*I received a copy of this book from the author, in exchange for my honest review.*
I love urban fantasy, and I love those that have a touch, or more, of magic. So when I saw this book’s description, I immediately knew I had to have it. I thought that a protagonist with no powers, but who’s parents were very powerful sorcerers sounded cool. And I was definitely right.
Cassie was really great to read about. She was fiercely independent, and I liked that a lot about her, even though this did get her into a bit of trouble.. I could definitely understand why she did the things she did though, and I think that this speaks to the skill with which the author painted her character. I loved how Cassie made sure that she used all that she knew about the magical world to help her in her line of work, even if she couldn’t do anything magical herself. Cassie was an intelligent, brave, and stubborn heroine who I always routed for.
There were a few interesting side characters throughout this novel. There were Cassie’s parents, whom were different than I expected. It was a refreshing change, having Cassie’s parents love her even though she wasn’t exactly what they hoped for in a daughter. However, they did eventually make me really angry, and I am wondering what effects their actions will have later on in the series. Then, there were all six of Cassie’s younger siblings, who were very interesting with their various gifts. There was also Cassie’s friend, Kaitlin. I really liked her. As a totally normal girl in a town overflowing with sorcerers, she held up really well, and I loved watching how much she cared about Cassie. I also have to say that I really liked Cassie’s cousin, Jason. He was just so cool, and i loved how he told Cassie secrets of his trade, without really doing so. I definitely want to learn more about him.
However, the character whom we spent the most time with aside from Cassie was Evan. He was very interesting, what with his dark reputation and strong magical power. I thought he was really a good person, and I can’t wait to see what happens between him and Cassie, especially given the events that went on at the end of this book.
All good urban fantasies must have interesting world-building, and I am happy to say that this one doesn’t disappoint. This story was set in a small town in Missouri, made up of humans and an overabundance of sorcerers. The sorcerers aren’t necessarily hidden, there are just people who believe in magic and people who don’t. There are also different creatures, although with this being only book one in a series, it’s not clear what all exists. I do think that this book did give a good basis for an interesting world though, and I’m really excited for it to be expanded upon.
Overall, I thought this was a really good urban fantasy novel. There was a really likable protagonist, interesting side characters, and an intriguing world just waiting to be built upon. This book had a myriad of elements, ranging from romance, action, and an overarching mystery plotline. I thought it was well-done, and I’m really interested in reading the sequel.
Award-winning author Christine Amsden has written stories since she was eight, always with a touch of the strange or unusual. She became a “serious” writer in 2003, after attending a boot camp with Orson Scott Card. She finished Touch of Fate shortly afterward, then penned The Immortality Virus, which won two awards. Expect many more titles by this up-and-coming author.
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