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At a loss after finishing their end-of-year exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia, where it so happens that the lovely Caroline is studying natural history. Aubrey wants to pursue a cure for his condition - though his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, old letters to procure, a missing ornithologist to l At a loss after finishing their end-of-year exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia, where it so happens that the lovely Caroline is studying natural history. Aubrey wants to pursue a cure for his condition - though his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, old letters to procure, a missing ornithologist to locate and a spot of diplomatic espionage. These tasks should keep Aubrey occupied - but that would be underestimating Aubrey's sense of curiosity and uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Someone is stealing people's souls and turning them into mindless monsters, and the country's magical lifeline, the Heart of Gold, has been stolen, leaving the city in chaos. Aubrey, George, and a somewhat reluctant Caroline are on the case . . .


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At a loss after finishing their end-of-year exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia, where it so happens that the lovely Caroline is studying natural history. Aubrey wants to pursue a cure for his condition - though his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, old letters to procure, a missing ornithologist to l At a loss after finishing their end-of-year exams, Aubrey and George travel to the Gallian capital, Lutetia, where it so happens that the lovely Caroline is studying natural history. Aubrey wants to pursue a cure for his condition - though his family have other ideas, and he's soon burdened with a royal mystery to solve, old letters to procure, a missing ornithologist to locate and a spot of diplomatic espionage. These tasks should keep Aubrey occupied - but that would be underestimating Aubrey's sense of curiosity and uncanny knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Someone is stealing people's souls and turning them into mindless monsters, and the country's magical lifeline, the Heart of Gold, has been stolen, leaving the city in chaos. Aubrey, George, and a somewhat reluctant Caroline are on the case . . .

57 review for Heart of Gold

  1. 4 out of 5

    Clare S-B

    I just like these character so much. When you add in politics and magic, and almost dying, and everything going wrong all the time, there you have a pretty good story. In some ways it is not twisty at all, but it is still very complex, and everything that could go wrong does. It is also quite humours. And the magic is just cool, I really like how it has all its laws and limitations. A really fun read. There is also a bit of evolutionary thinking in here as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alannah Skillicorn

    i love this book better then harry potter, it more complex, and funny , and its just awsome

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kes

    Aubrey and George go to Lutetia, where the Heart of Gold is stolen. Aubrey is also burdened by several errands (such as (view spoiler)[finding proof that the Crown Prince also has a claim to the Gallain throne and obtaining his grandmother's letters to his grandfather (hide spoiler)] ). We follow him as he (view spoiler)[finds a way to stop his soul from splitting - only for the spell to fail when he restores the Heart of Gold. (hide spoiler)] We also see Aubrey being selfish, by lying to release Aubrey and George go to Lutetia, where the Heart of Gold is stolen. Aubrey is also burdened by several errands (such as (view spoiler)[finding proof that the Crown Prince also has a claim to the Gallain throne and obtaining his grandmother's letters to his grandfather (hide spoiler)] ). We follow him as he (view spoiler)[finds a way to stop his soul from splitting - only for the spell to fail when he restores the Heart of Gold. (hide spoiler)] We also see Aubrey being selfish, by lying to release Caroline (view spoiler)[from her position at the college so that she can help him - a fact that is unravelled at the end. We end with Aubrey's mother, Rose, taking Caroline on an artic expedition away from him. (hide spoiler)] I enjoyed the non-stop action and Aubrey's resourcefulness.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dana Faith

    My Blaze of Glory review was biased but this one isn't, it's just a legitimately great book. I had a few problems with exposition in the first one but that's really cleared up for the sequel. I don't know what to tell you, I love Aubrey and I want him to be happy but I also want him to suffer a lot before he gets to be happy, and Michael Pryor is really catering to my needs here. My Blaze of Glory review was biased but this one isn't, it's just a legitimately great book. I had a few problems with exposition in the first one but that's really cleared up for the sequel. I don't know what to tell you, I love Aubrey and I want him to be happy but I also want him to suffer a lot before he gets to be happy, and Michael Pryor is really catering to my needs here.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jimothy K

    It's not for me. It's not for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dantegideon

    Aubrey does something stupidly out of character in the middle, but the book is good in spite of that.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    Di sini Perancis disebut Lutetia. Bangsa yang serupa dengan gaya berpakaian dan selera makan yang berkelas. Tapi berbeda dengan Perancis yang kerap bermusuhan dengan Inggris, hubungan Lutetia dan Albion terbilang sangat mesra; mereka adalah dua negara yang saling bersekutu. Dan ke Lutetia-lah pahlawan remaja kita, Aubrey Fitzwilliam, pergi. Mulanya dia ingin berlibur bersama Doyle selama sebulan penuh dengan dua tujuan; yang pertama dan utama adalah mencari jawaban atas kondisi hidup matinya aki Di sini Perancis disebut Lutetia. Bangsa yang serupa dengan gaya berpakaian dan selera makan yang berkelas. Tapi berbeda dengan Perancis yang kerap bermusuhan dengan Inggris, hubungan Lutetia dan Albion terbilang sangat mesra; mereka adalah dua negara yang saling bersekutu. Dan ke Lutetia-lah pahlawan remaja kita, Aubrey Fitzwilliam, pergi. Mulanya dia ingin berlibur bersama Doyle selama sebulan penuh dengan dua tujuan; yang pertama dan utama adalah mencari jawaban atas kondisi hidup matinya akibat kecelakaan sihir yang menimpanya beberapa waktu lalu. Tujuan keduanya bersifat lebih rekreatif dan sentimentil; dia kepingin pedekate sama si beib Caroline yang kebetulan sedang menimba ilmu di ibukota Lutetia, Gallian. Tentu saja karena ini adalah Aubrey Fitzwilliam, dengan cepat rencananya berantakan sebab semua orang memberinya berbagai tugas 'titipan'. Neneknya ingin agar dia mengambil kembali surat2 pribadi yang dirampas, ibunya ingin dia menyelidiki hilangnya seorang ornitologis, ayahnya ingin dia mengamati kegiatan Homland di Lutetia. Dan yang terakhir, sepupunya, yang tak lain adalah putera mahkota pangeran Albert, ingin agar Aubrey menyelidiki sejarah genealogi leluhurnya yang berasal dari Lutetia. Dengan begitu banyaknya titipan tugas yang ada di tangannya, bisa ditebak Aubrey jadi kewalahan. Belum lagi sewaktu dia tiba, terjadi berbagai keanehan di Gallian; mulai dari fenomena orang2 yang mendadak berubah jadi makhluk seperti zombie. Kemunculan Von Serlick si mata2 Holmland yang berlidah tajam, dan yang paling mengejutkan adalah hilangnya Jantung Emas, artefak sihir Lutetia yang paling berharga! Raibnya Jantung Emas perlahan meremukkan Lutetia dari dalam; keceriaan memudar, memori bangsa yang menguap, dan sungai yang berubah padat seperti aspal. Untuk mencegah malapetaka lebih buruk terjadi; Aubrey bersama Doyle, dan Caroline kembali bersatu memecahkan misteri. Dinamisme dalam buku kedua The Laws of Magic terbilang masih belum banyak beranjak dari situasi buku pertamanya. Aubrey yang masih kadang cupu kadang picik dan cenderung kocak dalam berbagai situasi, Doyle yang setia dan nyaris tergolong one dimensional character, dan Caroline yang sok. Kelemahan buku ini adalah karakterisasinya yang terlalu flat. Hubungan Aubrey dan Doyle yang katanya akrab itu juga tergambar sangat kaku. Gue mencoba meyakinkan diri sendiri, kekakuan ini muncul karena mereka berdua berasal dari era dimana segalanya serba formalistik, ditambah lagi latar belakang Aubrey yang berdarah biru juga membuat dia gimanaa gitu. Sebenarnya sih karakter Aubrey terbilang mendingan; gue masih bisa berasa bahwa dia ini cowok yang rada2 geek, dan serba awkward. Tapi lainnya seperti Doyle bener2 melempem, dan Caroline yang cenderung menyebalkan. Caroline, sebagaimana karakter wanita dalam cerita ini, semuanya digambarkan sebagai perempuan mandiri yang berpikiran maju, jago bela diri, dan cerdik. Meskipun tujuannya oke, tapi tidak tepat karena malah berasa maksa abis. Nggak semua cewek kayak gitu, dan kalopun mereka berpikiran maju, mereka belom tentu jago bela diri. Liat aja gue, nampol lalat aja bisa meleset. Bagi gue, karakter Caroline tuh maksa banget dan jaimnya, ya olohhh... nyebelin 140%. Tidak seperti trio Harry, Ron, dan Hermione; hubungan ketiga orang ini sama sekali nggak nyaman dibaca. Pembaca tidak menyayangi karakter2 selain Aubrey di sini. Berbeda dengan Harry Potter, kita semua tahu Ron itu pin pin bo dan diam2 sedikit iri dengan Harry. Tapi dia teman setia yang bisa diandalkan kapan saja. Kemudian Hermione; dia cewek yang kick ass, cerdik, cerdas, dan meskipun kadang2 bersikap sok, dia adalah karakter yang endearing bagi pembaca dengan segenap kelemahan dan keunggulannya. Gue merasa sayang The Laws of Magic harus menderita kelemahan seperti ini. Dengan world building yang sangat imajinatif, detail2 yang menarik, dan penjelasan teknis akan sihir yang memukau; karakternya justru malah tidak sekompleks dan semenarik konsep dunianya sendiri. Tapi mungkin bisa jadi karena judul serial ini adalah THE LAWS OF MAGIC. Bintang utama dalam cerita ini bukanlah trio Aubrey, Doyle, Caroline atau Aubrey seorang. Bintang utama dalam cerita ini adalah pedoman sihir itu sendiri. Siapa tahu kan? Ceritanya mulai memanas, tapi belom sekeren itu. Belom.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aelvana

    Aubrey needs a vacation. He's optimistic despite the laundry-list of errands he needs to run for various friends and relatives---and hopefully a few of his own. His condition, secret to all but his best friend George, is not improving, and he's hoping Lutetia's university might hold some clue to reversing his past mistakes. And he'd appreciate a chance to take it easy, relax, and explore the city. And possibly---accidentally of course---run across Caroline Hepworth, who happens to be studying at Aubrey needs a vacation. He's optimistic despite the laundry-list of errands he needs to run for various friends and relatives---and hopefully a few of his own. His condition, secret to all but his best friend George, is not improving, and he's hoping Lutetia's university might hold some clue to reversing his past mistakes. And he'd appreciate a chance to take it easy, relax, and explore the city. And possibly---accidentally of course---run across Caroline Hepworth, who happens to be studying at Lutetia's university. But Lutetia has mysteries and troubles of its own. People are losing their souls, and the city's greatest treasure, the Heart of Gold, has gone missing. Aubrey, unable to leave trouble alone, can't resist the chance to dig in, even if it means he's going far over his head. Again. The cocksure, talented Aubrey hasn't gone one problem, he has a whole deck. The convoluted mysteries weave within each other, providing unexpected connections throughout. This keeps the plot galloping headlong, never pausing for more than a breath before Aubrey, George, and Caroline are back in the thick of things. And for such a large list of to-dos, the book handles itself admirably. Not everything gets a tidy ending. Despite being a bit too invincible, Aubrey still has limits (especially when it comes to Caroline), and some things just weren't possible to get done. The political background adds another interesting layer. The series is set in an alternate England. Lutetia is a friendly, artistic city in the middle of Gallia, a country uneasy about the signs of impending war with Holmland. Gallia's alliance with Albion is tenuous and sabotage is further weakening a relationship that needs to stay strong. Aubrey's position as the son of Albion's Prime Minister lands him squarely in the political court whether he wishes it or not. The one downside I saw in the book was a tendency for Aubrey and George particularly to find nothing beyond their grasp, if only they try. This becomes less credible when the both have gone almost without sleep for a few days in a row and spent those days running around nonstop. Aubrey has one bad bout with his condition, but by and large seems mostly unaffected by his body's deterioration. Caroline, too, seems an almost impossible standard of perfection (thankfully, after her initial introduction, she settles into a more human character). Overall, though, it's a fun read, and I really wish I'd been able to get the first one first. This story will stand very well alone, but there are severe spoilers for most of the things that have happened in the first book (Aubrey's condition being the least of it). I rate this book Recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ellie

    4 stars _____________ Still a fabulous series, but this instalment feels a bit cluttered and leaves you waiting for it to all come together. Which it does, albeit in a bit of a rush. _____________ Just as Aubrey and George plan to head off to Lutetia in Gallia (Paris, France) on holidays, each of Aubrey's relatives tasks him with something, leaving him with a monumental to-do list and foiling his plans to "bump into" Caroline who's studying there. Obviously nothing goes to plan and magic and mystery 4 stars _____________ Still a fabulous series, but this instalment feels a bit cluttered and leaves you waiting for it to all come together. Which it does, albeit in a bit of a rush. _____________ Just as Aubrey and George plan to head off to Lutetia in Gallia (Paris, France) on holidays, each of Aubrey's relatives tasks him with something, leaving him with a monumental to-do list and foiling his plans to "bump into" Caroline who's studying there. Obviously nothing goes to plan and magic and mystery ensue. And though all the different tasks do come together into something coherent, there's an awful lot going on at once and I found it harder to get into. I feel like this book is also setting-up for character development to come ((view spoiler)[Caroline warms to Aubrey but he royally puts his foot in it by having her scholarship rescinded so that he can spend more time with her – she can help with the investigation. (hide spoiler)] ) but it wasn't quite there yet. It would seem that away from Albion we would take a step back from the political machinations, and they were more subtle but still present (and welcome). Also, having lived in France, I appreciated the warm and good-natured stereotype of the Gallian (French) people. Reading through this it sounds like I didn't like it very much but that is not true at all! I really did enjoy this book, the world is great, the characters are strong, the writing is good, it's fast-paced. It's just that I have high expectations of the series, and it's not the best of the books!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    After the strain and danger of Blaze of Glory, Aubrey and George decide to take a relaxing holiday in Lutetia (Paris). But nothing is ever really relaxing around Aubrey Fitzwilliam. Soon enough Aubrey and George are caught up in a whirlwind of intrigue and mystery. Faced with a stolen national treasure and people turned mindless, Aubrey can’t help but get himself, and his friends, involved. Again, Pryor’s intriguing world and plot are diminished by his tendency to be overly descriptive. In addit After the strain and danger of Blaze of Glory, Aubrey and George decide to take a relaxing holiday in Lutetia (Paris). But nothing is ever really relaxing around Aubrey Fitzwilliam. Soon enough Aubrey and George are caught up in a whirlwind of intrigue and mystery. Faced with a stolen national treasure and people turned mindless, Aubrey can’t help but get himself, and his friends, involved. Again, Pryor’s intriguing world and plot are diminished by his tendency to be overly descriptive. In addition, however, I found that there were simply too many plot lines within this novel, which made the whole escapade feel too rushed and hectic. I would have preferred perhaps one less issue for Aubrey to deal with, although it was interesting to see him attempt to juggle all of the intriguing (and interlinking) problems that arose. The novel has a fantastic cast of characters, each serving to assist or undermine Aubrey’s quest for answers. Pryor is definitely a master at bringing everything together, despite his tendency to pack too much into the story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I just don't entirely know how I feel about these books. On the one hand, I am semi-intrigued as to where this is all going, but on the other hand I have a few too many problems with the book as a whole to feel like I should keep reading them. Same issues as I previously had: Aubrey can get away with anything and is even encouraged to get himself in dangerous situations by the government (in what world does the government ask a 17yr boy to help in matters of national security I ask you), Carolin I just don't entirely know how I feel about these books. On the one hand, I am semi-intrigued as to where this is all going, but on the other hand I have a few too many problems with the book as a whole to feel like I should keep reading them. Same issues as I previously had: Aubrey can get away with anything and is even encouraged to get himself in dangerous situations by the government (in what world does the government ask a 17yr boy to help in matters of national security I ask you), Caroline is too perfect, and the believability is toeing the line. I can deal with a world with magic. Add to this zombies, magic bears and disappearing monuments and this is where I have trouble. It just pushes things to an unrealistic level for me. To solve my dilemma I thought I'd just wikipedia the rest of the books, however my plans were thwarted by the absence of any plot articles (bummer) so I put it to you the people to either get on that or at least let me know what happens? Because I just don't think I can read another 2000 or so pages of the same irritating flaws.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Very good. Pryor's work in creating a plucky, appropriately Victorian-esque character in Aubrey Fitzwilliam is brilliant. The language is wonderfully mature yet still relatively straightforward. This book follows Aubrey, now the son of Albion's Prime Minister, and his friend George on holiday, as they attempt to uncover what's going on in Gallia. Aubrey's wit, magical talent, and general intelligence comes in handy as they, with friend Caroline's assistance, work furiously to bring together the Very good. Pryor's work in creating a plucky, appropriately Victorian-esque character in Aubrey Fitzwilliam is brilliant. The language is wonderfully mature yet still relatively straightforward. This book follows Aubrey, now the son of Albion's Prime Minister, and his friend George on holiday, as they attempt to uncover what's going on in Gallia. Aubrey's wit, magical talent, and general intelligence comes in handy as they, with friend Caroline's assistance, work furiously to bring together the various elements at play. If I could criticise this, it would be that the Victorian feel is so thoroughly done that in places this was a bit too slow for me. However, it's so readable that it doesn't matter.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shelvy

    The book is great as previous one. But in this one, we are shown how "humanly arrogant" Aubrey is. His high handed move to make Caroline help him is REALLY annoying and the result is as bad as we know how it should be. Also, his "Hero Syndrom" is more showcased than prevous book. Well, I think all of his weakness should be expected, with his background and characters. But still, hope he learn how to appreciate human more, not merely as chess pieces. Can't wait to read book 3 and see how He grovel The book is great as previous one. But in this one, we are shown how "humanly arrogant" Aubrey is. His high handed move to make Caroline help him is REALLY annoying and the result is as bad as we know how it should be. Also, his "Hero Syndrom" is more showcased than prevous book. Well, I think all of his weakness should be expected, with his background and characters. But still, hope he learn how to appreciate human more, not merely as chess pieces. Can't wait to read book 3 and see how He grovel to Caroline's good grace again. Wish Caroline make him grovel hard and long and still hold grudges for along time.. :D

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Great 2nd part to this series. Aubrey is a magician student who has a problem with a failed magical experiment that has almost severed his life force. He goes to France on a quest for his king, the prime minister, his grandmother and others and along the way, finds out how to save his soul. He has many adventures with his best friend George, and his hoped to be girlfriend, Caroline. Of course, good prevails over evil but Aubrey lucks out with Caroline. Sets it up nicely for the next part.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)

    Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team. I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over. Katharine is a judge for the Sara Douglass 'Book Series' Award. This entry is the personal opinion of Katharine herself, and does not necessarily reflect the opinion of any judging panel, the judging coordinator or the Aurealis Awards management team. I won't be recording my thoughts (if I choose to) here until after the AA are over.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tara Flynn

    I loved this sequal. It definately did not disappoint me, and it did the first book justice by far. The characters go to Gallia (France) And are faced with so many exciting challeges that i wont bother to go thorugh them. It's a very full on book, and probably my favourite out of the two. Keep it up. :) I loved this sequal. It definately did not disappoint me, and it did the first book justice by far. The characters go to Gallia (France) And are faced with so many exciting challeges that i wont bother to go thorugh them. It's a very full on book, and probably my favourite out of the two. Keep it up. :)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Vickey

    The gang have all been recruited as junior agents for various intelligence agencies and are off to Gallia (France) to holiday and investigate various troublesome activities. In this story we find that Aubrey's not perfect--good to find a character that will grow! The gang have all been recruited as junior agents for various intelligence agencies and are off to Gallia (France) to holiday and investigate various troublesome activities. In this story we find that Aubrey's not perfect--good to find a character that will grow!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't wait for bedtime so I could read it. Then I kept wanting to read way past my bedtime. Now I've started #3. I enjoyed this book so much that I couldn't wait for bedtime so I could read it. Then I kept wanting to read way past my bedtime. Now I've started #3.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    I'm really enjoying this series & particularly love the almost scientific manner magic is treated within this universe. A fantastic read. I'm really enjoying this series & particularly love the almost scientific manner magic is treated within this universe. A fantastic read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

    it was awesome

  21. 5 out of 5

    George Ivanoff

    Love this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    TheOneAndOnlySam

    Thoroughly enjoy this series to bits!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Riss

  24. 5 out of 5

    Clessalvein

  25. 5 out of 5

    hannah

  26. 5 out of 5

    Thor Wallbridge

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rojna Yvonne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Renée Soufflé

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Jones

  30. 4 out of 5

    James

  31. 5 out of 5

    Soph

  32. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

  33. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  34. 5 out of 5

    Sam

  35. 4 out of 5

    Richard Norrie

  36. 5 out of 5

    Liam Byrne

  37. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

  38. 4 out of 5

    Sami

  39. 5 out of 5

    Zakk

  40. 5 out of 5

    Cat

  41. 4 out of 5

    Peta

  42. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

  43. 5 out of 5

    Rocky

  44. 4 out of 5

    Dinh

  45. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  46. 5 out of 5

    Kate

  47. 4 out of 5

    Isadora

  48. 4 out of 5

    Aimee

  49. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

  50. 5 out of 5

    Eskarina

  51. 5 out of 5

    Foz Meadows

  52. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  53. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  54. 5 out of 5

    David

  55. 5 out of 5

    Mitchell

  56. 5 out of 5

    Jenny (Bookbookowl)

  57. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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