You know that saying, to hell in a hand basket? That’s where my life is headed. Three days ago, the Vampire Court learned about my forbidden FireSoul magic. It’s basically a death sentence. Except they’ve made me a deal. I have to pass a series of trials, designed to test my magic and my loyalty. If I survive, I become an ally of the Court, which would be awesome.
Problem is, the trials are as deadly as a hungry hellhound and I can’t trust my partner, the sexy hybrid-vampire Ares. Worse, there’s a new magic inside me that’s eating me alive. It won’t stop until I learn to control it, but that’s a tall order given everything else that’s on my plate. Between the trials and a recent theft at my shop, Ancient Magic, I’m up to my ears in magical problems.
Trial by Magic is a fast-paced fantasy mystery with a kick-butt heroine, a tough hero, and magic that will blow your socks off.
First, she must convince the Vampire court that her FireSoul abilities do not necessarily make her their enemy. Then there's the tricky problem of a missing artefact that is connected to a prophecy about what's seemingly impossible and that's the return of Dragons! So, okay then because this is Nix and she might see herself as just a conjuror, but with her newer abilities which she still hasn't got a handle on, Nix is determined to get the trials over and return to her 'sisters'. With the Vampire Enforcer Ares by her side, the trials begin but the Vampire realm is full of all sorts of nasties however, the plucky Nix will keep going no matter what!
I love this character. Nix has so much heart and empathy. She might be the one who stays home and minds the shop but put her in a terrible situation and she just rises to the challenge. Her budding relationship with Ares is just perfectly paced as well. Ares has had to close himself off and concentrate on his duties so seeing him slowly crack as Nix impressed him just by being her natural self worked beautifully for me.
Trial By Magic introduces not just the newest big, bad but also Goddesses who are clearly awe inspiring but oddly enough have a more juvenile side which added some much needed humour amongst all the danger. Yes, there's action aplenty, nasty critters, and the odd nod to ancient civilizations but most of all it's an exciting adventure that as usual, ended far too soon. This is fun, over the top, and I've not read anything similar to these books and look forward so much to the next one.
This voluntary take is of an advance copy and is my honest and I believe fair opinion.