The Web of Arcana: Book One
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
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Fabulous world-building and storytelling
Diving into the world Angel Martinez built in The Mage on the Hill has been a treat. This author has a fabulous way of writing fantasies that can pull you in and make it hard to let go. She has a well-developed magic system, based on older periodic tables and elemental beliefs, in this new series that makes you excited to learn about the world and how it functions. The author also has the ability to make it feel like the world is *possible* not just fantasy.
The characters are three-dimensional and well-written. One MC being an optimistic but desperate young Mage in need of help. I would be, too, if the guilds that were meant to help me were trying to put me into hospice care instead. The other MC is a scarred and depressed man who has hidden himself from the world and his friends because of what he perceives to be his failures. Together, the two of them take us on a fantastical journey of magic and healing for both them and others. The supporting characters are also thoroughly developed and peak our interest, leading the reader to anticipate the next book in the series. The book has a lot of heart and
I highly recommend this book if you like a good modern fantasy with mages, a down to earth magic system, and believable MCs and supporting cast.