Unnatural Magic

Unnatural MagicA Brilliant And Terrifically Fun Debut Novel Brings An Enchanting New Voice To Fantasy Onna Can Write The Parameters Of A Spell Faster Than Any Of The Young Men In Her Village School But Despite Her Incredible Abilities, She S Denied A Place At The Nation S Premier Arcane Academy Undaunted, She Sails To The Bustling City State Of Hexos, Hoping To Find A Place At A University Where They Don T Think There S Anything Untoward About Providing A Woman With A Magical Education But As Soon As Onna Arrives, She S Drawn Into The Mysterious Murder Of Four Trolls Tsira Is A Troll Who Never Quite Fit Into Her Clan, Despite Being The Leader S Daughter She Decides To Strike Out On Her Own And Look For Work In A Human City, But On Her Way She Stumbles Upon The Body Of A Half Dead Human Soldier In The Snow As She Slowly Nurses Him Back To Health, An Unlikely Bond Forms Between Them, One That Is Tested When An Unknown Mage Makes An Attempt On Tsira S Life Soon, Unbeknownst To Each Other, Onna And Tsira Both Begin Devoting Their Considerable Talents To Finding Out Who Is Targeting Trolls, Before Their Homeland Is Torn Apart Kat Howard, Alex Award Winning Author Of An Unkindness Of Magicians I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year.Now you know that this one made the cut, check out my video review to see the others P.s I did another video about this one I couldn t resist Happy Pride Month y all Click the link to check out my favorite PRIDE booksThe Written Review The crowd parted for her Always did They might scream, but they weren t stupid. On the one hand, we have Onna A wonderfully brilliant, Hermione esque girl spe I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year.Now you know that this one made the cut, check out my video review to see the others P.s I did another video about this one I couldn t resist Happy Pride Month y all Click the link to check out my favorite PRIDE booksThe Written Review The crowd parted for her Always did They might scream, but they weren t stupid. On the one hand, we have Onna A wonderfully brilliant, Hermione esque girl spends all her free time working her parameters mathematical spells.She s laser focused her entire childhood on training her mind in order to go the finest arcane academy of the land.only things do not go to plan because it wasn t fair, it wasn t fair that she could be clever and polite and work hard and mind her elders and smile prettily and mind her dresses and clean her nails and chew every bite twenty times and do everything that every adult had ever told her But soon she finds, failure often leads to entirely different adventures And then we have Tsira Tsira, a troll, is part of the magical classbut owing to her human father, doesn t have any magic of her own She wants to be a reig a dominant partner in a troll relationship but everyone, even her own mother, says she should just be a vahn a submissive partner, the onelikely to stay home and garden.So when a human man shows up on her doorstep, half dead from the cold and limping profuselyshe finds herselfintrigued by the fluttery, flustered oddball.And hefinds himself equallyintrigued by this hulking brute of a troll who kindly takes him in.And while their mutualintrigued nessis fine for when they are isolated in a cabin, it s a far different when they attempt to step out into the real world Humans did not become infatuated with trolls. But go they must, for something horrifying is happeningSome moth s been murdering border trolls, cutting them up laboratory specimensAnd it will takethan one thuggish troll and a fast talking human to figure this out AHHH OKAY GUYS I M NOT OKAY Okay So first of all, I LOVED and I mean LOVED this book So much.But, if I m being perfectly honest I loved half of it significantlyIt s still love throughout, just weighted slightly to one side.The story with Onna was well written, it s just, I ve heard it before A brilliant girl, a sexist society, finding ways to work her way around Maybe it s because I just came off a long string of such themed booksbut I just wasn t super gripped by it I was certainly intrigued and invested but not I m going to die if I don t finish level But, theI think about itit slikely that I just loved the other half so much.Tsira and Jeckran completely ran with the story for me aside guys I m actually gushing over this couple.like I haven t felt this since ACOTAR They were such an atypical pairing a strong literally and figuratively take no sh t Tsira with a fast talking wheeling and dealing human It was obscenely adorable.I loved the dynamic between the two, the way she d loom over him, mess with him and manipulate and I mean that in the cutest way him to get what she wants She liked hearing him talk all right, but liked shutting him up even better. Their relationship felt so fresh and exciting Finally, a dynamic I haven t seen played over and over It was a confoundly uncomfortable thing to be in love. If I m being perfectly honest, the entire book could ve just been Tsira and Jeckran in their cabin, or venturing off into the world together and I would ve been happy overjoyed even The plot itself was pretty cool I liked how Onna s story and Tsira s started off so separately and wove closer and closer together It did feel quite a bit rushed at the end, but I did enjoy the buildup so much that I didn t mind too much.BUT the worst part was that the ending was too happy It was all wrapped up and nothing left for a sequel or not in the way I had hoped I m devastated I want a series, not a standalone and yes, I would ve paid good money for view spoiler Tsira and Jeckran to have their spin off series hide spoiler.Ah well All I can do is cross my fingers and hope for the futureReady for a fight, Pink Never, he said. With thanks to the publisher and author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review All quotes come from an uncorrected proof and are subject to change upon publicationYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Easily likeable, relatable, smartly developed characters, lots of magic, super powers plus amazing girl power, intriguing, hooking plot, entertaining, smart, different and attention capturing writing and a great start as a debut author As a summary I enjoyed it, I liked it, without thinking a second giving my four stars Fantasy is a risky genre because there is so many YA fantasy books have been releasing and there is a tough, merciless competition between the books There are so many PR camp Easily likeable, relatable, smartly developed characters, lots of magic, super powers plus amazing girl power, intriguing, hooking plot, entertaining, smart, different and attention capturing writing and a great start as a debut author As a summary I enjoyed it, I liked it, without thinking a second giving my four stars Fantasy is a risky genre because there is so many YA fantasy books have been releasing and there is a tough, merciless competition between the books There are so many PR campaigns and advertisements on the social media talking about those books and their blurbs to seek your attention to pre order them immediately Especially so many successful and reputational authors release their new series and you expect too much from them but you may see some most anticipated books turn into big disappointments and some indie, new authors debut novels may turn into amazing hits.This book is not a big hit but it is fresh, different approach with simple, entertaining way of story telling, at some parts the pacing is getting slower but at the end with easily expectable twists, pacing is getting faster and action parts get the control of the book.Best thing about the book Simple, clear not so complicating story with less but strong characters Onna is a gifted and smart girl attends to magic school and discovers hersecret powers, finds herself to solve troll murders teaming up with Tsira, king s daughter who is having hard time to find her identity and adapt her family life.Surprisingly I enjoyed Tsira and Jeckran s connection troll and human close relationship, but trust me you root for them It s a good book to get lost in magical world to get away from your daily stressful life and let the characters give you quick ride at the different kind of universes Last quarter of the book is really fast paced, even haphazard and sudden ending makes your head spin because you got used to spend time and connect with the characters so I wished I could readabout their stories.As I admitted before it is above the average, different, original book with witty, riveting, not unputdownable but there is no reason to put down or stop reading kind of enjoyable journey I wish I can readupcoming works of this brilliant writer.Special thanks to Netgalley and Berkley Publishing Group to share this fascinating ARC COPY in exchange my honest review I always enjoy to discover new writers and their brand new amazing works This book had potential but the plot and characters just fell so flat The plot was meandering in the background The book had dual points of view and the most memorable thing about one of the perspectives was that the romance was essentially a much less violent version of Jaime Brienne, so I d recommend this for fans of the show who were disappointed with how that ended up The other point of view, I basically forgot about her until she popped up again, and she ultimately feltlike she exi This book had potential but the plot and characters just fell so flat The plot was meandering in the background The book had dual points of view and the most memorable thing about one of the perspectives was that the romance was essentially a much less violent version of Jaime Brienne, so I d recommend this for fans of the show who were disappointed with how that ended up The other point of view, I basically forgot about her until she popped up again, and she ultimately feltlike she existed to serve the other PoV s plot This was the author s debut book so I would be willing to check outbooks in the future I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Unnatural Magic by C.M Waggoner is a refreshingly standalone fantasy novel with a brilliant cast of characters and intriguing magic system I can honestly say that I d love to seeof this world in the future, whether it s a spin off or companion novel While I loved getting to know all of the diverse characters who pop right off the page, I became the most attached to Onna who has a great arc I particularly appreciated her I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Unnatural Magic by C.M Waggoner is a refreshingly standalone fantasy novel with a brilliant cast of characters and intriguing magic system I can honestly say that I d love to seeof this world in the future, whether it s a spin off or companion novel While I loved getting to know all of the diverse characters who pop right off the page, I became the most attached to Onna who has a great arc I particularly appreciated her intelligence and focus The magic system is very clever with complex math, physics, and chemistry like magic Overall, I can t recommend C.M Waggoner s debut novel enough There s so much to love about this uniquely riveting adventure and I can t recommend it enough I can t wait to see what this author will do next Parallel stories tracing murders in a fantasy world make for a thoughtful but quite slow experience.Onna is a brilliant mage hoping for entry at a prestigious university only to stumble during the examination process because of prejudice against women learning magic Facing the ruin of her ambitions, Onna resolves to travel to the far off city of Hexos where she hopes to continue her studies But once there she gets involved in an investigation into the gruesome murder of trolls.Tsira is the hal Parallel stories tracing murders in a fantasy world make for a thoughtful but quite slow experience.Onna is a brilliant mage hoping for entry at a prestigious university only to stumble during the examination process because of prejudice against women learning magic Facing the ruin of her ambitions, Onna resolves to travel to the far off city of Hexos where she hopes to continue her studies But once there she gets involved in an investigation into the gruesome murder of trolls.Tsira is the half human half troll daughter of her village s clan head, but has struggled to find acceptance in that community During her travels she comes across a wounded soldier, a young human nobleman, and they strike up a friendship But Tsira and Jeckran soon discover that someone is killing trolls and making off with their body parts.The world building here is superb, with the trolls being a long lived andmagically advanced people that are also physically superior to humans The nature of the relations between the trolls and thenumerous humans is fascinating, with fear, jealousy and greed all playing parts The politics is quite interesting Eveninteresting are the differences in cultures between the two races, particularly including how the trolls differ from humans in terms of gender With trolls, whether they re male or female is much less important than whether they re a reig or a vahn roughly leader provider and follower submissive The ongoing relationship between Tsira and Jeckran beautifully illustrates it and brings out a lot in both characters.Yes, the story is incredibly slow Tsira Jeckran and Onna don t meet until the last part of the book, and it s far from clear for most of it that the book is even primarily about resolving the troll murders I would say the resolution was actually quite obvious from early on but I still don t really care The delight of spending time with beautifully realized characters makes up for all of that You can also read my review here 5 starsUnnatural Magic is a book I have wanted ever since I first heard of it A while back I had read Amanda Hocking s Trylle series and ever since then I have wanted to findbooks about trolls I had high hopes of going into reading this boo, but I had no idea just how much I would love this story Unnatural Magic was truly a magical read and I can t explain how enjoyable my reading experience really was.The You can also read my review here 5 starsUnnatural Magic is a book I have wanted ever since I first heard of it A while back I had read Amanda Hocking s Trylle series and ever since then I have wanted to findbooks about trolls I had high hopes of going into reading this boo, but I had no idea just how much I would love this story Unnatural Magic was truly a magical read and I can t explain how enjoyable my reading experience really was.The characters were what made this book so special Onna was my favorite character I loved her personality from the start, but watching her grow throughout the book into a confident young wizard made my heart happy Jekran and Tsaria were also really entertaining to read about and I enjoyed how the point of view switched between the two plot lines It took a long time for the plot lines to converge, so for a while it felt lie you got two books in one in the best way possible I loved the way that trolls were depicted in this story Their rich culture was interesting, but I also loved how they didn t focus on gender as much as they did roles in society.I think the thing that I loved the most about Unnatural Magic was the magic system Magic wasn t simple in this book, it took writing mathematical parameters and then executing them The way it was described was so unique and very different from any other book I had ever read about magic The possibilities were endless and I loved that in order to be good at magic wizards had to be really intelligent The details included about the magic system and how it worked really helped bring the story to life.I am a little disappointed because it looks like this might be a stand alone novel, but at the same time the story did feel complete This is one of the few books that I would love to re read and hope to introduce to many of my friends This book had me so emotionally invested and filled me with so much joy I m just sad that I finished it DNF halfway through what a shame It started out strong with interesting characters, original magic concept, quirky relationships and an unusual plot for a fantasy book great But not for long We quickly see slips in the writing quality, a lack of consistency with voice, the plot is a MacGuffin, the fantasy takes a backdrop while the romance is forefront, and frankly, it becomes just plain boring There are two story threads, theinteresting Onna is about 25% of the novel compared to DNF halfway through what a shame It started out strong with interesting characters, original magic concept, quirky relationships and an unusual plot for a fantasy book great But not for long We quickly see slips in the writing quality, a lack of consistency with voice, the plot is a MacGuffin, the fantasy takes a backdrop while the romance is forefront, and frankly, it becomes just plain boring There are two story threads, theinteresting Onna is about 25% of the novel compared to the, at first adorable, and then irritating couple Tsira and Jeckran who occupy 75% of the novel The dialogue becomes banter and mundane really fast, and the plot is weak and mainly forgotten It readlike a slice of life fantasy of these characters who quickly became uninteresting.Mostly, the writer tries too hard to incorporate different ideas in one setting at the expense of proper story development and quality writing As if this is not enough, I find the price tag for this paperback ridiculous MORE TO COME, BUT THIS WAS PHENOMENAL 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Magic was a solid read that was hard to pin down at times, but once you learn how to go with the flow, the book might end up surprising you in the best way possible A novel which strives to tackle traditional fantasy in a fresh and unique way, C.M Waggoner s debut offers a cleverly transformative tale that explores love, ambition, and the tenacity of spirit in finding acceptance.Set in a world where humans and 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Magic was a solid read that was hard to pin down at times, but once you learn how to go with the flow, the book might end up surprising you in the best way possible A novel which strives to tackle traditional fantasy in a fresh and unique way, C.M Waggoner s debut offers a cleverly transformative tale that explores love, ambition, and the tenacity of spirit in finding acceptance.Set in a world where humans and trolls co exist, albeit not always peacefully, Unnatural Magic opens on a setting which feels vaguely turn of the century gaslamp, starting with an introduction to the first of our major characters, Onna Gebowa From an early age, she has displayed an aptitude for magic, though achieving her dreams of attending the premiere academy of arcane arts will be difficult, given the male dominated field After being rejected, Onna decides to forge her own path, traveling to the city of Hexos where they will beappreciative of her extraordinary talent and skills.Meanwhile in another part of the world, Tsira is a half troll who is also planning for a journey to Hexos Despite being daughter of the clan leader, she has always been regarded as a bit of an outsider, and Tsira has had enough, choosing instead to leave her people and strike out on her own to find work among the humans On the way to the city though, she saves the life of Jeckran, a human soldier who has been wounded and left for dead in the snow As Tsira nurses him back to health, the two of them grow closer and eventually become lovers, continuing on to Hexos together.While the ties linking Onna and Tsira s storylines are still tenuous at this point, they quickly becomeapparent when a brutal string of murders bring human and troll relations to a near state of war Trolls are being targeted by the killer or killers, and Onna is on a mission to find out who and why Personally affected by the killings, Tsira also throws herself into the investigation, with Jeckran loyal by her side.As I said, once you get into the rhythm of things, Unnatural Magic can be absolutely delightful It has the sprawling feel of an epic fantasy, but also features an intriguing mystery at its heart The human troll politics of this world were interesting too, and Waggoner has created a troll culture that feels well crafted, robust, and replete with lore and history The two societies differ in the way they view magic, but they also have very different expectations and ideals when it comes to certain social behaviors and gender roles Nothing illustrates this better than the relationship between Tsira and Jeckran, who are looked upon with morbid curiosity or downright contempt wherever they go Falling outside the norms of both cultures, their romance nonetheless works well for them, though like all couples they had to go through an adjustment period.Then there s Onna, whom I confess I had a hard time liking at the beginning Ineffectual and timid, perpetually on the verge of bursting into tears, she was an infuriating character who was utterly lacking in self agency It s like, come on, girl You re smart and you can out magic all the men in the room, grow some backbone and stop letting everyone trample all over you But quickly it became clear the author was setting up for Onna s eventual transformation and growth Gradually, her character comes into her own and becomes a force to be reckoned with, taking on aauthoritative role By the end of the book, she s a completely different person.But now, time for the part I dread most in which I talk about the book s weaknesses Not too surprisingly, this being a debut, there were a few hitches While there was plenty to love when it came to the ideas in world building, I could have done withactual descriptions of the setting I often had a difficult time picturing the characters surroundings, especially when they were in the city which feltlike a cobbled together backdrop rather than a living, breathing hub At times it also felt like Waggoner got carried away, trying to pack too much into the plot This affected the pacing, and quite honestly, some of the early parts of the book were a slog because it took so long for the crux of the novel to emerge It wasn t until both Onna and Tsira s storylines started linking up that the writing became tighter and the plot becamestreamlined, around halfway through the book I also want to make a note about the sex and the swearing I take no issue with either in general, but some of it was written so awkwardly and felt so out of place that most of it just struck me as awfully self indulgent.But overall, I have to say I enjoyed myself While certain aspects could have used a few tweaks, on the whole Unnatural Magic was quite brilliant and solid for a debut With experience and time, many new authors will iron out a lot of issues in their writing, and with that said, I think C.M Waggoner is definitely a name to keep an eye on This book took me away It took me away to an exciting and fascinating world where trolls are the dominant species and have an entirely different view on gender roles and still need to learn to live with inferior but still mighty humans I loved Onna s physics chemistry like magic I LOVED the relationship between Tsira and Jeckran never thought I d be shipping a troll and a human, but here I am EvenI appreciated the societal roles in troll society like Reig and Vahn, and how a Reig c This book took me away It took me away to an exciting and fascinating world where trolls are the dominant species and have an entirely different view on gender roles and still need to learn to live with inferior but still mighty humans I loved Onna s physics chemistry like magic I LOVED the relationship between Tsira and Jeckran never thought I d be shipping a troll and a human, but here I am EvenI appreciated the societal roles in troll society like Reig and Vahn, and how a Reig could be male or female, a Vahn troll or human There s a lot of interesting stuff in here, and I read this quickly.So, yes, maybe the ending is rushed, but honestly, these characters are wonderful and the world is wonderful The murder mystery is tangential Read it

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  • 400 pages
  • Unnatural Magic
  • C.M. Waggoner
  • English
  • 20 December 2017
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