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Auric Spellsmith and Jericho Carver saved the world - but the world is less than pleased.

Accused of causing a magical energy crisis and of "conduct unbefitting magicians", the pair travels to the big city to defend its case, Rill and Jaspyr in tow. But they soon find themselves embroiled in a world where everyone has an ulterior motive. Politics is a web of deception more dangerous than Fey magic.  

Then Auric discovers Lotta, an attractive but eccentric engineer whose invention could solve the Republic's energy crisis - if they can survive long enough to test her theories. The mysterious assassin who is after her now hunts Auric and Jericho, too.  

At odds with the law and criminals alike, Spellsmith and Carver will need every drop of wit and magic to survive.

©2017 H. L. Burke (P)2018 H. L. Burke

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  • 28-04-21

Excellent follow up

After thoroughly enjoying the first Spellsmith and Carver volume, Magician's Rivalry, I wondered if the book would be a tough act to follow. Not at all, my concern was completely unfounded. H. L. Burke has written a whole new story in her sequel to the first book, with some surprises added. These young adult fantasy books have a small amount of mild romance, but this supports the plot, rather than dominating it. Magic powering an industrial society is a unique twist, which Burke writes very well. Looking forward to the last volume in the trilogy!

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  • Cathrine Bonham
  • 08-12-20

Book two in the snarky magicians trilogy

As someone who takes reading order seriously I must tell you to go find Magician's Rivalry and read that first.

Did you? Good now you are set.

Magician's Trial picks up shortly after the first book and deals with the political ramifications of a magic shortage.

This is by far the most "Steampunk" of Burke's gaslamp trilogy featuring a socially awkward inventor named Lotta who wants to solve the magic drought with machinery.

Our heroes, Auric and Jericho, get the dubious honor of trying to figure out who wants Lotta and them dead.

I love Lotta and really relate to her character. I also really enjoyed the steampunk elements, this would be a fun story to see turned into a movie, as so much of it would be visually interesting.

Since hollywood would just ruin it anyway, it's a good thing that narrator Bridger Conklin provided such an amazing performance. He reads beautifully, making every character distinct and every passage of description engaging.

looking forward to listening to the last book in this series soon.

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