As of right now, I’m only on the second book but I am really loving it so far. I’m really enjoying everything this book has to offer but my favorite parts so far are the type of magic this book’s world uses and how the author writes trauma. As someone who reads a shit ton of urban fantasy (like I’m not kidding half of my kindle is just urban fantasy), I would say I’m fairly experienced with the different types of magic in urban fantasy books. I would be comfortable saying that right now a lot of urban fantasy “magic” is much closer to superpowers than magic in my opinion. This is why I like this series so much, it has that feel of going back to the roots of magic. You know, more ritualistic magic, where everything from the crystal used to the position of the stars matter. It’s just a really nice breath of fresh air to have a type of magic that needs more then just will power.
Now, the magic is a great part of this book but the part that really gets to me with the excellent writing depicting trauma(especially in a teenager). The way Chance is written is perfect for me. The way he tries to ignore his traumatic past and only lets stuff slip occasionally is super impactful to me. Multiple times throughout the book a single line can make me cry. I’ll just be enjoying the magic and then bang tears! Especially every single mention of Chance not being able to sleep on his bed! It just makes me feel so sad and I just want to hug Chance and make everything safe for him. All in all, I’d give this book an 8 out of 10 and I can’t wait to get to the next one.