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- Print Length: 207 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 6, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y57DTTL
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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(Though reviews are inherently subjective, I prefer to provide some organization to my opinions through the use of a personal rubric. The following notes may contain spoilers.)
Plot and Setting: 4.8 -- Plot is engaging from start to finish. Has many unique elements, no major holes, and a sense of focus. Setting is clear and believable. Timeline may be a bit hard to follow. Lots of things to love about this book. Magic (and very solid, creative world-building), complicated family dynamics, adventure, friendship, romance, sacrifice, and a happy ending. It's great, and while this story is certainly complete on its own, I'd love to read more.
Characters: 5 -- Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters. Great characters, and the complexities of their relationships are fantastic. We definitely get to know Auric and Jericho, learning where they come from and how they think. And though there's not quite as much about Rill, Hedward, Iris, or Janus, they are all complex, dynamic characters. Love the healing and growth in all of them.
Mechanics and Writing: 4.9 -- A handful of typos, punctuation issues, or word errors. (<8/100 pgs) None of the errors seriously hinder understanding. Intelligent use of POV. Skillful writing that adds to the story. Errors include: compound word confusion, mild punctuation issues and minor typos. POV alternates between Auric, Jericho, and (to a lesser degree) Rill.
Redeeming Value: 4 -- Partially focused uplifting themes or lessons. Drugs, alcohol, violence, etc, are not glorified, though there is some shaky ground. No explicit sex scenes. Implied moral guidelines for behavior. Some kisses between Rill and Jericho, and fantasy-type violence as our heroes try to stay alive in the Fey world. Mention of Jericho's abusive, drunken father, with emphasis on Jericho's protective attitude towards his mother, even when he was a young boy. Themes of friendship, sacrifice, and learning where people come from from and what they've experienced before judging them.
Personal Enjoyment: 5 -- I loved it. It made me feel in all the best ways, and leaves me content and satisfied. One I'll definitely read again.
One of my favorite aspects of Magicians’ Rivalry was the blend of realistic relationships in a fantastic setting. As Auric and Jericho go head to head in their stubborn attempts to prove themselves the more capable man and magician, I found myself empathizing with Rill’s affection for and frustration with both of them. Rather than rooting strongly for one of them to “win,” I hoped that they’d be able to become friends — and learn some common sense and appreciation for the other man! Although Mountain’s Foot is a small town, I was of the optimistic persuasion that the world is wide enough for both of them. I enjoyed getting to see characters growing throughout the story, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next!
I almost forgot to mention, I really loved the way that magic works in this story — it was a fascinating, creative blend of traditional magical spells and computer programming!
I trusted Auric the most of the three men since the story starts with him coming home and facing more changes than he expected. Him and his father do not get along and Rill is desperate to have peace between them. When Auric's father goes missing into the Fey land, everything changes for the siblings and Jericho. They encounter unicorns, a dragon, a creepy and strange mist, and other dangerous creatures in their quest.
I wasn't sure what kind of spells would be in the story, but even though I didn't fully understand them, they definitely keep things interesting!
"Settle down!" he snapped. "Look, I know you want to get to him. I do, too, but you have to consider this might be a trap." Every time I see a line like that, I think of Star Wars :)
Even though I didn't connect with the story until halfway through, I was very pleased with how things work out and the Fey land was described perfectly. I could almost smell the lilacs. I also loved how this family does everything possible to protect one another and refuses to leave anyone in danger! Didn't like the uncle at all, but even he served an important purpose to the story. The writing is brilliant and the banter made me laugh more than once, the plot took me for a surprise but in a good way.
With thanks to the author for the eARC provided, the thoughts and comments are my own.
The characters are engaging. Burke has an excellent grasp of using dialogue for characterization. The plot is an interesting twist of inter-realm dependency and travel versus the half-fae savior of the world.
While I didn't guess every twist (kudos to the author for that), I did shake my head at some of the harrowing escapes and almost-too-good-to-believe saves. Although it isn't a YA book, it is perfectly appropriate for that audience.
A few problems: sudden changes of heart for most of the characters without adequate build-up and the incredible power of a relatively novice magic user once in a different realm (and while explained by the circumstances it still seemed like a reach).
I'll be thrilled to read the next installment. Burke is one of those authors whose writing improves with every book and who isn't afraid to push beyond genre expectations.
If you like sarcastic characters, unlikely heroes and major magical intrigue, you'll want to read this book.
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