ARC Mini Review – The Relic Spell

Author: Jimena I. Novaro

Publication Date: December 17, 2019

Length: 400 pages

Read Date(s): June 25, 2021 – June 29, 2021


Goodreads Review

Magic rolls through Orion Tamura’s history classroom like a tidal wave of golden light that only he can see. The spell is deadly, and Orion has no idea who cast it or what they want.

Answers are scarce—all of Port Monica’s sorcerers vanished fourteen years before, including Orion’s father. Armed with his limited knowledge of magic, Orion is the only one left in the city who is strong enough to investigate the origins of the spell.

But the city’s leaders will stop at nothing to censor and sabotage anyone who gets close to the truth. Invisible otherworlders watch every move Orion and his friends make, and a mysterious sorcerer who knows the answers haunts Orion’s dreams.

My Mini Review

***Thanks to BookSirens for providing a copy of the book. My review consists of my honest thoughts and opinions about the book.***

This book was a wild ride full of magic, demons, and teenage angst. The pace was almost non-stop from the beginning, and it was hard to put the book down. The author did a beautiful job with the prose in this book, especially the descriptions of the locations and magic system. I was able to picture all of it easily in my head. The world-building was intricate and slowly revealed over the course of the novel, and the story left me with so many questions I need answered. My only complaint would be that the book was excessively wordy at times and I found myself skimming at times without really missing anything. The characters were well-developed, and their backgrounds were intriguing and mysterious. I appreciated the excellent LGBT representation, which was displayed casually throughout the novel. The friendships and relationships between the characters were also compelling, and I especially enjoyed seeing the impact of Orion’s crush on the friendship between him and Max. As if that wasn’t enough, the story worked beautifully as a metaphor for the fight against systemic economic inequality. I’m excited to see where this series goes next and will definitely be reading the next book. Therefore, I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars.

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