SFF

The Warden

Tor Apr. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9781250815651. $27.99. FANTASY
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Lady Aelis de Lenti un Tirraval, daughter of a noble house, was determined to become a Magister of the Lyceum, one of the only female necromancers, and create her own profitable life in a lovely cultured city as its Warden. Instead, Aelis finds herself as Warden of Lone Pine, a tiny village far removed from most of what she considers civilization. For the next two years Aelis will serve the residents and likely have manual labor and farm husbandry as the bulk of her duties. When a traveling salvage group makes its way to Lone Pine, Aelis soon finds that trouble has followed them. As she works to track the source of the problems, Aelis discovers that the answers lie in magic: old, repudiated magic that no Magister should ever consider using. But it may lead Aelis on a path far bigger than Lone Pine. High stakes are set with characters rooted in war and magical trauma, and Aelis’s school scenes frame her new role and discoveries.
VERDICT Ford (Cheap Heat) begins an appealing new fantasy series filled with adventure, action, and old magic.
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