No matter the world, life can be dangerous. Be they wizards and shamans, assassins, or everyday people, Hidden Magic tells their stories about escape, consequences, and most of all, magic.
From Earth cities and fantastical new worlds comes twenty-six stories where heroes grapple with the seen and unseen in order to save themselves, their families, and often the world. This...more
Although this story is short, there is a ton of wealth to uncover here. The writing was intense and exciting, and the action filled beginning sucked me right in and I couldn't put it down! There is a lot of story here, with a host of magical races (fairies, pixies, trolls) including much information about their cultures and the war that they are embroiled in. The lush writing style flowed perfect ...more
Very happy to be teaming up with so many other talented authors in this one as well! Can't wait to see what all of you think! ...more
The only authors in here I was already familiar with were Lee French and Erik Kort, who wrote a story that fits into their Greatest Sin world (although it doesn’t i ...more
It's difficult for me to get into an epic fantasy without the backdrop of worldbuilding behind it. I think this is because many of the epic fantasy authors I've read in the past have over 100,000 words in their first book arsenal, so a short story of epic proportions had me suspect. Seriously, how do you fit so much of a world in one novella anyway?!
This review is for Anela Deen's "A Veil is Parted," though given the quality of the story, I'm definitely going to be checking out the rest of the anthology once it's out! This is the first in a three-part novella series that will be published in the Hidden Magic anthologies. I grew up reading early-90s portal fantasies – where someone from the real world ends up i ...more
Thrilling! These immensely talented, gifted and imaginative authors presents an incredibly sensational anthology, presenting arresting storylines and gripping plots, melding this gem together sleek, shiny and tight. The dynamics and countenance in layer upon layer that you peel back with each page your drawn into this web so deep until everything else ceases to exist. Anarchy, escapades and havoc run amuck, kicking this gem into a roaring tempest, blasting it into a ...more
Magic was dying out in the world because pure magic blood has been slowly diluted with mortal blood over time. So Ettie arranged to become a mail order bride to marry a pure-blood warlock in Watersedge to do their part in keeping magic alive. However, Ettie has been having trouble finding a job. Since mortals knew all about witches now, they felt somewhat threatened and sort of avoided them. Roman thinks he has found a soluti ...more
If you possess magic, a death sentence awaits.
Spell of Wings and Glass by Melinda Kucsera
If you possess magic, a death sentence awaits.
We are in a time and place where magic is illegal, and death is a consequence if you are magical. Nulthir is a warlock corrections officer hiding his magical abilities. As a child, he rescued Thing (a magical creature) who he treats as a pet. Time passes, move forward to the current day and place. Thing has a female mate, Amal. They have two offspring, Crispin an ...more
Melinda Kucsera - Spell of Wings and Glass was a fun story. It had a bit of mystery and suspense that kept me reading to see what was going on. Fun to visit Nulthir, Thing and everyone again. Just fun to guess what might be happening and see how they get out of the jam they are i ...more
Ettie, the mail-order witch, is settling down to life with her warlock husband Roman, a real sweetheart who buys her a shop so she can open a magic store. So far, so good, until a nasty neighbour accuses Ettie of casting a spell on her lovely little boy who has befriended Ettie. The trouble spreads and Ettie and Roman try to solve the mystery of who has cursed the town's muggle children.
As always with Joy's books, this is well-written with inter ...more
It is very interesting to see the under the mountain world from a point of view other than Sarn or Ran. And fabulous new creatures. I want one for myself! I can't wait until the next set of stories to get the next installment. I love this world and its characters. Melinda really brings them to life such that you would like to meet and talk with them.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
Let me begin by saying that I'm not usually a fan of novellas. I like time to really fall into a story and dig deep, and I generally find that novellas leave me wanting, which I find frustrating. HOWEVER, I thoroughly enjoyed this novella - my first ever story from H.B. Lyne. And while it left me wanting, I mean that in an entirely good way. The Hunter is a ...more
This review is for The Mail-Order Witch Episode 1 by Joynell Schultz.
Ettie, a pure-blood witch, moved to the town of Watersedge when she became the mail-order bride of a full-blood warlock, Roman. Being new in town and being a witch, Ettie is having trouble finding employment when her husband surprises her with an opportunity to open her own shop selling enchanted objects. Upon opening Ettie’s Enchanted Effects, Ettie finds that while some people are curious ...more
I quite enjoyed this first part of the story and I am looking forward the next part , it had interesting storyline and kept me Interested i like books that involve mystical/ fairytale creatures. It had a lot of information for such a short story but not overwhelming so. ...more
The Hunter is a prequel to Lyne's Shifters of Caerton series by H. B. Lyne. I enjoyed the main character and her personality. She may not have been the most likable person, but she was entertaining and relatable. You don't get much on th ...more
I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
This review is for Joynell Schultz, The Mail-Order Witch, Episode 1.
A pure 100% witch has decided that she needs to marry another 100% witch so as not to dilute the magic so she goes the mail order bride route. Her new husband lives in a non-magical town that frowns upon magic. And when the second grade class sprouts fox tails, it really doesn't help their cause! And the fact that Ettie runs a shop that sells magical items doesn't help either. But ...more