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Burned by Magic: an Alternate World Urban Fantasy (The Baine Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 239 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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- Book 1 of 11 in The Baine Chronicles
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About the Author
When Jasmine's not working on her next book, you can find her working on her dao sword form, spending time with her family, or binge-watching superhero shows on Netflix.
- Publication date : December 24, 2015
- Language: : English
- File size : 1461 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- ASIN : B016V9LOW6
- Publisher : Dynamo Press (December 24, 2015)
- Print length : 239 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,369 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Received the ARC for an honest review.
My ‘go to’ genres are paranormal, fantasy and urban fantasy. I adore authors with unique world building and great emotional depth of characters in a realm of the author’s creation. So when I was looking for a new read I came upon, Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt. I had seen the cover several times in my book hunting, but my gaze drifted over it as the book cover made me think it was a graphic novel. Well I saw it again and it was a Kindle Unlimited, so I clicked it; thinking I might find a gem, as the blurb for the book is impressive.
“The first book in the hot new adult fantasy series readers are comparing to Ilona Andrews and Patricia Briggs.”
“Wow” I thought, I really need to read this book. Unfortunately, the reviewer who is quoted and I disagree, on the comparison with series being Andrews and Briggs’ quality.
The first quarter of the book is a great set up to a fantasy mystery with Enforcer Sunaya, who is a panther shifter, needing to track down her mentors killer in a world divided by magic. I was so onboard with this and hoping for a great book ahead. In this book world those having magic have the power and those who don’t have magic don’t rule. Then about a quarter of away into the book, a phonograph needle in my brain made that horrid scratching sound, and the next half of the book is a lot of talk, no action and all taking place in the magic quarter, where the magic users, mages live without tech; having taken Sunaya prisoner. Here is the set up for Sunaya becoming a prisoner, non claimed magic users are forbidden, and Sunaya’s unknown daddy was a mage and she is called a hybrid. She has kept this under wraps for the first twenty four years of her life. The author hints as to why they are forbidden, something about unchecked magic; but it is never explained. If a magic user has a baby they have to CLAIM the offspring, in order for them to be safe. If they are not claimed, by the magical parent then they are stripped of magic and/or executed. Hmmmm…… stripping of the magic can and does leave people vegetables. Then again magic can also crop up in humans who have no magical background. So I was confused by how magic works in this world, it seemed to have a mind of it’s own. Then after the talking/being a prisoner phase of the book, the last quarter of the book has Sunaya is back on the hunt for her mentors killer.
There is no emotional depth of these characters and the story falls flat. The author does have some talent in crafting a story but she failed to pull me into this one. I felt no connection between the main characters and I was bored throughout most of the book.
The minor characters in this tale are flat, and appear as little more than talking heads. The author does not even bother describing the physical attributes of the minor characters. She does an okay job of rounding out the core characters personalities, but her lack of descriptive quality of these characters show a lack of crafting a full story. As an author I imagine Ms. Walt’s sees this world in detail but those details she understands are not transferred to the page in either the characters descriptions or the descriptions of the surroundings after the female protagonist Sunaya arrives at the palace. The characters first person descriptive dialogue of her surroundings is uneven, and stilted. After reading this book I still don’t know what Sunaya and several other characters even look like. How as a reader am I supposed to empathize with a character if the author does not give me the frame work of her characters, especially the main character.
In closing I will say the author has glimmers of talent in crafting a story, but this novel is uneven and lacking in quality of the authors used in the blurb. The author really adds too much into the mix of her book. I wish the book would have focused on the shifter murders and let the world reveal itself as the protagonist interacted with it, instead of the endless whining and telling of the character.
Top reviews from other countries
Woman trying to make it in law enforcement despite a 'disability' she can't help? Check.
Partnering up with unlikely people? Check
Drugs making animals/shifters go berserk? Check
The book was Ok. Not very intense, the plot was hurried along with not a lot of character development, or a lot of insight into the characters. It felt like a big pile of cliches if I'm terribly honest. The characters were either too naive or too brash, without any meaningful reason for them to behave the way they did. Events unfolded too quickly: one moment things are unfolding and you're curious as to how it's going to go then one page later it's all been resolved and the author hurries to tie up loose knots and finish the book.
Probably a very good read for a teenager, but didn't quite hit the spot for me. I won't be continuing with the series.
It does seem to be fairly fluffy, a bit like a mocktail on a hen night, you feel you really want something with a bit more bite (no pun intended).