Magic Unmasked by Megan Crewe
Published: April 2018 by Another World Press
Magic Unmasked by Megan Crewe is the prequel (#0.5) novella to the Conspiracy of Magic Series, and was written for young adults. It takes place 40 years prior to the first book, Ruthless Magic.
First, I’d like to thank Megan Crewe. As I was about to start the first book of this series (provided by Netgalley), I happened on the authors website, and found this prequel, which I was able to download for free.
Magic has not yet found its place in the world. The Mages keep to themselves, not integrating into the “Dull” magicless world, keeping their powers quiet. The Confederation of North American Mages includes a high-ranking group called the “Circle” who create the laws for all the Mages in North America, and they are determined to keep magic secret. That may be about to change.
The year is 1980. Jonathan is a rather naïve 16-year old Mage, who does not understand why they cannot assimilate into the rest of the world, and help the people who so desperately need them. There is talk among his community that Mount St. Helens will soon erupt, but no one is willing to do anything to stop it. Even when they know there will be deaths, the “Circle”, refuses to step up and show themselves. When Jonathan meets Amy, who was born and raised in this magicless world, he is surprised to find that she too has magic, but was unaware. Slowly Jonathan starts to teach her his ways. Together they decide to try to protect the people in the path of the volcano. This will have repercussions.
Although I am way past being a “young adult”, I don’t let that stop me from enjoying a good story. And this is a good story. The series definitely shows promise.
Megan Crewe created likeable characters (mostly) with enough depth to get the reader to care about them. The chapters alternate between Jonathan and Amy, so you get both their perspectives of events, which helps the reader visualize their very different lives.
It is a very fast read (it’s a short book too). If this is a quick look into the series, I’m in.
BTW, the publisher should not compare this to the Harry Potter series, as that just does more harm than good.
Read: May 2018
About the Author: Megan Crewe is a Canadian author living in Toronto with her husband and son. She tutors special needs children and teens. Her novels focus on the YA crowd, in the supernatural/fantasy/sci-fi genres.