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In the Name of Magic

3.20  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Nonmagical people are being demonized and falsely blamed for Magnifico’s economic problems after Queen Vivian’s bloody rise to power. But politics very quickly becomes more than abstract views to argue when secret police wolves are deployed throughout the country to kill those born without magical abilities.

Seventeen-year-old Maximillian’s best friend Katherine is one such
ebook, 185 pages
Published October 22nd 2018 by NineStar Press
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Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having found many of NineStar Press' inclusive LGBTQIA+ fantasy books to be pretty solid, I thought this sounded like another great read, and it turned out to be exactly that. Although based in a fantasy world known as Magnifico, Bedell explores, within the context of the story, some prevalent real-world issues. This, for me, is what sets this novel apart from the rest. It pits non-magical people against those who have magic at their disposal in a violent and bloody dystopian world, and it is po ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Ninestar Press has a lot of brilliant LGBT+ Fantasy books, so I was really excited about “In the Name of Magic”. Sadly, it was a huge let-down.

The only interesting thing in the entire book was the idea that it was non-magical people being persecuted by magicals. Usually, it’s the other way round. But I still don’t know why the non-magicals were so hated. It takes only a few months till they’re held in concentration camps and killed quite openly. But why
William Cook
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In The Name Of Magic is a suspenseful novel about magic, mystery, and sizzling romance. Chris Bedell has written a novel that could easily reach best-seller status. Well written, gripping, and shocking from the very start. Five stars all around. <3
Natalie Cannon
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtwip-friends
After following Chris Bedell on Twitter and playing several Twitter author games with him, I was eager to pick up In the Name of Magic.

Magnifico is a nation ruled by a monarchy and populated by both magical and non-magical people. Times are hard, as the economy has tanked following the end of a brutal war with the goblins in the neighboring country. In a direct mirror to the 2008 recession and the 2016 USA election, Princess Vivian steals the throne, murders her royal parents, and blames non-mag
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I’d like to thank the publisher and NetGalley for the eARC and the chance to read and review this book.

I really, really wanted to like this book, it sounded so interesting. I mean, it had it all: politics, magic, lgbt+ and an evil queen, but unfortunately it just wasn’t for me.

Some of the things that happened in this book were really shocking, but the characters hardly even cared at all. That was really unfortunate, because if the characters had had a proper reaction to these things it would ha
Nicki Markus
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-lgbt
I really wish I could have liked In the Name of Magic more than I did. The premise sounded great, and I opened the book expecting a ripping good read. Sadly, I didn't get it. I wanted to give the book a fair chance, so I pushed through to the end, but it was a struggle to make myself finish. The problem was not the idea, which could have worked brilliantly, but the writing, especially as relates to character development. There was no chemistry in any of the relationships, all of which felt force ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
The good:
The premise: hero with magic and a budding sense of social justice; handsome, noble prince companion; diverse cast of friends; intriguing and potentially nuanced world, complete with goblin war and fairly detailed interrogation of the relationship between economic insecurity and prejudice.

The not-so-good:
The dialog (fairly wooden) and the narrator’s interiority (same). Some clumsy, too-convenient plot devices (hello locket, dropped on page 2, with tell-tale initial and pics of the royal
Destiny Bridwell
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I wanted to read this book because the concept throw me for a loop when I first saw the description. It was the magical people going after the non-magical people. I was not sure why they were so much of a threat but I did enjoy the world creation and the uniqueness of the characters. I want to see what else could happen in this world. There is a few more things I want to say about this book but that would give away more of the good par ...more
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Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Received from Netgalley. I liked the story, liked the plot and most of the characters. Max is a tough one coz at some points I found him arrogant. Kinda feel sorry for Stefan with that ending. I liked the way the magic works without any needless chants. Towards the end it felt a bit superhero. Fast paced, contains death, violence and romance.
Beth Younge
This was an okay read. I found the characters a bit too unbelievable at times with how they would react to what just happened. This could have been better if there was a bit more attention paid to the characters.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this YA magical fantasy. This was very interesting and I got so immersed in the characters. Definitely looking forward to a sequel
Oct 22, 2018 marked it as dnf
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher for a chance to read this novel!
DNF: 60%

I wanted to love this book so much, it had everything I look for; magic, fantasy, romance and diversity. Unfortunately, this novel wasn't for me.

Normally, I am a super fast reader, but this took me nearly 2 weeks to get to around the 60% mark. I didn't connect to, or particularly like, any of the characters, especially Taylor and Max.

I did really like the relationship between Stephen and Max, but there were only a f
Heather Bennett
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Politics, oppression,tyrannical monarchy,discrimination and love are all included in this magical novel. Non-magical people vs magical people pitted against each other in this Dystopian world. Chris Bedell did well with bringing the various characters to life and bringing a emotional political story to your heart.
Bradley Scott
Jan 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting read. There were times I was loving this book and other times I wished the characters would all die. I will reserve my judgement until reading the next book in the series.
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