In nineteenth century Norland, magic is forbidden, punishable by death. But it's coming for Clara…
Clara was born to the nobility at a time when rank and power are often more valuable than the bonds of family. Her parents have plans for her, none that she wants, all involving her arranged marriage to a suitor selected for her, without her input.
From her birth, her entire life has been planned out for her, from lessons with her governess in academics—only what a future wife in society needs to know, of course—to etiquette and needlepoint. Every step of her path is meant to end with her walking down an aisle and then popping out heirs, to eventually begin the cycle anew.
Her true feelings shared only with one of her sisters, Clara cringes at the thought of her destiny, doing all she can to accept the fate her parents have chosen for her.
Only then, for the first time in her life, something unexpected happens. Clara falls gravely ill, and none of the usual methods, including leeching, can save her. With their daughter on the brink of death, when her future alliance is already settled, her desperate father finally calls on a mysterious man whose expertise is in the banned arts. It's a dangerous move, one that threatens all that her parents have built.
Now, an illegitimate wizard is Clara's only hope of survival. And under his secret care, an unforeseen side effect develops.
Magic awakens in Clara, gifting her with a second chance.
Her entire life, she has resisted the lure of magic, doing what has been expected of her.
Nothing has prepared her to deny the temptation of the only man willing to save her … from herself.
* Magic Awakens is the first book in the Witching World, a complete series of six full-length novels and one prequel novella. These books are young adult historical fantasy and are suitable for all ages. Each book ends in a cliffhanger, but the series finale wraps up in an uplifting happily-ever-after.
* The suggested reading order for the Witching World series is the following:
The FIve-Petal Knot
The Ginger Cat
The Scarlet Dragon
Spirit of the Spell - prequel novella
A good beginning with filling in the backstory. I like the premise and wonder how the story is going to flesh out.
Too good to put down
An exquisite treasure. Thank you for sharing your skills with your reading audience.
I loved it! Wonderful characters