Here is another belter of a YA fantasy offering from Cassidy, who seems to be able to churn out solidly enjoyable and entertaining novels like nobody’s business.
This seems to be the first in a new series and which follows on from the ‘Mage Chronicles’; though it would have been nice to know more of the background, it isn’t necessary – the reader is brought up to speed very quickly.
As in the other of her books I have read, ‘A Tale of Stars and Shadow’ (reviewed here), there are a few overwritten lines and some predictable moments, and some of the terminology seemed a bit anachronistic to me, but this is more than made up for by the well-written action sequences and well-realized characterisation. Cassidy also has a real knack for writing the horrific; there were some genuinely adrenaline-pumping moments of fear.
Her books have great covers, too.
If you’re looking for decent YA fantasy, I can recommend Cassidy as a strong go-to contender.
Ambition drives her. Danger thrills her. But magic always has a price.
Twenty years have passed since the Darkmage was destroyed and the war between mages ended. For Lira Astor, the single living heir to the Darkmage, escaping her name is impossible. People still fear what is long dead, and they see in her the rise of another dangerous mage with deadly ambition. Desperate to claw her way free of her grandfather’s shadow, to make her own name amongst the world of mages, Lira is willing to do whatever it takes. Even if that means joining the secretive rebel group looking to restore his vision.
Survival is a lesson Lira learned early and often, yet when she is abducted and held prisoner in a deadly game of cat and mouse, she finds herself facing a nemesis she may be no match for. Forced to band together with unlikely allies who challenge everything she believes about what it means to be a mage, she will have to rely on every bit of ruthlessness she possesses.
Because the war may only just be beginning…
…and Lira Astor intends to come out on top.
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