Review: Rogue Magic by Kit Brisby

32714776While trapped in a stalled subway train on his morning commute, PR rep Byron Cole flirts with Levi, a young waiter with adorable curls. But Byron’s hopes for romance crash and burn when Levi saves him from a brutal explosion—with outlawed magic.

When Levi is imprisoned, Byron begins to question everything he’s ever believed. How can magic be evil when Levi used it to save dozens of lives? So Byron hatches a plan to save Levi that will cost him his job and probably his life. If he doesn’t pull it off, Levi will be put to death.

Byron discovers that he isn’t the only one questioning America’s stance on magic. And he learns that Levi is stubborn, angry, and utterly enchanting. Time is running out, though. Byron must convince Levi to trust him, to trust his own magic, and to fight against the hatred that’s forced him to hide his true nature his entire life. The more Levi opens up, the harder Byron falls. And the more they have to lose.

This book was a very pleasant surprise. I had never heard of it before I requested an e-ARC on Netgalley, so I wasn’t sure of what expect, but now I’m really happy I had the opportunity to give it a chance.

Rogue Magic is set in a world where everyone knows about magic, but a world where all magic users need to use a device that makes it impossible for them to use their powers. The protagonist’s uncle is the president of the company that produces these devices, and he never questioned its use before being saved by Levi, an unregistered magic user. The books talks a lot about the right of mages and how everything is used to make the people fear them.

The characters are very charming and I enjoyed spending time with them. The plot is interesting, but it wanders about aimlessly in the middle, which made me feel like the story lacked direction/wasn’t going nowhere. The lack of explanation about how the world got where it is (only America controls its magic users so much, and apparently there are conflicts around the world, though it’s never explained why) also annoyed me – I mean, was magic known since ever? If so, why are mages being prosecuted only now? If not, what made everyone find out about it?

The romance also went too quickly from hey-we’re-not-enemies to hey-we’re-in-love. I couldn’t really feel them falling in love, and it made it hard for me to care about their relationship. Still, I highly enjoyed reading Rogue Magic and would love to read more stories set in this world. 3.5 stars.

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