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The Apprenticeship of Julian St. Albans (Consulting Magic Book 2) (English Edition) par [Crook, Amy]
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In this sequel to The Courtship of Julian St. Albans, Julian – once a member of the pampered elite and Courted by the cream of society – is now an Apprentice and the still-pampered boyfriend of consulting mage Alex Benedict.

He arrives one bright August morning at the plant nursery where he's working through his apprenticeship, only to find a dead body among the lucky clover. This is the first in a series of strange murders that keep getting closer and closer to home, to Julian's wonderful new life and all the magic threading through it, including the new magic that's blossomed inside him.

Alex Benedict is left working against an unknown threat to solve the murders and keep his lover alive, and it seems like all of his magic won't be enough. With opposition from inside the Agency and out, and only Alex's wards for refuge, Julian has to learn to use his own powers fast enough to keep from becoming another casualty.

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Amy Crook has made her living for the past 15+ years with art and design. She lives in San Leandro, CA, with two cats, a roommate, and a pair of custom-made tentacle pillows. She's a dilettante geek and non-practicing goth. That means that she loves in-jokes and things with skulls on them, she tends not to go too deep into most geeky pursuits, and she rarely dresses up as a Goth (though she does use her purple tentacle parasol to ward off the sun). Strangers stop her on the street to tell her that her hair is long. She loves tea and gin, and she hates it when the trees try to have sex in her sinuses. She's a real geek girl, for certain values of “real,” “geek,” and “girl.”

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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Great storyline by Cook, the characters were a little over-the-top. 23 mars 2015
Par Kindle Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Downloaded as a free book via Amazon Kindle store. Not sure what Amy Cook had in mind when she created Julian-who is so gay he makes Liberace look butch. Julian just is too feminine, whiny, weak and helpless to be likable. I found his feminine mannerisms too over-the-top to be the least bit realistic. In fiction, one has to suspend a bit of reality to make the story work, but in this book, Julian was too unconventional.

His partner, Alex, is middlin as the butch character as is his supervisor. They both are stereotypical masculine, butch characters that coddle and coo at Julian. Alex and Julian are somewhat a couple, though to be fair, I did not read the first book, which may explain the match. The storyline itself is a good one, Cook did a fine job of the murder, tieing in the investigation, the bad guys and so on. Cook brings in some fairy-type characters that are like house and grounds keepers for Alex and Julian's home. She makes up her own myth and fairy rules that the two keepers live by, I was confused why.

All in all, the book is enjoyable but may be a bit saccharine for the casual reader. I give 2 stars.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Another Novel Padded with Eating Food 18 juin 2015
Par Korianto - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This, like the first novel, could have been so much better. Why? Well this author keeps stopping the story with detailed descriptions of her characters eating. And they eat constantly: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and more snacks. So much of the novel is padded with descriptions of characters eating, and drinking tea, that without them this novel would be more to the point, more filled with suspense, and be much more interesting. It would also turn from a novel into a short story.

I do understand that using magic depletes a magician's energy levels; which must be restored with food. This has been outlined in other novels by other authors. But those authors do not go into such details about what the characters eat, how their food is made, how it's presented, nor how delightfully it might taste. In my opinion that is either a misconception about Gay Men (one of many in the Author's novels), or it's just padding because her editor wanted more words. It really doesn't do the story any justice, for without the padding Ms. Crook would have had time to create a truly wonderful suspense novel. Instead we get more drivel about preparing, cooking, presenting, and eating dinner, and then using the leftovers for lunch the next day. Perhaps a better title for this novel would be "The Gorging of Julian St. Albans"
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Please continue this series! 24 octobre 2015
Par A passer by - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The first book followed Alex, and as much like his rather dark and inquisitive nature, the entire tone of the book followed his personality and the in-depth investigations, research and inventions that he gets lost in. It was as much a story of Alex as it was a murder mystery. This book, set a few months after the first, follows a similar pattern but from Julian's perspective, and with his empathic, caring nature focused on life the book mirrors his personality and focuses on what is important to him. Although there is also a murder mystery, this book is more a snapshot of Julian's life during the time the murders take place than focused on the investigation itself - although there is still plenty of mystery and consulting magic to go around - looking more at the people, magic creatures, sentient constructs and plants in Julian's life as he and Alex get once more sucked into the plans of a serial killer. Mirroring Julian's gentler sweet nature, this book is more "slice of life" than its prequel with a lighter overall tone and different focus, and subtler literary elements. I wouldn't say this is quite the same 5-star quality as the first book but it is still very enjoyable with the same very high quality of writing.

So... Another book in the series please? It would be really interesting to have a book follow both Julian and Alex's point of views, contrasting between the different world views and tones of writing and particularly the different views of magic. This amazing world is simply too good to stop here.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Conclusion From Julian's Viewpoint 14 septembre 2014
Par Daniel Bowen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was fortunate enough to read both this book, The Apprenticeship of Julian St. Albans, and the first one, The Courtship of Julian St. Albans back to back. So the first story was fresh while reading this one.

There were parts I enjoyed and others I didn't. I was glad Alex and Julian's relationship continues and focuses mainly on them, and unlike the first one, this story is told from Julian's point of view. Julian gave up his rich life to move in with his boyfriend, Alex. He isn't so confident of his abilities compared to Alex and at times doubts his worth. After all, he's only working in a plant nursery and only has some sort of special affinity to plants.

So the romance is there, the mystery in solving another murder. . . or two. . .or three. . . Same cast of characters with a deeper look at almost all of them. There is more background information and world building which continues from the first book. There is more emphasis on Julian's magical abilities which relate to plants - How they enhance magical potions, restoratives in food with using herbs and sauces. . . And just about anything else dealing with plants as well as trees.

Again, this story is told from Julian's point of view. He wasn't front and center in the crime solving. He was on the fringes contributing but none of the front row edge of your set mystery as in the first book. In fact Alex and Julian were called to come and 'see something' and . . . We were never told exactly what he was to see. Or if it was a set up because Julian immediately falls into a trap. And I for one was wondering why two of the people everyone is suspicious towards called them and as soon as Julian shows up, he's targeted again. Yes there is an explanation but nothing more about the two suspects. Their names are dropped and their innocence never proven. I wasn't satisfied with the culprit or that he worked alone.

While I enjoyed Julian, his portrayal was so similar to Alex's in how they treat everyone. So thoughtful. So considerate. So giving. It wasn't that they were acting like an old married couple and echoing each other's actions. They were just type cast from the same mold and it got old. I expected a few spicy outbursts from Alex and more fun chat from Jacques and James . . . But it was all about quiet sleep times, eating, and reading. Which is fine. But it dragged a bit between that and planting gardens and car drives and boring mundane stuff that is a part of everyday life. Was it charming? Not as much as the first book.

One thing I will mention: Jacques, James, and Jones. There was so much dialogue and who was saying or doing or protecting or eating or commenting that I had to stop and think. Ok. That was Jacque commenting on the food and he is the cook. Jones is the driver. But he also goes by Paul. There were a lot of names and groups together and it took a bit figuring out who was who and relate that to the scene and action. It slowed down the story even more. On top of that there are obvious grammatical errors, enough for me to notice.

I would have liked to see some type of marriage or commitment with our two men. With the length of the story I wouldn't have minded the doctor, Geoff, meeting someone. Or more on Jones and his waitress. That would have spiced up the story a bit more other than a phone call from Jones, which happened past 90% into the story. That's a long time to finally get a phone number, over a year. It was an odd contrast compared to Alex and Julian's, which was very fast. -- Dan's Wife
5.0 étoiles sur 5 I really liked it 2 janvier 2015
Par susana - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I loved the first book of the series, and the second one has not disappointed me either. While The Courtship was told mainly from Alex’s point of view, this book is told from Julian’s. Julian’s mind works in a very different way from Alex’s. Whereas Alex is witty, sarcastic and sometimes cranky, Julian is sensitive and empathic, always full of sympathy for whoever that may be suffering around. He tries to help plants and people, and slowly drains himself in the process. His relationship with Alex is slowly growing and consolidating, although sometimes we find Julian missing his previous life, and the future he never could share with Cecil. Julian may seem soft and feminine, but through the book he shows he’s got a real backbone and sharp intelligence. I got to like him a lot by the end of the book.
The fact that the book is told from Julian’s point of view defines the tone of the book, which lacks the humour and irony of the first book but gains in sensibility and perceptiveness (I must admit sometimes Julian is a bit too cheesy for me…). But all in all, I really loved it and could not put it down. I really hope there is another book on the way. I would love to continue reading Alex and Julian’s adventures.
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