Yesterday’s post about CLOAK GAMES and urban fantasy genre conventions inspired some interesting comments, but I like these ones from Matthew. It’s a neat summary of the series:
In fact between her boyfriend troubles, her emotional instability, and the fact she has a lot of brute strength, but not a lot of finesse, Nadia’s basically going through her magical puberty, isn’t she?
Actually I realized what my overall problem is. This series is an RPG game waiting to happen. I want her to explore the world, pick up some items, do some side quests. If it were me I’d stop main questing and find a couple of sweet dungeons to crawl for a level up. Go look in the shadowlands for a magic gauntlet that let me stop bullets or block dark magic or something. She’s a glass cannon, all offense and no defense. Then she combines that with way too much mercy when her opponents are going to cheat to win. GIVE THE GIRL SOME POINTS IN DEFENSE JM!
So to sum up. I just called your book series a video game based around a girl going through puberty which features ancient Elven school teachers, sociopathic ex-boyfriends and the potential end of the world. Feel to use that in a review….
See? Breaking genre conventions. 🙂
And the “glass cannon” thing does cause Nadia trouble in CLOAK GAMES: HAMMER BREAK.
Of course, Armand Boccand foreshadowed some of this all the way back in CLOAK GAMES: SHADOW JUMP:
“Good God, woman,” said Boccand. “Seriously? You have no idea, do you?”
“Idea of what?”
“Just how dangerous you are,” he said. “I have never, ever met a human wizard who could cast a Cloak spell. You Mask yourself so effectively it’s like you’re some kind of damned shapeshifter. You can open rift ways, and I’ve never met a human wizard who could do that, either. You can do all this, and you’re what…eighteen?”
“Twenty,” I said.
“Twenty,” said Boccand. “You’re a kid. I know you don’t think so, but you are. What will you be like in twenty years if you’re still alive? If you practice your magic that entire time, I can’t even imagine what kind of unholy terror of a wizard you’ll become. God! I don’t even want to think about it.”
Kytheros wonders why Nadia doesn’t seek out better teachers than the likes of Morvilind:
If I were in Nadia’s shoes, I’d like to think that I’d put a significant emphasis on seeking to expand my magical knowledge as much as possible. It’d doubtlessly be difficult and time-consuming to find suitable sources/instructors and learn what they had to teach, but it’s definitely something that’d be worth the effort.
Nadia doesn’t like risk. There’s a joke that there are old thieves, and there are bold thieves, but there are no old bold thieves. She knows that if she pushes things too hard and Morvilind finds out about it, he’ll either kill her or let Russell die.
Of course, that’s the way things have always been her. But the events of books #6 and #7 have brought her relationship with Morvilind to a crisis. But more on that to come next year!