Title: Magister’s Bane (Call of the Elements #1)
Author: Yvette Bostic
Magic can’t be real, right? Tell that to the
werewolf glaring at me with his near-black eyes or the handsome vampire
lounging in the corner.
Did I enjoy growing up rejected by everyone I encountered because of my physical abnormalities? Hell no! The only thing I ever wanted was to be accepted by someone. Not everyone, just anyone. A normal job and one solid meal a day would’ve been nice too.
You know that old saying, “Be careful what you wish for?”
Yeah, that one really sucks.
After a vampire kidnapped me, I suddenly became wanted by all the wrong people. Why would those blood sucking fiends want a deformed, malnourished woman who looked more like a little girl? The elemental mage who stole me from the vampires and forced me into a role I wasn’t prepared for, didn’t provide any explanations.
I thought I wanted to know the answers, but discovering the truth forced me into a fight for my life. One I wasn’t sure I could win.
It’s not very often that I find myself connecting to a protagonist the way that I did AJ. In spite of the hardships that she endured over her life, she was a very likeable character. Even though she was often taunted for her appearance, she didn’t give up. When things began to change, getting both better and worse, she didn’t back down from the challenge. She took it all in stride, doing what she needed to do in order to get to the bottom of the mystery of her life.
There are plenty of magical beings sprinkled throughout this story to keep it interesting. There are also touches of romance and friendship. Besides AJ, the other main characters in the story were also well done though I didn’t connect with them like I did AJ. They certainly added their own type of magic to the story, keeping me engrossed until the end.
A very strong start to a promising series.