14 May 2018

Ruthless Magic - Review

Ruthless Magic - Conspiracy of Magic #1
by Megan Crewe

What they say: In the contest to keep their magic, the only options may be die... or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious and brutal Mages' Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents' low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation. Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are they willing to sacrifice to win?

The first in a new series by USA Today bestselling author Megan Crewe, Ruthless Magic combines the magic of Harry Potter with the ferocity of The Hunger Games alongside a poignant romance. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, look no further for your next urban fantasy fix! 


I received a copy from the publisher (via NetGalley) for an honest review!

What I say: Finn has a magical (sorry couldn't resist the pun) ahead of him. He comes from the right family and is expected to follow a certain path, he really doesn't want to follow. 

Rocío has spent years practicing and hopes to earn a place at the prestigious College of the North American Confederation of Mages. 

The repressive society dictates that novices either have their magic limited 'dampened' or battle through gruelling exams to become champions to attend college. The exams are tough and dark with a definite Hunger Games or Battle Royale ish vibe going on.

I liked Finn, Rocío and Trisha but could have done without certain characters *ahem* Lacey!

The pacing is fast and frantic in parts whilst more balanced in others. It's a perfect blend of drama and action and cute friendships. More please...!

4 Stars in my Sky!


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