The Wizard of London

Written by Mercedes Lackey
Review by Dana Cohlmeyer


The Wizard of London, the fourth book in Lackey’s bestselling Elemental Masters series, tells the story of Lord David Alderscroft, Master of the British Elemental Masters Council. The novel opens with twelve-year-old Sarah Jane Lyon-White arriving from Africa on her way to the Harton School for Boys and Girls in London—a school intended to educate both children of missionaries as well as those gifted with magical abilities. Sarah befriends a Cockney student, Nan, and they soon find themselves being hunted down by dark forces. What follows is an almost cat-and-mouse hunt between Alderscroft’s benefactor, Cordelia, and the people charged with protecting the girls.

For those fans of Lackey’s work, this will be another delicious addition to this series. They will love it. For those who haven’t read the earlier books in the series, I can only recommend that you do so first. I spent most of the time with my brow furrowed trying to make sense of things. The adventures that these two girls have are entertaining. I enjoyed their part of the story. When it came to dealing with the adults, though, I was just confused.

I have no doubt that the story is a page-turner for those who have invested their time in the previous installments.