Book Review: In the Midst of Magic by Christian Cura

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58995486._SY475_Title: In the Midst of Magic 
Author: Christian Cura
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Date of Publication: June 4, 2022
Publisher: Self-published


Synopsis

Meet Kara Hartman, a photojournalist who is hiding her magic from the world. Traumatized by her brother’s death, she wants nothing more to do with magic. But just when she thought she could neglect her gift, it becomes apparent that the universe has other plans for Kara. When she discovers that an old foe has broken out of prison, hellbent on destroying her new life, Kara has no choice but to embrace the only power that can stop her.

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My Thoughts

In the Midst of Magic is an epic fantasy story set in modern day America. It has it all–action, romance, betrayals, all in the midst of magic (See what I did there?)

Right on the very first page, we’re dropped into the action. While the world that Cura has created is complex and dynamic, very little time is spent on worldbuilding at the beginning, which is perfect for those who aren’t fans of exposition or information dumps. It seems like most fantasy novels have those early few chapters which are spent explaining to the reader how the world works, which sometimes feels like reading a textbook. With this novel, I found it quite easy to slip into the magical world the author created. While the worldbuilding is scant in the beginning of the book, Cura makes up for it with plenty of theology and backstory for characters, with explanations for why the world is the way it is, all inserted into the narrative at the appropriate spots.

This novel has many strong female characters (almost exclusively!) which I greatly appreciated. Kara, the protagonist, is a photojournalist, and she’s hiding her magic from the world ever since her best friend’s betrayal, which resulted in her brother’s untimely demise. But when she witnesses a rogue demon hunter in action, she’s required to expose herself, using her magic to save innocent lives. I liked Kara a lot as a protagonist. She’s strong, yet vulnerable. She carries a lot of guilt about what happened to her brother, and she’s in denial about who she is. Selene, the rogue demon hunter, is a total bada$$, but she has her softer side too, which she gradually reveals to Kara as the novel progresses. This book has a romantic subplot between Kara and Selene, but it by no means overshadows the overall plotline. It’s quite sweet, and it provides some much-needed breaks from all the action sequences!

Action packed with detailed fight scenes, this book would make for a fabulous TV show. With the ensemble cast, dynamic worldbuilding, and lots of cliffhangers, I could easily see this book as a limited series or even a movie.

At one point, a character says “they’re a hybrid of Harry Potter and Robocop”, which is a perfect way to describe this fast-paced, action-oriented book.

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*Thank you to the author for the ebook to review*

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