by Kit Brisby (Goodreads Author)
ebook, 310 pages
Expected publication: January 30, 2017, by Riptide Publishing
When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he's ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save dozens of lives? So Byron hatches a plan to save Levi that will cost him his job and probably his life. If he doesn't pull it off, Levi will be put to death.
Byron discovers that he isn't the only one questioning America's stance on magic. And he learns that Levi is stubborn, angry, and utterly enchanting. Time is running out, though. Byron must convince Levi to trust him, to trust his own magic, and to fight against the hatred that’s forced him to hide his true nature his entire life. The more Levi opens up, the harder Byron falls. And the more they have to lose.
I felt this was an excellent debut novel! It was so fun to read and I would certainly read it again.
Ms. Brisby has created a world where magic is outlawed and mages are controlled and registered. Each mage has a little bit different type of magic and their magic comes from within them without spells or chanting, just the force of their own will. Some mages are weak and some are very strong.
In any society where a segment of the population is controlled like this, there is abuse of the system. And this is so in this society. The silver cuffs that each registered mage must wear actually causes them pain. But no one seems to care. There is an energy shortage, so one company is using the magic from strong mages to produce electricity for cities. Remember I said that a mage's magic comes from within them, so basically this is sucking out their life force. No one really seems concerned with this. In fact, the average person seems to think the mages deserve this treatment. The population seems to have been brainwashed over time by some really good PR person. Who could that be?
Byron is the PR person for his uncle's company, which is experimenting with mages to produce electricity to make up for the energy shortage. Sound familiar? It takes a near death experience and having his life saved by a young and scared mage to change Byron's view of magic and what those of his world have been doing to mages. I don't want to give anything away, so I'm going to stop here. I recommend this to anyone who likes clean magic, the underdog winning and a sweet love story. Just a warning, this is LGBT, if that's an issue.
This eARC was provided to me by Riptide Publishing and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review