Enforcer Annia Melcott is no stranger to adversity.
A damned good investigator and a loyal friend, she’s fought rebels and terrorists, taken down dangerous criminal gangs, and risked herself time and again for the sake of her city.
But when Annia’s life goes up in smoke, she decides she’s had enough. Hoping to lose herself in an adventure or two, she travels to the Southern continent for a much-needed respite.
The first mission she snags is simple enough — escort two mage children and their guardian back to their ancestral home, and make sure they don’t get killed or kidnapped by bandits. But while Southia’s verdant lands are beautiful and compelling, they are also rife with ancient, wild magic that the world has forgotten.
Evil shamans, powerful goddesses, and vengeful ghosts lurk in unexpected places, and if Annia isn’t careful, she might very well become their next victim…
This is a backstory novella that takes place concurrent to the events in Taken by Magic. It is also a prequel to Tempted by Magic, Book One in the brand-new Mischief and Magic series, coming Spring 2020!
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Title: Scorched by Magic
Series: Mischief and Magic #0
Author: Jasmine Walt
Publisher: Dynamo Press
Called by Magic is a fast-paced, entertaining read that will prepare you for the future awesomeness that is the Mischief and Magic series in the Baine Chronicles World. Sunaya’s story was my intro to Walt, and I still stand by my statement that it’s my favorite series by this author, so you can imagine my excitement when I heard that she was going to do a spin-off! We’re returning to Solantha! Well… sort of.
Annia is Sunaya’s best friend, an enforcer in the Northia Federation and a hired mercenary. While in the south, she takes on a job to escort and guard two children returning to their grandfather. Considering that it’s a novella, it’s a pretty fast trip with an unsuspecting twist that leads you down to a downright gasp moment. In my personal opinion, it did feel like she spent about as much time in the
spoiler as she did trekking with the kids during the entire thing, but otherwise I thought it was a good tease to get you ready for Annia’s series. I’ve missed the others and this world, and there’s nothing like getting to revisit a place you put so much time and tears in, you know?
If I were a new reader to the Baine Chronicles World, I think it would’ve been cool to get just a little bit more background on what happened in Sunaya’s story. As a fan, I thought there was a lot that went on, and this novella barely grazes all the crazy things that occurred. But, it is Annia’s story, and she wasn’t privy to all the insanity, so maybe it is best this way. This is a definite recommend, and if you haven’t, yet, I encourage you to look into Sunaya’s books, as well. They were funny, entertaining, indulging in all the feels, and I have a feeling it’ll be just like that with Annia.