- File Size: 4522 KB
- Print Length: 264 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994239173
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Finesse Solutions (October 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M117UO1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Stolen Magic (Shadows of the Immortals Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The book itself is predictable but fun, which is all I ever ask of urban fantasy. My one complaint is that it ends on a cliffhanger (?!?!) and book 2 isn't even available for pre-order yet. I typically don't read cliffhanger series unless they're complete, so I was caught off guard with this one. It's still a pretty good book, though.
Now with that part out of the way let's take a look at the actual content more closely. The world, story and characters are actually quite interesting. Bonus points for having a deeply flawed main female protagonist. If you want to identify with her you are out of luck. Unless you identify with an impulsive aggressive thief who casually murders animals she magically controls of course. The heist planning as they say is in another story.
Overall on content alone: 4 stars, but I am no expert of Romance fiction so take it with a grain of salt.
PSA: If you are a PETA activist consider this book a 1 star entry title "Animal Cruelty Simulator" (Not sure exactly how many animals died while making this plot but probably in the double digits range)
This one was a bit better than most of what I've read. It comes down mostly to the characters. In Stolen Magic, we are introduced to a world where humans uneasily coexist with shifters and shapers (elemental magic wielders). Of course the shapers are powerful and in control.
We meet Lexi as she's attempting to steal from the local, small beach town mayor. We find out instantly that while she's not a shifter or a shaper, and in fact hates shapers, she isn't a regular old human either.
Of course complications ensue, and another powerful fireshaper (who also happens to be built like a romance hero, and we're told that several times in the book) comes to town to investigate and she is attracted to him. Of course.
But what set this apart from other kickass heroine Urban Fantasies with romance is the side characters. I got a little tired of Lexi's internal monologue of "shapers are terrible, they are awful, wow Jake looks like a romance hero" but it was always redeemed by her sidekick sarcastic Syl (a cat) or her friendship with a pregnant werewolf and her mate, or the mysterious Alberto who gave lexi a job and a place to live.
So while the romance is so-so, mostly because Jake just doesn't have much of a character, he is either accusing Lexi of shadowy doings or shooting fireballs at someone, the emphasis in this one on bonds between Lexi and her friends is compulsively readable. (and I know this is my pet peeve, but I do dislike the current trend in UF of short "novels" where I just get settled in a world with characters I like and then the book ends abruptly. But I forgive this book for that. At least it ties up the immediate investigative issue before introducing bigger complications)
I'll probably buy the next one in the series.