Last updated on March 3, 2021
Shifters and Glyphs
by Christina Bauer
Series: Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, Book 2
Genres: Paranormal, Fairy Tale, Romance
Release Date: October 30th 2018
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My Rating: ★★★★☆
After being raised by the meanest fairies in the history of ever, Bryar Rose is now free to live her own life. For the first time, she’s attending West Lake Prep, a regular high school. Well, mostly regular. Some students are actually hidden members of the Magicorum. In other words, they’re really wizards, fairies, or shifters. Bry doesn’t mind, though. She’s thrilled to enjoy all the new experiences of being around normal kids her age, from locker pranks to lunchtime mystery meat. Everything is going along great, except for one thing.
Bry’s dreams about the pyramids of Egypt have gotten darker and more sinister. Every night, she sees her new man Knox and her best friend Elle in danger.
With no other choice, Bry plans to leave school to explore the pyramids on her own. But her new man Knox discovers the scheme and is having none of it. He wants to stay by her side, no matter what. It’s a good thing too, because Bry must solve the mystery of her attraction to the pyramids and soon. Otherwise, it could cost the lives of those she loves most.
And that means not only Knox, but also her best friend Elle.
Shifters and Glyphs was pretty good. Several plot lines that I’d been suspecting for the past two books turned out to be true, and there were a few twists along the way as well.
I’m still not certain how Reggie fits in to the series. I’d like to know more of his story. I’d also like to know more of Ty’s story, so I’m hoping she gets her own set of books later, or at least a novella.
I feel, once again, as though we’re missing parts of the story. We don’t get to see Bry’s friends’ reactions to finding out she’s a Trilorum. I would think that’s a major revelation, seeing as they’re very rare. Nor do we get to find out what happens with Azizi. I know there will be more books, but since the next one switches to an Elle focus, I’d have thought we’d get more info on Az in this one.
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Finding out Bry was the fountain didn’t surprise me. I’d suspected that since the first book. Finding out she was born of magic was a surprise, though. I’d assumed Colonel Mallory was her father by blood and we’d eventually find out who her mother is.However, learning that she just appeared next to the geyser one day, I can’t help but wonder if the geyser needs to be guarded for the next five thousand years to ensure the next fountain is “born” safely.
Elle being revealed as the warden of Fae magic was a nice confirmation as well. I’d suspected it based on her being “mobbed” by the other fae students and receiving tributes from them. But they story related to it makes me wonder how many things Colonel Mallory has stuck his nose into over his lifetime.
I’d hoped Bry would somehow maintain her Trilorum status, or, even better, that she and Elle would regain their wings (and their original appearances) as part of the bounty ceremony. It was a little disappointing that they didn’t. Although I suppose I should just be happy magic is safe and that Bry and her wolf are still alive.
The origin of the Shadowvin was interesting and unexpected, although I suppose it shouldn’t have been. Finding out the Void is good was also a surprise to me. I think I may have been too focused on Bry and her friends to see the clues.
Overall, I was pleased with the book, although I’m left with more questions than answers. I can only hope that we’ll get answers in the next book of the series.
About the Author
Christina Bauer knows how to tell stories about kick-ass women. In her best selling Angelbound series, the heroine is a part-demon girl who loves to fight in Purgatory’s Arena and falls in love with a part-angel prince. This young adult best seller has driven more than 500,000 ebook downloads and 9,000 reviews on Goodreads and retailers. The first three books in the series are now available as audiobooks on Audible and iTunes.
Bauer has also told the story of the Women’s March on Washington by leading PR efforts for the Massachusetts Chapter. Her pre-event press release—the only one sent out on a major wire service—resulted in more than 19,000 global impressions and redistribution by over 350 different media entities including the Associated Press.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Disclaimer: This review is based on a complimentary eBook I received from Xpresso Book Tours. The complimentary receipt of this book has in no way affected my review or rating.