City of Magi


By Michael McDuffee

5 stars

From the title you would expect to find magic seeping off the page from word one and with this fantasy work from Michael McDuffee, you won’t be disappointed. Unlike twee stories of magic and mysticism that have flooded the fantasy genre in the last decade, McDuffee joins a need breed of fantasy writers.

Whereas most modern fantasy is merely a poor rewrite of the works of classic fantasy writers including Frank Herbert, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, there is an emerging wave of authors that McDuffee is part of that are redefining modern fantasy with high quality writing that elegantly steers you through the plot and pitfalls that the characters face and has you completely enthralled and engaged in the fresh worlds that have been created.

By the time you finish City of Magi you will be left with the book hangover that all avid bookworms both hungrily search for and dread in equal measure.

McDuffee brings the city of Dein Astos to life in the imagination with vivid reality and leaves you, as the reader, living in constant apprehension of what with happen next and who will betray whom.

The characters are very well written and are effective at driving the plot forward, not merely along for the ride. As likeable as some of the characters are, reading it you never feel like you can completely trust anyone that you meet and will even find yourself mistrusting the main characters of Grayson and Zia.

This book is a great addition to the fantasy genre and as book 1in the series there is a great promise of things to come. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series and can recommend this to all fantasy fans, especially those who have had enough of the wizards of Harry Potter and are looking for something fresh.

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