I’ve talked before about how new magic systems can hook me in and keep me turning pages. H. L Burke has created an interesting take on the “audible” form of magic – the kinds of things that mages can hear but mundanes cannot.
In this story, the Commoner – Leilani – befriends one of the Highborns and the two girls are dragged into a mystery that threatens their lives. The story hinges on being able to hear the magic in the air and the degree to which those of the wrong class hear it. There’s a bit of a morality play at work here but Burke does a good job of keeping in the background.
Yeah. I suppose this would be considered YA fantasy but don’t let that hold you back. I enjoyed this tale immensely and was sad when I couldn’t find any more of Burke’s tales set in this universe. As always, don’t take my word for it. Why not grab a sample and see for yourself?
About the reviewer:
Nathan Lowell has been writing science fiction and fantasy most of his life. He started publishing in 2007 and has no intention of stopping any time soon.
Learn more about Nathan Lowell and his works at http://nathanlowell.com
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