by Rayanne Haines
Maria Del Voscova is a powerful witch with a past. When she’s asked to become a member of the elite Guardians she knows she can’t risk sharing the truth about her messed-up family. But we don’t always get what we want. Sometimes, we don’t always know what we want.
Though Mar absolutely knows she doesn’t want Neeren, King of the Parthen. She alone sees the darkness in him and it reminds her too much of the past. She knows better than to fall for his stoic, tortured soul façade.
She’s training to be a Guardian, a shadow; tasked with keeping the balance between good and evil in the world. It’s what she wants—to be better than her family was.
But the past has a way of catching up to Mar and the future has a morbid sense of humor. On her first mission, she’s kidnapped by the enemy she’s been running from her entire life. Thankfully the guardians look after their own. As it turns out, so does Neeren.
As Mar finds herself caught between the past and the future; between blood and bond; between the light and the dark, she realizes her only chance at surviving may be in trusting a man who is the most dangerous of them all.
I want to give Magic Born 5 stars, because I really enjoyed the characters and the story arc. But, there are a few things that keep me from doing so.
First, is a continuity error. In Fire Born, Mar is Italian, but now in Magic Born, she’s Spanish. It’s likely not something you’ll notice unless you read them back-to-back like I did, but it’s still something worth noting.
Second, are the incorrect uses of Spanish. I noticed an odd phrase in Fire Born, but I assumed it was because Mar’s Italian, and my Italian isn’t great. Of the top of my head, there are a couple of incorrect phrases in Magic Born. I don’t expect everyone to have a perfect grasp of any language not their own. However, it is very simple to turn to Google Translate or even ask someone who does speak the language you’re using.
Third, are the errors. I noticed several as I read through Magic Born. Normally, I keep track of them by highlighting so I can decide later if there are enough to lose a star. However, the copy I received was a PDF, so I couldn’t highlight in my Kindle app.
NOTE: I’ve received word from Ms. Haines that Magic Born has, in fact, received a second round of edits and updated files are being uploaded. So, hooray!
This all left me at a loss as to whether to rate Magic Born 3 stars or 4. Ultimately, I decided on 4 because I really love the story and characters. Mar is another fabulously strong female lead who still has flaws and weaknesses, like Alex in Fire Born.
I’ll likely read Air Born when it’s available. I want to know Quinn and Lachon’s story. It isn’t surprising that they’re next. It was quite clear in Fire Born that Lachon has a thing for Quinn.
I hope Air Born gets an extra edit to bring it up to the standard set with Fire Born. But, even with the problems in Magic Born, I’d still recommend it as a good read.
About the Author
Rayanne Haines grew up on a small horse ranch in Alberta. She spent most of her youth re-enacting scenes from Anne of Green Gables to attentive audiences that included pygmy goats and roan stallions. The horses were thrilled. Her father could never figure out why it took her three hours to clean the barn.
Her mother was an avid reader and instilled a love of literature in her at a young age. She has always been fascinated with learning people’s stories.
She has a fondness for mountains and rivers and all the creatures that live within them. And she believes in magic, the spirit, that which we cannot see.
Rayanne knows stories and poetry can transform lives. She approaches her writing from a place of joy, wonder and empowerment.
She also offers public speaking and writing workshops. She particularly likes speaking with young women about reaching their goals and overcoming adversity in their lives, and about how poetry and storytelling can inspire them.
Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook ARC I received from Xpresso Book Tours. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.