Author: Sylvia Izzo Hunter
Synopsis: Gray Marshall is an exceptional student will a strength in magick that many do not have, which won him a scholarship at Merlin College in Oxford. When he is asked to accompany four other students on an “errand” that he knows nothing about, his life is turned upside down in an instant. Forced to leave school for the summer term and live with Professor Callendar, a scholar at Merlin College, Gray starts to realize that there is more to the purpose of his visit than meets the eye. There is also a young lady, Sophie, that Gray sees as a true talent in who goes on his adventure to find out the truth.
Review: I wanted to really like this book, I mean, it’s about magick and old time England. But I just couldn’t, I felt like it was boring and was probably one of the only books I’ve read this year that I thought about not finishing. The two main characters, Gray and Sophie just didn’t have enough of a personality for me, in fact my favorite character was Sophie’s sister Joanna, who brought a lot of comic relief to the story. While I enjoyed that the point of views of Gray and Sophie switched on and off, I still didn’t feel like it was enough to fully keep me intrigued. Whenever there was supposed to be some kind of suspense, it wasn’t enough to have me thinking Oh, this is great! It just seemed like there was a lot more that could have been done and a lot less words to get to that point. Also– this is a series and while I won’t read the next one, I did think the story ended in a way where it could have been it’s own standalone.
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