Today, I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Mageborn by Jessica Thorne. I’ll be sharing my review for this one just a little further down.
About the author:
Jessica Thorne saw Star Wars at an impressionable age and life was never the same. She’s loved fantasy, romance and science fiction ever since and spends her time looking for adventure – in the pages of her books.
Sometimes she is Ruth Frances Long and won the European Science Fiction Society Spirit of Dedication Award for Best Author of Children’s Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2015.
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About the book:
The room is small and dark. Row upon row of jars line the shelves, each one sealed with blood-red wax. The seal’s mark is a twisted circle of briar with gleaming, gold-tipped thorns. And in each jar a flicker of forbidden magic dances… beautiful, but deadly.
Sold to the Crown in the aftermath of the Last Great War, Grace Marchant has never known her parents. Now, she trains as an elite soldier tracking down mageborn – those born with an ancient and long-outlawed magic – and destroying them if they don’t surrender their power to the Crown.
The mageborn who submit are collared, then handed over to the King’s cousin and heir: the elusive Bastien Larelwynn, Lord of Thorns, locked away in his shadowy workshop deep inside the castle. What becomes of them is hard to say – the Lord of Thorns keeps his secrets close.
Grace has always fought the voice inside her that questions whether the law is truly just, but when her closest friend is next on Bastien’s list, Grace’s loyalties are tested to the limit. Confronting Bastien – searching his strangely compelling obsidian-black eyes for answers – Grace is shocked to feel herself begin to change, to show the first signs of the wild magic she so fears.
Only the Lord of Thorns has the power to save her and the rest of the mageborn – if he doesn’t destroy them all first…
A dark and addictive fantasy read, perfect for fans of Graceling and Sarah J. Maas.
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I’m a big fan of fantasy and YA books , so when I heard about Mageborn I knew that I had to read it. It’s exactly the kind of thing I’m looking for these days.
Grace Marchant tracks down Mageborn (those who have ancient magic) and destroys them if they don’t surrender. Bastien Larelwynn is the Lord of Thorns and cousin to the king. Grace and Bastien cross paths when Grace is dealing with a Mageborn. One of her oldest friends ends up in trouble and Bastien steps in to help in the only way he knows how. This doesn’t sit well with Grace, and it also begins their intertwined fates in the story.
I can’t say that Mageborn is something I haven’t seen before, but I really enjoyed it. I have a soft spot for reading about highborns who are made out to be the worst in the world and then they go on this massive character arc journey. I really like seeing how the character will deal with what comes their way. Bastien is one such character. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Grace too, but I’m a sucker for a villain, and Mageborn has them in spades.
There were quite a few moral (if you can call,it that when magic is involved!) struggles for the characters, and I really liked how the author could take the reader on the journey with the characters. It was good to see the motivations, both good and bad.
Mageborn is a great fantasy read. I loved the world-building an I really liked the way the author used the magic and how it could change depending on which character was wielding it. The characters were well-drawn, devious, sharp, conflicted, and that’s just Bastien! Really likes the arc grace took too. She really comes into her own by the end of the book and I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series!
Addictive, compelling and fun, I would definitely recommend Mageborn!