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About Burning Magic
In Book 3 of a 3-book series, when Lily, aka the “witch queen” and bat-rider extraordinaire Thorn travel to Sultanate of Fire, things go terribly wrong. Instead of celebrating a reunion with their old friend K’leed, they are thrust into royal murder, an epic quest, and a deadly battle for the throne.
While investigating the murder, Lily learns shocking truths about her life that could destroy all she has achieved. Yet, among the ruins of her old life, she has the opportunity to become someone greater…and more terrifying.
Thorn and the magnificent bat, Hades, join the timid K’leef and the idiotic Gabriel Solar in a quest to find a phoenix. These fire birds are the key to saving the sultanate, but they nest within the Shardlands. The boys must defeat not only the monsters of that magical wilderness, but also rivals eager to claim the throne for themselves. Rivals that include a renegade from House Shadow…
About Joshua Khan
Joshua was born in Britain, the land filled with ancient castles, dark forests, and tales of legendary heroes and fantastical monsters. He has visited King Arthur’s grave and stood at the ancient oak where Robin Hood once gathered his Merry Men.
His head stuffed with magical stories, it was inevitable that Joshua would want to create some of his own. Hence the Shadow Magic Series.
Josh lives in London with his family, but he’d rather live in a castle. It wouldn’t have to be very big, just as long as it had battlements.
My Thoughts on Burning Magic
I picked this one up to read with the kids on our spring break vacation. It seemed the right length, and full of magic, surely would hold their attention. I hadn’t realized it was book 3 at first, and so without the background and friendship building of the first 2 books, most of the children took little interest.
Chloe, however, loved it. Hanging on to every word, she asked me every spare second we had to please keep reading. She laughed at Gabriel’s idiocy, and thought the love blooming though unmentioned between Thorn and Lilly to be quite silly.
During breaks from our reading she recounted all that her siblings had missed, with a certain kind of joy you can only find in a child.
For her enjoyment, I’d say this book was a hit! There were few parts I thought felt a little dark, or pushing on the limits of dark magic being appropriate – however, after reading the whole book I came to appreciate the way Lilly looks at her kind of magic, and how death shouldn’t be feared. At least not as long as you’ve lived a good life.
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