I want to start off this review by saying I really, really hate giving bad reviews. I know what it’s like to pour your soul into something and get disappointing feedback. That said, everyone likes different things, and Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s Lady of Magick just wasn’t my thing.
Sophie Marshall is now a student at Merlin College, and her husband, Gray, is a professor. But she feels a bit alienated by her fellow students because, not only is she a princess, she’s the only female at Oxford. When Gray gets an invitation to teach at a University in Din Edin (aka Edinburgh), they jump at the chance. Sophie finds new friends in her fellow students (some of which are female) and she and Gray begin to make their home in Din Edin. One day, Sophie comes home to find a note from Gray saying that he has been urgently called to London. But when he doesn’t return, and Sophie’s spells can’t track him, she realizes something sinister has happened. With the help of her sister, Joanna, Sophie searches for Gray and uncovers a web of intrigue that threatens them all.
I really wanted to like this book. I reviewed the first book in the series, The Midnight Queen, about a month ago and, for the most part, I liked it. I did mention in my review that the language was a little bit affected, but fitting for the time period. The language in Lady of Magick was somehow even more affected. And as someone who loves the English language (and has read my fair share of medieval and Elizabethan literature), I just couldn’t get through this book. The language was so pretentious that it just wasn’t a pleasurable experience and I couldn’t get more than mildly invested in the story. Events that were supposed to be exciting were overshadowed by the words.
I really hesitated giving this book one star. Because I didn’t hate it. But ultimately, I based my decision on the fact that reading this book was just not a pleasant experience. It hung over my head for weeks because I couldn’t bring myself to pick it back up. I did skim the second half, just to get a good idea of the plot (which wasn’t terrible), but I very rarely dislike reading and this book made reading seem like a chore.
If you liked The Midnight Queen, you might like Lady of Magick, but personally, I don’t recommend it.
This book was provided to me by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.