She was only a passing student of golemetrics, which required more dealing with demons than she liked. Not that Elayne had anything against demons per se – but her conversations with them often reminded her of a vicious joke in which she herself might well be the punchline. Perhaps the demons felt the same.
It’s hard to describe Max Goldberg’s book Last First Snow and really do it justice. I’ve said before that in his Craft Sequence books the whole economy is run on pieces of souls, so magicians have to be really good accountants, and that makes it sound so boring. In realty the world he’s created keeps getting weirder and more disturbing (in a good way) with each book. Yes it has lawyers and banks and insurance plans, but the lawyers practice black magic, the banks can process pieces of your soul through an ATM, and the insurance plans cover zombie apocalypse damages, so don’t be worried when I say this book centers around a real estate deal; it’s a really weird real estate deal.