Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Magic Brew: Edge Chronicles by T. Rae Mitchell

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Author: T. Rae Mitchell
Publisher: Original Mix Media
Publication Date: September 15, 2015
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review

They call me Edge, and I’m the only supernatural in New York City with Djinn powers. My gang is known as the Forsaken. We’re the throwaways of our kind, despised by purebloods for being mixed breeds. Banishment, rejection and abandonment bind us. Yet our differences are what make us powerful, and close to unstoppable. Until today.

We’ve been double-crossed. The one person we trusted above all others, lured us into a trap set by a gang of warlocks. They've crippled my powers and tried to enslave me for the rare magic pumping in my veins. I gave them the slip, but now there’s a price on my head and the road home is blocked by gangs of shifters, witches, vampires, demons and deadly fae. Odds are good we won’t all make it back alive. But you can be damn sure, me and my crew won’t go down without a fight.

Enter a dystopian underworld of supernatural gangs and prepare for an action-packed, paranormal adventure filled with sorcery, treachery and forbidden romance.

I don't usually spend any time talking about the covers of the books I read, but I just wanted to say that I love the one for Magic Brew! The cover model is exactly how I would have pictured Edge and I like the mysterious element that the smoky font gives to it. Very cool.

I was a big fan of author T. Rae Mitchell's other novel, Fate's Fables, so when she approached me about reviewing Magic Brew I immediately said yes. Some background, in case you are interested: the author is a fan of the movie The Warriors, and that was a big inspiration for her in writing this book. I have never seen that movie, but I found myself thinking about The Outsiders a lot. There really aren't a lot of parallels there, it just reminded me of it because of the obvious gang theme and in both cases the members are so close they are practically family.

Edge is our protagonist. As with all of the members in his gang, the Forsaken, he was not full blood supernatural; he was half Djinn and half unknown. He wasn't sure if it is was his father or mother that was Djinn, but he was afraid the other part was human (known as "gullies" in the book, as in "gullible"). There are quite a lot of secondary characters introduced, especially the other members of the gang. They are all interesting and comprised of many different supernatural combinations with fascinating abilities. I had trouble keeping them all straight in my head; luckily there is a handy list at the back of the book that names each member and important information about them. It also lists all of the rival gangs, which is nice.

The main conflict begins when the Bad Hats, a gang of warlocks, declare that they can knock down the Wall, a magical barrier meant to keep supernaturals in New York. It was constructed by the Highborns (fae royalty) and Edge was a key part in the plan to take it down. The rest of the story involves Edge learning more about his parents as the Forsaken fight many of the supernatural gangs around the city.

Even with all of this action going on, it's not completely devoid of romance. Edge has a pretty tight connection with one of his fellow gang members, Nyx, who is half Unseelie pixie and half shadow elf. He also met a human girl, Sierra, who he immediately feels a connection with. She has a sort of ability of her own, which is part of his infatuation with her. It doesn't go much farther than him exploring his feelings. I was disappointed in the way he treated both of the women at times. I get that his life was getting turned upside down and he was confused, but that didn't excuse him in my book.

Magic Brew was full of action, suspense, betrayal, and loss. There were still some questions left unanswered that I'm sure will be tackled in upcoming novels. I think I'm most interested in learning more about Edge's parents and seeing what happens between him and Nyx/Sierra. This was a great start to a new series and I look forward to what comes next for the characters.

If you would like to learn more about author T. Rae Mitchell, please check out her website, and connect with her via Twitter and Facebook.

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