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(Hall of Blood and Mercy – Book 1)
by K.M. Shea
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Available on Kindle or Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Well written and smooth flowing, this is an Urban Fantasy that goes down easy. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
I’m one scrappy wizard. As someone with barely a flicker of magic, I’ve spent my life being mocked and surviving fights with bullies. But when my parents die in an accident, and I find myself responsible for our whole wizard house and family, I know my usual tactics aren’t going to cut it.
The situation veers from bad to catastrophic when my backstabbing cousin stages a coup and takes my family hostage. I barely manage to flee, but the only supernatural willing to help me is Killian Drake – the most feared vampire in the region, and a far more deadly villain than the jerk threatening my family.
Is Killian sexy and charismatic? Heck yeah.
He’s also so powerful that my flight or fight instincts kick in every time our eyes meet. And he’s definitely using me as his personal magic detector in his feud against the local fae.
But Killian is also the first person to believe I might have more than just a scrap of magic. And if I can convince him to train me, I might get strong enough to free my family and get my house back.
I’m not sure what happens when a scrappy wizard is taught how to fight by a hall of deadly vampires, but I’m about to find out.
My Thoughts on Magic Forged
K.M Shea has a way of crafting a story that just flows well, incorporating both tempo and drama in a smooth meld that brings that narrative to life, without offering jarring edges to stumble on. I’ve noticed this with each and every one of her books that I have read – they are far from cookie cutter, but they are definitely professional, and it shows.
Here, we have a pocket-sized Wizard with equally pocket-sized powers, or so she and everyone else thinks. The local Monster, AKA, his Eminence Killian Drake, AKA, The Vampire Leader of his family and the MidWest, AKA, the terrifying man with smoldering eyes, steps in and steps up when a coup goes sideways and our tiny Wizard finds herself on the wrong end of a magical feud.
All in all, this is an entertaining ride with a fully fleshed protagonist and a plot that dances forward on gilded feet. It follows the Hero’s Journey with few deviations, along with a clean romance that is more sweet than hot.
First Person, multiple POV
Mild Cliffhanger, To Be Continued….
None. Clean Romance. While not a YA novel, can easily be read by YA readers.
Character Age Range:
My Final Verdict on Magic Forged
Well written, well-edited and well-plotted – this is an easy-to-digest Urban Fantasy that hits all the right notes and keeps the pages moving. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published February 28th, 2020
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What are you reading today? Have you read this book yet? What other books by K.M. Shea have you enjoyed? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!
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