Thursday, July 23, 2020

Review: MAGIC UNMASKED by Megan Crewe

Rating: 4/5 stars

I’ve been loving Megan Crewe’s Conspiracy of Magic series so far, so I decided to pick up its prequel novella, Magic Unmasked.

Taking place almost four decades before Ruthless Magic begins, this novella follows mage Jonathan as he discovers a non-magical girl named Amy actually possesses some innate magical ability she didn’t know about. As they become fast friends, he teaches her about the mage society and shows her how to use her magic.

Meanwhile, Mt. St. Helens is becoming unstable and is about to erupt, but only Jonathan and the other mages are aware of how dire the situation has become. Because the non-magical people don’t know that magical people exist, the mages can’t make any drastic moves without alerting the whole world of their presence. Jonathan is determined to help, however, in any way he can. He and Amy must figure out a way to protect the people near the volcano when it blows while also protecting the mage society that has been hidden from the world for thousands of years.

I love Megan Crewe’s writing style, and I love that her stories never go where you expect them to go. I had a theory about the ending of this novella—I thought I knew the obvious path of resolution—but I was wrong. It’s so refreshing to read a YA book that doesn’t follow the same plot and tropes as all the others.

Magic Unmasked is a fun, free (on her website) standalone story to familiarize yourself with Megan’s writing style or with the Conspiracy of Magic series if you plan to read that. I read it between books 2 and 3 and had no issues with timelines or keeping track of events. I will say that Jonathan here reminds me of Finn from the series because they have very similar personalities, but I didn’t mind too much. I’d still recommend checking out this story for a good time and a unique twist on urban fantasy mages.

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