But it doesn’t come without a price - stealing powers requires that I kill, and others would destroy me if they discover what I am. In a world full of magic, hiding my species is the only way to survive. Finding magical artifacts is the only way to pay the bills. It’s a dangerous job when you can barely use your magic, but that’s one of the things I like about it.
When Aidan Merrick, the most powerful shifter in the city, hired me to find an ancient scroll, I didn’t want to take the job. His immense amount of power reminds me of too much of murky memories from a past I can’t remember. But I don’t have a choice. The scroll reveals what I am. And if anyone finds out, I’m dead.
Three young girls wake up alone and with no memory of how they came to the place they find themselves. A strong feeling of impending danger has them fueled by the need to run, but these girls are not ordinary by any means and they quickly realise they have powers they really need to hide from others.
Fast forward ten years or so and Cass, Nix, and Del run a store that deals in finding and selling magical artifacts. They live hidden from humans but they also pretend to be what they are not (well not exactly) as the three are rare Fire Souls with the ability to steal powers and if discovered, they would be imprisoned. Now Cass might pretend to be a Mirror Mage but when the most powerful of all shifters approaches her to help him trace a scroll detailing all magical creatures, she quickly realises it will out her and her 'sisters'!
Aiden is confused by Cass and senses she possesses strong magic but why does she refuse to use it? What follows is a hunt that takes Cass and Aiden on a perilous expedition; but can Cass truly hide what she is from such a powerful magic user as Aiden? Plus it's soon clear Aiden is not the only one after the fabled scroll and their adversary will stop at nothing!
What can I say about this book? I loved the world building but was left with questions which hopefully will be answered as more books are added to the series. Cass is a tough nut to crack with dragon blood and yet not perfect which made her feel more likable. Her greatest weakness of course is her unfailing loyalty to Nix and Del, but her abhorrence and fear of her own abilities is something she needs to tackle.
Aiden is the possible love interest but thankfully it's not instant, job done, we are a couple. It feels more realistic as this pair still have a long way to go before they fully trust each other. I really enjoyed the plot and the action scenes felt spooky to me (phantoms anyone?) and although the three 'sisters' do rally around each other, I would have preferred to see more interaction between them. No, Ancient Magic focuses primarily on Cass and her adventures with Aiden, who at times seemed too good to be true, but it's certainly whetted my appetite for more!
I love the cover and feel Ancient Magic would suit those looking for urban fantasy without too much heat. All in all a very good start to what could surely be another fabulous series.
I was gifted a copy of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.