Descendants of War: Magic’s Demise by Ruby Fitzgerald

I was sent a review copy of Descendants of War: Magic’s Demise by the author in exchange for an honest review. 

40670181Title: Descendants of War: Magic’s Demise
Author: Ruby Fitzgerald
Publisher: Soldier Bear Entertainment
Pages: 110 pages
Publication Date: June 27th 2018
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4

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Thousands of years ago, the Ancients bestowed the Nine Energies of Magic to certain humans known as Descendants. When Aurora, briefly in possession of all Nine Energies, defeated King Zagan during the Battle of Venom, peace returned to the war-torn queendom of Thurnadan. However, a new adversary has emerged: The Jinx. Far more threatening than Zagan and his army, The Jinx is a disease with a one hundred percent mortality rate. The race to find a cure is on; it is only a matter of time before the disease mutates and becomes capable of killing every living thing in its path. Terror spreads. The Jinx seems to be unstoppable, especially when fate rests in the hands of the disheartened. A disturbing Seer’s vision and long-neglected maps are the only guidance the people of Thurnadan have in their frantic search for a cure. Turning to lore of the Ancients for answers, a dark Prophecy threatening the end of mankind’s reign is discovered, but a sliver of hope is also found within its riddle of verses. Do the Ancients still live? Will the disease mutate and grow more powerful? And how much time does the queendom have before all are certain to perish?

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I didn’t realized that this is actually the second book from a series, even though the story is not connected to the first book but I feel really lost at first because the characters are already developed and I don’t know their history at all.

Months after Thurnadan win the Battle of Venom and defeated King Zagan, a new mysterious disease is spreading and killing every Descendants. A prophecy from a long time ago predict that humanity will someday perish because of the disease called Jinx, the prophecy might come true if they don’t find a cure soon. Panic and terror are spreading, the Queen gather her best army to search for the cure that lays in the riddle of the prophecy.

I think the story is quite unique because in this book human are facing the battle with a powerful unseen force instead of with their own kind. Because I grew tired of the story in which people betraying one another for crown or the uprising of the oppresed people, or any trope that YA fantasy usually used. So this kind of story is kind of refreshing and make me really curious to find out how the story will end. However the plot is rather slow which make me slightly bored. The adventure is thrilling, it kinda remind me of PJO with the prophecy and people with magic to fulfill it, but in a more mature, intense and serious way.

It’s hard for me to understand the world at first because I haven’t read the first book, and the story is a little bit connected with the Battle of Venom in the previous book so it took so long for me to finally understand it. The magic system is pretty basic, nothing new, there are nine elements of magic like Water Weaver, Fire Sculptor, Wind Whisperer, Earth Grounder, Seer, Mind Handler, Shape Shifter, Healer, and Spell Spinner.

I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters because there are a LOT of main characters in this book and all of them have the same amount of important role, nobody really stands out. I also often got confuse by the transition of the PoV.

All in all I think this book deserve more attention because it’s a great book with a good plot and worlbuilding. I think you’ll like this book if you like adventure, prophecy, magic, a squad with badass men and women, and morally grey characters.

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Chicago-based author, Ruby Fitzgerald, grew up in a small town in Oregon, As a teenager, Fitzgerald turned to writing as a outlet for her thoughts and emotions. Her stories served as an escape from what she would later find out were bouts of depression alongside chronic anxiety. Stories, books, and grand tales grew to be her way of analyzing and coming to terms with many of the more difficult details of reality. And they still are.

 

 

 

 

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Otherwood

I got this e-ARC from Candlewick Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I really don’t know how to express my feeling about this book and I think I wouldn’t be able to write a proper review because this book has so many twists and turns that I’m afraid that I would unintentionally gave the plot away. But I love this book so so much and this is my attempt to persuade you all to read this amazing book! Although, it’s best to read it without knowing anything at all because I did and look what this book made me feel!

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Title: Otherwood
Author: Pete Hautman
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Genre: Middle-Grade, Fantasy
Pages: 320 pages
Year of Publication: September 11th 2018
Rating: 4,5
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“Hatred combined with lies and secrets can break the world.” Grandpa Zach used to say that before he died, but Stuey never really knew what he meant. It was kind of like how he used to talk about quantum physics or how he used to say ghosts haunted their overgrown golf course.
But then one day, after Stuey and his best friend, Elly Rose, spend countless afternoons in the deadfall in the middle of the woods, something totally unbelievable happens. As Stuey and Elly Rose struggle to come to grips with their lives after that reality-splitting moment, all the things Grandpa Zach used to say start to make a lot more sense. This is a book about memory and loss and the destructive nature of secrets, but also about the way friendship, truth, and perseverance have the ability to knit a torn-apart world back together. 
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PLOT

Stuey and his new best friend Elly Rose are not only share the same birthday, they also share the passion and interest of wild life. They spend a lot of time playing in the wood and they even have a secret basecamp in the deadfall right in the middle of the wood. They somehow attracted to that place, it’s enchanting and sometimes they can hear music and people talking inside it, it’s creeping them out but they can’t help to love the place. Grandpa Zach told him that the wood is haunted, is it the ghosts that they’ve been hearing?

One day, Stuey told Elly Rose about their old family secret, about how their great grandparents was connected to one another. In the middle of his story, something unbelieveable happened right in front of Stuey’s eyes. And finally all of Grandpa Zack told him make senses.

And that’s when the story become interesting! The pace is rather slow in the beginning but it was gripping me from the start, so tight that I can’t get my eyes off the book. I finished the book in one sit, less than 5 hours!! That’s the fastest I can finish a book since forever!

I could tell you what was happening in the wood but then I’d totally ruin the fun. This is the book that you HAVE to read yourself!!

WRITING

The writing is out of this world! The mystery was really well written and I can’t guess where the story would lead me, will this lead me to a ghost story? Another magical land? Is this a thriller book? Or was the main character simply lose his mind? I really can’t guess!

WORLDBUILDING

The worldbuilding is the most interesting part of this book. Pete Hautman created an entirely different world from most MG fantasy books. This is actually a pretty common theme but I just rarely seen another MG books with similar theme, so I found this really unique and interesting. I love the concept and I love the way the mystery resolve toward the revealing. Although the ending kinda confuse me and make me questioning all how and why but this book is beautiful nonetheless.

This book bring out so many deep and slightly dark topics, about a dark old family secret, loss, grief, and guilt. But also a heartwarming topics about friendship and family.

CHARACTERS

Stuey and Elly Rose has a really great chemistry, their relationship is one of the most heartwarming friendship I’ve ever read. Although I feel like both characters lack emotions when the “thing” happened and ended, I mean, if I were them I’d totally freak out and questioning my sanity. I kinda expected a big dramatic scene in the end but there weren’t any.

I love that they still believe in each other despite all the circumstances and always try to get back to each other, to get back to the way they were.

OVERALL

This book is nothing like other MG books I’ve ever read, the theme is so unique although it’s a little bit confusing at the end but if you could just enjoy it and not asking so many questions, you would totally like it. There are some slightly dark contents in this book which I don’t think suitable for middle graders but that’s not the main focus of the book. I love the mysteries and the friendship, it’s totally a friendship goal!

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Do you know about this book before? Is it on your TBR? Does my review make you want to read this book?

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