Death & Magic

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A murder mystery set in a school for wizards. (Volume 1 of the Barefoot Healer series.) More
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About Steven J Pemberton

Steven J Pemberton writes intelligent and witty fantasy for children, teenagers and adults, or as he puts it, "anyone old enough to understand."

He was born in England in 1970, the son of a librarian and a teacher, so it was probably inevitable that he would grow up loving books. For most of his childhood, he and his family lived in New Zealand, returning to England in 1981. He graduated from the University of York in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He now lives in Hertfordshire with his partner, where he works as a software developer.

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About the Series: The Barefoot Healer
When apprentice wizard Adramal leaves home, her plan is to complete her training at a new school. But she soon finds herself caught up in bigger and more dangerous events than she could have imagined. She'll have to catch a murderer, rescue a village from plague, and find her way into a secret magical well - while staying ahead of a God who wants her dead and keeping her ever-more complicated love life on track. Meanwhile, Lelsarin, the immortal being who lives in Adramal's head, has her own ideas about how to solve these problems, and they might not involve keeping Adramal safe and sane...

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Reviews of Death & Magic by Steven J Pemberton

Roan Rosser reviewed on Aug. 6, 2012

This book starts out reading like a standard 'Wizard's School' book, but don't let that fool you. Its actually a very well written murder mystery featuring magic.

The main character is very well written, I was quite surprised the author is a male, as the main character is female.

Very well written and edited, you won't be able to put it down.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Gordon A. Long reviewed on July 26, 2011
(no rating)
Death and Magic looks like a standard “apprentice wizard” story, but don’t expect magical or cute. The setting is a huge old ruined fortress with only one habitable wing. The genre is murder mystery. The main character is charismatic and believable. Better yet, the use of magic has defined limits.

Smoothly written and professionally edited, with a story line and main character that draw you in from the start, this book is definitely a cut above the usual offerings in the ebook world.

Gordon A. Long
Author of "A Sword Called…Kitten?"
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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