In a time when being a Magi can get you killed, one girl will risk her life to aid a boy and expose her gift to a group of strangers.

In Eileen Troemel’s Wild Magic, we join Mallory in her prophetic journey that leads her where her magic takes her. On the run and hunted by those who wish her kind dead, she comes across a boy that needs her help or he will die. Our heroine takes a leap of faith and follows her prophetic dreams. At great peril she uses her gifts to save him and meets a group of six who had been searching for her. Reluctantly she joins their quest as they travel to a province in need of her unique powers. As Malory confronts her past, she will need to learn if she can keep moving forward as she was sworn to do.

When I first began the book, I wasn’t sure exactly what I was getting into. The author paints a landscape that begins describing a city much like an abandoned Chicago mixed with magic and nature. I literally held my breath a few times as we follow the main character making her way thru a twisted city filled with dangers. I imagined the setting like one of my favorite recent video games, Horizon Zero Dawn. I love following a good story where humans have returned to nature after such a technology-dependent age we currently live in.

While the focus is on our female Magi Mallory, Troemel introduces us to six others with a quest of their own. We meet Leland, Pintra, Faolan, Jadan, Ovra, and Erga. The seven slowly begin to trust each other as their dreams and destinies are intertwined. Guided by fate, they revisit a painful place from Mallory’s past but leave with a renewed sense of purpose. While avoiding the dangerous hunters who wish the Magi dead, they continue to stay one step ahead as they embark on the perilous journey to the province where Mallory’s gifts are needed. The backgrounds are revealed of her new traveling companions and relationships are formed. In order to survive, they will need faith and trust to survive.

Once I dived in, it was tough to put down. I enjoyed following the adventure and would recommend Wild Magic.

~review by Amber Barnes

Author: Eileen Troemel
CreateSpace, 2016
pp. 310, $11.99