"Modern Magic" by Anne Cordwainer
Published by Clotho Press
Rating: 3.5 stars
"Modern Magic" is officially released today!!
"Modern Magic" is a unique book that is comprised of short story cycles revolving around a world of magic, set within contemporary times. Liz is born into the Prospero family but is the only of them that does not possess magic powers. Liz and her brother John go through a series of difficult challenges as they are exposed to some of the dark sides of magic, particularly as a result of those who abuse their powers. We learn about their extended family and the complicated lives they lead due to magic. The book spans over 10 years and follows John and Liz throughout college, dating life, marriage, parenthood and unfortunately inevitable tragedy from the potential risks of magic.
I liked that the book was different because it was the story of the same family, yet conveyed throughout different separate adventures. I only wished that I could have seen more of Liz and John's interactions without the context of all the dramatic events. Because the book was primarily focused on the action of the magic world, I felt there could have been more character development and opportunity to see different sides of the characters.
Nonetheless, it was a fast-paced book that definitely grabbed my attention and made for a very interesting read. I also really enjoyed the twists and turns along the way, proving that not everything is always as it seems.
BIG THANKS to Melissa and Clotho Press for my review copy.