- File Size: 3377 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1945763078
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sand Hill Publishing (April 24, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 24, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XTH3YXH
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The biggest issue with this and the next book is that it is written like a serial, not a book. That is, the story cuts off at a convenient lull without having a conclusion. Neither book has its own story arc to drive conflict/resolution so aside from interesting things that happen, there's not a lot of tension driving the plot along beyond the vague 'bad stuff being set up'. There's also a slight hint that there might be a romance between the two investigators, but no tension driving that either. Same for the boy and his friend who is a girl.
The characters are also pretty one dimensional. The boy is a nice kid, helps others, never lashes out or does something wrong, and doesn't want his newfound power, is awesome at martial arts, and has his life all planned even if he has to spend some time learning magic to satisfy a law. *yawn* It's sad when the villains are more entertaining than the heroes.
The world building is pretty weak - we have no clue why males are tested for magic even though it's 'impossible' for them to be wizards. We have no clue why a non magical guy is in charge of the department of magic. I theorized to one reviewer that it was probably because this was an administration job that a magic user would be wasted on but I honestly feel it's a bit naïve to think that women wouldn't dominate more if they were the only ones with magic. (Think the women in Wheel of Time.) We also aren't clued into why there is a law requiring schooling for the magically inclined if they can't suddenly spout magic. Also, there's a bit of magic tossed in with the tech but we don't really get a true picture of just how integrated magic is in the world. Well, you get the picture... not much was really explained about this world.
Despite all the flaws I did enjoy the story. Enough went on despite the lack of a book story arc that I was happy turning pages and reading more about what happens. While disappointed at the more serial nature of the 'book', I will read the rest of the series.
Unfortunately there wasn't enough development in the beginning of the second book for me to stay interested. I deleted it from my Kindle and will stop buying the series. The first book was well-written enough to not be a waste of money but unless you are a writer looking for plot ideas I recommend stopping at that one.
Not for adult readers.
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