Book Review
Essence of Magic

Ruby Morgan (Book 1)

What would you pay for a taste of magic?

My name is Ruby Guinevere Morgan. I’m half Fay, with healing powers and the ability to throw the occasional force field.

When I left my home town to study journalism, I made a promise to my mum to stay hidden from the Harvesters hunting for magical blood–like mine. My first week at university, and I’m already about to break my promise.

See, I tend to poke my nose into places where it doesn’t belong, and I can’t look away when the disappearance of a girl on campus is connected to the hottest drug on the market, MagX. The same drug that killed my dad.

My search for answers drags my new friends into the fray. And someone—or something—is watching me from the shadows.

Blood is about to be spilt and it might very well be mine.

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"Essence of Magic" Reviewed

This book is a great introduction to what promises to be an interesting series of stories.

I love that it’s set in London, even though the city itself doesn’t feature heavily in the story. But, there are just enough touches that are recognizable to someone who grew up there (like me).

Ruby is an interesting character and seems to be attracted to others with interesting stories of their own. I don’t want to say too much about any of the people who become her friends, because I think other readers deserve to discover their secrets for themselves.

As for the story, I really liked that it was grounded in the lives of the characters, regardless of their backgrounds. It made it easily relatable and really brought home the scale of the problems caused by MagX, it’s production, and the other issues it raised. There are also some questions left unanswered by the end of the book, which left me wanting to know what happens next.

I’ll be looking for book 2 when it hits the shelves.

4.3/5

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