A Murder of Mages (Maradaine Constabulary #1) ★★★☆☆

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Title: A Murder of Mages
Series: Maradaine Constabulary #1
Author: Marshall Maresca
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 341
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Satrine Rainey, former Intelligence Officer, wife of a former Maradaine Constable and mother of two, must forge her way into the Constabulary as an Inspector Third Class so as to provide for her family. Her husband, hurt on duty, is now a human vegetable and his superiors have hung him out to dry, financially speaking. Satrine successfully gets the job. She is paired up with Minox Welling, an uncircled mage who uses rather unorthodox investigative methods. Minox’s nickname is Jinx, as he has already lost 3 partners.

They begin by investigating the murder of a mage who had his heart cut out. More murders follow, apparently without much rhyme or reason beyond them being of mages. At the same time Satrine has to worry about her deception being found out and kicked off the force.

Her deception is found out when her daughter gets involved with a college student and Satrine puts a very public stop to the relationship. The boy retaliates by telling his daddy who knows the Commisioner, whose seal Satrine forged to get her the job. It all comes crashing down and she is off the force and having to seriously think about being a prostitute to support her family.

Then she figures out what is going with the murders, discovers that her former partner is next on the list and sets out to rescue him even while not officially being on the force. She has the help of 2 other Constables and ends up saving Minox, getting reinstated in the Constabulary and bringing the murderer to justice.

There is another storyline involving Minox and another uncircled mage, but it is very much setup for future books and doesn’t impact this one very much.

 

My Thoughts:

After my mis-adventure with the stupidity of the first Maradaine book, I came into this with extremely low expectations. It is a good thing I did.

Thankfully, none of the characters were complete idiots like the guy in the other book. However, everything, from characterers to plot to motivations, were still very simplistic. There are times I want a simple book, especially after reading one of the Malazan tomes, but there is a difference between simple and simplistic.

I was not impressed with this book at all, but I also didn’t feel like throwing it out the window. That’s about the only praise you’ll get out of me for this. I’m done with Maresca and will leave him to those who enjoy his writing. I am not one of those people.

★★★☆☆

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9 thoughts on “A Murder of Mages (Maradaine Constabulary #1) ★★★☆☆

  1. “I was not impressed with this book at all but I did not feel like throwing it out the window”- hahaha I relate!! Yet more proof that there’s just some things all bookworms can relate to 😉 but yeah, probably for the best to give up on the author, no need for a subpar Italian sub 😜

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  2. Well good to know you hated this one slightly less than the mage series, lol! Sadly I may be right behind you in ditching this series if it doesn’t pick up. I don’t want to abandon it because I love Satrine’s character, but book 2 was soooo encumbered and tedious. I’m going to read the next one, and if it’s the way then I’m going all in on the Streets of Maradaine series.

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  3. This book (series?) collected some conflicting reviews as far as I can see, and usually this is not a good sign. If you pair that with simplistic characters and/or story, it does not greatly encourage me to pick up said book, or series, which is a pity, because the premise sounds quite good…

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  4. Hahahah never thought we’d have someone who’d make a difference between “simple and simplistic”! At least now you know what you can skip on. 🙂

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