Review of Pauline M. Ross’s Mages of Bennamore

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Book Blurb: A fragile peace. A clash of magic. A woman with secrets.

The war between Bennamore and the coastal region was over almost before it began. But the uniquely powerful mage who forged the alliance is dead, and the coastal folk are restless. Now the victors are bringing their spellcraft to the Port Holdings, unaware that the locals have their own less conspicuous magical ability.

Fen’s new job with the mages of Bennamore seems pleasant enough, but their powers threaten to expose her shady little habits. And then she can’t shake off the attentions of the flirtatious and uneducated guard, Mal. Nothing, it seems, will deter him.

The mysterious disappearance of a mage uncovers a dragon’s nest of deceit. Mal needs Fen’s help to figure it out, but she has divided loyalties and her past drags everyone into the middle of a violent conspiracy. Yet she may be the only one who can stand between the two countries, and stop them plunging back into a war which, this time, would destroy all of them.

Genre: fantasy

Rating: Five Stars – highly recommended

Review: Pauline M. Ross is a master at creating multidimensional characters that you will be rooting for as you dive into her intelligent and highly creative plots. This book was a page turner that quickly evaporated any respect I had for the next day as I stayed up later and later to find out what happened next.

The main character, Fen, is middle-aged, heartbroken, and has left her life on hold because of a fruitless dream. And yet, she is also highly intelligent and strangely endearing. She has secrets that have secrets, and as the plot unfolds she must reveal them all.

The magic system of this world that Ross is building in her Bright Moon Annals just keeps getting better. Here the Mages of Bennamore call their magic “connections” and some of them may surprise you with the reach of their gifts. There are more ruins and more mysteries added to this world, and I can’t wait to see where these mysteries will lead Ross in her next installment!

The first person narrative is well done and pulls you slowly further into the mind of the main character as she admits more and more of her own reasons to herself. The action was perfectly paced and gripping. The side characters are well written, and the romance threads itself throughout the book as the backbone of the story.

I would recommend this to anyone looking for an intelligent main character and complex plot. Highly recommended!

I was given an ARC copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

Amazon link: http://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00VZ4HSXW

Happy Reading!

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