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Burned by Magic

(The Baine Chronicles #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  5,608 ratings  ·  419 reviews
In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second-class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution.

Sunaya Baine, a shifter-mage hybrid, has managed to keep her unruly magic under wraps for the last twen
Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published December 24th 2015 by Blue Bolt Publishing
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Burned by Magic (The Baine Chronicles #1) by Jasmine Walt is an awesome book that got me started on this wonderful series! A shifter/mage that has been hiding her mage side to keep from getting killed, it was illegal. While trying to save a couple of children from a rhino shifter gone rogue, she kills him while defending herself, now everyone knows she has magic. She is arrested and due to be executed. This is so exciting! Mages, shifters, humans, groups against other groups, mysteries, drug ri ...more
I'm at a loss.
I think this was a fairly average book that for some reason I liked a lot.
I just don't know why.

I started writing this review and had managed to fill two pages with all the things wrong with it, and I just could't think of all that much that was right with it.

I know it's not perfect, I know it's directionless and occasionally wanders off into the wilderness. And yet I liked it.
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
This started off well and for roughly the first half of the book I was hopefully optimistic that it would be a 3+ star read for me. Sadly though I never fully connected with the main character of Sunaya and from the mid-way point I found her actions becoming more and more ridiculously outlandish.

I did genuinely feel for Sunaya, or Naya as she goes by for much of the book, at the beginning, and for the first chapter or two she seemed like she was going to be the typical snarky, opinionated female
Nimrod Daniel
I DNF the audiobook about 40% through (I fell asleep and probably missed about 5-10% somewhere in the middle) because it was boring. The characters were not interesting, I didn't like the narrative, the narrator speaks with a lisp (a bit, but still), and nothing really interesting happened.

I've done nothing wrong that I deserve this boredom:), DNF sounds like a great idea in this case, though normally I don't do it.

Pippa DaCosta
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a lot of fun and a fabulous debut by Jasmine Walt. A tightly plotted fantasy in a world divided by humans, shifters and mages. Someone is poisoning shifters, and once the killer strikes close to home, our main character, Sunaya, must discover who in a world corrupted by those who are supposed to protect it. That would be difficult enough, but with her emerging Mage powers, the Chief Mage has taken an interest in her and he's not letting her go easily.

Lots of intrigue and some buzzing c
She becomes really quite annoying stretching my credulity to its limits.
Jun 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: uf-series
This started out pretty good, then the more I read the more I disliked the heroine Sunaya. She's a snarky, rude, impetuous b*tch as well as her sidekick Noria. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for strong willed, flawed characters and I hoping this one learns to knock it down a notch in the next book, because I do like this author so far.
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
I liked it, a good first book to the series. Naya was an interesting female MC, she did find herself in compromising positions because she was usually rushing into things without thinking it through. This happened just twice but those situations were dire. I will be checking out the rest of the series.
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
Wow, this book may win the award for having the most annoying and unlikeable main character.

Sunaya is a hybrid shifter, jaguar and mage, except it's illegal to have magic and not be in mage school. She hides her magic and works as a bounty hunter until her magic is exposed and she's sentenced to death.

Enter the Chief Mage, who's like the emperor. He allows her to live & saves her life, etc. and what does she do? Yells at him, telling him how incompetent he is, etc. She is the rudest person eve
3.5 stars.
Kindlel unlimited
Heroine is a Panther shifter and a bit of a hothead. She is also part mage.
Story is intrigue of new shifter drug, shifters showing up dead under mysterious circumstances.
Interesting story. No romance but foundation has been set for future possibilities.
Recommended if you can grab it Kindle Unlimited.
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was really beginning to think that I'd lost my reading mojo when I stumbled upon "Burned by Magic" by Jasmine Walt. It is so refreshing to discover a series with so much promise and an author with so much skill. I tend to like gritty and flawed main characters and that is exactly what I received in the character of Sunaya Baine.

Sunday is a half human panther shifter who also has a touch of mage magic. If it is ever discovered she would be facing death or having her mind altered. Additionally,
Kellie Wallace
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy from the author. Sunaya Baine is a shifter living in Shiftertown. When she hears her mentor has been murdered, she vows to solve the case of shifter deaths in her town.
I've never read shifter books before nor anything to do with magic not even Twilight so I came into this book with a clean slate. I found myself reaching for it any time I got. The author did a wonderful job creating this steam punk modern world where characters acted and spoke like to
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book. It's a genre I don't normally read, but I wanted to give it a go anyway and I am so glad I did.

The storyline was superb, it kept me wanting to know what happens next so I really struggled to put it down to do the mundane everyday stuff, like sleep and go to work!

Sunaya is one badass chick and the kind of girl you'll either love or hate. Fortunately I loved her, she had fire in her belly and that spirit is what made her character as good as she is
Stephen Walton
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was given me by Rebecca Hamilton in exchange for a fair and honest review .
If this was the authors first book then I'm amazed. What a terrific start to her career. This book was exciting , pacey , very comical in parts and thoroughly enjoyable. With an undertone of sexual attraction between the two main characters it kept a tension running throughout and a feeling that a connection was going to be made. Definitely one of my best reads in the last few months I can recommend you give th
Shera (Book Whispers)
First it needs to be said that this book is edited right. I did not want to bash my brains out due to grammar errors. The writing isn't too bad either. It has life and a flavor to it. Sadly the overall story, events, and characters bored me. I fell asleep while reading. Had to skip a few parts that basically went exactly how I knew they would. (For a read-every-word girl like me, that's not a good sign.)

The first thing I need to touch base with was the world building. The idea of a world where h
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sunaya Baine is my new favorite shifter!

***I received an advanced reading copy in exchange for an honest review.*** In the magical city of Solantha, being a hybrid is risky business--especially if you're half mage. Then it can mean your death. Sunaya Baine, a half-jaguar, half-mage hybrid, has been hiding her true nature most of her life, but when a magical mishap puts her at the mercy of the Chief Mage, Sunaya's world is turned inside out. Her investigation of a string of related silver poisoni
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
3.5 stars

This was better than I expected and the ending was nice and tight. The world has mages and shifters and humans in it, but they are distinct species with a lot of bigoted oppression and struggles for egalitarianism between the races, a lot of "us and them" but it plays well. Tense but not too gory.

More, the copy editing is pretty good, certainly as good as most of the large publishing house books I've read recently. There were not glaring mistakes in grammar form and the story was easy
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
A good start to a potentially good series.

A morally driven Enforcer of second class citizenry(IF that) with a life threatening secret, tries to hunt down a serial murderer and ends up being the one tossed in jail. rather than lose her life when her secret is exposed, a hail-mary-pass saves her and she is brought before the chief mage who is not all as bad as she and everyone believes. Working together they work to catch the killer and get to the bottom of some other disturbing happenings.

Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Very promising series, a good storyline but I don't like the heroine which is the main character for this series, the story is about her really.

She's got a short fuse, very rude but always in tears, weird.. and eating too much like a pig!
Yeah, so confusing and not sure if I want to continue read this series.
Oh well, let's see!
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received Burned by Magic as an ARC (advance reader's copy) book from the author. The gifting did not determine the review/rating, which reflects my honest opinion. I'm really bummed I have to wait for the next book. This was an excellent read. Engaging characters, well-paced plot, strong female lead, and a few twists to keep the reader smiling. The rating is five-stars, but my book is an ARC, which means it hasn't gone through the final edit. It contained numerous typos and grammar issues, whi ...more
Sue Wallace
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this as an arc from the book club (tbc) in exchange for an honest review.
In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second - hand class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution.
Wow. Absolutely fantastic read.
I loved the story and the characters.
my favourite was Sunaya and Fenris.
Can't wait for book 2 as I would
Amanda E. Hopkins
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of Burned by Magic and was not disappointed. This is an exciting romp with strong, well-rounded characters and innovative worldbuilding. Sunaya is an intriguing personality with a tough, startlingly modern voice that is consistently vivid and rich. The conflict between the shifters, mages, and humans is layered and morally complex, and impacts the characters' relationships to one another, particularly the romance between Sunaya and Iannis. I appreciated Burne ...more
Ashley Martinez (ilovebooksandstuffblog)
An exciting fantasy adventure full of mystery and sexy paranormal creatures. I loved the concept and how you never really knew what was what. The mystery was delightful and uncovering it was fun. The story follows the main character a hybrid Mage/shifter. The combination was interesting and her character was smart, independent and she didn't take no crap.
I'm definitely interested to see where the story goes from here and what happens next.
Carol Ann
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. I was honestly pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It feels like a good start to
The series and is vaguely reminiscent of the fever series in a way to me with the relationship aspect. Had more love interest than anyone really shares which is great.
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Different but love the story line. Shifters, humans, magic and others all together. If you enjoy these this is a must read.....
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! i came across it in one of the suggestion lists on goodreads and thought i'd give it a go. I was not Dissapointed!

I loved the female lead character; she was spunky and smart, tough and bad-ass, but not cold. She was extremely loyal to the people she loved.
The male Lead character was just as awesome, i loved that he was so strong but not unwilling to listen to someone when they know more. I cannot wait to see what happens for him in the future.

The plot had an interesting take
Jul 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.7 stars, rounded up to 4 because I was really happy with this book. I got it free from Amazon Kindle July 3, 3016.

Like some urban fantasy, this book mixes a fantasy universe with new geography and magical institutions, but some of "our world" institutions as well.

Sunaya Baine is a tough, ass kicking shapeshifter who had the horrible luck of being born in a society where those who are born with magical abilities are on the top of the food chain, and in political power. Shape Shifters are kind
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
just don't bother, it's actively bad

pros: I hate to say this, but there's just not much here that's actually good. The grammar isn't bad?

cons: this is one of those books in which the quality of the cover matches the quality of the story. Cardboard characters using stilted dialogue in a sketchy world. The MC Baine acts like a three year old most of the time--she generally can't be bothered to control her temper; she's constantly spewing nasty comments, regardless of the person she's insulting or
Rhonda Hasty
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a good read I will get the next one to see how it goes
Tushar Patel
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this was a average book, the plot was good but story was poor.
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