The neat change here is that we never focus on how the new reality of magic helps a shopkeeper get along during his day or having a marriage suddenly challenged by a wife’s manifestation. In this world, if you manifest any magical powers, you are immediately drafted into the military. Immediately. If you choose to hide or run, then you are hunted down and captured or killed. This is worse if you manifest one of the schools of magic that are prohibited. Then, capture is not an option. So, when Oscar Britton suddenly discovers his new prohibited powers, he runs.
That’s not what I wanted to discuss with this book, though. (Ed. Really?)
I want to explain why I loved reading this book. This is not one of those books that is going to wind up on my bookshelf being reread every few years, but I will probably pick up the rest of the series as they come out. What this book does so well is simple. It’s fun. I had a great time reading it. The characters were interesting and the plot was solid. I liked the way that magic was incorporated into the world, the military spin that everything had, and the no-nonsense writing. But, the thing that I loved was how much fun it was to read.
Four-Star Wizards out of Five.
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