Onna can write the parameters of a spell faster than any of the young men in her village school. But despite her incredible abilities, she’s denied a place at the nation’s premier arcane academy. Undaunted, she sails to the bustling city-state of Hexos, hoping to find a place at a un ...more
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On the one hand, we have Onna.
The crowd parted for her. Always did. They might scream, but they weren't stupid.
A wonderfully brilliant, Hermione-esque girl spe ...more
As a summary: I enjoyed it, I liked it, without thinking a second giving my four stars.
Fantasy is a risky genre because there is so many YA fantasy books have been releasing and there is a tough, merciless competition between the books. There are so many PR camp ...more
Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner is a refreshingly standalone fantasy novel with a brilliant cast of characters and intriguing magic system. I can honestly say that I'd love to see more of this world in the future, whether it's a spin off or companion novel. While I loved getting to know all of the diverse characters who pop right off the page, I became the most attached to Onna who has a great arc. I particularly appreciated her ...more
Onna is a brilliant mage hoping for entry at a prestigious university only to stumble during the examination process because of prejudice against women learning magic. Facing the ruin of her ambitions, Onna resolves to travel to the far-off city of Hexos where she hopes to continue her studies. But once there she gets involved in an investigation into the gruesome murder of trolls.
Tsira is the hal ...more
Unnatural Magic was a solid read that was hard to pin down at times, but once you learn how to go with the flow, the book might end up surprising you in the best way possible. A novel which strives to tackle traditional fantasy in a fresh and unique way, C.M. Waggoner’s debut offers a cleverly transformative tale that explores love, ambition, and the tenacity of spirit in finding acceptance.
Set in a world where humans and ...more
Review: 5 stars
Unnatural Magic is a book I have wanted ever since I first heard of it. A while back I had read Amanda Hocking’s Trylle series and ever since then I have wanted to find more books about trolls. I had high hopes of going into reading this boo, but I had no idea just how much I would love this story. Unnatural Magic was truly a magical read and I can’t explain how enjoyable my reading experience really was.
There are two story threads, the more interesting Onna is about 25% of the novel compared to ...more
I loved Onna's physics/chemistry-like magic. I *LOVED* the relationship between Tsira and Jeckran (never thought I'd be shipping a troll and a human, but here I am). Even more I appreciated the societal roles in troll society like Reig and Vahn, and how a Reig c ...more
Tsira is a half-Troll who goes out on her own to prove her worth to her clan. She saves a man named Jeckran and their relationship blooms into more ...more
Unfortunately, I do not think she has the imagination to tell a story worth wanting to hear/read.
This was one of the most boring and or saddest reads to round my year out. You have all these interesting characters but the magic is lackluster and the story itself is so bare bones. It's kept alive by this mystery of someone killing Trolls. So you have two sets of characters trying to solve this for their own re ...more
But the way in which magic is explained, as well as characters themselves do make up for it—for the most part. Tsir ...more
*period appropriate prose
*a richly built-out world that elegantly avoids insane amounts of exposition
*thoughtful examination of privilege, gender, and genre norms
*strong, sassy heroines whom the gentlemen struggle to keep up with
*witty repartee, in which members of the nobility are regularly sassed
*magical colleges and/or general graduate-level spell nerdery
*a really f ...more
I loved the characters and the world building. Not so sure about how Onna just fell into her apprenticeship- but overall - love, love, love. I hope that she writes more and this becomes a series??
This book started out feeling like it was going to be a 4-5 star delight, but lost the plot a bit along the way. I was initially thrilled by this fantasy world. The writing felt smooth and effortless to read, while still containing some whimsy and lovely visuals. The world had a Victorianish feel in that people behave and speak in a rather proper manner, but at the same time both men and women wear skirts in varying lengths (depending on the style) and there is so ...more
The rich cultures were a bit difficult to follow on occasion, but that didn't detract from the story.
If you want a magic fantasy story with insightful gender roles, casual LGBTQ relationships, women with ambition, a magical creature other than a fae being superior to humans (yay troll!) while being mostly fast paced, well written and entertai ...more
He recoiled. "I will not."
"You fucking will," she said. "It's snowing out there. Up to your knees. You'll slow us down. I wont die for your pride, Pink." He got on her back.
She slung her fur cloak around both of them and left the cave without a glance behind her.”