April 24, 2017

#BookReview: Stirring Power (Evolution of Magic, #1) by K.C. Blackbyrn

 
In young hunter Jacob Wildleaf’s world, magic isn’t a thing of beauty or wonder.

It’s a nightmarish plague.

And it’s crept into his village.

With his loved ones falling prey to the infection, Jacob sets out to find a healer in a nearby city. But before he can, soldiers loyal to Regent of the Blackwood Kingdom catch him using magic and chase him out.

He doesn’t realize they’ve followed him until it’s too late.

The Regent wants to purge all traces of magic from the land. Every village. Every person.

Jacob barely manages to escape the burning of his village, the sole survivor. With every step drawing him unwillingly deeper into battle, he must find a way to survive both the Regent’s soldiers and the magically created beasts to prevent more bloodshed than magic alone could ever cause.

If the magic inside him doesn’t destroy him first.
 





Hi! You can call me K.C. My writing career started when I was nine. That was, after all, when I wrote my first magical fantasy story. You’ve already guessed, and correctly, that I read a LOT of epic fantasy. I love getting lost in those other worlds. Something you might not have guessed is that I also love to read fact books such as history, physics, and natural science.

On another note, I live in Seattle (like Seattle-Seattle not Seattle-Bellevue) and I studied at UW Bothell for two years before I realized that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. Take a lesson from me and think hard about what you want to do before you go in the wrong direction (don't get me wrong, the UW was a fun way to go).




This one was ok. It was well written, and I really liked the cover.  This is a coming of age book full of fantasy. The plot and story move at a good pace, and I wasn't ever bored.  I do think that with a little more editing and polishing it could be a 5 star read no issue.  It's just not there yet.  

I really liked the concept of the communities falling ill from a mysterious illness. You don't know the cause, and it was interesting to find out what was going on along with the characters.
The characters were well formed, and the story had a lot of high tension and mystery.
This would be great for the fantasy horror fan! 





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