The disappearance of Auric Spellsmith’s mother has strained his relationship with his father to the breaking point. Now, after five years away at the Magicians’ Academy, Auric returns home, determined to prove himself to his father and claim his birthright.
Apprentice Jericho Carver has held Spellsmith Manor together in Auric’s absence. Now his master’s son is back, and if he can’t get rid of Auric, Jericho will forfeit his career and lose all hope of wooing the master’s enchanting daughter.
Neither man intends to back down.
But then Master Spellsmith vanishes into the mysterious Fey Lands. With Fey magic threatening the mortal realm, Auric and Jericho must work together to save the man they both see as father.
“Relatable, realistic, interesting, dynamic characters. Even minor characters have depth, as do the relationships between characters.”
“If you like sarcastic characters, unlikely heroes and major magical intrigue, you’ll want to read this book.”
Accused of causing a magical energy crisis and of “conduct unbefitting magicians,” the pair travels to the big city to defend their case, Rill and Jaspyr in tow. But they soon find themselves embroiled in a world where everyone has an ulterior motive. Politics are a web of deception, more dangerous than Fey magic.
Then Auric discovers Lotta, an attractive but eccentric engineer whose invention could solve the Republic’s energy crisis—if they can survive long enough to test her theories. The mysterious assassin who is after her now hunts Auric and Jericho too.
At odds with the law and criminals alike, Spellsmith and Carver will need every drop of wit and magic to survive.
“Quirky and fun new characters have been introduced, and the world feels amazingly real!”
“Not only are there great character moments, the story world comes alive with the rivalry between magicians and engineers. And as an engineer, I absolutely loved all of the cool inventions and Lotta’s non-magical ideas for industrializing the realm.”
The loss of his father leaves Auric reeling even as Jericho and his wife Rill are overwhelmed by the arrival of twins. When a mysterious Fey begins abducting local children, Spellsmith and Carver prepare for a full-on assault.
An attack close to home drives a sudden wedge between Jericho and Rill. With his friend’s heart and confidence shattered, Auric steps up to defend their fractured family. Time’s running out to save the stolen children, and the family must rally together to stop the Fey predator.
But the cost might be Rill’s very soul.
“I finished this book during the wee hours of the morning. The conclusion of this story will keep you up until you finish it. It will keep you up until you run out of tissues and it will give you a literal hangover due to the fluid loss. In short, it has many feels.”
“This story is alternately heartbreaking and heartwarming, because Rill, Jericho, Auric and Lotta are so real and human.”