Trio of Sorcery

Trio of Sorcery

Book - 2010
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Mercedes Lackey presents three exciting short urban fantasy novels featuring three resourceful heroines and three different takes on the modern world and on magics both modern and ancient.

Arcanum 101 :  Diana Tregarde, practicing witch, romance novelist, Guardian of the Earth. Studying at Harvard, Diana is approached by Joe O'Brian, a young cop who has already seen more than one unusual thing during his budding career. The distraught mother of a kidnap victim is taking advice from a "psychic" and interfering in the police investigation. Will Diana prove that the psychic is a fake? Unfortunately, the psychic is not a fake, but a very wicked witch--and the child's kidnapper. 

Drums :  Jennifer Talldeer, shaman, private investigator, member of the Osage tribe. Most of Jennie's work is regular PI stuff, but Nathan Begay brings her a problem she's never seen before. His girlfriend, Caroline, is Chickasaw to his Navaho, but that's not the problem. Somehow, Caroline has attracted the attention of an angry Osage ghost. Thwarted in love while alive, the ghost has chosen Caroline to be his bride in death. 

Ghost in the Machine :  Ellen McBride: computer programmer extraordinaire, techno-shaman. The programmers and players of a new MMORPG find that the game's "boss," a wendigo, is "killing" everyone--even the programmers' characters with their god-like powers. A brilliant debugger, Ellen discoveres that the massive computing power of the game's servers have created a breach between the supernatural world and our own. This wendigo isn't a bit of code, it's the real thing . . . and it's on the brink of breaking out of the computers and into the real world. 
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765328519
0765328518
Branch Call Number: F LAC NVD
Characteristics: 351 p. ; 22 cm

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wrenbrin
Jun 19, 2016

I'm glad that Mercedes Lackey revisted her Diana Tregarde and Jenny Talldeer serie(s). The cons to this book is that both stories were to short. I would of liked to of seen them as novels, but in the end something is better than nothing.

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viviennem
Jan 17, 2012

Fun read. I loved the Wendigo in the on-line game scenario and have been a fan of the Diana Tregarde series since it was originally published.

Eglanor Aug 12, 2011

Mercedes Lackey has again provided an enjoyable book, well-written and true to form. Her books may not be as challenging as a "hard" science fiction novel might be, but in the "fantasy" genre the books are first-rate. As is true of all of her books, I will be re-reading this book for years to come.

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misseevee
Aug 02, 2011

I enjoyed seeing a glimpse of a previous heroine in Misty's anthology, "Trio of Sorcery." It was fascinating to see the different types of sorcery that she wrote in these three very different stories - Native American, contemporary, and techno/cyber magic.

As the other reviewer mentions, this is not a challenging read by any means. However, even in these short stories I was able to lightly connect with the characters and see their worldview, which Mercedes Lackey has always been able to do for me. The three female protagonists are strong and confident women who by no means get easy tickets to overcoming their obstacles just because of their gender - they work, sweat, take risks, and get hurt.

I think I would have liked to see longer stories for the three, but overall this was an easygoing and fun read,

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SilverIlix
Apr 17, 2011

An enjoyable read. I find that Mercedes Lackey writes easy reading, enjoyable fantasy.

This book is a re-visit to an pervious herione which makes me smile, as it's like glimpsing an old friend for a few moments, and remembering the good times.

The two other gals she writes of are strong and brave in their own way, and lead the reader through intresting stories of their own. This is not a challenging book, but good fun and a quick read.

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