Ancient Magic by Linsey Hall
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Action, adventure, fantasy, mystery, and a little bit of romance. Here’s a kick-ass, female protagonist; then, enter a swoon-worthy side-kick who just happens to have a Scottish accent, and I was in love.
At the age of 15, Cass and two other girls woke up in a field with no memory of who they were or where they came from. All they could remember was, run… hide… FireSoul. They are Magica, and indeed, they are FireSouls, a type of Magica who are hunted and imprisoned or killed for the risk they pose to other Magica, having a part of a dragon’s soul and the ability to steal other powers by killing the Magica they belong to. But who are they running from? They only remember he’s evil.
Ten years later, these girls, now sisters for all intents and purposes, have made a life for themselves in Magic’s Bend, keeping their secret and staying under the radar. That is, until sexy and dangerous Aidan, the notorious and ridiculously wealthy Origin shifter, turns up wanting Cass’s help finding a magical artifact that could expose them all.
This book reminded me of two of my all time favorite series, The Mageri Series Box Set by Dannika Dark and A Rylee Adamson Omnibus: Books 1-3 by Shannon Mayer. The world that Hall created was interesting, fun, and exciting.
The story itself was very intriguing and kept me interested throughout. You know those books that just never have a moment of lag or boredom? This is one of them. Right away, it created mystery and developed a good, emotional connection. There’s something about these girls and their vulnerability in the prologue that makes you root for them and hope they succeed.
I liked how Cass was an independent woman who could take care of herself, but even more so, I liked that she liked that Aidan was willing to put himself in between her and danger. It made them seem like more of a team rather than being too unnecessarily adversarial. She’s already fighting her feelings for him because she must hide her and her sisters’ secret.
I also like how this book wraps up the current story, but still leaves some big questions that remain unanswered, which makes me want to start reading Book 2 (Mirror Mage). Further, part of this book I listened to on audio book while on the long drive to and from visiting family for Thanksgiving, and the audio book quality is great as well. The narrator does a fantastic Scottish accent to make Aidan Merrick even more of a heart throb.
I’m going to have to say that if you are a fan of Urban Fantasy or strong female leads, this book is a must read. Five Stars.
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