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- Print Length: 316 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Black Moon Books (September 27, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 27, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LWP74KQ
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Top Customer Reviews
At the time I read there were a few things I had to infer (faez = magic). A phrase repeated throughout is defined at the very end.
There were plot twists I did not see coming (which does not happen often). I loved the characters and felt them believable. No grammatical or spelling issues, no vulgarity.
This book reminded me of Harry Potter in that it's magical schooling and that I REALLY hope this series continues on for many books.
I have rEad other books by Mr. Carpenter before, but this one I blew through. I stayed up til midnight because I did not want to put it down
Finished it in 3 nights. If the synopsis appeals to you at all, get it. You won't be sorry!
The world building is very good, going beyond a simple riff on Harry Potter and dropping clues to a deeper set of mysteries that I think will reveal themselves in later books. Antagonists are interesting and the pacing and sense of peril for the protagonists is handled well.
If you're looking for a good entry point into a series with strong female characters, urban fantasy and plenty of tense action, pick this book up.
An intriguing magic system, some wonderfully strong characters, most of whom are very likeable and great world building.
None of the chapter after chapter of tedious training sessions that appear in so many books of this genre, just enough to be interesting and lay out some of the rules that govern the magic system in this world.
Rarely a dull moment, plenty of action, suspense and intrigue. There was also some excellent character development as the two sisters think their way out of some rather unusual and life-threatening situations.
The bad guys were quite an unpleasant bunch and watching the young women attempt to outwit their opponents made for a tense and enthralling read.
Definitely worth a read. I'm looking forward to the sequel, Web of Lies. A book to add to your 'must-read' pile.
I received an ARC from the author in return for an honest review. I have just purchased my own copy as this book is most definitely going into my re-read pile!
The characters are interesting and sometimes surprising, some are good and a few are bad. Both girls are strong female characters. The story is fast paced and you don't want to stop reading. I would highly recommend it.
Great job Thomas!
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC book.
However, I like books with magic. Our two characters are sisters, both with distinct stories – which is a plus. There are side characters that border between sinister and ‘just doing their jobs’. We have actual demons – which may turn a few readers off – but let’s face it, this is a darker world than Harry Potter. Everything has adapted to magic, demons, spells, schools that teach magic – etc. But we still have cell phones and computers. It’s a fun setting.
Here’s the rub, both characters clearly have reasons for trying so hard to get into school, both due to loss – but it’s hard to anchor until about a fourth of the way in. Once I got through the initial ‘anchoring’ or ‘groking’ for you Heinlein fans – I was hooked.
There are a couple of confusing logic gaps – which threw me off for a moment. In the beginning one man’s charmed creating a trope-ish ‘revenge on the main character’ drama – but in a line full of mage hopefuls no one seems to know how to detect it or run a counter charm. There was a Star Wars reference in a world full of magic – which is weird. There are also a lot of other situations set up where figuring out clever uses for magic is the real key – which the main characters do. I did enjoy the magic systems presented. There was a wide variety that made them feel distinct and interesting.
So, final verdict. If you like two points of view to follow, convoluted and interesting magic, female leads, Machiavellian shadow enemies, and nearly no romantic subplot – this story will be right up your alley. Contrariwise – if you don’t like these things…well, there’s always another book to peruse.
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