A charming young adult fantasy book featuring lovable characters.
By A.M. Rodgers ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 24, 2023
Jule, a young woman from Whirly’s West Side, is forced to turn to petty crime to survive. When she is hired to steal a necklace from a house on the wealthy East Side, she finds herself in a strange situation when she discovers another thief in the same house. This thief is Peter Murlock, a newly minted wizard who has just graduated from the university. The two are arrested and brought before Chief of Police Earl Victor Kimball, who places Jule in the custody of Peter. The wizard informs her that she must follow his rules or be sent back to the earl. It turns out that both Peter and the earl are searching for a collection of magical objects, including Jule’s necklace, in order to keep them out of the wrong hands. Jule agrees to help them, and the two embark on a steampunk adventure.
The author’s writing is vivid and the world she creates is both grand and believable. The first chapter is a bit rushed, but once the reader gets to know the characters, the story becomes quite captivating. With a good balance of humor and restraint when it comes to the mechanics of magic, Rodgers creates a truly magical experience. It is hoped that more Whirly adventures are in the works.
Pub Date: May 24, 2023
Page Count: 409
Review Posted Online: June 27, 2023