Our family has a deep and abiding love of all things Fantasy. My kids, especially, caught the bug. My one true genre love has always been Historical Fiction. Amber, however, somehow inherited her aunt’s passion for all-things-fantasy. As a result, I have been scrambling to find more fantasy to add to our family library, which is chock-full of teen appropriate historical fiction, but sorely lacking in the fantasy section.
Because of this when I opened up my email from Disney-Hyperion and saw Burning Magic which is Book 3 of the Shadow Magic Series I was intrigued, and I knew Amber would be as well. I showed her the book and asked if she’d like to read the series in exchange for giving her opinion of them. Of course, the answer was a resounding “Yes!!!!” Since Amber is a budding author/blogger, herself, we both decided it would make the most sense for her to do the book reviews. So here what the book’s target audience member thinks of them, which I follow up with a quick “Mom’s Take” on the series.
Shadow Magic is all about zombies, darkness, and the dead. Shadow Magic is NOT scary at all! There is nothing that would scare you. It is mostly about Thorn and Lilly, trying to solve a problem or mystery. (This is in every book.) In this book, it is both! Lilly wants to practice magic, but girls are not allowed to practice magic. Lilly’s mother, father, and brother have died from an accident, or was it? How did Lilly’s family die? Will she ever learn to practice magic? Read this book to find out.
I loved this book. It is full of adventure and mystery that will make you not want to stop reading it! I love how Thorn and Lilly solve this mystery! For people who love adventure, I think this is the perfect book for you!!!
Dream magic is all about people’s dreams. Lilly and Thorn try to figure out why so many people are disappearing. Most of the people are disappearing by the Troll Mountains, so they suspect that the trolls are the cause of the disappearing people. Will Lilly and Thorn figure out this mess? Will they have war with the Trolls? You will have to read Dream Magic to figure that out!
I personally loved this book! I love how almost everything is about dreams. If you like fantasy and dreams, I think this will be the perfect book for you! Maybe you will get lost in your dreams in reading this book!
Burning Magic is all about fire. Lilly and Thorn go to see their friend, K’leef. A new Sultanate is going to be crowned and he was K’leef’s brother, but his magic failed him, so now there has to be a new Sultanate. Now all the brothers of Sa’if,( the one who tried on the lava crown but his magic failed him) will go on a trail of fire to see who will be the next Sultanate. One of K’leef’s brothers, Jambiya, wants the crown, but he is bad, so K’leef took on the trail too. Will K’leef succeed in this trail with Thorn and Gabriel on his side? Read the book to find out.
This might be my favorite book ever!!! I love the fire, phoenixes, and adventure in this book!!! This book makes you not want to stop reading it! Seriously, I could not stop reading this book at night!
((Mom note–it’s true, she may have gotten scolded for staying up WAY past lights out to finish this))
If you love fire, magic, and adventure, this is the best book for you! Just don’t get burned up by reading Burning Magic!
Mom’s Take on the Shadow Magic Series
Our family comes from a conservative Christian stance, so while I thought the books looked great, I was a little leery of the “dark magic” portrayed as good when I initially glanced at them. Because of this I went ahead and read halfway through the first book before giving Amber the “all clear”. Then, once she had finished the first book I read through the series myself in its entirety.
The books are fun and perfectly suited to the age group they’re geared towards. While there are “spooky” elements and hard/sad things that happen, they’re handled in a way that is not disturbing to a tween/teen. The dark elements have a fun spin on them, and were not at all presented in a way that I felt inappropriate or offensive. The best thing I can liken the books to is the popular MMO World of Warcraft. (Which, you might know, we love as a family). Much like in the WoW world, each realm can practice magic and draws that power from a different source. In the Shadow Magic books the Shadow Magic and its corresponding Necromancers, Zombies, and etc all reminded me of the feel of the Demon Hunters, Undead, and Warlocks in World of Warcraft. It’s all taken in stride with the thought of magic from everywhere, and it’s not scary, creepy, or over the line.
I’ll also mention that these are books where it’s worth splurging for the hardback copies. The quality is amazing and they have the delicious uneven pages that go so perfectly with the story. A gorgeous addition to your home library that your children will be able to enjoy with their children someday! The typography and illustrations are amazing throughout the book series as well.
As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the books. The characters are well developed and believable. I enjoyed watching them grow as people. It’s easy to get lost in the world and the plot twists aren’t predictable until right before they’re actually revealed in the story. I’d highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy and wants another great author/series to stay up way-too-late turning the pages of.