Book 3 – recently released (June8, 2021)
On Book #1 in the series – The Bookminder
The Bookminder (Book #1 in the series) by M.K. Wiseman is an immersive historical fantasy that whisked me off to 17th century Italy with all its magic and wonder.
What I Liked
I found the characters to be fascinating, especially Liara and Nagarath. The mix of magic and secrets never fails to captivate me, and these characters are full of both. Their scars shape them and dictate their actions good, bad, and mysterious until my heart bled for them as they both found themselves on courses where they were their own worst enemy, but they must get past that to take on a true enemy before it is too late.
I also love the relationship between Liara and Nagarath and the mystery of what kind of relationship it is growing to be. Mysteries are a mainstay in this tale and I enjoyed each and every one as my need to discover the solutions worked together to pull me quickly to the satisfying soft conclusion. My favorite mystery has to be discovering who Liara really is and how she came about into existing. This is a very original plotline that is clever and inspires the imagination.
The setting – medieval Italy – is one of my favorite historical settings. It is a time that still believed in the mysticism of the ancients while trying to bridge into the religion of Christianity that was rapidly taking over the continent. The conflict inherent in the transition is overly complex and that complexity is shown in the story of Liara’s upbringing, the troubles she faces, and the scars that define her.
The world-building is simply superb with every attention to detail given the time and space it needed to bloom and grow into a place I could easily experience with all my senses. My favorite is Nagarath’s home that looks like a crumbling tower on the outside but is a fully functioning home on the inside all with the help of magic. It is a fun, yet sometimes dangerous, place to explore as Liara gets to know and learn about it.
To Read or Not to Read
If you love fantasy, like I do, you will enjoy the marvels of 17th century Italy and Liara’s magical tale within it.
M. K. Wiseman has degrees in Interarts & Technology and Library & Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her office, therefore, is a curious mix of storyboards and reference materials. Both help immensely in the writing of historical novels. She currently resides in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
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