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The Collegia Magica is an epic fantasy trilogy by award-winning author Carol Berg. It consists of

  • The Spirit Lens (2010)
  • The Soul Mirror (2011)
  • The Daemon Prism (2012)

Portier de Savin-Duplais, fifteenth cousin to the King of Sabria and failed student of magic is grateful for his position as librarian at the Collegia Seravain, the last remaining School of Magic in the country since the Blood Wars two hundred years ago that wiped out half the country's magic-users, scientists, and nobles. Magic is in decline; the educated believe magic to be no more than charlatanry and King Phillippe vociferously pursues the sciences.

So when Phillippe survives an assassination attempt that cannot be explained, there's only one person to turn to...

Tropes used in Collegia Magica include:

“I learned very young that elders pay no mind to idiot children. They don’t lock them away. They don’t murder them in their beds and call it childhood flux. They allow them to stay close to those they care about.”

  • Power Tattoo: Members of magically talented families are required to bear a tattoo of their family device on the back of the left hand, whether they themselves are magically inclined or not. Dante is the only mage who lacks this marking, to the chagrin of the Collegia Serevain.
  • Promotion to Parent: Anne de Vernase becomes the head of her household after her father is branded a traitor, her mother goes mad, and her brother is imprisoned.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Xanthe is several centuries old, but seems to have mentally and emotionally stopped developing somewhere in her teenage years. Add to that a lot of anger and a huge desire for power.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Dante and Portier respectively.
  • Regular Caller: Portier, if Ilario and the Cult of the Reborn are to be believed.
  • Reverse Mole: Dante involves himself so deeply in enemy plans that even his allies think he's switched sides. More than once.
  • Screening the Call
  • Shoot the Dog
  • Teacher-Student Romance: Averted. Geurin refuses Lianelle's invitation whilst she's a student, and waits for her to take her adept exam. And then she dies.
  • Telepathy
  • Take a Third Option
  • Unexpected Successor: Phillippe to Soren.
  • Un-Sorcerer: Portier has magical potential through the Savin bloodline, but can't work any magic himself no matter how hard he tries. At first.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Portier wonders at Dante's actions often.
  • Wizarding School: The Collegia Serevain
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Dante tries to do the right thing and walks right into his role as an avatar for the Souleater.
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