By Alexey Glushanovsky
The realm that Glushanovsky paints is wonderfully-saturated with parts from all around the delusion genre—though this isn't easily a story of sword and sorcery. those classical delusion figures are well-executed and feature the sensibility of a pro Russian myth novel, in particular seeing that this can be a part of a tetralogy formerly released in Russia. Readers of George R.R. Martin, Raymond Feist and Stephen R. Donaldson will adore the line TO MAGIC.
There are interesting parallel narratives at paintings within the highway TO MAGIC. On one point we've got the good-looking playboy Oleg Davidov as a modern day university pupil; on one other point we now have Oleg the demon savior of the princess; and on one other point, Oleg the monster hunter. Like Harry Potter, Oleg used to be an ordinary boy till he's magnificently remodeled into anything supernatural, that is later used as a commentary/comic aid software as soon as Oleg is a demon. That’s what you get in case you dabble in magic with a demoness. not often does Oleg ever process the realm of fable as an intruder in reality he feels correct at domestic in that global.
After Oleg resolves the princess’s plight, he then takes to the air to benefit magic on the college yet no longer prior to Oleg can slay a few monsters in a couple of Herculean feats on his solution to turning into a scholar of magic. Readers also will research much approximately Russian popular culture from studying the line TO MAGIC. The complicated tale, relocating alongside at a brisk speed, provides an clever tackle the character of myth gods and the human courting to either gods and monsters.
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The woman smiled. ‘That’s what the folks of 1 smallish tribe referred to as me. They lived round 3 thousand years in the past, far-off to the south-west of the place you arrived from… incidentally, i've got different names, too. for those who like, you could name me Heliona. That’s what the one representatives of the human race who have been my pals known as me. They sailed over from a rustic you name Greece and so they known as Ellada. Their chief took me for Heliona, the daughter in their solar god. I had not anything opposed to that. I loved the identify. ’ Oleg had saved a discrete silence. eventually, he risked asking the query that used to be burning him: ‘Tell me … er... please… if you happen to will be so variety … are you a goddess? ’ considering the prospective prestige of the individual he used to be speaking to, Oleg made up our minds to be well mannered. Impudence is, as they are saying, the second one happiness, however it did appear fairly misplaced to undertake an informal tone with a being who, even if she seemed to be his peer, was once actually a ways older than any glossy civilization. Zeus, he remembered, had instantly snatched up his lightning and knocked it on an impudent human’s head. this modification in tackle didn’t cross omitted, and provoked one other outburst of laughter from the purported goddess. ‘You don’t have to stand on ceremony,’ she spluttered via her laughter. ‘I’m no longer a goddess from now on. And anyways, I by no means did have time for these fools who propped up their reputations that manner. so that you don’t have to fear your self approximately your head. ’ obviously Oleg’s options have been no mystery for Heliona, goddess or no goddess. while Oleg tumbled to this truth, he blushed deeply, remembering a few of the indecent innovations which had passed through his brain whilst he had first obvious Heliona’s girl shape. This time the girl’s laughter was once toward hysterics. ‘Have mercy! ’ she acknowledged, attempting to pull herself jointly. ‘Oh, that’s it! The final time I had this kind of strong snigger used to be 400 years in the past while a few half-baked wizard was once attempting to invoke a succubus yet received his spells combined up and referred to as up one of many dullest, lowest rating demon-destroyers. And he, as though to spite the wizard, used to be in woman shape. So there they have been, the 2 of them, and the wizard used to be hinting strongly that he was once ready to renounce his soul in trade for an evening of fiery ardour, whereas the demon used to be attempting rigorously to appreciate what he needed to burn as a way to get this fool’s soul. ’ Oleg chuckled, after which requested apparently: ‘So how did all of it finish? ’ ‘With the hearth of London,’ she stated indifferently. Then after a moment’s proposal, she endured: ‘Seems I’ll need to offer you a quick lecture, or you won’t comprehend whatever. sure, i used to be a goddess. now not the main robust, nor for terribly lengthy, by way of divine time. And what do you think that lends such energy to gods and demons? ’ with out watching for Oleg’s solution, she went on: ‘Faith! in a single of your so much holy books it says: “According on your religion be it unto you. ” It’s a really exact observation... whilst i made a decision it was once enjoyable to seem to people within the kind of a goddess, they believed in me and that i grew to become a goddess.