Gee, Emily: The Sentinel Mage (Cursed Kingdoms I) (2011)

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It’s always interesting to read someone else’s take on a book I’ve read and reviewed – and when I found this article about Emily Gee’s book ‘The Sentinel Mage, on HumanitysDarkerSide, I thought I’d share it with you…

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Jáume was in his father’s barn when the curse broke free of its dormancy on the easternmost rim of the Seven Kingdoms.

The story of the Sentinel Mage begins with Jáume, eight years old. Ancient magic turns his father into a monster and the boy has to flee to save his life. Reading up on orphaned children showed me that homeless, orphaned pre-teens looking to survive are more common than I thought. That type of homelessness made Jáume’s tale more believable. Where a lot of children would have died from helplessness, Jáume is crafty and cunning. Sometimes he is not proud of what he has to do to live, but he still does them. Choices we seem to be left with, may not be real choices after all. Do or die?

Magic, like the terrible curse, is the reason witches were hunted until thought extinct on the mainland. But complete…

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