Title: A Muddle of Magic
Author: Alexandra Rushe
Publisher: Rebel Base Books
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Page Count: 370
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
What’s a nice Southern girl doing in a place like this?
Whisked from humdrum Alabama to the fantastical land of Tandara by a mage who won’t take no for an answer, Raine Stewart finds herself tangled in a muddle of magic. A Dark Wizard is out for her blood, a demonic golem has orders to dispatch her . . . and she stinks at magic. Being a wizard, even a baby wizard, is harder than Raine thought.
Raine and her companions find sanctuary amongst the famed warriors of the snow-capped nation of Finlara, and Raine is reunited with her dear friend, the frost giant Tiny Bartog. In short order, she unearths a magic mirror, a dread curse, and a tragic, ill-fated love affair.
Safety, however, is an illusion. The dreaded Magog’s Eye is still missing, and war looms. It seems an entire world hangs in the balance, waiting to see whether Raine will be able to harness her magic. But with a little help from her friends, she’ll survive . . . she hopes.
A Muddle of Magic by Alexandra Rushe is the second book in the Fledgling Magic fantasy series. The story in this book has continued on from the first book of the series, A Meddle of Wizards, and should be read in order to get the most from the story. Told from multiple points of view the world includes things like wizards, trolls, giants and many other things.
Raine is the main character of the Fledgling Magic series in which she had been living on our world as we know it alone and fighting constant illness when she thought she was beginning to hallucinate. Instead of hallucinations though a man popped out through her mirror and brought her into a totally new world.
Raine finds out that she is actually from this world but was hidden away in Alabama to keep her safe from an evil dark wizard. She teams up with the group that has brought her into her world to set out to defeat the wizard and finds new dangers around every corner as they travel across this new world from land to land.
Well, my review for A Muddle of Magic can be summed up quite simply really, it’s a case of it’s not you it’s me. I knew after the first book that this series was a bit out of my own normal reading material but I did gain interest in Raine and her crew enough to want to try the next book despite the flaws I had found in the first. However, picking up this second installment I really struggled with getting back into the story at all. The flow of this just seems off to me and a lot of the plot seems predictable with Raine and her magic. I think if you loved the first then you will probably love the second but for me it’s just not a good fit.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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