Recipe for Magic
Author: Agatha Bird
Title: Recipe for Magic
Genre: High Fantasy
Rating: Four Petals
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Connor Roth is a fire mage who’s going places. He's powerful, popular, and he has a plan. But his plan for fame and glory is disrupted when the Oracle sticks him with Landyn Glendower for Senior Trial. This is an act unprecedented in their school's history. Landyn is a water mage, and everyone knows mages with opposing elements can’t work magic together. Connor is left with a choice: work alone and fail or swallow his pride and work with Landyn to find a way to combine their magic in a display the Archmages will never forget—if they don't get kicked out of school in the process.
Connor Roth is arrogant and brash, but given his magical power over fire and his magical lineage he has every right to be. Until the Oracle pairs him with Landyn, a nobody who has water magic. Except, Connor quickly realizes that making assumptions really does make him an ass and his arrogance might not be deserved. The question is, will he learn those lessons in time for the trials he has to work with Landyn on?
I regularly check Agatha's website to see if there has been an update to Greg the Vampire (which I desperately want to be completed) and happened to see that Recipe for Magic had been released a while ago. I immediately started reading and I have to say that I loved every bit of this book. The characterizations were so vibrant that I was laughing along with their jokes and crying along with their pain. I was immediately pulled into the story because of how much depth Connor and Landyn both had and because of how interesting the changing dynamic between them was.
The plot itself was well-written, but it felt a little lacking in comparison. It was short and sweet, and I definitely enjoyed reading it, but it was also completely predictable. There weren't any twists and every turn I foresaw coming. I know that this was a young adult novella and the plot in many ways reflected that, but I can't help wishing that this were a short story prologue to a longer, more in-depth series to come.
I've been reading Agatha's online works for years and was overjoyed to learn about this book being published. It was definitely worth that joy as the characterizations pulled me into what was a truly wonderful story. The plot lacked depth, and I can't help hoping that there might be a larger series to come, but overall this was a fun, quick read and I definitely recommend it.
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