The Magpie’s Daughter, by Fiona Skye

Today I’ll be reviewing The Magpie’s Daughter, by Fiona Skye. The book is set in the same universe as her Revelations series, and has some character and event overlap with it.  Here’s the cover and blurb:

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When Aeryn Walker receives a mysterious package for her sixteenth birthday, she has no idea that what’s hidden inside will catapult her into a dangerous adventure, full of magic and faeries, where she will uncover the secret of her father’s true identity

 

 

 

 

 

 

TL;DR Review

Character and Dialogue 17 points
Setting and Description 20 points
Plot and Creativity 18 points
Technical Ability 20 points
Cover and Blurb 19 points
   
Overall 94 points
  • Very believable, relatable characters who sound like real people.
  • Excellent description with vivid imagery.
  • Fast-paced, interesting story with a familiar plot but unique characters
  • Excellent technical ability
  • Beautiful cover that directly relates to the story and a tight, interesting blurb

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The Joy Thief, by A.M. Rycroft

Today, I’ll be reviewing The Joy Thief, by A.M. Rycroft. This is the third book in her Cathell series, but chronologically it follows directly from the first book, Into The Darkness (which I reviewed here), so it isn’t necessary to read the second book to understand what is going on. Here’s the cover and blurb:

Joy Thief

It’s hunting Eben’s children.

Aeryn Ravane and the young thief Theo Weldon barely survived The Harbinger’s reign of terror. They travel north to escape from their dark memories, but darkness enters their lives again in the city of Eben. A malevolent force is feeding on the minds of children. It’s not long before it finds Theo.

Aeryn’s desperate search for answers leads her to a dark legend about an insatiable creature that no one believes is real. But is it truly just a myth? Aeryn races to find out the truth before Theo’s nightmares swallow her forever.

 

TL;DR Review

Character and Dialogue 18 points
Setting and Description 19 points
Plot and Creativity 13 points
Technical Ability 20 points
Cover and Blurb 17 points
   
Overall 87 points
  • Much more likeable main character this time around.
  • Not much detail about character appearance, but very good description of settings and events, as well as fast-paced action sequences.
  • Not the most original plot, and definite predictability issues
  • Near-perfect technical ability, very nicely done.
  • Cover is well done, but doesn’t entirely fit the story. Blurb has a nice hook and draws the reader in without extraneous details.

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Into the Darkness, by A.M. Rycroft

Today I’ll be reviewing Into the Darkness, by A.M. Rycroft. This is the first book in her Cathell series.  Here’s the cover and blurb:

Into The Darkness Book Review

Sell-sword Aeryn Ravane didn’t set out to end the world.

Aeryn shut everyone out when her father died. A whisper in the dark pulls her back, promising an end to her torment if she captures the legendary sword sealed within the Black Caverns. Ending the curse that guards it,however, means unlocking the secrets of the past, some of which should stay buried.

Her quest turns into a fight for survival when she comes face-to-face with an ancient evil. She rescues a young thief pulled into the horrors and darkness spreading across Cathell. Keeping them alive and saving their world will take every bit of Aeryn’s strength and wit. Will it be enough?


TL;DR Review

Character and Dialogue 16 points
Setting and Description 18 points
Plot and Creativity 15 points
Technical Ability 17 points
Cover and Blurb 17 points
Overall 83 points
  • Main character is kind of wooden for most of the book, but opens up as the story goes on; secondary characters are excellent.
  • Not much detail about character appearance, but very good description of settings and events, as well as fast-paced action sequences.
  • Easy to follow plot, with an excellent climax. Some characters introduced later than they should have been. No romantic plotline, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
  • Good grammar and spelling, not many mistakes. Story pacing works well. Point of view changes are abrupt and sometimes seem unnecessary.
  • Cover fits the story and draws the reader’s eye. Blurb has a nice hook and draws the reader in without extraneous details.

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