Review: City of Magi by Michael McDuffee

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Magi_Skyline3Author: Michael McDuffee
Title: City of Magi
Publisher: Self Published
Published On: July 25 2014
Genres: Industrial-era Fantasy
Source: The Author
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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?

I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

I’m not going to lie, when I first started reading City of Magi the level of detail was cranked to 11 and that kinda annoyed me. But somewhere around 15 -20% into it that annoyance kind of was swept away in the story.

The setting was fun blend of modernish society with magic supplementing what necessity had us invent. Who needs radios when you can communicate via spells? Gun? Try a fireball on for size.

Great atmosphere and very interesting characters mix into this magical spy story that was a throwback to some of my favorite classic sci-fi/fantasy books. City of Magi is listed as a part 1 in a series, and I for one can’t wait for the rest!

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