Title: Lives of Magic
Series: Seven Wanderers Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Lucy Leiderman
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 4th, 2013 by Dundurn Press
Seventeen-year-old Gwen is settling into her new home in Oregon and looking forward to senior year when she is kidnapped by Kian, who warns her that she is in terrible danger. An ancient war was fought between magical Celtic warriors and three evil magicians. Those magicians are alive and well and need Gwen’s magic to regain their power. If they succeed, they’ll be unstoppable. To save the world, Gwen must unlock the magic trapped in her memories of a past life in Britannia.
As Gwen starts to recover her lost memories and awakens to her power, she suffers the consequences of a divided soul. Gwen and Kian travel to New York and then to England to find others of her kind. Gwen, Garrison, Seth, and Moira need each other to solve the puzzle of their last days in ancient Britannia. They are only as strong as what they remember, but a troublesome history threatens to doom the world. One way or another, a deadly showdown is inevitable, ready or not …
**A copy was provided for review purposes**
On Gwen’s first day of a new high school she is kidnapped by a stranger called Kian. He claims she possesses magic and is in danger of three powerful magicians who have traveled forward in time to conquer the world, and they need her power if they are to accomplish it.
With help from Kian, Gwen sets out to find others like her, in hope that if they work together they can regain their memories and powers in time to prevent the magicians from succeeding with their plan.
Let me just start by saying “OMG, how gorgeous is the cover, please?” I absolutely love it, it’s so eye-catching and I love the colours, they remind me of Autumn time. I would definitely pick this up if I saw it on the shelf for the cover alone.
Lives of magic had me gripped from the start, i loved the writing style, it was so smooth it was easy to get carried away, i could happily of finished it in one sitting, although i didn’t as life always seems to get in the way.
Following Gwen on her journey was an enjoyable experience. I felt sympathetic toward her throughout a lot of the story. First she gets kidnapped, then she has to go in search of the others, all the while trying to regain her memories and control her powers. It must be hard going from thinking your a normal person to being magical the next. Poor Gwen, she handles it remarkably well though.
I loved Kian’s character! Although there were a few times i wanted to smack him sideways, unfortunately for you i can’t tell you why or it would spoil all the fun; I didn’t see it coming!! At first he’s remote and stone-like but soon warms up to Gwen and relaxes bit by bit. He’s smart, cute (in my head he’s a proper fittie) *YUM YUM* and does whatever he can to help the others. Totally a great main character.
Overall i really enjoyed reading ‘Lives of Magic’, at times i felt it was a tad slow but still a great read none the less!