Ruthless Magic Book Review

Book: Ruthless Magic
Author: Megan Crewe
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Another World Press, for providing me with this ARC.

I was really impressed with this one. I have read some of Megan’s books in the past and have loved them-though this was my first fantasy by her. I wasn’t really expecting much, but I should had known better. This really was a great book and it really should be one of the top books of 2018! It was a mash up fantasy in a Hunger Games setting. That is a the vibe I was getting. It had edge of your seat action and a competition of survival of the fittest, just like the Hunger Games!

Now, the first little bit was kind of slow, but don’t let that scare you. It did take a little while for Megan to get the world set and I really don’t mind. It really was a complex plot with many, many layers. On the one hand, we have characters trying to make the transition form childhood to adulthood and feeling like they aren’t worth what they get/not getting their worth. However, we have an extremely corrupt system that places more or less value on certain individuals. Think of the pure bloods, half bloods, and Muggle borns of Harry Potter and you get the picture.

This book is told from many different points of view, something that I didn’t pick up on a first, which kind of confused me. So make sure you are aware of that or else you will not know what is going on. All of the characters were well written and developed. Not only that, but they were diverse. By diverse, I mean of different backgrounds. (Let me just take this moment to thank Megan for seeming to understand that diverse characters DO NOT simply mean characters in LBGTQ community.) I love how strong all the characters were, but there was just enough humanity and flaw in them that made them believable and retable.

The writing was amazing. I would put the writing and action up to that of Marie Lu, JK Rowling, and Suzanne Collins. It really did not feel like I was reading a book, but watching a TV show or movie. Everything just flowed and none of the words were put to waste. Every little detail, yes even that kind of weaker opening, was very important and added to overall plot.

So, if you are looking for a mash up of Harry Potter and the Hunger Games, then Ruthless Magic is the book for you. I really do hope that this becomes one of the top books of 2018! To me, this book does deserve some hype.

Ruthless Magic comes out May 30, 2018.