Uncommon Magic by Michelle Scott
Book description (from Goodreads) –
In Mira Meadowmarsh’s world, Magicians have complete control over ordinary people like herself. Magicians rule with iron fists, levying taxes, seizing property, and meting out harsh punishment to those who break the rules. But while the un-magical commons cannot defend themselves against the Magician’s magic, there is one thing that Magicians fear: inventions. So when rumors spread that the un-magical are building machines and planning an uprising, the Magicians retaliate with even harsher laws.
At first, all of this means nothing to Mira who doesn’t give a fig about politics. She’s in love, and life is sweet. But when she discovers that her brother is an inventor who’s suddenly the most wanted man in the country and that the boy she loves, her companion since childhood, is really a Magician, Mira finds herself in the middle of a brewing revolution.
In a world where magic equates to power and Magicians reign over the commons (those without magic), Mira, a common is content with her life. She is in love with Jess, a young man she has known practically her whole life and who loves and wants to marry her. Mira is happy and doesn’t get caught up in the politics between the Magicians and commons.
Mira knows the rules: always show respect to the Magicians, don’t anger them, and do not under any circumstances operate any form of machinery without a license. For there is one thing that frightens the Magicians…machinery. They fear and hate it, as they believe that if the commons use machinery, it could make them just as powerful as the Magicians.
So when Mira discovers that her brother, Liam, has been building machinery and is wanted by the Governor and that Jess is actually a Magician, Mira’s world is turned upside down. Can Mira save her brother and will Jess stay the same or will the status and power of being a Magician change him?
Uncommon Magic drew me in from the very first page. I just wanted to keep reading and reading and I enjoyed the story so much that I didn’t want it to end.
The main character Mira, is very likeable and easy to connect with. This is due to author, Michelle Scott’s, ability to get to the heart of her characters – to show both their strengths and their weaknesses. I was able to understand where Mira was coming from, why she thought the way she did and why she made the choices that she did.
That does not always happen in a novel, sometimes you find yourself confused as to the choices a character makes, but in Uncommon Magic, it feels like you are right there with Mira throughout her journey.
When I finished reading the novel I was happy with the outcome for the characters, but I also would have been happy to see the novel continue for a few more chapters, as I was left with a couple of unanswered questions. Having unanswered questions is not necessarily a bad thing, as it gives the reader a chance to use their own imagination, but I would have liked a few more details to have been included in the ending.
Overall, I really enjoyed Uncommon Magic. I loved the mixture of magic and romance and as I was reading the novel I kept thinking how it would make a great movie. If you are a fan of the TV series Merlin, enjoy reading about myths and legends or just like reading a paranormal romance, then this is a novel for you.
*Thank you to Michelle Scott for providing me with a copy of Uncommon Magic to review.