Welcome to another book corner!
It’s been a few months since I’ve reviewed any books. I’ve been reading a lot of fanfiction again, and the books I did read weren’t noteworthy: Although one of them raised a lot of questions about writing craft, so I’ll talk about it in next month’s Author Toolbox Hop!
Anyway, onto today’s book: Magic at Midnight.
Magic at Midnight is a novella by Ronel Janse van Vuuren. I had the pleasure of beta-reading it earlier in the year: It was a welcome break from the dull marketing assignment I was supposed to be doing! It’s the story of Amy, a young woman who lives on the outskirts of her step-family’s estate, living with, and taking care of, a herd of Pegasi.
Amy’s world is turned upside-down by the arrival of a noble guest. She finds herself dragged into a world so very different from her own, but it’s a world she must learn to navigate if she wishes to keep her herd safe.
From the back cover:
Amy has only known one life. Now she needs to put it all on the line to save what is precious to her. Can this simple farm girl survive court-life? Can she stop a war from burning down her world? And what of the mysterious princess of Hazel Wood and her covert glances…? Not to mention the prince of Acacia Wood who might or might not be involved with the prophecies ruling their kingdoms. With mysteries and secrets threatening the life she longs to return to, can she separate her feelings from the mission?
Things I loved:
Anyone who knows me knows I love magic, mythical creatures, and certain chick flicks. Magic at Midnight has all those elements and more. In the style of Miss Congeniality, a film I’ve seen a million times because I adore MC Gracie, Ronel builds a vivid magical fantasy kingdom, with a competition for the princes’ hand in marriage instead of a beauty pageant!
The characters are memorable: Amy reminds me of Cinderella, but only that she has a stepmother and step sisters. Unlike Cinderella, she’s headstrong and feisty! She also has magic, which she uses to defend her herd and never to make her long list of chores easier. She doesn’t long for a prince to wisk her away either, she’s happy where she is!
Rachel of Hazel Wood and the Prince were equally awesome. It was hard to know who I liked better! Even the minor characters, like the maid and Princess Rose, were well developed and easy to visualise.
The pegasi (winged horses): The members of the herd, much like people, have their own personalities. Idil was easily my favourite. She’s Amy’s friend and companion, and such a sassy sweetie! I’m also a sucker for any book with animal companions!
The magic and the castle: The small magical touches Ronel adds are perfect, and I could feel the wonder with each new addition. I also adore castles, and the castle in Magic at Midnight was no exception. Twisting corridors, secret passages, and something so unique it made me giddy with glee 🙂
If you love fantasy, magic, well developed characters and mythical creatures, you’ll love Magic at Midnight!
You know those books where you’re suspicious of everyone? Magic at Midnight was one of those. I couldn’t pin down who the villain was: I kept changing my mind! It was an enjoyable read, full of fantasy, magic, and conspiracy, and I’d love to see more of Amy and Idil!
Magic at Midnight is available on Amazon.
More about Ronel:
Award-winning author Ronel Janse van Vuuren mainly writes for teens and tweens, though she is known to write mythology-filled short stories for anthologies aimed at older readers. Her dark fantasy works, usually full of folklore, can be viewed on her website and on Goodreads.
Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not actually writing. All of her books are available for purchase from major online retailers.
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Thanks for Reading!
Have you read Magic at Midnight? Who was your favourite character? Chat in the comments!
Next week, my July, and Camp Nanowrimo, update!