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- Print Length: 213 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (June 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: June 30, 2014
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I15VKAU
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Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
I loved Sonya’s first novel in this series, so was pleased to get this one for review. I’d felt from what we read of Vadim in book one that he was a really interesting character, and very different underneath from the surface image he projected. It was great to find him as a major character in this book.
The way the Magic Born are treated by the rest of the population is awful, herded into reservations, not given the same basic human rights as others and denied the chance to really live and love a free life. If “normal” parents had a child that tested positive for magic it would be taken to Freaktown, the reservation, regardless of their wishes. Clearly for those who could afford it, as always through bribes and false test results, children could be tested negative. That’s what happened to Elizabeth, and she’s been pressured and told to keep her magic hidden at all times. That comes at a cost though, and she’s mentally on the edge through the stress of controlling something that she’s never been properly taught. Vadim contacts her as he needs her position as Councillor, in order to access blank ID cards for those Magic Born he helps to escape to more sympathetic countries. Not all take the strong and rigid stance the US does.
Its a fear factor always, and I could see exactly this happening if there were people with magical abilities now. People are frightened of what they don’t understand, and anyone a bit different from the norm is subject to some form of discrimination. Any member of a minority group will tell you that. I became disabled in my mid thirties, an amputee, and yes, people do treat me differently.Read more ›
Vadim is a big secondary character in book one, and I really liked a chance to get to know him better. I just wish I had liked him a bit more. He has a really good side to him, but we saw most of it in the first book, and in the second we see other sides, but I didn't always like where it went. He's a bit of a tortured soul - and those are really hit and miss for me. I did enjoy a glimpse of his trickster younger self when he magics the Christmas ornaments though.
Elizabeth seemed a bit like a sacrificial lamb at times. She was an amazing character with some really fantastic motivation behind everything she does. Watching her cope with her untrained magic was so sad, but it all made sense. I really loved her, and I didn't quite see what she fell in love with in Vadim. She is really the center of the story though, so I got to see a lot of her. I can't wait to see what happens next in the world as the Magic Born become more restless and the Normals become more willing to forgive their past transgressions. It looks to be very exciting.
The relationship between the two starts off pretty hot, takes a turn to luke warm when Vadim blackmails Lizzy and gets right back in the hot zone as they work together and get to know each other. By the end of the book they are of course in love and both of their lives are changed forever (Lizzy has the biggest change though).
They make a few appearances but I wish we would have seen more of Nathan and Calla together in WITCHLIGHT. I always like to have previous characters more involved in each book where different couples are featured. I really didn't get a feel for who might be featured next but I have a few characters I would like to see featured. Either way I hope that Clark gives us a nice glimpse into how Nathan, Calla, Vadim and Elizabeth are doing as their story is told.
I also would love to see more world building. We have a feel for the world the characters live in but it feels like we should know so much more by now. Even with my small complaints the Magic Born series has lots of promise on its side and I will continue it into book 3.
* This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Cool series premise: the Magic Born are stripped of citizenship, forcibly separated from their families and sent to live in Freaktown. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Nicole Luiken
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I’d always quite liked Vadim in book one, although we didn’t see a great deal of him, and Elizabeth had a cameo during one of Nate’s press showings. Read morePublished on July 6, 2014 by Icy Sedgwick
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