Title: City of Magi (Magi Stone Series Book 1)
Author: Michael McDuffee
Published Date: June 25th 2014
***THIS BOOK WAS GIVEN TO ME IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
At the heart of Astosen, the city of Dein Astos stands as a bulwark for the free world, always on alert to battle Valania’s attempts to bring the republic under continental dominance. Sophisticated and diverse, driven by magic, money, and information, this city of magi teems with tea houses, government agencies, exclusive clubs and risky districts.
Alexander Locke, a great Magi Knight and the hero of the republic, lies dead. His daughter, Zia Locke, reluctantly rises to power, unaware that her father may not have died of natural causes, as everyone believes.
That is, until she is artfully maneuvered into meeting the mysterious and abundantly self-assured Grayson Kearney. A keen judge of character and cunning magus, Grayson rocks Zia’s world in more ways than one as he helps tear away the veil of ignorance from her eyes. From lifelong friends to sworn enemies, the new leader of the House of Locke is discovering that anyone could be the next to betray her. What Zia needs is a good intelligence officer at her side. But when everyone has a hidden agenda, can she truly place her trust in Grayson?
Who wants a magi stone that will make you invisible? If you want one then visit Grayson or Gerry or whatever alias he is going by at the time in the City of Magi. We meet Grayson as he observes Zia Locke at the funeral of her father. This is part of his plan on becoming the intelligence officer at her side when she takes over power. Be prepared for a fast paced ride with action throughout.
The setting of the City of Magi is magical and pulls you in from page one. The description of the city makes you feel like you are there. It is packed with magic, danger, and fantasy. The deceit of city makes you trust no one. The imagination of this book makes for a great read.
The characters in this book match everything from loyal to deceitful. Grayson is a man of mystery but as the book progresses you begin to peel off some of his layers, but do you every really get to know him. Zia is dealing with tragedy and trying to follow in her fathers footsteps. With Grayson’s guidance she soon learns she can’t always trust those you thought you could. The secondary characters are just as original as the main characters.
I also love the fact that the different sections of the book went back and forth between Grayson as an adult and Grayson as a child. It helped you understand who he is and what his goals are.
This was a great fantasy book that has me hooked on Michael McDuffee’s book.
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