Title: Stealing Magic
Author: Alex C. Vick
Series: Legacy of Androva #1
Age Range: 9+
What would you do? Would you open your eyes, if you were the one that heard them? Two magic-takers from another world, arguing about whether they can collect what they came for before you wake up. It sounds like a crazy dream, or a practical joke. But what if the air around you started to vibrate with an invisible force field? What if, all at once, it felt terrifying yet familiar too?
You would have no way of knowing that your life would change forever. That this discovery would set you on a path no-one from our world has taken for centuries. Towards a deadly enemy, and a fight that you will almost certainly lose. All you know is that your heart is beating so fast you’re worried they will hear it, and your brain is starting to buzz as the force field reaches it. Would you open your eyes?
Join Jax and Shannon as they live through the most exciting and terrifying ten days of their lives (so far). This is the first book in the Legacy of Androva series.
Source: Review copy from the author
Magic, mystery and a little bit of mayhem lie at the heart of this fun, middle grade adventure. Shannon is an ordinary Earth girl who loves to read and who wakes up one lazy afternoon to overhear two alien boys stealing magic from her garden. It’s a tale full of the wonders of magic, and the problems that follow when people break the rules. It’s also about loyalty and friendship and taking chances if that’s what it takes to save the world.
Shannon may seem ordinary, but she’s full of potential, while Jax is already the most promising magic user of his age. Which has made him a little bit arrogant and over-confident, not to mention determined to break the silly rules that no one will bother explaining to him.
To be honest, it seemed a bit daft that no one on Androva could learn the truth about those rules before they turned eighteen. Especially when it’s young teens who are the best at gathering magic from Terra. It’s not surprising that Jax is rebelling against them, since they make no sense to him. The only surprise is that he’s the first.
Still, it does leave everything open to discovery and wonder as Shannon and Jax become firm friends, and along with another boy, Darius, they set about uncovering the secrets and trying to fix any mistakes they may have made in breaking the rules. There’s trouble aplenty heading their way, thanks to some unpleasant adults and of course the big bad that lurks behind all the rules.
With likeable characters and an interesting plot, this is a highly enjoyable read, particularly for tweens. It has adventure, discovery, excitement, danger, friendship, a tiny touch of romance and plenty of magic. In all this is a good start to the series and leaves you wondering just where it will head next.
Stealing Magic is Out Now.
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