Book-loving Lily Singer--librarian, archivist, and wizard--prefers tea (with scones) to trouble any day. But with a friend like Sebastian, a witch who can't seem to stay away from trouble, Lily rarely gets to stay snuggled up in her safe, cozy library for long. When trouble calls, Lily--however reluctantly at first--leaves her magic studies behind and joins forces with Sebastian, and together they harness their individual gifts and skills to battle the pesky magical forces of evil and world domination.
Sherrer is a world builder by nature, and she presents a unique perspective on the origins of supernatural gifts and the obligations they place on those so gifted. With a keen eye for human nature, she never gives us one-dimensional characters. Her world's inhabitants--human and otherwise--have layers; their complex backstories give them credible motivation and make it impossible to characterize them as all bad or all good. They're real, multidimensional beings, and Sherrer's competent writing brings compassion, conscience, and empathy to the table, making her world easy to believe and hard to put down when the book ends.
So it's a good thing she's written a sequel... --Lori Brown Patrick, Editor at Grammarwitch LLC
Lydia Sherrer's Beginnings offers readers a new look at modern fantasies, painting delightful, fast-paced dilemmas in episodic format. Her idiomatic chapters boast a crisp, learned tone. The slightly more formal episodes pair nicely with her humorous and sometimes less-than-clean interlude. The tension increases from one segment to the next, allowing readers a gradual look into the protagonist s dreams, mirroring her own inability to face some of her deepest wants.
This magical parallel to our own world takes readers into a vivid reality painted with love, laughter, and a great deal of research. This is a page-turning experience for even non-fantasy readers. --Brittany Thibodeaux, Book Reviewer at Brittanys Lair