Built on the bones of an ancient city, modern-day Everstrand is where master mage, Rowan, has set up his enchantment shop. When not hanging out with his werewolf best friend, Caleb, or studying, he dabbles in herbology and the controversial practice of blood magic. A prodigy who has already earned two masters, Rowan’s bound and determined to reach the distinction of grandmaster, a mage who obtains a masters in all five Schools of Magic.
Shaw works for the Inquisition, the organization charged with policing the magical races collectively known as magicae. Recently, it has come under scrutiny as magicae begin to disappear and reports of violence increase. With secrets of his own on the line, Shaw is willing to risk everything to find out just what is going on behind all the locked doors.
When Rowan and Shaw are entangled in each other’s worlds, it becomes evident that their hearts are as much at risk as their lives. They must find the truth and stop a conspiracy before it’s too late.
I love it when a book takes me by surprise 😉 In the case of A Mage’s Power, it wasn’t immediate. I honestly wasn’t sure about this one at first, but there was a lot of world building involved. Once the story got going though, it was tough to put down.
There was a lot I really liked about this story. There was a unique family/pack connection between Rowan and his best friend Caleb. Speaking of which, I loved Casey Wolfe’s approach to the pack mentality. Actually, even though her world building was extensive, everything about it really drew me into A Mage’s Power.
The relationship between Shaw and Rowan took some time to build, but that’s okay. Trust needed to be built between the two of them. Shaw had some secrets and some preconceived notions about mage’s and their use of magic. Rowan had some doubts about the sincerity of anyone who worked for the Inquisition.
As I mentioned, A Mage’s Power was hard to put down. The mystery of what was really happening to the missing magicae, the action, the budding romance and the friendship kept the pages turning. It’s probably worth mentioning that all the “romance” happened off the page. That didn’t bother me either, but it might be a deal breaker to some. Just know that the story and the obvious love between Rowan and Shaw made up for it… at least for me.
I’m really glad that this book is part of a series. Even though A Mage’s Power didn’t end in a cliff hanger, there is obviously more story to be told and a few other mysteries that weren’t totally solved. I can’t wait until The Inquisition Trilogy continues.