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This review is from: Smoke and Magic (Blood and Gold: Book One 1) (Kindle Edition)
From the very first paragraph, Patti Larsen's Smoke and Magic draws you into a world reminiscent of Harry Potter meets Sabrina the teenage Witch. Ayburdeen Hayle, or Burdie as she prefers, is supported by a great cast of remarkably fleshed out characters. I say `remarkably' because this is a short story, a prequel to the Family Magic series, but don't let that fool you. This story has entertainment chops!
Burdie is a 16 yr old Witch. Her mother, Thaddea, is transitioning their coven and to keep her only daughter safe, Thad, ships her to London to stay with family friends. escorting her on the journey is Sass. The silver persian cat, Sassafras lives up to his name.
Another stand out character for me was Hugh Brindle. He reminds me of Mr. Collin's from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Not because he preaches obnoxiously but because of his awkward nature and sad pursuit.
Vasek was another very intriguing character and one I would love to see in a stand alone. (Hint, hint Patti. LOL)
Burdie's voice never fails to reveal her short-tempered personality and I love that about her. 'The officer looked young and wore those horribly popular muttonchop sideburns the men were all so fond of these days. I personally found them hideous and imagined they looked much like rodents attached to the cheeks rather than facial hair.' LOL. That, readers, was my all time favorite line.
There are stirrings of the romantic kind for Burdie, but that isn't what drives this book. A proper cadence qualify's the times and gives Smoke and Magic a definite steampunk feel that should not be missed.