Today on Life Of A Nerdish Mum I am happy to be taking part in the blog tour for Mageborn by Jessica Thorne. I'm sharing my review of this brilliant book.
The room is small and dark. Row upon row of jars line the shelves, each one sealed with blood-red wax. The seal’s mark is a twisted circle of briar with gleaming, gold-tipped thorns. And in each jar a flicker of forbidden magic dances… beautiful, but deadly.
Sold to the Crown in the aftermath of the Last Great War, Grace Marchant has never known her parents. Now, she trains as an elite soldier tracking down mageborn – those born with an ancient and long-outlawed magic – and destroying them if they don’t surrender their power to the Crown.
The mageborn who submit are collared, then handed over to the King’s cousin and heir: the elusive Bastien Larelwynn, Lord of Thorns, locked away in his shadowy workshop deep inside the castle. What becomes of them is hard to say – the Lord of Thorns keeps his secrets close.
Grace has always fought the voice inside her that questions whether the law is truly just, but when her closest friend is next on Bastien’s list, Grace’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Confronting Bastien – searching his strangely compelling obsidian-black eyes for answers – Grace is shocked to feel herself begin to change, to show the first signs of the wild magic she so fears.
Only the Lord of Thorns has the power to save her and the rest of the mageborn – if he doesn’t destroy them all first…
It feels like I haven't read fantasy is quite a while after I binge read a couple of series last year. Mageborn was a really brilliant book to get myself back into the fantasy groove.
Being the first book in a series, it is definitely a slow paced begining to the story while we have world building and mythos created, but it's worth the build up and I really like both the world and how the magic system works. A good magic system is always important.
I always love a well written multiple POV book and this worked really well in Mageborn, though I did tend to prefer Grace's voice. Grace is a strong character and has flaws and feels really natural to read. There are a few side characters that also seem really interesting and I'd like to see more of them in the future, maybe have some chapters from them too.
I really enjoyed Mageborn and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series as I certainly want to see where it goes from how everything is left!
I gave this book 4 stars.
About The Author
Jessica Thorne saw Star Wars at an impressionable age and life was never the same. She’s loved fantasy, romance and science fiction ever since and spends her time looking for adventure – in the pages of her books.
Sometimes she is Ruth Frances Long and won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2015.
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