Charlie N. Holmberg
A world of enchanted injustice needs a disenchanting woman in an all-new fantasy series by the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician. The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood. Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She'll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn't turn her in. Working together, Elsie's trust in--and fondness for--the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind. For a rogue spellbreaker like Elsie, there's so much to learn about her powers, her family, the intriguing Bacchus, and the untold dangers shadowing every step of a journey she's destined to complete. But will she uncover the mystery before it's too late to save everything she loves?
Charlie N. Holmberg
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"Thrilling, small amounts of romance but a story that keeps you reading 😖☺️"
"The book starts off slow. If it wasn’t an audio book, I likely wouldn’t have finished. The story is really good, and I do enjoy that the romance, once introduced, doesn’t eclipse the actual story plot. Like action movies, everything gets really good in the last 45 min. Can’t wait for Book 2. downloading now!"
"Elsie has to juggle her clandestine missions sent to her by an unknown patron, which are said to help the downtrodden, but also doing tasks to pay off a handsome magician for breaking his spells so he won't turn her into the authorities. While working off her debt, they learn to see past their initial prejudices to the core of who they are, drawing them closer to one another. The magic system is very unique and the characters are great. While the reveals aren't shocking, it's still a good read."