome, "The spirit lens".
L'histoire reprend quatre ans plus tard ; cette fois-ci la parole est donnée, non plus à Portier de Savin-Duplais, mais à demoiselle Anne de Vernase, la fille aînée du célèbre traître, poursuivi pour d'abominables crimes de la plus noire sorcellerie.

La jeune fille est arrachée à la demeure familiale qu'elle tente désespérément de garder à flot, anéantie par l'annonce de la mort de sa jeune soeur, l'indomptable Lianelle, pour être affectée parmi les rangs des demoiselles de compagnie de la Reine Eugénie.

Anne nourrit des doutes sur l'origine de la mort de sa talentueuse jeune soeur, qui aurait péri suite à une malencontreuse expérience magique, et profite de sa situation stratégique à la Cour pour enquêter dans le cadre restreint de ses obligations et de sa réputation.
Il est bien difficile de savoir à qui se fier dans ce noeud de vipères qu'est la Cour de Merona, mais des alliances lui apparaissent très vite indispensables pour mener à bien ses vagues mais fiévreux projets, concernant la mort de soeur, le sort de son jeune frère, enfermé depuis 4 ans, et même sur la culpabilité de son père, dont elle commence à douter, après quatre affreuses années.
Elle devra mettre à l'écart son antipathie pour Duplais, consciente de la droiture parfois exaspérante de cet homme, se fier à son instinct et surtout chercher à voir au-delà des apparences...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fascinante histoire de Fantasy 17 mars 2012
Par Sylvia
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Encore une belle réussite de la brillante Carol Berg. Ici on est loin des grandes batailles et des héros d'Heroic Fantasy. Le roman avance lentement, même avec indolence au début. L'auteure prend son temps... et nous propose une magie crédible, bien réfléchie, au milieu des intrigues de la Cour. Quelle originalité également de choisir comme narratrice une jeune femme timide, introvertie, qui n'a pas de beauté physique particulière, et chez qui on n'a décelé aucune trace de magie - contrairement aux autres membres de sa famille. Une jeune femme qui se retrouve seule, sans le soutien des membres de sa famille qui sont soit décédés, soit dans l'incapacité physique de l'aider.

Comme je connais bien les romans de Carol Berg, j'avoue que j'ai fini par trouver l'identité des méchants. En effet, comme toujours chez l'auteure, certains alliés sont de vrais amis, tandis que d'autres... Mais je n'en dirai pas plus pour ne pas gâcher votre plaisir ! Sachez juste que que ça vaut vraiment, vraiment, la peine d'entamer la lecture de ce livre (qui fait suite à Spirit Lens). La scène finale d'explosion de magie est hallucinante, il devient quasiment impossible de quitter le livre pour aller se coucher. Et même si j'ai hâte de lire la suite, le roman se suffit presque à lui-même, avec une fin super bien ficelée.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Gripping tale that takes the Collegia Magica series to the top level 5 janvier 2011
Par Liviu C. Suciu - Publié sur Amazon.com
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INTRODUCTION: "The Spirit Lens" was the first novel by the author that I read completely and I quite liked it. Towards last January's review of it, I said:

"After I got into the style of the novel and its happenings started hooking me, its main attraction were the twists and turns and the characters about whom slowly we start having quite different impressions than at the start. Revelations from the past coupled to traits that come at fore only after a while mean that what we believe at the beginning will be quite changed by the end. This unpredictability raised The Spirit Lens most in my estimation since in so many genre books the characters are marked: "the destined one, the sidekick, the love interest, the villain, the noble but doomed one", while here there is much more subtlety and even at the end when we seemingly know a lot more, there is a lot of uncertainty at least with regard to the big picture."

As time passed, The Spirit Lens stayed much more in memory than other books I seemingly enjoyed more on first read, so it got a place in my recommended books of 2010, while its sequel "The Soul Mirror" became a high expectation novel for 2011. And it delivered!

The following part will have spoilers for The Spirit Lens, so beware if you have not read it so far.

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: The first thing to know about "The Soul Mirror" is that while a first person narration as The Spirit Lens, it switches narrators from Portier to Anne du Vernase who was a relatively minor character in the first novel, though her actions are quite important at the end of it.

Four years after the end of The Spirit Lens, 22 year old Anne du Vernase, goddaughter of King Philippe is trying hard to keep her family estate going with a disappeared father condemned in large part by her testimony as murderer and traitor, a mad mother now in keeping of her brothers far away, an imprisoned brother and a magician younger sister whose discoveries kill her just before the novel starts - at the magical College at Seravain where the 17 year old was studying. And they don't even let Anne inside when she goes to collect her sister's belongings.

The hated Portier, the investigator who broke open the big treason/necromancy case in The Spirit Lens and was the prosecutor in the King's name at the trial in-absentia of her father and his accomplices, arrives with a royal warrant demanding Anne to come to Queen Eugenie's palace in Merona as a maid of honor while also announcing the dispossession of the Vernase estates for the treason of the king's former bosom friend.

Portier is now the chief of the Queen's household administration, his former friend/helper Dante is the Queen's magician and a figure of dread and darkness, Ilario is still playing the fool, and the Queen's (adopted) mother and former Regent, Antonia is playing an "I want power" manipulation game with the Queen and her semi-estranged and pretty much always away husband King, while portents of dread and magic are continually seen in Merona.

Anne is thrown into the fray where nothing is at is seems, friends and enemies are hard to discern, while the Aspirant (supposedly her vanished traitor father) and his clique are ready to take the final step in the plans laid so long ago and that were only partly thwarted in The Spirit Lens...

If this description does not hook you let's talk about the other strengths of the novel. The narration of Anne is pitch perfect and seemed to me much smoother than Portier's from the first page. It may just be that I got used with the author' style in this series, but the pages really turned by themselves and the book hits no narrative walls.

The characters of The Spirit Lens are now seen through Anne's quite different perspective and I greatly enjoyed the glimpses we got of Portier and Ilario, while Dante becomes the truly dominant character - even as an object of fear and dread for Anne - that Portier's narration could not really portray him. We encounter other old friends and sometimes quite different facets of them than in The Spirit Lens, while the nasty and power-hungry Antonia is enjoyably loathsome and naive new Queen's physician Roussel, a kindly middle-aged commoner may be Anne's only friend at the court, or at least this is what she believes...

The Soul Mirror takes place in a shorter period of time than The Spirit Lens - as in there chapters are named by day/time - and the tension builds inexorably towards a powerful action filled last part that is awesome. Twists and turns abound and while some are of "could it really be?" far-fetched ones that experienced fantasy readers always enjoy guessing, others are more easily discernible, though all-in-all they keep the reader on his or her toes all the time.

The only minor niggle I has was that the author truly puts a lot on Anne's shoulders and at some point, I was thinking, enough, let the girl have a break, though she proves more than adept to handle her known enemies.

The world building is even better than in the first novel - again familiarity helps, but The Soul Mirror brings quite a lot of new things to what we know from The Spirit Lens - and there are quite a few moments that make one want to revisit the book quite a few times.

A novel that stakes an early claim to my Top 10 list of 2011 - currently at #2-#3 - The Soul Mirror (A++) takes the Collegia Magica series to the next level with a gripping tale that essentially ends all the threads from The Spirit Lens, though enough loose ends are left so new series books can follow. Magic, science, family feuds, a kingdom and maybe even a world - or at least its laws of nature - in peril, a great heroine with a superb cast and traditional fantasy does not get better than this!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magical writing and characters 18 janvier 2011
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Anne de Vernase, 22 years old, "plain, dull, and poor," a devoted believer of science, a magic skeptic, hailing from a once-perfect-now-crumbled family, is about to have her already messed-up world shredded apart even more thoroughly. Her mother is insane, her father is an infamous fugitive, her younger brother is held prisoner by the king, and she's just learned that her magically talented younger sister is died. Then the calculating, cold Portier de Savin-Duplais (ex-librarian and failed sorceror, who went undercover and pointed the damning finger at her father with tales of evil magic conspiracies in "The Spirit Lens") arrives at her declining family estate. He brings a very relunctant Anne to the royal castle.

There, she finds that her life is even more unstable than she realizes. She meets extraordinary people: a beautiful, infertile, damaged queen; a foolish yet most noble knight; a devoted, kindly doctor. Portier de Savin-Duplais constantly watches her, but he is annoyingly unhelpful and Anne cannot determine his role in the game. And Dante, the green-eyed demonish mage who charges the very air with sinister magic and dark secrets, scares the bones out of her knees. Anne can't even be certain of what is real and what isn't. Did her sister die in a cruel accident, a murder, or is there yet another explanation? Does that voice in her head mean she is going insane, too? And is magic, so easy to deny before, actually a great and terrible reality in her world?

Anne is a wonderful heroine. Portier was the (very awesome) hero of the first (very awesome) book, "The Spirit Lens," and it's interesting to see how much Anne dislikes him in this second book. Anne has a strong, capable, very real voice. While trying to uncover the secrets around her and trying to save her family, Anne proves very intelligent and sharp--yet she also makes her own fair share of mistakes and she's vulnerable. She can't stop the power-hungry Lady Antonia from scheming her unwanted betrothal to a brutish lord, and she can't rescue her brother from jail after a heartbreaking visit. But Anne plods on, and things go from bad to worse, and the truth twists and turns in wholly unexpected ways.

I love it when the supporting characters are just as interesting as (or perhaps even more interesting than) the main characters. Lord Ilario as the court fool and noble knight is awesome (so, so awesome), and although we saw little of her, Lady Patrice was also a likeable surprise. I loved very glimpse of Portier I got. Ambrose's suffering and hard bitterness is tragic. But Dante becomes the mysterious, dark, truly fascinating force to watch out for.

Carol Berg's prose is just splendid. I can't wait for Daemon Prism, the third book. I need a time machine to travel to next year.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great writing, wonderful story 16 janvier 2011
Par N. Finney - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Carol Berg's books get better and better. While I did not so much enjoy her earlier novels, her previous Lighthouse Duology (Flesh & Spirit, Breath and Bone), was wonderful. This Collegia Magica trilogy is, if possible, even better.

The writing is elegant, lyrical and fluid. The various characters are vivid and multi-dimensional. It's exciting to read about people of whom not much is thought in the world, who develop and emerge as far more than what they were at the beginning. Often when I write a critique of a book on Amazon, I describe how I could not care about the characters in a novel (which otherwise I might have enjoyed tremendously). This is not a complaint I have about these books!

Regarding the plot, other reviewers have gone into far more detail, so I don't think I need to repeat anything here. Suffice it to say that these novels combine the best of what I enjoy in genre fiction: mystery, fantasy, historical background, etc. I can't wait till the next installment of the Collegia Magica trilogy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Didn't work well on Kindle 2 8 juin 2011
Par Elizabeth A. Root - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've given the book 4 stars because I enjoyed it. I was left a little dissatisfied with the Spirit Lens, and that is because the story continues in this book, which I found more satisfying. It is important to read the Spirit Lens first.

I did want to warn prospective buyers that there are three letters reproduced in the text in a different type, and these are almost completely illegible. You can't enlarge the type, and the text-to-speech doesn't work either.

So I recommend the book, but not on a Kindle 2, at any rate.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Loved the book 23 février 2011
Par Makie Knight - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Normally I don't like female narrators-authors tend to stick to annoying sterotypes with them. Thus I was somewhat reluctant to start this book even though I quite enjoyed the first one in the series. Anne however proved once again that Carol Berg has an amazing talent for creating characters. This book was not the typical boring middle book and I can't wait for the next book as there is still plenty left to be resolved and hopefully a little romance to come.
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