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An Inheritance of Magic de Benedict Jacka
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An Inheritance of Magic (edição: 2023)

de Benedict Jacka (Autor)

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Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:The super-rich control everythingincluding magicin this thrilling and brilliant, contemporary fantasy from the author of the Alex Verus novels.
The wealthy seem to exist in a different, glittering world from the rest of us. Almost as if by . . . magic.
/> Stephen Oakwood is a young man on the edge of this hidden world. He has talent and potential, but turning that potential into magical power takes money, opportunity, and training. All Stephen has is a minimum wage job and a cat. 
But when a chance encounter with a member of House Ashford gets him noticed by the wrong people, Stephen is thrown in the deep end. For centuries, the vast corporations and aristocratic Houses of the magical world have grown impossibly rich and influential by hoarding their knowledge. To survive, Stephen will have to take his talent and build it up into something greaterfor only then can he beat them at their own game.… (mais)
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Título:An Inheritance of Magic
Autores:Benedict Jacka (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2023), 384 pages
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Exibindo 5 de 5
DNF @120 pages

This book is hella info dumpy.
Main character ain’t that interesting, the story thus far was also putting me to sleep.
Then we got to the moment his cat was almost beaten to death - this book isn’t for me.
  spiritedstardust | Jun 1, 2024 |
Very much an introduction to the new series. There is even a foreword explicitly telling you so, new magic system, new people, new politics. Still set in london though.

This actually made me feel more of River of London than his other series, a sort of mix of introducing someone barely familiar to the magical world, along with a casual acceptance of the geography, it' snot entirely clear what race/heritage Stephen has, but it's not typical, again with the RoL vibe.

Stephen has been living on his own for the last few years after his dad suddenly left, his mum having died much younger. He's been making ends meet, just about, but now that he's 18, he's starting to think about a future. The one thing his dad left him was an instruction to carry on his hobby of 'drucraft' - sensing elemental magic and shaping it into sigils, the captured form that can be used for almost anything you can imagine. Stephen's not very good at it, but then he's never had any formal training. I had though we'd be heading into magic school territory, and the possibility emerges once or twice, but Stephen is too independently minded for that, and strikes his own path. He's feelings on the matter are only bolstered when he's suddenly embroiled in the plots of a pair of his formally unknown cousins. Events don't go to anyone's plan, and Stephen resolves to train himself stronger, even if it risks his friends and only income.

My only real complaint is that Stephen didn't feel 18, somewhat impulsive, yes, but too mature really too considering and too able to look after himself - although perhaps my familiaty with 18 yr olds is biased to those with a more sheltered upbringing. I enjoyed the magical world, and the hints of the power structures around give rise to interesting possibilities of an underdog against the Powers That Be, much liek the best bits of Verus. ( )
  reading_fox | Apr 2, 2024 |
Seems a little clunky compared to the Alex Verus books, but I like the main character. I'll continue and see how it goes. ( )
  TadAD | Dec 14, 2023 |
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
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THIS IS HARD
I want to limit my comparisons between this new series and Jacka's previous series to just one section—but that's not going to happen. It makes sense, I suppose. It's Jacka's first non-Alex Verus book (other than the two hard-to-find children's novels), so comparisons are inevitable, but I don't want to turn this into an X vs. Y situation.

I will say at the outset, that if it wasn't for the name on the cover, I don't know that I'd have known they had the same author—so that tells you something about the comparisons. (except in quality—this is definitely up to the standards Jacka has established)

WHAT'S AN INHERITANCE OF MAGIC ABOUT?
This is tricky. The Author's Note at the beginning of the book tells us that this book is an introduction to the series. We are introduced to the world, the characters, the magic, and so on. Yes, there is a plot—a handful, actually—but the main point is for us to get oriented.

Basically, we meet Stephen—he's roughly 20 and is fairly aimless. He doesn't have the money (or, really, ambition) to go to University. He bounces from temp job to temp job, hangs out at his local with his friends regularly, takes care of his cat, and works on his magic in his spare time. It's his real passion, but he doesn't do much with it.

Then one day, some distant relatives that he's never heard of come into his life (it'd be too complicated to list the reasons they give, and I think they're half-truths at best, anyway). Suddenly, Stephen is thrown into a dangerous, high-stakes world of money and power—and he's just a pawn to be used in the games of his "family" (and by family, I mean people that 23andMe would identify as relatives, but he's never been in contact with or aware of for his entire existence). He's a relatively unimportant pawn at that. He's sort of grateful for that as he realizes it—but he'd have been happier if they never bothered him in the first place. Happier and with significantly fewer bruises.

However, through their machinations, he's introduced to new levels of magic society and ways that the magic in this world works. Best of all he finds ways that he can be employed and use his magic—the best of both worlds. Sure, his friends don't get it (not that he tells many of them, because he prefers that they think he's sane), but he's bringing in enough money to live and he's getting stronger and more capable.

THE WORLD AND ITS MAGIC SYSTEM
So, where the Alex Verus series was about one man and his friends/allies trying to navigate (and survive) the politics and power of the magical society in England (largely), at this point the Stephen Oakwood series appears to be about one man making his way (and hopefully surviving) the money and power of a different sort magical society—and it's intersection with the non-magical world. We're not just talking Econ 101 kind of stuff here—Stephen's family appears to be some of the 1% of the 1% and there are huge multi-national corporations involved here with defense contracts to governments all over the world.

Basically, Alex had an easier place to navigate.

Most of the magic that's used in this world comes from sigils—physical objects created from various kinds of energy wells (earth magic, life magic, light magic, and so on) to do particular tasks (shine a light, augment strength, heal minor wounds, etc.). There are likely bigger and better things along those lines (hence defense contracts), but that should give you an idea. The overwhelming number of these sigils are pumped out by some sort of industrial companies and are only good for a limited amount of time.

Stephen was taught (by his father, and by himself) to make sigils on his own—his are individualized, artisanal kinds of things. Think of a sweater you get from some hobbyist off of Etsy vs. the kind of thing you can get for much less at Walmart or on Wish—quality that lasts vs. cheap and disposable. He also reverse engineers almost all of his sigils—he sees something in a catalog (no, really, this is how people get their sigils for personal use) or in use and tries to figure out how such a thing will work and then sets out to create one.

I don't know where Jacka is going to go with all of this, obviously. But I love this setup.

ALEX AND STEPHEN
It wasn't until I was just about done with the book that I finally figured out what Alex and Stephen had in common—which is odd, it was staring me in the face for most of the novel. But before that, I really wouldn't have said they had much in common at all.

Stephen is our entry point to this world, and he only knows a little bit about it so as he learns, so does the reader. Alex pretty much knew everything that was going on in his world, so he had to catch the reader up—or he could help Luna understand something (and make it easier for the reader to learn that way). Stephen has to learn almost everything by getting someone to teach him, or through trial and error—either way, the reader is along for the ride and learns with him.

Similarly, Stephen's really just starting to get the knack of his abilities where Alex was already a pro—sure he had more to learn (and his power increased), but Stephen's not even a rookie, really when things get going.

Stephen had a loving and supportive father growing up, a strong group of friends, and experience outside the area of magic users—something we never got a strong idea that Alex ever had. Alex had trauma and hardships behind him—Stephen doesn't. So their personalities, outlooks, etc. are very different from the outset.

It's not really that shocking that the protagonists of two different series wouldn't be that similar. And yet...we've all read a second or third series from an author with a protagonist that's just a variation of their initial breakout character. So it's good to see that Jacka's able to make that transition between his two series—it gives you hope for what he's going to do in the future.

Oh, what did I finally realize the two characters shared? They watch and learn. Alex does it because that's essentially what his abilities were—he could sift through the various futures and decide what to do based on that. Stephen just doesn't know enough about anything so he has to sit and observe—and from there he can decide how to act. But where others will try to think first and act second, Stephen and Alex watch first—and for a long time—before they think and then act. It's something not enough characters (especially in Urban Fantasy) seem to spend much time doing. So I'm glad to see it.

SO, WHAT DID I THINK ABOUT AN INHERITANCE OF MAGIC?
I am just so excited about this series. I didn't know how Jacka could successfully follow up the Verus series. I trusted he would, because he's earned that over the last decade—but, I didn't expect that I'd respond so positively so soon.

We need to start with Stephen's spunky attitude—with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder due to his circumstances in life (that grows to a degree as he learns how much he and his father missed out on and starts to guess why)—is a real winner. He's got a gritty (in an Angela Duckworth sense, not Raymond Chandler or William Gibson sense) outlook, is generally optimistic—and can even be funny—all the attributes you want in an underdog.

Then there's the world-building that I tried to sketch out above—and did a not-wholly-inadequate job of. I want to know more about it—and figure increased familiarity is just going to make me more curious.

I have so many questions about the family members who've inserted themselves in Stephen's life related to their motivations, trustworthiness (I suspect at least one will turn out to be an ally, however temporary), goals, and abilities. I have those questions about Stephen's guides and allies—and think at least one of them is going to turn on him in a devastating way (thankfully, he doesn't trust most of them completely). There's also this priest who keeps assigning him theological work to study. Some good theology, too. I don't fully know where this is going—but I'm dying to find out.

Are we going to get a Big Bad—or several—for Stephen to face off against? Or is this simply going to be about a series of obstacles Stephen has to overcome until he can carve out an okay existence for himself? Is this about Stephen becoming one of those 1% and the corruption of his character that will necessitate?

I'm not giving this a full 5 stars mostly because of the introductory nature of the book—also because I want to be able to say that book 2 or 3 is an improvement over this (which I fully expect). But that says more about me and my fussy standards than it does about this book. I loved it, and am filled with nothing but anticipation for the sequel/rest of the series. It's entirely likely that as this series wraps up that we're going to talk about the Alex Verus series as Jacka with his training wheels on.

I'm now in danger of over-hyping. Also, I'm going to just start repeating laudatory ideas. Urban Fantasy readers need to get on this now. ( )
  hcnewton | Oct 6, 2023 |
SFF, fantasy, magic users,
  karenb | Nov 7, 2023 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. HTML:The super-rich control everythingincluding magicin this thrilling and brilliant, contemporary fantasy from the author of the Alex Verus novels.
The wealthy seem to exist in a different, glittering world from the rest of us. Almost as if by . . . magic.
Stephen Oakwood is a young man on the edge of this hidden world. He has talent and potential, but turning that potential into magical power takes money, opportunity, and training. All Stephen has is a minimum wage job and a cat. 
But when a chance encounter with a member of House Ashford gets him noticed by the wrong people, Stephen is thrown in the deep end. For centuries, the vast corporations and aristocratic Houses of the magical world have grown impossibly rich and influential by hoarding their knowledge. To survive, Stephen will have to take his talent and build it up into something greaterfor only then can he beat them at their own game.

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