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Hidden Magic

(Magic Underground Anthologies #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  69 reviews

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

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Published March 10th 2020 by Magical Mayhem Press
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Branwen Sedai *of the Brown Ajah*
This review is for the story, A Veil is Parted, by Anela Deen that is located within this anthology.

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
C.S. Johnson
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hey everyone! In this anthology series, I get to write a story in response to Ursula K. LeGuin's "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas," and it's pretty sweet as you read it, and it gets darker the more you think about it.

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!
Christina Morley
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm reviewing The Mail-Order Witch Episode 1 in the first anthology, Hidden Magic. It's a cozy magical mystery about a witch named Ettie who wants to help people, but she's finding it hard to be accepted in the community. Her husband, Roman, wants to see her succeed and purchases a store for her, which she names Ettie’s Enchanted Effects. There's a religious lady who looks after the church across from Ettie's store who is prejudiced against magical people. Things only get harder when an entire c ...more
Debbie Eyre
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love a good anthology and this is looking to be a great one! So far I have read The Hunter by H.B. Lyne and this novella is just awesome! It’s gripping and engaging and has some great characters whom I hope to see more of in the full length follow ups and I can’t wait to explore more of this world!
Dawn Milligan
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love anthologies!!! This is a great collection of works, I got this for HB Lynes The Hunter😍 was well written and great characters! Loved the story flow🥰 I enjoyed several authors this is a great way to experience alot of different styles!
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hidden Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 1) is the first in a “trilogy” of anthologies, with each author writing three linked stories, one for each volume. It’s a really neat format. Some of these stories take place in pre-existing worlds, but they’re made to stand alone from that. I had no trouble making sense of all of them.

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
This review is for "Six Hooves" by Stephen Wallace, which I had the opportunity to read through Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.

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?!

Lauren loves llamas
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fantasy, read-in-2020
Content warnings: (view spoiler)

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
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Emily Pennington
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
*** Reviewing "THE MAIL ORDER WITCH - EPISODE 1" by Joynell Schultz ***
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
Carolyn Overcash
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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
Penny Hickman
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My review is for The Mail Order Witch by Joynell Schultz. Roman and Ettie, witch and warlock, married by hooking up through mail order, to continue their magical line and keep it pure. She is bored, living in a human town that knows there are paranormal beings makes it hard to get a job. Roman being the good husband he is helps her to start her own business selling enchanted items. Things go downhill from the beginning, the town is split, some want her there and some don't, those that don't are ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked the concept of this set on anthologies. And this is set 1 with some cool authors I have read and heard about. A great way to try out some authors easily. I personally have already read the following so far early.

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
Scott Ryan
Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fun and/or terrifying.

I really enjoyed this first collection, still anxious for many (OK probably all!) of those in it. I have read some of the authors before, and recommend checking these out. On to #2!
Cali Jewel
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this exciting, action packed, heart racing adventure filled set of stories with interesting charters, witty dialog and exciting twists and turns. A thrilling read from beginning to end.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A review of The Mail-Order Witch by Joynell Schultz

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
Dolly Kalasin
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved it heaps

Oh my gosh SO many wonderful tales!
There's sass, quirkiness, bits to love.
Each tale is so wonderfully told it's a very pleasant time away from reality.
Definitely one for the personal library.
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Have not read all the books in this anthology, but the one by Joynell Schultz, is a great read. I felt it was a bit too short. Ettie and her husband Roman find what caused the problem in the town but not who caused it, will have to read the next book.
Glenda A
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is for Spell of Wings & Glass by Melinda Kucsera.

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.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the story Magic Underground by C.S. Johnson. For me, this story is very unusual & thought-provoking. I found it very mystical & didn't understand until I got to the last part. Ms. Johnson certainly has quite an imagination. I received a free copy from the author. This is my voluntary review. ...more
Amber Swinford
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This review is specifically for The Hunter, by H.B. Lyne. I received an ARC of The Hunter for review purposes, but all opinions are my own.

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
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Quirky, original, and fabulously fun!

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
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing the ARC for "Anela Deen's story A Veil Is Parted"
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.
Jaclyn Roche
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: anthology, writer
I love the stories in this anthology especially the one written by toasha-jiordano .

It's a great read and a bargain deal to get so many stories for such a good price.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have a love hate for anthologies. I really enjoy them because you get quick reads and introductions to stories/series. But, a lot leave you unsatisfied as it tends to be hard to write a book with three dimensional characters and a story line with so few pages.
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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story grabbed me at the first line and carried me away through a great book Hats off to the wonderful authors involved in this endeavor. I love this set. I highly recommend this set to anyone who likes books
Scarolet Ellis
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hidden Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 1) is a wonderful start to a brand new series of books cause this is number one and has a lot of different authors that wrote this book and I loved reading this book. I can not wait to see what will be in book number two and I highly recommend this book to all.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
Catherine Stratman
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joynell Schultz, The Mail-Order Witch, Episode 1

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
Desiree Derouen
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It grabs you from the first line to the last! Not what I expected... At. All. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

I received this little gem as an ARC for my honest opinion and review. HAPPY READING!!
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The variety of stories in this book are wonderful. Loved Mail Order Bride, it was really fun. You will enjoy the stories. Try this book and be wowed.
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Melinda Kucsera writes fantastic short stories, novels, and books when not being kidnapped by dragons or chased by armies of fictional characters demanding their stories be told. She leaves the running of her newsletter to a cast of loveable characters who are far better at engaging in magical mayhem than in effectively marketing the books they star in. They also run her website, https://melindaku ...more

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