March 13, 2012

The Inquisitor's Apprentice

The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarity

A story set in an alternate history, full of Jewish culture and magic. I really didn't expect to like this book before I started to read it. There was nothing in the premise that I really connected with. And yet... Once I started, I couldn't stop. Sacha Kessler discovers he can see magic. Because of his gift, he is apprenticed to the New York Police's best Inquisitor, Maximillian Wolf. Wolf's job is to stop magical crime in a place and time where magic and ethnic groups and the industrial revolution have mixed to create a very vibrant and detailed New York at the start of the twentieth century. Sacha, Wolf, and fellow apprentice Lily Astral are tasked with protecting Thomas Edison, who invented a machine that will detect magic in people. Sacha is a great character, human and believable, and I think that's why I was drawn into this story. I do hope the author will make this into a series and give us more stories of Sacha and his friends. Besides writing, Chris Moriarity is a book reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Review based on a publisher supplied electronic copy.

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