Author: Andi Van
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 05/19/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Past and present are about to collide, and the world will never be the same.
Magic has been missing from the world for a millennium, and it’s needed now more than ever. It falls to young Tasis Kadara to revive the fabled Mages’ Guild of the Dragon’s Claw. But in a culture where arcane power is forbidden and practitioners are executed, Tasis will have to keep his own aptitude for magic secret. With nothing to direct them besides bizarre dreams and a mysterious cat, Tasis and his sister Zaree undertake a quest to discover the hidden island that was once home to the guild.
Kelwin Tiovolk departs his village following his mentor’s suggestion. As an elf wandering into human civilization, he’s in danger simply for being who he is. A brawl at an inn leads him straight into the path of the young man he’s been dreaming about, and he’s compelled to help Tasis and his sister any way he can. Together, the trio might have a chance of accomplishing their mission—or the attempt might kill them.
I read Andi Van’s Starting with the Unexpected and thoroughly enjoyed it. So when I saw a YA fantasy by the same author I grabbed it. Not to mention the cover was just gorgeous.
Magic Fell is the first instalment of a trilogy, and offers a number of fantasy staples. There is the MC with a destiny and magic, elves, half-elves, giants, telepathic animals (a cat and a wolf) and so on.
Perhaps because it is the first part of a trilogy there’s quite a bit of back story to get through before the two main characters, Kelwin and Tarsis even meet. When they do, things pick up a little. There is not only anti-magic sentiment, there is also anti-elf sentiment among humans, and the difficulties that presents for the two main characters, Kelwin who is an elf, and Tarsis who is half elf, are well portrayed.
I did like the main characters. Tarsis and Kelwin work well together, and I liked Zaree (Tarsis’s adopted sister) very much. I hope Zaree gets her own story sometime.
In the end I admit I found it a pleasant and relaxing read, rather than a page-turner.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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