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A Mage's Power

(The Inquisition Trilogy #1)

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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandm ...more
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Published July 16th 2018 by NineStar Press
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Melissa
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Becca
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Gram taught me everything she could. She told me being what we are is a blessing and a curse. That the world out there is a dangerous place for us. But the truth is that we’re the danger.”

NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NineStar Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

It's taken me a few days to write this review because I honestly didn’t know what to say, in a good way. This is why I always have trouble writing reviews about b
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Atsu
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Dragon Age 2 politics meets Willingham's Fable in a soft paranormal romance

I love magic and fantasy elements in modern settings. If I wasn't already won over after reading the synopsis, I was when Rowan could very well be casting a spell with one hand while texting Caleb, his werewolf BFF, with the other. It's very simply done, without fuss, and that's what makes it seamless in terms of world-building.
I feel like there are a lot of stories left to be told in this world; thankfully it's going to
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J.P. Jackson
3.5 Stars

A Mage's Power is a fun, quick read with a lot going on. Rowan, the main character, is studying to become a grandmaster - a mage who holds a masters degree in all five schools of magic. There is also a dark mage running amok. Caleb, his best friend, is an incorrigible werewolf who is utterly delightful and perhaps more animal than human - I quite liked Caleb. And then there's Shaw. A mysterious fellow, who works for the bad guys and who is not what he seems at first.

These three end up
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Sara
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
**I was given an ARC copy by Netgalley and Ninestar Press. Thank you so much!**

SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!!







First off, let me say I gave this 5 stars on my Goodreads! I’ll try not to gush so much but this book was amazing from start to finish! The fantasy, action and love was just enough to captivate me and make me fall in love.

Rowan and Shaw and even Caleb were such in depth and emotionally perfect characters. You really got the feel of their bond and love for each other. Even Shaw, the newcommer, got
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Nelo
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a delightful beginning to the inquisition trilogy. Casey Wolfe has created a beautiful world with lovely characters.

In the beginning we are introduced to Rowan a nerd on his way to become become a grand master mage. His best friend/ live in dog Caleb is a lovable werewolf who is ultra protective of Rowan and Shaw the hot stuff inquisitor.

Rowan and Caleb become friends with Shaw and thus begins an adventure to save lives.

The world Casey created is beautiful, from afar Everstrand  looks li
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Joyfully Jay
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.25 stars


I picked up A Mage’s Power for New-to-Me Author Week as part of our Reading Challenge Month and I have to say, I was totally delighted by this one. The standout for me here is the really creative and engaging world building. The setting of the book is best described as a contemporary fantasy. The story exists in a world not unlike ours in many ways, with coffee shops, cars, cell phones, and other modern elements. But at the same time, there is very clearly a fant
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Casey Wolfe
Jul 04, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This book - this trilogy, really - has been a labor of love. I am very excited to finally be able to bring it to all of you. This is a paranormal fantasy set in the modern era, but in an alternative universe I named Eiocha - after the white mare made of sea-foam from the Celtic creation myths. Here, magical races of all kinds have lived side-by-side, in the open with humans for centuries.

I hope that you love Rowan, Shaw, and all of the crazy gang as much as I do. This is a story of family, frien
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Shirley
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love it when a book takes me by surprise ;) In the case of A Mage's Power, it wasn't immediate. I honestly wasn't sure about this one at first, but there was a lot of world building involved. Once the story got going though, it was tough to put down.

There was a lot I really liked about this story. There was a unique family/pack connection between Rowan and his best friend Caleb. Speaking of which, I loved Casey Wolfe's approach to the pack mentality. Actually, even though her world building wa
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Michelle
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting start to a new series!

The setting took a little adjusting for me because, when something isn't set in our world, and includes magic, my brains tends to peg it straight into fantasy aka the characters don't do things like email each other.

Wolfe's creation, however, has a blend of modern amenities along with magical skills. A Mage's Power takes place in the modern world, yet it's not set in OUR world. Rowan, a mage, may prefer to draft his latest charms and spells through parchment an
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kalireadsdreams
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
* Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with this ARC*

I had such a nice time reading A Mage's Power. When I found this book on NetGalley, the first thing that caught my eye was the book cover that I find very pretty. Then I read the synopsis and was absolutely convinced that I had to read it.
The world in which our characters are evolving seems so interesting and visually beautiful. The descriptions of the places were very atmospheric and sufficiently descriptive that I had a clear image of wh
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Cassey
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I utterly enjoyed this read. There were a few slow moments, and some clunky sentences, but the overall pacing and general sigh moments meant that they weren't too bothersome.

As this is the first book in a series it needed to do some heavy world building lifting, and did it deliver. I could draw you a really rough map of the different races, cities and countries. Along with a relationship map between said physical places - and the characters mentioned along with the three core characters. Speakin
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Kirstin
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC from NineStar Press and NetGalley for an honest review. THANK YOU!

I loved this book. I thought the story was great, the characters had depth and were magical as was the setting.

The fantasy world was familiar enough due to the modern technology, so it didn't confuse or detract from the story line. Each character was either a mage, a wolf, a witch, a nymph, etc. I loved the infusion of the different races all living together, working together, mating with different species.

I
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LOLA
A very good MM paranormal. The amount or paranormal was good and interesting. There is no sex in this one. The romance is smooth.
The bedroom antics are left to you to imagine.
That is the only reason it does not get 5 stars from me.
The chemistry would have made the bonding in this story more believable. Other than that, I really liked it. Well thought out book.
There will be more hopefully, the ending leaves a perfect set-up for that.
Would not mind if this book would have been a few more pages t
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Fari Cannon
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
**I received a copy of this book from Netgalley, Thank you! **

This book had lots of things going for it and a lot of things that it did well. There was a found family, magic, werewolves, complex world building and love in every character interaction. It was so much fun to read about Rowan’s abilities and his interactions with Shaw and Caleb. They were familly and that was very clear. This book was adventurous and fun, at times it felt more like a movie than a book which isn’t necessarily a bad t
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A.L.
Jul 27, 2018 added it
If you are a fantasy geek like me, how can you resist that synopsis?
I enjoyed this book all the way around. The story is well written and has all the elements a fantasy should have: Werewolves, mages, witches, and other fantastical creatures. The setting is a contemporary setting with cars and all the modern conveniences as well as all the fantasy such as islands floating in the sky.


For the romance portion, it's an enemies to lovers type of plot. Shaw the "mundane" works for the one organizati
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Pamella Lee
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: glbt
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♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
3.8⭐

In Everstrand, magical races of all sorts live out in the open with humans in peace. Rowan, a mage, is something of a prodigy; he is the youngest ever mage to receive two masters, and he is on his way to become grandmaster - a mage who has obtained masters in all five Schools of Magic - when he receives news that a dark mage is committing animalistic murders. The dark mage needs to be stopped before the human Inquisition finds out and the peace between humans and magicae is disrupted forever
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Nuša
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Eline
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Synopsis
Rowan is a prodigy of magic, he’s taken two out of five masters in the Schools of Magic and set up an enchantment shop – named “Charmed to Meet You”! His only friend (outside of school) is a werewolf named Caleb, who consider him part of his pack. They’re both gay.

Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With s
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Matt
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book!!

Definitely worth reading! Great characters, awesome plot,and amazing romance without pages and pages of sex. Can't wait for the next one!!
Natalie
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recieved from Netgalley. A mage and an empath both with their own issue. This one felt light hearted, fast paced and highly enjoyable. Both Ro and Shaw are powerhouses in their own rights. I liked Caleb best so hope he has a story of his own. Would’ve liked to see the whole gang meet. Who knows maybe it’s all to come.
Andrea
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I need the next 2 books right now! This can be read as a standalone but its so good I want more now. Well written, engaging characters, low on sex, high on action - perfect for me.
Nicole Diskin
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book thanks to Net Galley and Nine Star Press!
A Mage's power was a Wonderfully Fun, fast-paced, a Heartfelt adventure that I just fell in absolute love with from the start! This story was so many wonderful things in one story! Part a grown-up version of Harry Potter, part Rambo, part spy thriller I just loved it all! And to have so many fantastical beings in one story was so much fun! there where Mages, Witches, elves, Were-creatures, Merpeople, nymphs and more! I Loved every se
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Irestia
This wasn’t the worst thing that I’ve ever read, but it also wasn’t the best. Somehow everything seemed sort of shallow, so I was never really worried about anything that was going on. Heads up, this is not a smutty book, so if you want smut in your romance, then this isn’t for you. If you don’t like smut, then you’re in luck.

Rowan is an overpowered, control-freak mage who is determined to master all branches of magic. Shaw is undercover in the corrupt and racist police force for the supernatura
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Cassie DeLarre
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2018
When I first read the synopsis of this book I was ecstatic. Fantasy and LGBT+ representation was present and that is definitely something I’m drawn towards. Unfortunately, this book did not work for me. That is not to say this book is bad and that you won’t like it. I can see why many people would love this book! Let me tell you why this book didn’t work for me. NO SPOILERS!
This book did not vibe with me because I’m used to reading one point of view. This book jumped between different pov’s thr
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Annie
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.
A Mage's Power is the first book of the Inquisition trilogy by Casey Wolfe. It's a NA/older YA paranormal romance with a m/m lead. Released 19th July 2018 by NineStar press, it's 270 pages and available in ebook and paperback formats.

This book struck me as more of a romance with fantasy/magic (worked in where convenient) than a fantasy with romance. Definitely heavy on the romance. There's nothing wrong with that, but readers looking for straight
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Adelle R.
//ENGLISH BELOW//

Tak oproti tomu, jak jsem se během čtení často nudila, mě konec příjemně překvapil! Na pokračování se rozhodně těším. Autorka mi na konci přece jen dokázala, že akční scénu napsat umí, takže jen doufám, že se dvojka potáhne v podobném tempu.

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A Mage's Power immediately caught my eye because of the beautiful cover. So I started wondering, have I ever read a fantasy with primarily mm relationships? No, I haven't. I was so curious when I started reading this book - and I'm no
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Emily W.
**I received this from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
**Also since it's technically an ARC my feedback can be very different from the final publication feedback**

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Thank you Netgalley and NineStar Press, LLC for letting me read and review this book!! ^_^


Before Thoughts:
So what interested me first and foremost will always be the fantasy and magical elements that will likely come into play with this story.

So we have a character named Shaw who is aspiring to become part of the Grandmas
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Jennifer Gaarder
Jul 21, 2018 rated it did not like it
A MageS Power is supposed to be the first book of a trilogy. My impressions of this book were not good. In fact, I did not finish it. The main protagonist Rowan was not well developed and the impression I got was that he was pompous and arrogant because of his young age having Master's degrees in different realms of magic.

Caleb did not strike me as a were-creature in the sense that I was used to as I have read hundreds of supernatural and fantasy stories involving werewolves and the like, altho
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History nerd, film buff, avid gamer, and full-time geek; all of these things describe Casey Wolfe. They prefer being lost in the world of fiction—wandering through fantasy realms, traveling the outer reaches of space, or delving into historical time periods. Casey is non-binary and ace, living with depression, anxiety, and PTSD, all of which informs their w
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