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Wilf Gilvary is a teenage wizard who is terrified of using magic. When his father dies under mysterious circumstances, Wilf is plunged into the middle of a political struggle between the witches and wizards in the magical realm. He'd rather play soccer than practice magic, but he's forced to make a choice between the life of a normal teen and one of wizardry after a ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 31st 2019 by Austin Macauley
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Lisa
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great YA book. Witches and wizards get a modern day spin in a dystopian setting.
Reyna Gentin
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel by CB Lyall is extremely imaginative and deftly written. As "magical" as the characters are, we still relate to their very human fears and hopes as we follow their journey. I'm already waiting for the next installment!
Anthony
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book fit for the modern age, with powerful and empowering women leading the charge in this adventure for equality and unity.

The book is centered around a coming of age character named Wilf who explores his magical abilities and is pulled into the centre of a conflict between a divided magical society.

I personally could not put this book down until I had finished reading the whole thing, which was a first for me! I would highly recommend this book for Young Adults and Adults the same.

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Kimberly L
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great read! This book starts out by telling the tale of Wilf, a soccer playing wizard who rejects his magical powers, that then turns into a breathtaking story about modern equality in a fantasy world. The book is filled with intrigue with a mystery to solve, but beware it does end on a cliffhanger!

I don't want to spoil the book further so I'll leave this review by saying it's fit for all ages and genders - and would especially make a great bedtime story. I can't wait for the second book
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jeannie h;
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved C B Lyall's first installment of the Wilf Gilvary trilogy, The Virus of Beauty, and can't wait for her next book! The magical realm of Kuryemage and Mathowytch, where wizards and witches practice their craft is artfully created by the author and draws the reader into this fantastic world. Wilf is a wizard and 16 year old soccer star, who never dreamed he would have the responsibility to discover the solution for the mysterious virus destroying the witches’ magical powers. The cure is ...more
Barbara
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed C.B. Lyall's fantasy, THE VIRUS OF BEAUTY! The novel revolves around Wilf Gilvary, a teenage wizard who far prefers playing soccer in the real world to exploring his magical powers. But the unexpected death of his father -- along with a mysterious journal that falls into his hands -- forces Wilf to acknowledge his heritage and struggle with questions of destiny. So it's a delightful coming-of-age novel -- but it's also so much more. As Wilf and the reader discover, the ...more
Kim
This debut novel from CB Lyall tells the story of Wilf Gilvary, a young wizard who would much rather play soccer than practice magic. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for him, and he gets swept into a conflict between witches and wizards in the magical realms of Kuryemage and Mathowytch.

The story begins in Hong Kong, and the deft descriptions provide an excellent sense of place. Lyall's magical world is imaginative and unique, with fantasy elements woven through all parts of the story.
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Lori Cox
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a great story for those YAs who enjoy reading of wizards and witches. It was an imaginative concept to have a virus that turns ugly witches into gorgeous women-much to their horror. I did get hung up on a few British words-kits, trainers, etc. but am really looking forward to book 2 and 3 by this new author.
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We got real witches in C.B. Lyall’s debut fantasy YA novel, not poor souls drowned in Salem or sexy Halloween harpies, sorceresses, or enchantresses casting spells, but real broom-flying, warts-on-their-noses witches who can light fires with a wiggle of their fingers. Lyall has created a world filled with magic and conflict with a little bit of plague and teenage love.

The Virus of Beauty (Austin Macauley) introduces us to 15-year-old Wilf Gilvary who, born a wizard, really only wants to play
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Kim
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This debut novel from CB Lyall tells the story of Wilf Gilvary, a young wizard who would much rather play soccer than practice magic. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for him, and he gets swept into a conflict between witches and wizards in the magical realms of Kuryemage and Mathowytch.

The story begins in Hong Kong, and the deft descriptions provide an excellent sense of place. Lyall's magical world is imaginative and unique, with fantasy elements woven through all parts of the story.
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Brooke
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An engaging entertaining read that will appeal to young and old readers alike. The characters come to life through the lovely writing, the wizard realm is great fun to live in and the ending is particularly satisfying. Great book!
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C. B. Lyall was born in Stockton-On-Tees, United Kingdom. As a child growing up in Northern England in the sixties C. B. Lyall loved sports, reading and amateur dramatics. She joined a renaissance group, practiced the broadsword and dreamed of visiting other worlds.
At the age of 18, she took a role as typist for a nursing school in Middlesbrough. She then moved to London and enrolled in night
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